30 Tracks From Musicals That You Need To Listen To Now

We’ve had jazz and we’ve had funk. Now I’m switching things up with 30 iconic tracks from musicals. Whether you’re into the classics or more modern musicals, there’s definitely a little something for everyone in this 30-track playlist. This is the third post in a twelve-part series entitled Music Monthly.

A Very Brief History Of Musicals

So this playlist is a little different to the others in that musicals aren’t necessarily just a genre of music. They’re a form of film and theatre too. Musicals (or musical theatre) are a form of performance combining songs, dialogue, acting and dance. They can follow any theme from love and romance to humour to even violence and anger. But they all share common themes in the way that they’re communicated; through words, music and movement.

The modern musical theatre that we’re so familiar with first came about in the 19th century with the likes of Gilbert and Sullivan. But some of the more popular, modern day musicals are works like West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

If you want to do some of your own reading about musicals and musical theatre then you can check out the full wiki page here.

30 Tracks From Musicals That You Need To Listen To Now

My Favourites from the Playlist…

I think it’s pretty clear to see that I’m a huge fan of La La Land from this playlist. That and Les Miserables. Quite the difference between the two I know! However, I think it can be agreed that even though they’re totally different, both films are full of absolute tunes. Mia & Sebastian’s Theme is one of my favourites in La La Land for sure. It’s probably the most iconic track from the film as it pops up as a motif throughout the entire thing, and it’s one that I love playing on piano (except for the solo at the end which I have most definitely not mastered yet).

When it comes to Les Miserables I’d have to say that One Day More is my personal favourite. It just has everything in it doesn’t it? And it builds up so well!

Another iconic track on this playlist is the Cell Block Tango from Chicago. If you haven’t seen Chicago before then you are missing out on a great film. The scene in which Cell Block Tango plays was always my favourite part of the film when I was younger and remains to be so now as well. It’s absolutely incredible.

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A Little Bonus

As a little bonus I’m throwing in a track from one of my favourite musicals ever, Aladdin. When I was putting this playlist together there was one song that I knew HAD to be on it. But, as I was searching through Spotify I realised that it wasn’t on there. So, without further ado, here is my ultimate pick when it comes to musicals… Prince Ali.

What are your favourite musicals of all time? Let me know in the comments. What did you think of my selection of songs from musicals?

Female Original

*Photography by Neal Kharawala via Unsplash

Read next: 30 Alternative Tracks That You Need To Listen To Now.

24 Comments

  1. Asher Downer
    March 16, 2019

    This is SUCH an interesting post! I love musicals x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 16, 2019

      It was so much fun putting it together! x

      Reply
  2. Payton
    March 16, 2019

    I love this! I’ve been loving the Mean Girls soundtrack lately, and also Annie which is such a classic must-have.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 17, 2019

      Annie is a classic! I haven’t seen it in years x

      Reply
  3. Lorna Cole
    March 17, 2019

    I’m a huge musical lover and definitely need to go see more on stage, you’ve definitely got a great selection of songs here and some I need to listen to again for sure!x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 17, 2019

      I’d love to be able to see more on stage! I definitely don’t go to the theatre enough (barely ever haha) x

      Reply
  4. Annie
    March 18, 2019

    I love the selection of songs! There are some great Disney ones there! Cell Block Tango holds a very special place in my heart so I always love listening to that one. There are so many musicals I love, it’s hard to pick just one! Great post!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 19, 2019

      The Cell Block Tango is a classic! Thanks for reading and listening x

      Reply
  5. Main Mom
    March 19, 2019

    Awesome playlist for belting your heart out!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 20, 2019

      Thank you! X

      Reply
  6. Kat
    March 19, 2019

    I love One Day More. It’s one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite musicals.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 20, 2019

      Same here! It makes me feel so hyped up whenever I listen to it Haha x

      Reply
  7. Sophie Wentworth
    March 20, 2019

    This is such a great playlist! Musicals have such a feel good vibe. They’re such a good easy listen too x

    Sophie

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 21, 2019

      Thank you so much! They’re so great for lifting your mood x

      Reply
  8. Alice
    March 21, 2019

    This post is right up my street, I’m definitely adding that playlist onto my favourites as it’s SO perfect. I’m glad La La Land is included on it, people always slate it but I absolutely love it! My favourite musical at the moment is Hamilton, I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack but my all-time favourite has got to be Les Miserables.

    Alice x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 21, 2019

      I never understood why so many people seemed to hate La La Land! Honestly it’s one of my favourite films. Les Mis has the BEST soundtrack ever! x

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  9. Sunkissed Scribbles
    March 21, 2019

    I love musicals. I love Mamma Mia so much – watched the movies so many time and saw it on stage for the first time last month. So many great songs in that. I love Chicago too. But the latest one I’m in love with is The Greatest Showman – sooooo many brilliant songs in that film and I was just blown away by it. Rewrite The Stars is one of my faves from it, along with A Million Dreams (I love P!nk’s version).

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 21, 2019

      Rewrite The Stars and A Million Dreams are my two favourites as well! I haven’t heard P!nk’s version yet x

      Reply
  10. Aaliyah
    March 21, 2019

    Any songs from Hairspray I love! I haven’t seen the musical or the movie in years so this post has definitely reminded me to go and watch it again this weekend! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 21, 2019

      I haven’t seen it in years either! I loved it when I was younger though so I’ll definitely have to give it another watch soon x

      Reply
  11. Michel
    March 21, 2019

    I loooooove Aladdin!
    If you should ever come to Germany you have to check out “Tanz der Vampire” (“Dance if the Vampires”) – it’s really a classic and I believe they even have a translated version for a more international audience

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 21, 2019

      Ooh that sounds cool! Aladdin is one of my favourite Disney films, I can’t wait for the live action version x

      Reply
  12. Erin Grace
    March 24, 2019

    I love this playlist!! I am also a huge fan of musicals, Les Mis being my favourite on stage and La La Land my favourite on screen, so of course I was super excited by your choices!! Most of these are on my own musicals playlist but the ones that aren’t I will be adding to it! X

    Erin // Everything Erin

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 25, 2019

      Les Mis is such a classic! La La Land could possibly be my favourite one if not Les Mis. Glad you enjoyed it! X

      Reply

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