10 Songs From Broadway Musicals That Will Have You Running To The Box Office For A Front Row Seat

10 Songs From Broadway Musicals That Will Have You Running To The Box Office For A Front Row Seat

While all Broadway songs can be considered masterpieces, these are the ones that keep us coming back for more.


Broadway musicals are a brilliant display of dancing, singing, acting, and everything in between. There are a great deal of shows that have graced the Broadway stage throughout the years. No doubt the best thing about them is the wonderful music within them. This list will look at some of the most beloved songs from Broadway musicals and what they have to offer.

1. Cell Block Tango (Chicago)

This song is undeniably one of the most powerful and sultry numbers to hit the Broadway stage. While this musical is chock full of incredible songs, "Cell Block Tango" stands out among the rest. The song follows the story of six women who are accused of killing their husbands. We hear their side of the story and why they felt it necessary to give their husbands the chop. One listens and you will fall in love with it and be crawling to watch the whole musical. I highly recommend.

2. The Bitch of Living (Spring Awakening)

Spring Awakening is a unique musical that explores teenage sexuality in 19th century Germany. The song that really vocalizes the frustration the teenage boys in the musical are experiencing is "The Bitch of Living". This angsty rock number accurately expresses the feeling that your life is being controlled by everyone but you that all kids have. This song never fails to have me jumping around my room screaming the words until my voice runs out. If you are a fan of rock music and are skeptical towards the flashiness that is typically associated with musicals, this is the song for you.

3. Candy Store (Heathers)

I could not make a list of the best songs from musicals without including one of my favorite musicals of all time. While this musical has yet to hit Broadway, it has already made a big impact on the musical theater scene. "Candy Store" is hands down the most badass song from the production and provides a great insight into the evil ways of the Heathers. This song as well as the whole musical is just a whole lot of fun that will leave you captivated from start to finish.

4. Pretty Women (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

"Pretty Women" comes at the climax of this musical as the title character finally manages to get the evil Judge Turpin within his clutches. This song goes through a range of emotions and leaves the audience on the edge of their seat the entire time. This rollercoaster of a song is quite a thrill to experience and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the exhilaration that comes with not knowing what is coming next.

5. One Day More (Les Misérables)

Trying to pick a singular song to put on this epic musical proved to quite a daunting task, but I finally settled on "One Day More." This song is quite a spectacle and occurs at the end of the first act as all the characters express their uneasiness about the days to come. Every time I listen to it, I get chills. This song exudes power and emotion and can bring even the toughest people to tears.

6. You Can't Stop the Beat (Hairspray)

When picking a song for this musical I bounced through a bunch of options, but I kept coming back to "You Can't Stop the Beat." This song is a whirlwind of lively vocals and is an amazing way to close a show. No matter who you are I guarantee you after about 30 seconds of listening to this song you will be on your feet dancing. I recommend to anyone who is looking for a song to brighten their day.

7. Memory (Cats)

One of the most memorable songs to hit the Broadway stage "Memory" it a song that will stick with you. This song comes towards the end of the musical and sees the character Grizabella reminiscing the days of her youth. This song is emotionally gripping and will leave anyone who hears it blown away.

8. Seasons of Love (Rent)

Even people who have never heard of Rent have heard of the masterpiece that is "Seasons of Love." This song asks the question: How should one measure the value of a year of life? The answer? Love. This song is so heartwarming and uplifting it will manage to bring you out of the deepest of funks. I recommend to anyone in need of a good pick-me-up.

9. Sugar Daddy (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

While this song is definitely the last popular on this list, my bias got the best of me and I had to include it. For those who have never heard of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, I highly suggest you go listen to the entire album right now. This rock musical follows the character genderqueer rock singer from East Berlin, Hedwig as she tells her story to the audience through her music. "Sugar Daddy" is a fun and upbeat song that describes how Hedwig (then Hansel) decided to get a sex change operation to marry an American soldier and move to America. This song never fails to get my blood pumping.

10. Defying Gravity (Wicked)

While writing this, I changed the song I picked this musical multiple times, but eventually had to settle done with the iconic "Defying Gravity." Another song that closes out the first act, this song never ceases to leave audiences amazed. The song chronicles the main character Elphaba's decision to not let anyone hold her down any longer and follow what she believes is right. While this song fits perfectly into the narrative of the show, it is also highly relatable to almost everyone who hears it as almost everyone struggles with the choice to do what others think is best for them or to lead their own path. "Defying Gravity" is truly gripping and will resonate with all who listen to it. Highly recommend.

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18 Broadway Songs That Will Make You Want To Choreograph Them

Get out your character shoes, it's time to dance

Ever hear a show tune and instantly want to choreograph a number to it? Ever staged an all ensemble dance number? Ever see yourself teaching choreo to the Broadway cast of "A Chorus Line?" Well then this list might be for you.

1. "La Vie Boheme" - Rent

Anyone else want to come up with staging and choreography for one of the most iconic numbers in musical theatre history?

2. "Big Fun" - Heathers the Musical

Though this musical never made it to Broadway, I know you are dancing to it anyway.

3. "Hair" - Hair

Hairography, anyone?

4. "Saturday Night In The City" - The Wedding Singer

High energy and just makes you wanna go out and show off.

5. Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show

6. "Mamma Mia" - Mamma Mia

Don't all theatre kids already know the choreo for this?

7. "Bend and Snap" - Legally Blonde the Musical

"Do it, and we'll go away." Seriously, bend and snap.

8. Staying Alive - Saturday Night Fever

No explanation needed here.

9. "Footloose" - Footloose

10. "Totally F****d" - Spring Awakening

Anyone else want to jump around on stage and curse like a sailor simultaneously?

11. "Brand New Day" - The Wiz

Anyone want to put a flash mob together with this song?!

12. "Do Your Own Thing" - Bring It On: The Musical

Tumbling and musical theatre in one musical is what this show is all about. Can we put every song on this list?

13. "Dancing Through Life" - Wicked

Time for the whole cast to dance together.

14. "Get Ready/Dancing in the Street" - Motown the Musical

This whole show is a throwback but the best blast to the past you could ask for.

15. "Revolting Children" - Matilda the Musical

These kids freaking kick ass in this number. It is insane.

16. "Money" - Cabaret

I can see it now.

17. "Don't Stop Believin'" - Rock of Ages

If New Directions can do it, we can too!

18. "Anything You Can Do" - Annie Get Your Gun

This number is basically a dance off.

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I Went To My First Broadway Show And It Was Tony-Worthy

To be clear, this was my first Broadway show on Broadway, and I loved almost every minute of it.


Let me just make the clarification now that this wasn't my first Broadway show I've seen. I've seen several at the Arizona Broadway Theater and also recently saw Wicked at ASU Gammage. However, this was my first ever Broadway show that I actually saw on Broadway. I was excited, to say the least. I knew it was at one of the smaller theaters on Broadway, but I was just as excited as I would have been for any of the other performances. It really all about the experience, and overall mine was great.

Deciding which show I was going to see was no small feat. I had a mini list that included Aladdin, Waitress, and Chicago. Deep down I really wanted to see Hamilton, but as a broke college student who recently started to make payments on their new car, Hamilton tickets were not even an idea. It really came down to what I could afford and what I would regret the most not seeing. So I chose Chicago. The ticket that I bought was relatively inexpensive since I sat in the far back of the theatre and would still have enough money left over for a commemorative t-shirt.

I was originally planning on going with one of my cousins that lives in New York, but her plans changed and I ended up going by myself. Some of you reading this are probably thinking, "aww that's so sad, going to the theatre by herself." Let me just squash that thought by saying how much I prefer going to things like that alone. I go to the movies alone more times than I go with someone else. That could be a whole other story on why I prefer my alone time, but in short: I'm an introvert. So I was fine seeing the musical by myself. My dad and I walked around Time Square before showtime. He dropped me off, and then we both went our separate ways for a few hours.

Like I said earlier, this was one of the smaller theaters on Broadway so it wasn't hard to find my seat. I bought my shirt before I went to my seat because I assumed there was going to be a line after the show. There wasn't, but I was still happy I got it earlier because then I could just leave after the show. My seat was literally four rows away from where the back wall of the theater was. Which was fine. I have great eyesight and I could see all of the stage clearly. That was until the large group of teenage girls sat directly in front of me and completely blocked my view of center stage.

During the first half of the musical, I was swaying side to side to get a view of the stage. I didn't want to yell at the girl and tell her to sit properly so the people behind her could see. Mainly because her mom was sitting next to her, and I didn't want that drama in the middle of the play. So during intermission, I moved seats. To my right, there were several empty rows of seats with no one for a few rows ahead of them so I thought "might as well." I made the decision to move because someone came and sat behind me about two songs into the music and started to complain that she couldn't see as well. So I took the liberty for both of us to have an experience and moved out of the way. The rest of the time was marvelous. I was able to see clearly. I sang along without having an older lady next to me judging my ability. It was fantastic.

The only thing that I wish would have happened, but I guess that only happens in lesser productions is when the audience gets to meet the cast and get an autograph. Of course, I didn't have a pen or sharpie with me so it was honestly for the best, but that would have been the cherry on top. Hopefully the next time I am in New York I have enough money to see another Broadway show. Maybe if I save up it could be Hamilton.

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