Top 10 Hamilton Songs

Top 10 Hamilton Songs

Hamilton has 42 songs but which ones are the best?
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If you haven't heard of the breakout hip-hop musical, Hamilton, I don't know where you've been for the past year. The Tony Award-winning musical which tells the story of America's "10 dollar founding father" (Alexander Hamilton) has taken Broadway by storm and for good reason. First of all, the music is absolutely wonderful. There are 42 tracks in the whole play and I'm here to list the top 10. If you're new to Hamilton start here and you won't be sorry. Welcome to the Ham Fam!

1. My Shot

This song speaks for itself because "My Shot" lies at the heart of the musical's message. This song is all about seizing opportunity and holding on tight. If you start your Hamilton journey with "My Shot" you will be helplessly drawn in and will not be disappointed."My Shot" shows why Lin-Manuel Miranda (playwright, composer, and original Hamilton) went with a hip hop direction for the musical. Alex is "young, scrappy, and hungry" and willing to do anything to get ahead. "My Shot" also introduces us to the other main men of the story: John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and Lafayette.

Best Lyric: "I'm just like my country. I'm young, scrappy, and hungry. And I am not throwing away my shot!"

2. Cabinet Battle #2

Let's be real: most of Hamilton is just about Alex butting heads with everyone else. This might be why the cabinet battles are so great. What really makes "Cabinet Battle #2" is the way Alexander begins his argument for America to stay out of the French Revolution.

Best Lyric: "Should we honor our treaty King Louis' head? 'Uh, do whatever you want. I'm super dead!'"

3. Wait For It

You cannot doubt that Leslie Odom Jr. deserved his Tony win after listening to "Wait For It". He does such a wonderful job in showing the audience the other side of Burr. Really, Burr is just very logical when you stop to think about his philosophy.

Best Lyric: "Love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes."

4. Alexander Hamilton

The show's opening number sets the tone for the rest of the play. This is another one that shows why Miranda approached Alexander Hamilton with Hip-Hop. The title song explores the horrible childhood Hamilton had. Hamilton tells the tale of an immigrant rising from the bottom to the top. Without "Alexander Hamilton" the audience would not see just how low Alex started out.

Best Lyric: "Will they know what you overcame? Will they know you rewrote the game?"

5.Guns and Ships

"Guns and Ships" makes this list simply for Lafayette's rap skills. This song is all about George Washington needing to get Hamilton back after having sent home earlier during the revolutionary war.

Best Lyric: "I'm taking this horse by the reigns, making red coats redder with blood stains."

6. Non-Stop

If you're looking for some inspiration look no further. "Non-Stop" is all about Hamilton's ambition and achievements. Sure to inspire any writer or make any student feel guilty about procrastinating on an essay. "Non-Stop" is also a very informative song. Did you know that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay originally set out to write 25 essays for The Federalist Papers with the work divided equally among the three men? "In the end they wrote 85 essays in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing 5. James Madison wrote 29. Hamilton wrote the other 51!"

Best Lyrics: "How do you write like you're running out of time? Write day and night like you're running out of time? Every day you fight like you're running out of time. Are you running out of time? Are you running out of time? How do you write like tomorrow won't arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write every second you're alive? Every second you're alive? Every second you're alive?"

7. Helpless

Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, sings this wonderful song when she meets Alex for the first time in the play. It captures Eliza's devotion to Hamilton perfectly. "Helpless" also shows how out of place Alex can come to feel among the upper class. In a way, they both feel helpless.

Best Lyric: "As long as I'm alive, Eliza, swear to God you'll never feel so-"

8. Burn

As much as it is made clear that Alex really did love Eliza, Hamilton does not ignore his shortcomings. Alexander Hamilton was the first politician in the United States to be involved in a horrible sex scandal. Due to threats of his affair being exposed by others Alex publishes a pamphlet to reveal the affair himself. "Burn" is Eliza's response to this whole event and in the song she burns all of the letters she had ever gotten from Alex. It is actually true that no correspondence between Eliza and Alexander Hamilton can be found today. This song attempts to give a guess as to why that may be. "Burn" shows true growth in Eliza's character.

Best Lyrics: "The world has no right to my heart. The world has no place in our bed. They don't get to know what I said. I'm burning the memories - burning the letters that might have redeemed you. You forfeit all rights to my heart. You forfeit the place in our bed, you'll sleep in your office instead with only the memories of when you were mine."

9. The Schuyler Sisters

"The Schuyler Sisters" introduces Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. These women are so strong and this song makes sure no one can forget that. The girls realize "how lucky they are to be alive right now" even though Angelica points out that women could use a little more equality.

Best Lyric: "When I meet Thomas Jefferson I'mma compel him to include women in the sequel!"

10.You'll Be Back

"You'll Be Back" is super important because Jonathan Groff is amazing and Hamilton needs the comedic relief of King George III. Plus this song is so catchy! How can you resist singing along to this one?

Best Lyric: "I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love."


Cover Image Credit: New York Times

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Not to be dramatic, but the Vine app was the best thing to ever happen to me.

The Vine app truly understood me and my extremely odd sense of humor. When it was shut down, I felt like a part of me shut down with it. Luckily, I still have the ability to reflect on the good times that I had with Vine. Although there aren't any new Vine videos keeping my spirit alive, the Vine videos from the past are enough to keep me going.

This is way overdue, but here are the 100 best Vines to ever exist (in no particular order).

1. You better stop.

2. Come get y'all juice.

3. WTF is up Kyle.

4. That is NOT correct.

5. Mr. Postman.

6. Good evening.

7. This is your space, this is your area.

8. Honestly not sure what to title this one, but it's great so.

9. Someone help Elmo.

10. Pst...what?

11. Can I get a waffle?

12. Welcome back to Jesus Christ Hotline.

13. Oooooh, my boy going to school.

14. Lebron James.

15. #1 Dad.

16. Two bros chillin' in the hot tub.

17. Iz the fourth of July.

18. You have to say that you're fine and you're not really fine.

19. Tweaka Tweaka.

20. Hi, welcome to Chili's.

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23. When you think you look fresh, but your fish disagrees.

24. Rat in Walmart.

25. I'm dying... without me?

26. White ppl will turn anything into a casserole.

27. So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift.

28. You want a french fry? Eat a french fry.

29. ifyoulikemakingloveatmidnight.

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31. Girl you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.

32. My cinnamon apple.

33. Two shots of vodka.

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35. Wow.

36. Do the math.

37. Rip your face off.

38. Fed up teacher.

39. You can't kill me.

40. Look at me now snake.

41. Walking a duck.

42. No matter when you pause this one, it's hilarious.

43. I don't even understand this one.

44. I dropped my hot pocket.

45. I thought you were American.

46. I can't swim.

47. I wanna be a cowboy.

48. I look like Mona Lisa.

49. Look at this graph.

50. Yungman.

51. Squidward dabbing

52. Living with Nicholas Cage.

53. If Tinder had video profiles.

54. Why you always lying.

55. Chicken wing ch-chi-chicken wing.

56. Uh my chicle.

57. Love the Nickleback version.

58. Any excuse to nae nae.

59. I want to be famous.

60. That's my opinion.

61. There she goes.

62. I have to restart my potatoes.

63. And they don't stop coming.

64. Cat horn.

65. Who is she.

66. The bob.

67. Summertime.

68. Do I look like.

69. Nice Ron.

70. Mom hearing 'Only' by Nicki Minaj for the first time.

71. Happy fourth of July.

72. I'm washing me and my clothes.

73. Nickel the creatorback.

74. Give me your money.

75. U stoopid.

76. Shrek at school.

77. Patricia honey can you be quiet.

78. No baby.

79. You've got a big storm coming.

80. Out shopping with my coven.

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90. Crazy skateboarding tricks.

91. Noodle head.

92. Under all that makeup.

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94. Boy putting on lipstick.

95. When you walk past your friend's class.

96. Clear elevator jamming.

97. #RunningManChallenge

98. T-T-T-T-Target.

99. We all have a lot of laughs.

100. High school musical.

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12 Not-So-Boujee Must Haves For Your First Home/Apartment, If You Want To Actually Survive

Broom > Swiffer. Trust me.

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Whether a college student or just moving into your first home or apartment, here is a list of things you probably didn't know you needed.

1. Shower Curtain Rod. 

In my furnished apartment, I was thinking the past tenant would have left this item. WRONG. Walmart is going to be your best bet for getting this, I went to at least three other stores first, and none of them had it so save yourself time and just go to Walmart.

2. Organizers. 

I was lucky enough to already have one. However, drawer organizers are so important. Not only do they save space for me in my apartment and on my desk, but it acts as my nightstand. Living on the fourth floor of my apartment, the last thing I wanted to do was haul a wooden nightstand up to my room. So get an organizer that has wheels, they usually have colored drawers so they can follow whatever color scheme you have going on.

3. Wall Decorations. 

I'm usually not one worried about decorating, but the walls will feel empty without even a cheap poster from Walmart or family photos. Something about decorating just really makes it feel more like home, than if you had just an empty room.

4. Oil Diffuser.

This was new to me. However, not only does my oil diffuser give a little extra light when it's on, but my room always smells amazing now, even if the rest of the house smells like food. Scentsy pots work too, but with the oil diffusers there's less mess and you can use oils similar to DoTerra for health and mood benefits.

5. Tinfoil. 

We all eat food. And let's be honest, college students are lazy and life is so much easier when you can just throw tinfoil on top of your dish and toss it in the fridge. Especially when you're in a hurry. Yes, that's also what Tupperware is for but you also can use it for cooking in the oven.

6. Rugs. 

Most kitchens are hardwood or tile of some sort, having a rug in front of the entrance and in front of the sink are essential to creating less mess to clean. We have a lot of guests in our apartment and since we don't have carpet anywhere but our rooms, it is tough to ask for shoes off so having a rug at the front door can cut down the amount of dirt tracked in.

7. Lamps. 

Lighting can be limited in rooms so it's nice to bring some sort of extra lighting. Either a stand up lamp or just a desk lamp can make a huge difference in the lighting of your room.

8. Dry Shampoo. 

This is less of a need for your home and more of a need for you. I have recently jumped on the dry shampoo trend and it's a life-saver. If you have a long night of studying or wake up late and don't have time to wash your hair, it's a great fix and easy way to keep from looking like you are losing your mind.

9. Extension Cords. 

If you didn't figure this out in a dorm, you are now. Outlets can be in inconvenient places, and as a college student, you have to have space to plug in a laptop, printer, phone, lamps, and anything else that you need to plug in. Extension cords and power strips will solve that problem.

10. Broom. 

Yes, a broom. Not a swiffer. Sadly, if you have more dirt than dust, a swiffer will do you no good. You can get a cheap broom at just about any store that carries any cleaning supplies.

11. Paper Towel Holder. 

I mean you could go without but it does make things more convenient. Also looks nicer than just having a roll of paper towels sitting on the counter.

12. Cooking Oil. 

Super easy to forget, but used more often than you think. Cooking oil is used for so many things, and if you have a kitchen, make sure you have it. Nothing is worse than having a meal planned and finding out you don't have cooking oil.

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