Top 10 Best Broadway Musical Soundtracks

I recently bought tickets to see Hamilton at the Pantages theatre this December. So because of that, here are some Broadway musicals with amazing soundtracks!
The Top Ten
1 Hamilton

Only seven more months! Only seven more months! Only seven more months until I finally get to see this show! I have been wanting to see this for a long time! I've listened to the music a bunch of times! It is so good! I love how they incorporate hip hop music into a story that takes place in the 1700s! It surprisingly fits perfectly!

The songs, such as Yorktown, Non-Stop, and My Shot, are very fun to listen to! There's a lot of rapping, and since I'm a fan of rap, I really love it! Lin-Manuel Miranda is a great songwriter! I wouldn't say he's the best songwriter out there like everyone else says. Seriously. What is with the Lin obsession? But he still wrote some pretty awesome songs for this show! I can't wait to see it in December at the Pantages!

2 Wicked

Wicked is literally the best thing to ever exist. A true masterpiece. This show is the definition of perfect! Every single song is just great! The cast does such an amazing job! Kristin Chenoweth has such a beautiful voice! I especially love Idina Menzel, who you may know as Elsa from Frozen. Elphaba and Elsa even seem to share some similarities. The music in this Broadway musical gives me chills every time I hear it!

This soundtrack even has my favorite song of all time, Defying Gravity! An absolutely brilliantly written song! I've only been able to see Wicked once, but I really want to see it again! I listen to the songs all the time! They are just so powerful!

3 The Phantom of the Opera

I haven't seen the Broadway play, but I watched the movie. It was pretty bad. But from what I've heard, the play is a lot better. I love literally every song in this soundtrack! They are all performed very well and sound very emotional! The instrumentals of the songs are really awesome! I especially love the music that plays whenever the Phantom appears, which is why his song that he sings with Christine is one of my favorites.

Speaking of Christine, her actress from the original Broadway cast can totally sing! She is such a great opera singer! And this is coming from a guy who hates opera! The movie sucks, but I'm glad to know that the play is definitely a classic!

4 The Lion King

The Lion King musical is based on the very popular Disney film. I thought that The Lion King having a show on Broadway wouldn't work. But I ended up really loving it! It's one of my favorites!

The movie already had pretty good music, but I feel like some of the music in The Lion King is better. It has the same songs that were in the movie, but it also has some new songs. There's a song that the hyenas sing about eating Simba and Nala, and there's a song about Scar wanting to rape Nala or something, but my favorite song would have to be Endless Night, a song Simba sings to his ancestors. They also include the song He Lives in You from The Lion King sequel.

The songs that they kept from the original movie sound a lot better in the play, especially Be Prepared! I've seen this show three times. So good!

5 Newsies

In February, they showed this musical in theaters for a limited time. It was a four-day event. So, I went to a movie theater to see it, and I was honestly really surprised by how much I liked it! I thought I was going to hate it, but it turned out to be really great! Even the songs were surprisingly good!

If I had to choose a favorite song, it would probably be The World Will Know. I just really love the tone of the song. It sounds very strong. But if I had to choose an overall favorite musical number, it would have to be Seize the Day. Not only is the song so energetic, but it also has some of the best choreography I've seen in a show!

All of the songs in the show are really great, but most of them are better if you actually see them performed rather than just listening to them. The actors put a lot of effort into their performances. It's a good thing the musical will be available to download digitally. I kind of regret never seeing this show in person. I didn't think it would be so good.

6 Les Misérables

I only know these songs because my choir had to perform a medley of them in high school. I haven't seen the movie or the play. I don't even know what it's about. But to its credit, the songs are absolutely great! My favorite one is I Dreamed a Dream. The first time I heard that song, I literally cried. It's just so beautiful!

Every actor and actress does an amazing job at singing loudly while also sounding like a professional singer. The songs can get pretty emotional. The song that seems to be the least emotional is Do You Hear the People Sing. Another very memorable song. Even though I haven't seen the Broadway musical or the movie, I still love the songs.

7 Dear Evan Hansen

I love the music, though I have yet to watch the musical. My depressed and suicidal best friend texted me a link to You Will Be Found after I told her about my social anxiety. Honestly, I cry every time I hear the song now, without fail.

I don't think I will ever listen to that song with dry eyes in my life.

Dear Evan Hansen is full of meaning and relatability, as well as raising awareness for people going through problems. I absolutely love it. It's so beautiful. I can't stress it enough.

Definitely one of the best musicals of the year. It got Best Musical at the Tony Awards for a reason.

8 Aladdin

I haven't seen this show yet, but I might when it goes on tour. As you may know, Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies. And one of the best things about it is the music! I listened to the soundtrack for the Broadway show, and it definitely sounds amazing! There are songs from the movie, and there are new songs as well. The new songs are pretty good, but the most memorable one, in my opinion, is Proud of Your Boy. It's a song that Aladdin sings, and it is very emotional.

The songs that they used from the movie were definitely great. The actors are really great singers! A Whole New World sounds really nice. The best one, however, is Friend Like Me! Wow! James is such a great Genie! He certainly did Robin Williams justice! The soundtrack is really great, and it makes me want to see the show!

9 Rent

The movie is terrible, but I've heard that the play is good. The songs in this musical are very upbeat! La Vie Boheme is a perfect example! I also really like Take Me or Leave Me. Idina Menzel, as usual, is a great singer and actress. But I think we all know what the best song in the movie is: Seasons of Love.

This is a song that you will most likely hear a ton of choirs singing. Even my college choir is performing this song! The actors are expert singers, and when they all sing as a group, they sound amazing. Pretty great soundtrack!

10 The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is a musical written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known for creating South Park, one of my favorite cartoons. This means it is a pretty adult musical. The songs are written by Robert Lopez, best known for writing the songs from Frozen with his wife, Kristen-Anderson Lopez.

Speaking of Frozen, Josh Gad was in the original Broadway cast for Book of Mormon. So every time I hear him sing, all I hear is Olaf. But you know what, I really like the songs in this musical! The very first song in the entire show is a really great way to start the show! I also found some of the songs to be pretty funny! There's this one song that's sung by Africans, which I won't say the name of because even though the title is written in a different language, it's still very disrespectful. But I laughed really hard at that song! And wow, is it vulgar!

I haven't seen this show. Hopefully, it gets adapted into a movie. From what I've heard, it sounds pretty good!

The Contenders
11 Beetlejuice: The Musical
12 West Side Story
13 Beauty and the Beast

Why couldn't they just show this in movie theaters instead of creating a cash-in on people's nostalgia with awful CGI and one of the worst actresses ever as the main character?

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies. But the play is nowhere near as good as the animated movie. It has a pretty great soundtrack, though. The songs used in the movie sound really great! Be Our Guest is the ultimate show-stealer! All of the actors are excellent singers.

There are also new songs written for the play. I barely remember them, though. The most memorable one is definitely If I Can't Love Her, which is sung by the Beast. It's a great song, but I started hating it ever since a few other boys and I had to sing it in choir in high school, and we forgot the words! So embarrassing! Evermore is a much better song!

However, something that both songs have in common is that they are horribly placed! The Beast sings If I Can't Love Her while Belle runs away after going into the West Wing, and the Beast sings Evermore in the remake while Belle runs away to save her father. Both songs don't match the tone of their respective scenes! But I still really like the soundtrack of this show. Very entertaining.

14 In the Heights

In The Heights is surprisingly underrated, considering it won a few Tonys, a Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize, and has music written and a character played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is about life in Washington Heights, a predominantly Latino neighborhood that Lin-Manuel actually grew up in.

It made me laugh, cry, and sing. Definitely a must-listen.

15 Jesus Christ Superstar

Ok. This is easily the best musical of all time, and this is coming from an atheist. The soundtrack recording is raw and powerful, featuring striking vocals and moving instrumentals.

The story is fantastic, giving a glimpse into Judas and his motives for turning in Jesus, all the while humanizing the classic Bible story most are familiar with. The songs have contrast but an overall unity. Songs like "Heaven on Their Minds," with amazing vocals and brutal honesty, contrast with "King Herod's Song," which has an upbeat jovial quality.

I could listen to this musical daily. It's both blasphemous and charming.

16 Spring Awakening
17 School of Rock

I highly recommend the show. Not as good as the movie, but it's funny.

18 Hairspray
19 Waitress

Extremely underrated soundtrack. I can literally listen to this on repeat - and am right now!

20 Hadestown
21 My Fair Lady
22 Matilda
23 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
24 Gypsy
25 Come From Away
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