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 accompanying video available 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.


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

Director: Walter Lang


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

Director: Bill Condon 


Number 28: Anything Goes – Anything Goes (1956)

Director: Robert Lewis 


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

Director: Frank Oz


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

Director: George Cukor


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

Director: Susan Stroman


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

Director: George Cukor 


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

Director: Baz Luhrmann 


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

Director: Fred Zinnemann


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

Director: John Waters 


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

Director: Joel Schumacher 


Number 19: Falling Slowly – Once (2007)

Director: John Carney 


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

Director: Tim Burton


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

Director: Vincente Minnelli


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

Director: Tom Hooper


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

Director: Adam Shankman


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

Director: Carol Reed 


Number 13: Mein Herr – Cabaret (1972)

Director: Bob Fosse


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

Director: William Wyler 


Number 11: Jailhouse Rock – Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Director: Richard Thorpe 


Number 10: All That Jazz – Chicago (2002)

Director: Rob Marshall


Number 9: America – West Side Story (1961)

Directors: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise 


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

Director: Ken Hughes 


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

Director: Mel Stuart 


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

Director: Alan Parker 


Number 5: Summer Nights – Grease (1978)

Director: Randal Kleiser


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

Director: Jim Sharman 


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

Director: Robert Wise 


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

Director: Victor Fleming 


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

Directors: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen


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