Music has the power to reach us in ways that other mediums can't. When we're sad, it can lift us; when we're angry, it can calm us; when we're happy, it can lift us even higher. So we have gathered a list of our 10 (or so) favorite musical numbers for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.
10. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Nightman Cometh"
Charlie crawls out from the rat infested basement of Paddy’s Pub and pens one of the most iconic musicals of all time. "The Nightman Cometh" was an attempt to attract the waitress, but turned out to be one of the greatest gags the gang has ever explored.
“You gotta pay the toll troll to get into this boy’s hole...I’m sorry, boy’s soul."
09. Scrubs - "Guy Love"
A romantic ballad between two homies. An iconic moment in the Scrubs series. Take your buddy by the hand and scream this to the mountain tops! JD and Turk forever!
“There’s nothing gay about it in our eyes!”
08. GLEE - "Don't Stop Believing"
Now this show is made to be a sitcom musical, but we picked the best! They killed this shit. The chemistry between Cory Monteith (RIP) and Lea Michele is fantastic and their voices portray an acapella cover that, I feel, will live forever.
07. High School Musical - "Breaking Free"
Yes, I know you’d label this as corny, BUT this is a substantial marking point in the millennial psyche. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens gave us a ballad that will forever be ingrained in our musical souls. I dare you to not remember the chorus to this song. One of Disney’s most prized products, High School Musical is a classic.
“We’re SOARING, FLYING!”
06. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - "Sweet Transvestite" & "Time Warp"
Talk about breaking the mold. This is an iconic moment in cinema history. Tim Curry made this role his own and became a man who broke all stereotypes! This moment in a cult classic was expressive and REAL, above and beyond the thought that you can only be this person on Halloween and in everyday life. We really couldn't choose between these two classic songs. so you get to enjoy both!
05. Across the Universe - "If I Fell"
Great movie. Even better scene. Without words these two fall in love via Evan Rachel Wood singing “If I Fell in Love” by The Beatles. Unspoken dialogue but true bond via lyrics. What more can you ask for when talking about the best musical scenes?
04. The Phantom of the Opera - Take Your Pick
This is an epic musical classic. The Phantom of the Opera’s music has defined a generation and given way to all sorts of rock opera knockoffs. Whether you’re watching the stage, television, or film adaptation, you’ll be treated to epic encompassing organ music that will shake your bones and break your heart. But for us, three stand above the rest: "Think of Me", "All I Ask of You", and of course "The Phantom of the Opera".
03. Bob’s Burgers - Take Your Pick
Honest, any of the songs on Bob’s Burgers could work. This show has built itself on clever puns, quirky characters,and catchy jingles. At this point, a song covers the credits of most every episode. "Pirates of Panache", "The Bleaken", "Radar Love", "Jingle in the Jungle", "Flou-ouise"…there are dozens of songs to choose from. But some songs are better than others. When it comes down to it, there are three that we would like to highlight. Those are "Electric Love", "Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom", and "Happy Crappy Place". Enjoy all three on us.
02. RENT - "La Vie Boheme" & "Seasons of Love"
We couldn’t have this list without mentioning RENT. Of COURSE we’re going to have RENT on this list. Again, it doesn’t matter which version you’re taking from, it’s always going to be a good choice. But we need to talk about two songs in particular. You know exactly which ones: the BEST ones. "La Vie Boheme" and "Seasons of Love" became the anthem for every musical theater high schooler. And for good reason. These songs are catchy, energetic, and have beautiful hearts behind the stunning lyrics and music.
01. Singin’ in the Rain - "Make ‘Em Laugh"
A classic in every sense of the word. Singin’ in the Rain stands above as a powerhouse of musical comedy cinema. Donald O’Conner really put himself through the ringer to give us this absolute classic scene. Everything in here is real, an the stunt was so physically taxing that Donald was hospitalized for a week after completing the shoot. But the universe had different plans, and all the footage they shot was ruined in an accident. So after nhis rest, Donald needed to do it all over again. He literally suffered for his art.