Top Ten Best Songs from Musicals

The Top Ten

1 Defying Gravity - Wicked

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

This song is perfect. It really shows how Elphaba has become her own person, how she is on her was to becoming the "Wicked" Witch of the West. It is such an empowering song, and it sounds amazing as well.

Amazing, the musical contributes to the emotional lyrics which are just out standing! Kerry Ellis was an amazing in it!

I DEFY GRAVITY!

V 56 Comments
2 One Day More - Les Miserables

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.

Every song from les mis is amazing so all of them should be in the top ten! This song is particularly good because all of the cast is involved in singing it which makes it so powerful and emotional.

Wow, enough said. Fantastic piece, great harmonics, powerful and emotional. Just great

It's such a powerful song! Is the entire cast really involved in singing it? - KyubeyFuel

V 33 Comments
3 Seasons of Love - Rent

This is a heartfelt and serious song and the melody is so catchy.

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

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

Should be higher. Great song.

Also LIKE if you sang this during chorus or choir class when you were in high school!

V 11 Comments
4 The Music of the Night - The Phantom of the Opera

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!

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.

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.

Very haunting...that is all.

V 21 Comments
5 On My Own - Les Miserables

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.

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 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.

I sing this in my production of Les miserables, it's my favourite sing and I love performing it.

V 22 Comments
6 I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS ISN'T HIGHER ON THE LIST!

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.

Defying Gravity has nothing on this masterpiece

V 21 Comments
7 A Little Priest - Sweeney Todd

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.

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

Lovely play AND my school friend was in it... THE, Victor Garber. We were in grade school, lovely family Is there any way I could email Victor, have tried with little sucess... Perhaps, you could help.
Jane E Messer..519-9155121. Thank you so very much.

Best and funniest song in the world to perform if you've got a good partner!

V 3 Comments
8 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Dreamgirls

One of the most powerful ballads I believe ever written it is purely beautiful from start to finish... depending how it is performed of course :) in other words Jennifer Holliday performing this = PURE GOLD

This song has so much meaning. for most people, it symbolizes the love one has for another. I, however, find that, not only does it have THIS effect on me, it makes me think about what I would do if the shoe was on the other foot and if someone was telling me this. I find that Jennifer Hudson's rendition of the song makes me much more excited that Jennifer Holliday but still, hats off to both

This is my absolute favorite songs!

Jeniffer hudson rocks this song with passion and pain in her voice. The song fills my body with goose pimples and brings a tear to my eye every time I hear the song, love love love it!

V 2 Comments
9 Anthem - Chess

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

I will not stop voting for this song until it reaches its rightful place as number 1. - davis16

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

Without competion!

V 4 Comments
10 (Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man

The way that he spins every sentence off of the last is just wonderful, the tune is fantastic, the words are humorous, and overall I think (ya got) trouble is an amazing song and definitely one of the top 10

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 hate it

V 3 Comments

The Newcomers

? Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me) - Pinocchio
? S.O.S - Mamma Mia!

The Contenders

11 All I Ask of You - The Phantom of the Opera

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.

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!

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.

Raoul and Christine have a beautiful story and this song represents that

V 1 Comment
12 Popular - Wicked

Popular should definally be more popular than this

Popular is an awesome song!

It's a fun upbeat song! What's not to love. I am auditioning for a play and this is the perfect song.

I love popular

V 16 Comments
13 Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man

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” - lbelle0527

14 Think of Me - The Phantom of the Opera

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!

I sang this song for a recital and I agree, not anyone can easily sing this, so this song definitely should be in the top ten

INCREDIBLE

V 8 Comments
15 I Belong to Me - Elisabeth

This is theone with the best message to women ever

16 Non-Stop - Hamilton

Non-stop is one of my favorite songs and hamilton is my favorite musical I just love non-stop it gives you the one day more feel especially at the second to the last

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?

The best

A great song - growlbunny

V 1 Comment
17 I'm Here - The Color Purple

This song is the core of musical theatre. It is simply Celie finally seeing she is worth much more than she ever knew. TOP TEN!

18 I'll Make a Man out of You - Mulan

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

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

So much fun to sing hanging out with friends!

This song is great!

V 2 Comments
19 He Lives in You - Lion King

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

This is a great song because it shows if one of your relatives die then there still here but in you

I remember my dad once grabbing my arm whilst listening to the Lion King soundtrack and this song 'd just ended, his eyes kinda teary.
"I never want you to forget /that/. Make it my funeral song if it helps."
If that's not a reason to vote, I don't know what is.

V 8 Comments
20 The Phantom of the Opera - Phantom of the Opera

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 tn resist. It's just beautiful the way this song grabs at your heart. Wonderful! - Britgirl

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!

So powerful and mesmirising. Should be higher.

V 10 Comments
21 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story - Hamilton

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.

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

I love this song so much as well as the whole musical even though it always brings me to tears!

Sure, other Hamilton songs are better, but this song is AMAZING - growlbunny

V 3 Comments
22 La Vie Boheme - Rent

Rent is my favorite! I learn this song in two days and I sing it every where I go. My best friends even know the lyrics because I sing it so much!

I convinced my friends to sing this song at the lunch table with me. That was fun. This song rocks.

A fun jam, love to sing it with friends.

Great sing along

23 Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Les Miserables

Agreed this song should be in the top ten without any question. I still get chills every time I listen to the song. The dynamics are incredible! 10/10

So beautiful and sad. Maybe I shouldn't say this since I don't know a lot about les mis, but I disagree with all the les mis fans calling Marius a fop since he sings this incredibly moving song about his friends who died fighting for freedom.

This song IS the feels

GET THIS UP HIGHER - growlbunny

V 1 Comment
24 I Am Changing - Dreamgirls

Amazing

25 For Good - Wicked

I was so blessed to go to this show, and this was one of the only songs that got to me! It was so beautifully performed and has such a great and so sweet message. This is one that you just have to listen to to understand, and I would recommend it to anybody.

This is such an amazing song and it really can make you cry! It's so beautiful and Wicked is such an amazing musical. And to be honest, I love this song more than Defying Gravity, I think it's just because it really just gets to your emotions and it's so beautiful overall!

This song is truly stunning! The thought of never seeing your best friend again is chilling, the lyrics represent the understanding of friendship, listen to it if you haven't.

I was blessed to be able to sing this as a duet with my best friend I've known since 1st grade at my graduation. This song will always have a special place in my heart.

V 5 Comments
26 A Little Fall of Rain - Les Miserables

I love this song! Eponine and Marius sing a lovely duet, and it is obviously extremely heartfelt. This should be much higher on the list than it is!

I can't stop crying when heard this song - this love story

Great song with so much emotions

When I grow up, it is my plan to play Eponine! This song is so sad but sweet

V 1 Comment
27 It's Your Wedding Day - Wedding Singer
28 You Can't Stop the Beat - Hairspray

This is one of my favorite songs ever and it is constantly stuck in my head but I love it! I love singing and dancing around with it's catchy lyrics. I cannot believe it's not higher ranked

This song is so energetic and catchy! I can't believe it's not higher ranked!

It's hard to find a catchier song. One of the only songs I enjoy being stuck in my head!

V 1 Comment
29 Superstar - Jesus Christ Superstar

best

30 What Is This Feeling? - Wicked

Love this song! I think if it was in the most fun Broadway songs, it would be #2. (Behind Popular, of coarse. )

This is so catchy! How is it not higher?

It's so fun! Great duet. I've sang it with my older sister lol

GAY SUBTEXT!

V 2 Comments
31 All that Jazz - Chicago

Very sexy. I've never seen the musical but I own the score. Yes, very sexy indeed. - Britgirl

A perfect opening for one of the greatest Broadway shows ever.

Love this musical! Amazing song!

This needs to be higher on the list. Best song ever.

V 2 Comments
32 On the Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady

Most perfect song ever!

A beautiful love song. It is a pity to see how people have forgotten the grandeur of the 50s and 60s musicals... :(

33 Sun and Moon - Miss Saigon

Stellar!

34 Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Lion King

One of the most iconic songs in Disney musical history! A true piece of art right here!

Elton made this fab.

35 Any Dream Will Do - Joseph

Simple but very uplifting! What a wonderful lyrics and melody!

36 Time Warp - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Love rocky horror!
I know it all off by heart! Its amazing!
now I can't get it out of my head!

Fantastic song, even better musical

V 1 Comment
37 Close Every Door - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

ALW ripped of his own song 'cause the tune of this is similar to Past the Point of No Return from Phantom of the Opera. Still an awesome song though.

38 Memory - Cats

I think this is one of the most amazing musical songs ever and deserves a higher place, I find it a very emotional and meaningful song

I heard Jackie Evancho sing this when she was age 9... I sure hope she sings it again now that she is older, because she'll knock it out of the park for sure.

Astonishing, this song is Should be in the top ten, it is too incredible to be this low on ratings!

This is such an amazing song with such deep meaning. I would definitely have this as #2 or 3 in top 10. (My #1 would be Joanna from Sweeny Todd the Demin Barber of Fleet Street)

V 11 Comments
39 The Wizard and I - Wicked

Great song! Should be higher.

Our first close contact with Elphaba. And we're hooked.

40 Alexander Hamilton - Hamilton

The song the entire cast sings at the beginning of the story about the main character after the main character is already dead. Is anyone else thinking The Ballad of Sweeney Todd?

Hamilton would've not been the King of Musicals without a song like Alexander Hamilton as well as the record breaking tony awards!

This song is an amazing way to start of an AMAZING musical! I love it so much!

It was even better seeing it in real life - growlbunny

V 3 Comments
41 White Boys - Hair
42 Prologue - Into the Woods

This song is over twelve minutes long, but sets up the story beautifully. I love the continuous theme that runs through the whole thing, and I think that the lyrics are very clever- classic Stephen Sondheim! This should have already been on the list, or at least something else from this musical. It is a beautiful work of art, and this song is the most defining for the whole thing.

43 One Short Day - Wicked

Such a fun little song. This one brings the two girls closer together.

V 1 Comment
44 Summer Nights - Grease

I love this song! I dream about it in my sleep! It's the best song in Grease, in my opinion, as well as an awesome song. I am really happy with it. Also, I think this should be of a much higher ranking =P. Anyway, this was just a really nice song, especially because it included the Thunder birds and the Pink Ladies. It just shows what high school kids can be like, you know?

It's such an amazing song, so real and unique. I know it's kinda weird because my mum used to listen this song when she was a kid, but I can't do nothing but love that song! And what an amazing movie of course!

It's the best ever. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sing the most beautiful duet for such a great musical.

Love this did a show with NYT

V 3 Comments
45 Red and Black - Les Miserables

It is a song full of love and determination. It tells you that you can fall in love even at the worst moments.

The embodiment of the spirit of the ABC Friends. Full of hope, and aspiration...

46 My Body - The Life
47 At the End of the Day - Les Miserables
48 Tomorrow - Annie

The sun will come out tomorrow...

Iconic

49 Something's Coming - West Side Story
50 Circle of Life - Lion King

This astonishing masterpiece opens one of the biggest musicals around, it showcases outstanding use of voice and dynamics, while truly embodying an African tribal theme throughout. A top ten contender for sure at the very least

The lion king is one of my favorites ever

V 2 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Best Wicked (Musical) Songs Top 10 Musical Artists Whose Songs Sound the Same Best Songs from All 3 High School Musical Movies Musical Bands With the Most Impressive and Emotional Songs Most Powerful and Emotionally-Charged Songs from Musicals

List Stats

5,000 votes
376 listings
10 years, 20 days old

Top Remixes (30)

1. Anthem - Chess
2. (Ya Got) Trouble - Music Man
3. Seventy Six Trombones - Music Man
davis16
1. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Dreamgirls
2. I'm Here - The Color Purple
3. Defying Gravity - Wicked
sealy1000
1. Defying Gravity - Wicked
2. Popular - Wicked
3. For Good - Wicked
LizzieWicked

WRemix
View All 30

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P