My Broadway Hits

I have none of the talent that will ever let me be in a musical, but that will never stop me from loving Broadway or from putting on one woman shows at home or in my car. So, this is going to be a list of what I believe to be the best Broadway songs for belting. You will probably disagree or have ones to add, so please, let me know your favorites in the comments.

To prevent having a list that is 100 songs long, I have split them into categories based on moods. Please enjoy.

When you need motivation:
  • “Defying Gravity” Wicked
  • “Seize the Day” Newsies
  • “Freak Flag” Shrek the Musical
  • “Learn to Do It” Anastasia
  • “So Much Better” Legally Blonde the Musical
When you are really pissed off:
  • “No Good Deed” Wicked
  • “Cell Block Tango” Chicago
  • “I’d Rather be Me” Mean Girls
  • “Epiphany” Sweeney Todd
When you’re in one of those moods that’s not quite sad, but not not sad either:
  • “Who I’d Be” Shrek the Musical
  • “Monster” Frozen
  • “Music of the Night” Phantom of the Opera
  • “Shadowlands” The Lion King
When you just want to cry:
  • “I’ll Cover You Reprise” Rent
  • “Come What May” Moulin Rouge (it’s about to open on Broadway so I’m counting it)
  • “On My Own” Les Miserables (Really ANY of the songs fit here)
  • “Winner Takes it All” Mamma Mia
When you want to be sassy and sexy:
  • “All that Jazz” Chicago
  • “On the Right Track” Pippin (The ringmaster just oozes sexuality and I love it. At least she does on the New Broadway Cast Recording)
  • “Bend and Snap” Legally Blonde the Musical
  • “Harden My Heart” Rock of Ages
  • “You’re the One that I Want” Grease (Tell me about it, stud)
When you are in love:
  • “I Can Hear the Bells” Hairspray
  • “All I ask of You” Phantom of the Opera
  • “As Long As You’re Mine” Wicked
  • “I Could Have Danced All Night” My Fair Lady
When you want to sing something that doesn’t fit in the other categories (or you REALLY cannot rap but still try):
  • “Gay or European” Legally Blonde the Musical
  • “Trouble” The Music Man
  • “A Little Priest” Sweeney Todd
  • The entire Hamilton album
  • “One Day More” Les Miserables (Bonus points if you attempt all 20 parts like I do)
  • “Gaston” Beauty and the Beast

Let’s Go Down to the Ozdust Ballroom

So, I’m trying to figure out how to share some of my memories of seeing the show on my Facebook page so go like it on there to see if I do.

ANYWAY, Wicked has been around for 15 years. It is the 6th longest running show on Broadway. I am not staying up late to watch the celebration tonight on NBC because I have a strict bedtime and work in the morning, but I will be making my husband watch tomorrow on Hulu.

If you have never heard of the show, then you are living under a rock. It has everything a musical needs to be just amazing, including a book series. Wicked is the tale of Glinda the good witch of the north and Elphaba the wicked witch of the west. It has love and hate and sorrow and humor. You will feel empowered and you will cry. The sets and costumes are gorgeous. I routinely put on one woman shows with the soundtrack (all off key as I will be the first to admit that I cannot sing).

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth gave Wicked life 15 years ago, and they will live on forever as Elphaba and Glinda. However, so many other amazing actresses has graced the Wicked stage like Megan Hilty (if you didn’t love her in Smash, you’re lying), Cassie Levi (currently starring as Elsa in Frozen), Laura Bell Bundy (the o.g. Elle Woods on Broadway), and so many more.

THEN you have the guys who have played Fiyero: Taye Diggs, Aaron Tveit, Adam Labert, Joey McIntyre. Yes. Joey freaking McIntyre from New Kids on the Block. This show is iconic.

And while “Defying Gravity” is the most well known song from the show, you cannot tell me you have not once belted “No Good Deed” on a really crappy day. Or that “For Good” was not one of your graduation playlist options. The soundtrack guys. You will never not have a song to go with your mood.

I was able to see Wicked in Atlanta 7 years ago. I was a month into my freshman year of college, and it was the first broadway tickets I ever purchased with my own money. We were at the very back of the balcony. Worth every penny. I want to see it again so bad. If it is still playing in five years, we’re planning a big birthday trip to New York so it is on my top three list to see.

I wish they would do a movie or recording like Phantom of the Opera did for their 25th anniversary. Someone make that happen please.

Happy 15 years and may there be many many more!

The Ultimate Disney Broadway Top 20

Broadway is amazing. Disney is life. It’s only fitting that the Disney Broadway shows are nothing short of magical. While The Lion King will always be the number one soundtrack as a whole, I have made a top twenty list of the best Disney original cast renditions. Feel free to add your own or tell me why I’m wrong:

  1. Circle of Life- The Lion King (I mean, duh)
  2.  Friend Like Me- Aladdin (the whole section where the genie sings other Disney songs is just the best.)
  3. Step in Time- Mary Poppins 
  4. King of New York- Newsies 
  5. If I Can’t Love Her- Beauty and the Beast (Perfect song if you need a good cry.)
  6. Shadowland- The Lion King
  7. He Lives in You- The Lion King
  8. Beauty and the Beast- Beauty and the Beast
  9. Out There- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (This whole soundtrack is gorgeous.)
  10. She’s In Love- The Little Mermaid
  11. Two Worlds- Tarzan (I actually just discovered this one recently.)
  12. Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
  13. Seize the Day- Newsies (Get pumped. We’re doing the thing.)
  14. Be Prepared- The Lion King (Iconic villainy)
  15. God Help the Outcasts- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Can any song be more beautiful?)
  16. Once and For All- Newsies
  17. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- Mary Poppins
  18. I Want the Good Times Back- The Little Mermaid (It’s like Ursula met Mama from Chicago. I love it.)
  19. Monster- Frozen (They gave Elsa character depth!)
  20. Hellfire- The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Now, I have not seen all of the shows on stage. The rankings are based off of the soundtracks alone. I know that seeing the choreography and context in person changes things, but I am on a strict “barely one touring show a year” budget when it comes to musicals as a whole.

There are rumors that Hercules is the next to get the Broadway treatment, so I expect this list will change because “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” is one of my favorite songs ever. Also, I can only imagine how sassy a Hades song will be and I am so ready for that.