The Definitive 250 Best Broadway Songs of All Time Ranked

Kai McKinnon
23 min readMay 15, 2024

The rise of AI has coincided with a complete and total utter lack of taste. I’m here to save you because the internet needs nothing if not another list. Below are the best 250 “Broadway” songs ranked. Eligible songs must have been performed on a Broadway stage or near enough that I’ll still count it (West End and Off-Broadway, I’m looking at you).

Honorable Mentions

These honorable mentions made this short-list not just because they’re incredible songs but also because (prediction time!) I’m manifesting them appearing on a Broadway stage near you in the next decade.

  • “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto (2021). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Sebastián Yatra
  • “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas (1995). Written by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Judy Kuhn
  • “Broadway, Here I Come!” from Smash (2012). Written by Joe Iconis & performed by Jeremy Jordan
  • “The Gospel Truth” from Hercules (1997). Written by Alan Menken, with lyrics by David Zippel & performed by Lillias White, LaChanze, Roz Ryan, Cheryl Freeman, and Vanéese Y. Thomas
  • “Let Me Be Your Star” from Smash (2012). Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman & performed by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty
  • Olympia’s Aria from The Tales of Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) (1881). Written by Jacques Offenbach and Jules Barbier & performed by Kathleen Kim.
  • “A Little Bit” from I Could Use a Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini (2013). Written by Drew Gasparini & performed by Alex Brightman
  • The Horse and the Infant” from The Troy Sage (2022). Written by Jorge Rivera-Herrans, Luke Holt, and EPIC Ensemble & performed by Jorge Rivera-Herrans, Luke Holt, and EPIC Ensemble.

The Ranking

250. “The Life I Never Led” from Sister Act (2011). Written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater & performed by Katie Rowley Jones

249. “The Things I Never Said” from First Date (2013). Written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner & performed by Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary Levi

248. “Seventeen” from Heathers: The Musical (2014). Written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy & performed by Barrett Wilbert Weed and Company

247. “Get Out And Stay Out” from 9 to 5: The Musical (2008). Written by Dolly Parton & performed by Allison Janney

246. “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from Avenue Q (2003). Written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx & performed by Stephanie D’Abruzzo, John Tartaglia, Jennifer Barnhart, and Rick Lyon

245. “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz (1975). Written by Charlie Smalls & performed by Stephanie Mills and Company

244. “Lily’s Eyes” from The Secret Garden (1991). Written by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman & performed by Mandy Patinkin and Robert Westenberg

243. “A Musical” from Something Rotten (2015). Written by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick & performed by Brian d’Arcy James and Company

242. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel (1945). Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II & performed by Christine Johnson

241. “Will I” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Anthony Rapp and Company

240. “How Could I Ever Forget?” from Next to Normal (2009). Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey & performed by Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer

239. “Devil Take the Hindmost” from Love Never Dies (2010). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, and Charles Hart & performed by Ramin Karimloo and Joseph Millson

238. “Forget About the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002). Written by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan & performed by Sutton Foster and Company

237. “I’d Give My Life for You” from Miss Saigon (1989). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Lea Salonga

236. “Brave Enough for Love” from Jane Eyre: The Musical (2000). Written by Paul Gordon & performed by Marla Schaffel

235. “Heaven’s Light” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). Written by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Tom Hulce

234. “Unusual Way” from Nine (1982). Written by Maury Yeston & performed by Anita Morris

233. “Still Hurting” from The Last Five Years (2001). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Sherie Rene Scott

232. “A Very Nice Prince / First Midnight / Giants in the Sky” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, and Company

231. “Fly, Mariposa, Fly” from Some Like it Hot (1959). Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman & originally performed by Adrianna Hick and Company

230. “Words Fail” from Dear Evan Hansen (2016). Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul & performed by Ben Platt

229. “All That Matters” from Finding Neverland (2015). Written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy & performed by Laura Michelle Kelly

228. “Independently Owned” from Shucked (2022). Written by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally — Alex Newell

227. “Why We Tell the Story” from Once on This Island (1990). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Company

226. “Sail on, Boys” from Operation Mincemeat (2023). Written by SpitLip & performed by Company

225. “Heart of Stone” from SIX (2017). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & performed by Natalie Paris

224. “Tomorrow” from Annie (1977). Written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin & performed by Andrea McArdle”

223. “It’s Hard to Speak My Heart” from Parade (1998). Written by Jason Robert Brown & originally performed by Brent Carver

222. “Breathe” from In the Heights (2008). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Mandy Gonzalez

221. “Road to Hell (Reprise)” from Hadestown (2019). Written by Anaïs Mitchell & performed by Andre De Shields, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, and Company

220. “Stars” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & originally performed by Roger Allam

219. “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees (1955). Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross & originally performed by Gwen Verdon

218. “Cellophane” from Chicago (1975). Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb & performed by Joel Grey

217. “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Company

216. “Journey On” from Ragtime (1996). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman, and Mark Jacoby

215. “Somebody Gonna Love You” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Cynthia Erivo and Company

214. “No Good Deed” from Wicked (2003). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Idina Menzel

213. “Days and Days” from Fun Home (2015). Written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron & performed by Judy Kuhn

212. “Wait for It” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Leslie Odom Jr.

211. “I Can Do Better Than That” from The Last Five Years (2001). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Sherie Rene Scott

210. “Omigod You Guys” from Legally Blonde (2007). Written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin & performed by Laura Bell Bundy and Company

209. “Elephant Love Medley” from Moulin Rouge (2001). Written by Various Artists & performed by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

208. “Hasa Diga Eebowai” from The Book of Mormon (2011). Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone & performed by Michael Potts and Company

207. “The Human Heart” from Once on This Island (1990). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by LaChanze

206. “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific (1949). Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II & originally performed by Ezio Pinza

205. “Glitter And Be Gay” from Candide (1956). Written by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Richard Wilbur & performed by Barbara Cook

204. “Think of Me” from The Phantom of the Opera (1986). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe & originally performed by Sarah Brightman

203. “Making a Man” from Operation Mincemeat (2023). Written by SpitLip & performed by Company

202. “Magic to Do” from Pippin (1972). Written by Stephen Schwartz & originally performed by Ben Vereen and Company

201. “Come Home with Me” from Hadestown (2019). Written by Anaïs Mitchell & performed by Reeve Carney

200. “Turn It Off” from The Book of Mormon (2011). Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone & performed by Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, and Company

199. “The Proposal / The Night Was Alive” from Titanic: The Musical (1997). Written by Maury Yeston & performed by Brian d’Arcy James, Martin Moran, and Company

198. “Your Fault” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Chip Zien, Ben Wright, Joanna Gleason, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, and Bernadette Peters

197. “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady (1956). Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe & performed by Julie Andrews

196. “Opening: I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line (1975). Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban & performed by Company

195. “My Shot” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Company

194. “(Just a) Simple Sponge” from SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical (2017). Written by Panic! At The Disco & performed by Ethan Slater

193. “The World Was Wide Enough” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.

192. “No One Mourns the Wicked” from Wicked (2003). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Cristy Candler, Jan Neuberger, Sean McCourt, and Company

191. “Santa Fe” from Newsies (2012). Written by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman & performed by Jeremy Jordan

190. “Losing My Mind” from Follies (1971). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Dorothy Collins

189. “Unruly Heart” from The Prom (2018). Written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin & performed by Caitlin Kinnunen

188. “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors (1982). Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman & performed by Ellen Greene and Rick Moranis

187. “Always Starting Over” from If/Then (2014). Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey & performed by Idina Menzel

186. “Better” from Kimberly Akimbo (2021). Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori & performed by Bonnie Milligan, Victoria Clark, Michael Iskander, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, and Nina White

185. “When I Grow Up” from Matilda the Musical (2013). Written by Tim Minchin & performed by Bailey Ryon and Company

184. “In His Eyes” from Jekyll & Hyde (1997). Written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse & performed by Linda Eder and Christiane Noll

183. “Agony” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Robert Westenberg and Chuck Wagner

182. “Come to Me” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Rebecca Caine and Colm Wilkinson

181. “All the Wasted Time” from Parade (1998). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello

180. “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music (1959). Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II & originally performed by Mary Martin

179. “Our Prayer” from The Color Purple (2005). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Company

178. “Leave The Light On” from The Notebook (2024). Written by Ingrid Michaelson & performed by Ryan Vasquez and Company

177. “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music (1959). Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II & originally performed by Mary Martin and Company

176. “Road to Hell” from Hadestown (2019). Written by Anaïs Mitchell & performed by Andre De Shields, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, and Company

175. “Helpless” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Phillipa Soo and and Lin-Manuel Miranda

174. “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Show (1973). Written by Richard O’Brien & performed by Richard O’Brien and Company

173. “Take a Chance on Me” from Little Women (2005). Written by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein & performed by Sutton Foster and Danny Gurwin

172. “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker

171. “That Would Be Enough” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda

170. “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Written by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein & originally performed by Tanya Everett, Joanna Merlin, and Julia Migenes

169. “Waiting” from The Band’s Visit (2017). Written by David Yazbek & performed by Adam Kantor

168. “Secret Soul” from Jane Eyre: The Musical (2000). Written by Paul Gordon & performed by Marla Schaffel

167. “Follow Your Heart” from Urinetown (2001). Written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis & performed by Hunter Foster and Jennifer Laura Thompson

166. “When Love Explodes” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014). Written by Stephen Trask & performed by Lena Hall

165. “Overture / Work Song” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Company

164. “Getting Married Today” from Company (1970). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Company

163. “See I’m Smiling” from The Last Five Years (2001). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Sherie René Scott and Norbert Leo Butz

162. “Seize The Day” from Newsies (2012). Written by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman & performed by Jeremy Jordan and Company

161. “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady (1956). Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe & originally performed by John Michael King

160. “How I Know You” from Aida (2000). Written by Elton John and Tim Rice & performed by Damian Perkins

159. “Run, Freedom, Run!” from Urinetown (2001). Written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis & performed by Jennifer Laura Thompson and Company

158. “Ring of Keys” from Fun Home (2015). Written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron & performed by Sydney Lucas

157. “Crossing a Bridge” from Anastasia (2017). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Christy Altomare

156. “As Good As You” from Jane Eyre: The Musical (2000). Written by Paul Gordon & performed by James Barbour

155. “One Song Glory” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Adam Pascal

154. “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company (1970). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Elaine Stritch

153. “Bui Doi” from Miss Saigon (1989). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Company

152. “21 Guns” from American Idiot (2009). Written by Green Day & performed by Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous, and Company

151. “My Days” from The Notebook (2024). Written by Ingrid Michaelson & performed by Joy Woods

150. “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy (1959). Written by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim & originally performed by Ethel Merman

149. “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray (2002). Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman & performed by Marissa Jaret Winokur and Company

148. “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” from The Book of Mormon (2011). Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone & performed by Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad

147. “Willow” from Venice (2010). Written by Eric Rosen and Matt Sax & performed by Jennifer Damiano

146. “Quiet” from Matilda the Musical (2013). Written by Tim Minchin & performed by Bailey Ryon

145. “Left Behind” from Spring Awakening (2006). Written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater & performed by Jonathan Groff

144. “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Written by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein & originally performed by Zero Mostel and Company

143. “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun (1946). Written by Irving Berlin & originally performed by Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton

142. “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma! (1943). Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II & originally performed by Alfred Drake

141. “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys And Dolls (1950). Written by Frank Loesser & performed by Vivian Blaine

140. “Falling Slowly” from Once (2011). Written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová & performed by Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti

139. “No More” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Chip Zien

138. “Miss Celie’s Pants” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Cynthia Erivo

137. “I’d Rather Be Me” from Mean Girls (2018). Written by Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin, and Tina Fey & performed by Barrett Wilbert Weed and Company

136. “I Believe” from The Book of Mormon (2011). Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone & performed by Andrew Rannells

135. “My Petersburg” from Anastasia (2017). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Derek Klena

134. “This is Not Over Yet” from Parade (1998). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello

133. “The Music Of The Night” from The Phantom Of The Opera (1986). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe & performed by Michael Crawford

132. “All That Jazz” from Chicago (1975). Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb & originally performed by Chita Rivera

131. “Get Down” from SIX (2017). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & performed by Genesis Lynea

130. “Tonight” from West Side Story (1957). Written by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents & performed by Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence

129. “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha (1965). Written by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion & originally performed by Richard Kiley

128. “Johanna” from Sweeney Todd (1979). Written by Stephen Sondheim & originally performed by Victor Garber

127. “Beautiful City” from Godspell (1971). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Victor Garber

126. “Anagram” from Kimberly Akimbo (2021). Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori & performed by Justin Cooley

125. “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line (1975). Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban & performed by Priscilla Lopez

124. “Wait for Me” from Hadestown (2019). Written by Anaïs Mitchell & performed by Andre De Shields, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, and Company

123. “Circle of Life with Nants’ Ingonyama” from The Lion King (1997). Written by Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), and Lebo M (Zulu lyrics) & performed by Company

122. “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard (1993). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton & originally performed by Glenn Close

121. “What Have I Done” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Colm Wilkinson

120. “Anything Goes” from Anything Goes (1934). Written by Cole Porter & performed by Ethel Merman

119. “Easy” from Water for Elephants (2024). Written by Pigpen Theatre Co. & performed by Isabelle McCalla

118. “Red and Black” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Michael Maguire and Company

117. “What Baking Can Do” from Waitress (2015). Written by Sara Bareilles & performed by Jessie Mueller

116. “La Vie Boheme” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Anthony Rapp and Company

115. “Answer Me” from The Band’s Visit (2017). Written by David Yazbek & performed by Adam Kantor

114. “Shadowland” from The Lion King (1997). Written by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin & performed by Heather Headley

113. “Who Am I?” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Colm Wilkinson

112. “Non-Stop” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton

111. “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls (1981). Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen & originally performed by Jennifer Holliday

110. “Sunday in the Park with George” (1984). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Mandy Patinkin

109. “On My Own” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & originally performed by Frances Ruffelle

108. “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” from Songs for a New World (1995). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Andrea Burns

107. “Stars and the Moon” from Songs for a New World (1995). Written by Jason Robert Brown & performed by Jessica Molaskey

106. “Precious Little Dream / AIDS is God’s Punishment” from A Strange Loop (2019). Written and performed by Michael R. Jackson

105. “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid (2008). Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman & performed by Sierra Boggess

104. “Washington on Your Side” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Leslie Odom Jr.

103. “A Way Back to Then” from [title of show] (2006). Written by Jeff Bowen & performed by Heidi Blickenstaff

102. “Who I’d Be” from Shrek The Musical (2008). Written by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire & performed by Brian d’Arcy James

101. “Maybe” from Annie (1977). Written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin & performed by Andrea McArdle

100. “Omar Sharif” from The Band’s Visit (2017). Written by David Yazbek & performed by Katrina Lenk

99. “A Whole New World” from Aladdin (2011). Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice & performed by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed

98. “Memory” from Cats (1981). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn, and T.S. Eliot & originally performed by Elaine Paige

97. “Kaleidoscope” from Hell’s Kitchen (2024). Written by Alicia Keys & performed by Maleah Joi Moon

96. “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera (1986). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe & performed by Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton

95. “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast (1994). Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice & performed by Terrence Mann

94. “If Only (Quartet)” from The Little Mermaid (2008). Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman & performed by Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Sherie Rene Scott, and Eddie Korbich

93. “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles (1983). Written by Jerry Herman & performed by George Hearn

92. “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & originally performed by Patti LuPone

91. “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Written by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein & performed by Zero Mostel

90. “The Fire Within Me” from Little Women (2005). Written by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein & performed by Jo March

89. “Touch Me” from Spring Awakening (2006). Written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater & performed by Lea Michele and Company

88. “Michael in the Bathroom” from Be More Chill (2015). Written by Joe Iconis & performed by George Salazar

87. “America” from West Side Story (1957). Written by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents & originally performed by Chita Rivera and Marilyn Cooper

86. “Proud of Your Boy” from Aladdin (2011). Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman & performed by Adam Jacobs

85. “Good Kid” from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (2017). Written by Rob Rokicki & performed by Chris McCarrell

84. “Simple Joys” from Pippin (1972). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by John Rubinstein

83. “Not My Father’s Son” from Kinky Boots (2013). Written by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein & performed by Billy Porter and Stark Sands

82. “Me And The Sky” from Come from Away (2015). Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein & performed by Jenn Colella

81. “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin (1972). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by John Rubinstein

80. “The Wizard And I” from Wicked (2003). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Idina Menzel

79. “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast (1994). Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken & performed by Angela Lansbury

78. “Find Your Grail” from Spamalot (2005). Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez & performed by Sara Ramirez and Company

77. “Seasons of Love” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & originally performed by Company

76. “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Kim Crosby, Ben Wright, Danielle Ferland, and Chip Zien

75. “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita (1978). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice & performed by Elaine Paige

74. “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Colm Wilkinson

73. “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George (1984). Written by Stephen Sondheim & originally performed by Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters

72. “Man Of La Mancha” from Man of La Mancha (1965). Written by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion & performed by Richard Kiley

71. “It’s All Over” from Dreamgirls (1981). Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen & originally performed by Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, and Tony Franklin

70. “Finale/Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Company

69. “Prologue: Into The Woods” from Into the Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Company

68. “A Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd (1979). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou

67. “Fight the Dragons” from Big Fish (2013). Written by Andrew Lippa & performed by Norbert Leo Butz

66. “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Company

65. “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime (1996). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald

64. “Bring on the Men” from Jekyll & Hyde (1997). Written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse & performed by Linda Eder

63. “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man (1957). Written by Meredith Willson & performed by Robert Preston

62. “If You Knew my Story” from Bright Star (2014). Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell & performed by Carmen Cusack

61. “Javert’s Suicide” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Terrence Mann

60. “One Day More” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil & performed by Company

59. “No One Else” from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2012). Written by Dave Malloy & performed by Phillipa Soo

58. “Facade” from Jekyll & Hyde (1997). Written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse & performed by Company

57. “For Good” from Wicked (2003). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

56. “Some Things Are Meant to Be” from Little Women (2005). Written by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein & performed by Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis

55. “Falcon in the Dive” from The Scarlet Pimpernel (1997). Written by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton & performed by Douglas Sills

54. “Cute Boys with Short Haircuts” from Vanities (2009). Written by David Kirshenbaum & performed by Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles, and Anneliese van der Pol

53. “No Way” from SIX (2017). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & performed by the Brittney Mack

52. “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from The Pirates of Penzance (1879). Written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan & performed by George Rose

51. “Home” from The Wiz (1975). Written by Charlie Smalls & performed by Stephanie Mills

50. “Woman Is” from Lempicka (2024). Written by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer & performed by Eden Espinosa

49. “Opening / Mysterious Ways” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by the Company

48. “El Tango De Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge (2001). Written by Sting, adapted for the film & performed by José Feliciano, Ewan McGregor, and Jacek Koman

47. “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys And Dolls (1950). Written by Frank Loesser & performed by Stubby Kaye and Company

46. “You Will be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen (2015). Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul & performed by Ben Platt and Company

45. “You Matter to Me” from Waitress (2015). Written by Sara Bareilles & performed by Drew Gehling and Jessie Mueller

44. “Louder Than Words” from tick, tick…BOOM! (2001). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Raúl Esparza

43. “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl (1964). Written by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill & performed by Barbra Streisand

42. “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago (1975). Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb & performed by Bebe Neuwirth and Company

41. “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry and Lin-Manuel Miranda

40. “Daffodils” from Big Fish (2013). Written by Andrew Lippa & performed by Norbert Leo Butz

39. “SIX” from SIX (2017). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & performed by Company

38. “Masquerade” from The Phantom of the Opera (1986). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe & performed by Company

37. “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” from Rent (1996). Written by Jonathan Larson & performed by Jesse L. Martin and Company

36. “They Live in You” from The Lion King (1997). Written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin & performed by Samuel E. Wright

35. “Thin Air” from Amélie (2001). Written by Dan Messé and Nathan Tysen & performed by Phillipa Soo

34. “Lost in the Wilderness” from Children of Eden (1991). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Danny Kosarin and Darius DeHaas

33. “Legally Blonde” from Legally Blonde (2007). Written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin & performed by Laura Bell Bundy

32. “I Don’t Need Your Love” from SIX (2017). Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & originally performed by Christina Modestou

31. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd (1979). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Len Cariou and Company

30. “Ol’ Man River” from Show Boat (1927). Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II & originally performed by Jules Bledsoe

29. “Children Will Listen” from Into The Woods (1987). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Bernadette Peters

28. “Your Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime (1996). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Audra McDonald

27. “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd (1979). Written by Stephen Sondheim & performed by Angela Lansbury and Ed Sanders

26. “African Homeland” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Cynthia Erivo and Joaquina Kalukango

25. “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress (2015). Written by Sara Bareilles & performed by Jessie Mueller

24. “Waving Through A Window” from Dear Evan Hansen (2015). Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul & performed by Ben Platt

23. “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret (1972). Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb & performed by Liza Minnelli

22. “Till We Reach That Day” from Ragtime (1996). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Company

21. “Morning Glow” from Pippin (1972). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by John Rubinstein

20. “Astonishing” from Little Women (2005). Written by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein & performed by Sutton Foster

19. “What About Love?” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by LaChanze and Elisabeth Withers

18. “Let It Burn” from Paradise Square (2022). Written by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen, and Masi Asare — Performed by Joaquina Kalukango

17. “The Phantom of the Opera” from The Phantom of the Opera (1986). Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe & originally performed by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman

16. “Perfection” from Lempicka (2024). Written by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer & performed by George Abud and Company

15. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Misérables (1985). Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil -Originally performed by Michael Ball

14. “Satisfied” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry

13. “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime (1996). Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens & performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell

12. “The Color Purple (Reprise)” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Cynthia Erivo, Joaquina Kalukango, and Company

11. “Meadowlark” from The Baker’s Wife (1976). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Patti LuPone

10. “Burn” from Hamilton (2015). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Phillipa Soo

9. “Dust and Ashes” from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2012). Written by Dave Malloy & performed by Josh Groban

8. “Defying Gravity” from Wicked (2003). Written by Stephen Schwartz & performed by Idina Menzel

7. “Everything I Know” from In the Heights (2008). Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda & performed by Mandy Gonzalez

6. “Days of Plenty” from Little Women (2005). Written by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein & performed by Maureen McGovern

5. “Dear Bill” from Operation Mincemeat (2023). Written by SpitLip & performed by Jak Malone

4. “Being Alive” from Company (1970). Written by Stephen Sondheim & originally performed by Dean Jones

3. “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls (1981). Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen & originally performed by Jennifer Holliday

2. “Send in the Clowns (Act Two)” from A Little Night Music (1973). Written by Stephen Sondheim & originally performed by Glynis Johns

  1. I’m Here” from The Color Purple (2015). Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray & performed by Cynthia Erivo

Data visualizations by Skyler Johnson

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Kai McKinnon

Software Engineer and aspiring fantasy writer living in Brooklyn