Musicals are a great way to cheer up after you've had a long day, so it's always handy to keep a list of the ten best musical songs on hand. Whether you enjoy classic musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber classics or find your tastes lean more towards rock musicals, there's something special about the musical that can really pick you up and help you forget about life for a while. If you enjoy Broadway and you're looking for some of the best musical songs of all time, be sure to give a listen to these amazing hits.
- "Cell Block Tango" from "Chicago" (2002): Six merry murderesses sing about the men who caused them to commit the crimes they are now imprisoned for. Whether you enjoy the tango or not, this is a steamy hot song with a funny edge to it. Catherine Zeta-Jones' amazing talent makes one of the best musical songs all the better.
- "The One That I Want" from "Grease" (1978): John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John team up to create one of the most famous duets and one of the best musical songs of all time. Released in 1978, "The One That I Want" remains a timeless classic and a great way to tell someone how special they are.
- "Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge!" (2001): If you like your musical songs with a more modern edge, this song, one of the creepiest Madonna covers ever, spawned the amazing love song "Come What May." If you enjoy musical songs, you definitely need to treat yourself to this.
- "La Vie Boheme" from "Rent" (2005): One of the best musical songs of the decade, "La Vie Boheme" is both funny and infectious. Even if you don't know all of the words, it's hard not to belt out occasional phrases along with the actors and actresses of "Rent." Anyone who thinks musical songs are tame needs to give a listen to this rocking tune.
- "Shall We Dance?" from "The King and I" (1956): Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr are unforgettable in "The King and I." One of the most popular musical songs of all time, "Shall We Dance?" is a bright tune, introducing the King of Siam to the joy of European dance.
- "Time Warp" from "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1973): If you like conventional musical songs, "Rocky Horror" may not be for you. However, if you enjoy great novelty songs, bad sci-fi and bad horror, you're sure to love this one. "Time Warp" is the signature song from the movie and even comes with instructions on how to dance along with the cult classic.
- "Singin' in the Rain" from "Singin' in the Rain" (1952): Gene Kelly is absolutely mesmerizing in this top musical song about love and happiness. While a bit stereotypical with the impromptu dancing in the street, those who are in love can certainly relate.
- "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" (1939): One of the most-loved classic musical songs of all time, "Over the Rainbow" is young Dorothy's lament over her grey life in Kansas, yearning for brighter and more wonderful things that she believes are located somewhere over the rainbow. We all want to journey over the rainbow from time to time.
- "Memory" from "Cats" (1981): Based on a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot, "Cats" is an amazing musical that allows one to see things from a feline perspective. "Memory" is a strikingly beautiful ballad and remains one of the most popular musical songs of all time.
- "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera" (1986): Few can resist the haunting sounds of "Music of the Night." One of the best musical songs of all time, the song's lyrics are wonderful and the music is purely mesmerizing. Musical fans of all ages are sure to love this one.
Moulin Rouge!: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203009/
Phantom of the Opera: http://www.broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/phantom.htm