30 Greatest Musical Numbers From Movie Musicals

In May we counted down the 30 Greatest Musical Numbers from Movie Musicals over on our Tumblr page. We posted 1 entry a day for 30 days and here is the final list. Make sure to check out our Redbubble store to accompany the countdown and a video on our Youtube channel.

As with any of our countdowns, we set some criteria when making our decisions and for this list there were a lot of rules. We therefore felt we needed to share them with you:

1. It is as it says in the title the musical numbers had to come from Films classed as Musicals.

2. The list was judged on the song itself and its overall performance, so if you don’t see some of your favourite dance numbers here don’t worry that is for a different list.

3. There are no entries from Disney on this list whether live action or animated that is also for another list.

4. We stuck to once entry per film in order to keep it a fair fight.

That’s it, all you need to know. We hope you enjoy our count down. Let us know what you think.

30

Number 30: Getting To Know You – The King and I (1956)

Director: Walter Lang

29

Number 29: And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going – Dreamgirls (2006)

Director: Bill Condon 

28

Number 28: Anything Goes – Anything Goes (1956)

Director: Robert Lewis 

27

Number 27: Dentist! – Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director: Frank Oz

26

Number 26: The Man That Got Away – A Star Is Born (1954)

Director: George Cukor

 25

Number 25: Keep It Gay – The Producers (2005)

Director: Susan Stroman

24

Number 24: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? – My Fair lady (1964)

Director: George Cukor 

23

Number 23: Elephant Love Medley – Moulin Rouge (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrmann 

22

Number 22: Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ – Oklahoma (1955)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

21

Number 21: Please Mr Jailer – Cry Baby (1990)

Director: John Waters 

20

Number 20: The Phantom of the Opera – The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Director: Joel Schumacher 

19

Number 19: Falling Slowly – Once (2007)

Director: John Carney 

18

Number 18: A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Director: Tim Burton

17

Number 17: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Director: Vincente Minnelli

16

Number 16: One Day More – Les Miserables (2012)

Director: Tom Hooper

15

Number 15: You Can’t Stop The Beat – Hairspray (2007)

Director: Adam Shankman

14

Number 14: I’d Do Anything – Oliver! (1968)

Director: Carol Reed 

13

Number 13: Mein Herr – Cabaret (1972)

Director: Bob Fosse

12

Number 12: Don’t Rain On My Parade – Funny Girl (1968)

Director: William Wyler 

11

Number 11: Jailhouse Rock – Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Director: Richard Thorpe 

10

Number 10: All That Jazz – Chicago (2002)

Director: Rob Marshall

9

Number 9: America – West Side Story (1961)

Directors: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise 

8

Number 8: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Director: Ken Hughes 

7

Number 7: Pure Imagination – Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Director: Mel Stuart 

6

Number 6: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Evita (1996)

Director: Alan Parker 

5

Number 5: Summer Nights – Grease (1978)

Director: Randal Kleiser

4

Number 4: Sweet Transvestite – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Director: Jim Sharman 

3

Number 3: Do-Re-Mi – The Sound of Music (1965)

Director: Robert Wise 

2

Number 2: Somewhere Over The Rainbow – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Director: Victor Fleming 

1

Number 1: Singin’ In The Rain – Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Directors: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

 

Rebecca Seghini

Rebecca Seghini

Author/Designer at The Film Magazine
Film and media graduate, Disney obsessed, Sci-Fi and Fantasy nerd and I love a good musical. I consider The Wizard of Oz to be the greatest movie of all time. I am also a massive Lord of the Rings, Batman and Star Wars fan girl. Basically, I will give pretty much anything a watch. My life goals are to one day have Disney perfect hair and to cover myself in movie related tattoos
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