Who doesn’t love a good musical? They’re fun, joyful, lovely and they warm your heart. Some of them break your heart as well. But the song-and-dance numbers are usually so good, that you don’t really mind. So I’ve decided to compile a list of my top 10 favorite musical numbers. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily my favorite musicals in the order they will appear on this list, just my favorite numbers from those musicals.
- – I have to have some degree of love for the musicals these numbers appear in, not just the numbers themselves
- – There are certain numbers that I’ve seen the clips but not the entire film, so they won’t appear on the list
- – Only one number from each musical will appear and it is the one I consider to be my favorite from that musical. Some of these were very hard, so bear with me
- – There will be an honorable mention, and it will be my second favorite number from that musical
- – These are my personal favorites, so the list is VERY subjective
Here we go!
10. Make ‘Em Laugh (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952)
Honorable mention: Good Morning
This was a tough one. I had to go with Make ‘Em Laugh in the end, because it’s just too funny to overlook.
9. Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
Honorable mention: We’re off to see the Wizard
This is probably the most iconic song on the list. How can you not love it?
8. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music, 1965)
Honorable mention: My Favorite Things
As soon as it starts, you know it’s going to be good. It excites you and it fills you with nothing but joy. There is probably no better opening sequence to a musical.
7. Cover Girl (Cover Girl, 1944)
Honorable mention: Long Ago and Far Away
Rita Hayworth never looked lovelier. She shines in this movie and this particular number is majestic.
6. The Man That Got Away (A Star is Born, 1954)
Honorable mention: Swanee
The emotion, the feeling, the power, the words… This song is just too much. Judy Garland gives it her all, like always, and it’s magnificent.
5. Well Did You Evah (High Society, 1956)
Honorable mention: True Love
I love the lyrics and I love how natural Frank and Bing make it seem. I’d love to just randomly start singing this at a party one day. Remind me to do that.
4. Pick Yourself Up (Swing Time, 1936)
Honorable mention: Never Gonna Dance
I’d love to know how to tap-dance. This movie made me want to learn (which I still haven’t), and this number, particularly, has always fascinated me.
3. Bye Bye Baby (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953)
Honorable mention: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
I love this movie so much, and this has always been my favorite number. Absolutely lovely and Jane Russell is awesome.
2. Get Happy (Summer Stock, 1950)
Honorable mention: You, Wonderful You
When Judy Garland tells you to get happy, you jolly well get happy! It’s impossible not to.
1. The Trolley Song (Meet me in St Louis, 1944)
Honorable mention: The Boy Next Door
It could not be anything else, it will never be anything else. Not only is it my favorite musical number, it’s one of my favorite scenes from any movie ever. It’s perfect.
There you have it folks! Hope you enjoyed it, and as always, feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
Happy weekend, everyone!