Top 10 Best Songs from Musicals

The Top Ten
1 Defying Gravity - Wicked Defying Gravity - Wicked Cover Art

Defying Gravity is my favorite musical theatre song because it's the Act 1 finale in Wicked, and it does everything an Act 1 finale should do. It has serious character progression for both Elphaba and Glinda, the music is incredible, the lyrics are astoundingly clever, and it builds up to arguably the most epic musical theatre moment of the 21st century: when Elphaba takes the broomstick and flies away, declaring her independence and freedom from the Wizard's corrupt regime. This song is just perfection in every sense of the word. (Not to mention Idina Menzel's voice on the original cast recording fits Elphaba perfectly here.)

I love WICKED, but I just saw it in Germany in Oberhausen and without Lucy Scherer and Willemijn Verkaik, but I bought the CD from Stuttgart with them and I like their performances and voices. I like musicals a lot, but I can't visit them often and I just had been in The Lion King in Hamburg, Jesus Christ Superstar in Tecklenburg and the next summer I will visit Marie Antoinette. But Wicked is the best musical I've ever seen and I think Willemijn is a little bit better than her Elphaba-associates all over the world and Lucy Scherer is wonderful, she looks great and her voice is unbelievable (Do you know her version of "Heigeliebt" or "Popular" in English? WOW). Now Lucy Scherer is in Stuttgart in "Rebecca". Who don't see Wicked, is a very poor, poor person. You must see it.

Thank you!

But sorry for my English

Absolutely blew me away. Loved it on the original soundtrack with Idina and Kristin but grew to love it even more when I saw it with Jacqueline Hughes (who's vocals blew me away especially with her unexpected riffs) and Emily Tierney (a brilliant Glinda). A V.powerful song which is one of the best ending songs to an act I've ever witnessed.

This song is beautiful, full of emotion, character, energy, and passion. All that was building up inside her comes out in this song and it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. If you haven't heard this song, you don't know what you're doing if you think you're a "musical theater person."

2 A Little Priest - Sweeney Todd A Little Priest - Sweeney Todd Cover Art

Yes Sweeney Todd! I love all of the songs from Sweeney Todd, especially A Little Priest and Epiphany. They are just so well constructed and so well sung that they are a gift to listen to. I personally prefer Epiphany more than A Little Priest, but both songs are wins in my book!

Awesome song, I love it, couldn't get it out of my head after listening just once. I love Helena's voice. Even if you haven't seen the musical you get what their doing to the customers. It's definitely my favourite musical next to The Phantom of the Opera.

A wonderful blend of evil and funny in one song. Taking the idea of eating people and making a joke of it. A Little Priest is a beautiful and horrible song.

I just love this song so much. When I first discovered the musical I listened to this over and over and over. Don't shot me people but I prefer the film version with Johnny and Helena

3 Anthem - Chess Anthem - Chess Cover Art

Heart rending song. The choir I belong to sang it at our last show. Amazing feeling and amazing reception from the audience.

This is one of the best songs ever written - up there with Over The Rainbow for its simplicity and brilliant marriage of music and lyric. x

Most moving musical number I've ever heard. It gives me more patriotic thoughts than my own national anthem!

Passionate, rousing and a patriotic song that stirs up emotions in all my body. Brilliant!

4 One Day More - Les Miserables One Day More - Les Miserables Cover Art

How is Defying Gravity above One Day More? I find Defying Gravity to be rather underwhelming, the only thing that picks up the song is the most famous part that everyone has heard at some point. One Day More builds and builds on itself, the massive change of pace between Eponine and Enjolras' parts and the way the song builds up to the final lines ('Tomorrow we'll discover what our God in heaven has in store. One more dawn, one more day. One day more! ") and the final note that ends Act One. Not to mention the reprisal of multiple tunes from other songs ('Who am I? ' 'A Heart Full of Love' and 'Master of House'). Superb.

I'm sorry but have you HEARD this song? Ten times better than Defying Gravity, which is good but delivers no where near the same hair raising effect as One Day More. I've seen Les Mis four times and each time this song was the highlight of the show. It's a genius song, it combines all the melodies present throughout the show into one dramatic piece making the audience feel as if they are actually part of the revolution. (And the choreography in the London production is way more impressive than Elphaba rising into the air)

I played in the pit on my school's production of Les Mis and nothing brought more emotion to me than this song. This song and The Confrontation were the two songs I took the time to learn all the words to, and I still remember this as the epic ending to the first act, leaving me even more satisfied than the finale of the second act.

Should be number one, thousands of times better than Defying Gravity. This song is the ultimate song of all musicals. Considering how many voices and past songs are incorporated into it, no one can deny its brilliance. I saw Les Mis in London in August, One Day More almost had me in tears. The best bit is where they bring in the flag.

5 (Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man (Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man Cover Art

It's unfair to try to speculate the "best" numbers of all time. Having said that, "Trouble" must be in the conversation. It's brilliant, upbeat, and Robert Preston's delivery is impeccable.

Tell me if this song doesn't get stuck in your head after listening. This is Harold Hill's indoctrination of the people in the city and has a political tinge to it.

I was in the music man production at school and I enjoyed all the numbers! The one I enjoyed the most was Shipoopi and Wells Fargo Wagon but I did love Trouble

Shipoopi is better, but everything from the Music Man is superb.

6 Seasons of Love - Rent Seasons of Love - Rent Cover Art

A classic sad musical theater song, and when you play it all theater nerds internally cry. But seriously, so much emotion and love put into one song and has so many meaning other than singing to a friend who has passed. Love this song :(

Rent is honestly the best musical I have ever seen and this song in particular is just fabulous

This song is so beautiful and perfect and the message it carries is so true and heartfelt

Rent is the best and this song perfectly captures the emotions of the characters

7 The Music of the Night - The Phantom of the Opera The Music of the Night - The Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

The perfect song for Phantom to sing to Christine. The way the song is written allows for many different interpretations which have ranged from more commanding and down to business Phantoms to the more traditional seducing and mysterious Phantom, portrayed well by Michael Crawford and Ramin Karimloo most notably. Overall, this is the perfect song to fit the scene, and is amazing in all aspects.

There's just something about this song... I'm a musician, composer, and singer... And this just so beautiful to me. The pain, the sorrow, the beauty... The melody, everything about it. The story of a man who writes the wonders only music can tell in the dead of night because no one will care enough to listen to it, despite the fact that it's perfection... It's a twisted lullaby, and it's perfect.

This song speaks to me like no other. Every time I listen to it, I swear, I get these crazy chills. Phantom of the Opera is one of my absolute favorite musicals of all time and it's mainly because of the fantastic songs in the production. This has always been my favorite song because it has that chilling sweet tone to it. Love you Phantom!

Jackie Evancho performs this as her homage to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the movie of Phantom Of The Opera, which she credits for inspiring her to sing. And sing it she does, taking a song written for the Phantom, and making it very special in her own way.

8 Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man Cover Art

The song that you must have heard somewhere, but you don't know where...

I was in the music man 2 years ago and I still sing “seventy six trombones in the big parade”

9 Non-Stop - Hamilton Non-Stop - Hamilton Cover Art

I love Hamilton and Non-Stop is by far the best song in the show after My Shot. How is My Shot not on this list?

I've always felt so drawn to this song. I love the melodies and just really the way it feels.

I don't think that that non-stop is the best song in Hamilton, but its good.

I saw Hamilton and just loved the music! This song is so catchy

10 I Belong to Me - Elisabeth I Belong to Me - Elisabeth Cover Art

This is theone with the best message to women ever

The Contenders
11 I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables Cover Art

This song is the pivotal moment from where you are questioning whether the musical is good or not. This song shows it will be great.

Beautiful, at least the top three Les Mis songs, along with One Day More and Do You Hear the People Sing.

This is my favorite song in the entire world, and Patti Lupone's original version always brings tears to my eyes.

This song makes me sing on the top of my lungs. Absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful!

12 I'll Make a Man out of You - Mulan I'll Make a Man out of You - Mulan Cover Art

! I love this song, it is absolutely one of my favorites and I was obsessed with it for the longest time, ask anybody!

So much fun to sing hanging out with friends!

Love this sing, it's so empowering and fun!

I love singing this song!

13 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story - Hamilton Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story - Hamilton Cover Art

Sung by Alexander's wife, Eliza, after her husband's tragic death, at the end of the show. She tells the audience that instead of wasting her remaining time on tears, she will continue her husband's work to make the world a better place. By her death at the age of 97 (wow), she had spoken out against slavery, funded the Washington Monument, and founded the 1st private orphanage in NYC. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and it's all true. She was an incredible woman, and this song is so, SO moving. Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius.

R.I.P Alexander Hamilton. He died so young... Eliza and angelica were full with grief. I always get emotional around the bits "But when you're gone, who remembers you're name, who keeps you're flame, who tells your story? " And "Every founding father story gets told. Every founding father get's to grow old." This emotional musical is amazing tells you about war, explores history. There will always be a place for Hamilton in my heart.

This song kinda defines what the whole musical is about. And it's so touching. When I first saw this musical, I was like, WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR THE SCHOOL MUSICAL EVEN THOUGH THERE'S CURSING IN IT, and I WANNA BE ELIZA WHEN I GROW UP.

This song is full of emotion! This isn't the only great song from the musical! I suggest listening the entire musical!

14 On My Own - Les Miserables On My Own - Les Miserables Cover Art

On My Own is one of those songs that everyone can relate to. The raw emotion of the song makes it definitely my favourite from Les Miserables and my all time favourite musical song too. Frances Ruffelle's version is my favourite but Samantha Barks is really good too.

On My Own has the same exact melody as I Dreamed a Dream. On My Own has such a great sound quality. The Broadway Actors and Actresses do a great job expressing emotion and true feelings, this song is truly inspiring.

On My Own is one of the greatest songs from any musical ever! When you can hear the pure tragedy in Eponine's voice, well, let's just say, your eyes become Niagara Falls. Samantha Barks. That's all that needs to be said.

Samantha Bark's rendition of on my own made sure there was no dry eye left in the cinema when I first saw it, and every time I have seen since. Wow

15 Think of Me - The Phantom of the Opera Think of Me - The Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

WHY ISN'T THIS SONG IN THE TOP TEN?!? It is art! It is the heart of this story! Not just any buffoon off the street can sing it! It is excellently composed. I could listen to just the instrumental any day. The fact that the composer had the successful idea of adding lyrics proves he knew what he was doing. TRUE MASTER PIECE! I live for this play, movie, song, and of course the phantom!

YESYESYES! LOVE THIS SONG! It's an amazing song! THe background music is wonderful, and it is filled with so much emotion! I tear up just hearing the background music! Her voice is wonderful, and it brings joy to my soul!

This song is perfect for anyone who loves a good high E! How can you not love how powerful it is? Not to mention the orcestura in the background. It is simply one of the greatest.

This song is simply powerful and gut-wrenching.
Wishing You Were Soomehow Here Again is as good.
But then again, I just love Phantom of the Opera.

16 The Phantom of the Opera - Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera - Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

A beautifully intrinsic piece, this song carries itself like a machine, especially with the bass line. It has a haunting beauty that no other song has, particularly when Christine starts vocalizing. This is no ordinary pop ballad that one finds in any musical. The Phantom of the Opera is a different type of music: a type that makes any in-depth description laborious to think about as one can never stop thinking of this song's wonder.

The exchange between The Phantom and Christine during this duet is exquisite. Christine is terrified of this man in a mask and yet so...entranced.
Sing once again with me, our strange duet. My power over you grows stronger yet.
Christine is falling in love and is powerless to resist. It's just beautiful the way this song grabs at your heart. Wonderful!

This song should be so high up there!
Look it up right now. The Phantom of The Opera is the best song in the musical. The Oregon's simple yet dark chords are just exhilarating! Every time I listen to it it gives me the chills. The duet is also just amazing. Great job Andrew Lloyd Webber!

Saw this show on broadway, this was one of my favorite songs and inspired me to start singing opera! Now I take vocal lessons and sing some opera so this song is very special to me.

17 Uncle F**** - South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

This song is just amazing!

18 He Lives in You - Lion King He Lives in You - Lion King Cover Art

Was scrolling through the list and when I found this one, Immediately clicked. I played Rafiki in a local production of Lion King, so I was lucky to be able to sing this. It's such a powerful solo plus I got to whack Simba on the head with a stick (not hard though lol). It was probably one of my favourites to peform, right after Circle Of Life.

Great song telling the story of however you lose someone they live on in your memory where they will remain, especially a family member as many people will say they look like you. Hence the words he lives in you.

Wow I really love this song and lion king. I have to say that lion king is the best movie ever. He lives in you is also probably the most exciting son and farther kind of moment that I love. Thanks

When I saw this was one of the top ten I was so happy and felt like it was a coincidence because this is my favourite lion king song!

19 It's Your Wedding Day - Wedding Singer It's Your Wedding Day - Wedding Singer Cover Art
20 Over & Done With - Sunshine on Leith Over & Done With - Sunshine on Leith Cover Art

In some ways this is Sunshine on Leith's Oom Pah Pah.

21 Epiphany - Sweeney Todd Epiphany - Sweeney Todd Cover Art

Best song in the whole musical. I certainly think it should be in Tue top 50, in my opinion but that's just what I think. This was an amazingly written song and the way that the emotion comes out in this song is just delectable. I would love to see it sail to the you ten, it would make my life complete.

22 All I Ask of You - The Phantom of the Opera All I Ask of You - The Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

This is one of the most beautiful songs in phantom of the opera, (although I could say that about any of them), this song has some of the most beautiful moments as well.

This song is the definition of love. Although I wish Christine could have gone away with the phantom, because Gerard Butler and Michael Crawford are AMAZING, this song is true beauty. It is the art shown in this movie and play. Why you would rank any song over this song completely BEWILDERS me! It is a matter of opinion, but anyone with a brain LOVES this song.

You can hear the love and compassion in this song and that they only want one another to be free with each other it's just such a lovely emotional song.

I can't believe that this is any higher up this is way more amazing than annie of defying gravity. Any thing from phantom of the opera is great!

23 Let's Get Married - Sunshine on Leith Let's Get Married - Sunshine on Leith Cover Art
24 I'm Super (Thanks for Asking) - South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.
25 Sky Takes the Soul - Sunshine on Leith Sky Takes the Soul - Sunshine on Leith Cover Art
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