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Saturday, 26 November 2016

5 Musical Songs I Love.


Back in September I wrote a blog post entitled My 10 Favourite Musicals with the idea that I would eventually tell you about the soundtracks I love too. When you haven't had a fix of a live theatre performance in a while, you need a good go to musical playlist to fill that void. I listen to the Musical playlist I have created on Spotify on a regular basis, especially when I'm writing blog posts as it seems to motivate me to get shit done.

I feel like listening to playlists are the best way to discover some potential for new favourites too. I've picked out 5 songs that I am always playing on repeat, much to the enjoyment of my boyfriend who has to sit and listen to me sing my heart out to them regularly.

01. Dreamgirls - And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going
Dreamgirls definitely has some of the most powerful vocals in it's soundtrack, especially with Jennifer Hudson in the line up too. This song is definitely one of my favourites within the soundtrack. This song is sung by Jennifer's character Effie White, a singer with the girl group The Dreams. Effie is singing to her manager, Curtis Taylor Jr whose romantic and professional relationship they have is quickly ending. It's a strong description of Effie's love for Curtis, both devoted and defiant.

This song is often considered as the show's signature tune and will give you shivers on your arms! One line in particular shows Effie's refusing to let Curtis leave her behind, and boldly announces, "I'm staying and you.. you're gonna love me".

02. Little Shop of Horrors - Suddenly Seymour
I am pretty obsessed with The Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack and one song in particular always stands out on the soundtrack, Suddenly Seymour. It is without a doubt the most emotional song out of the soundtrack and the one that pulls at your heart strings. In this part of the musical Audrey is realising her love for Seymour. I've heard a lot of versions of this song and all of them as strong as one another.

03. Wicked - Defying Gravity
If your a musical fan than this song was sure to make the list. I love everything about the Wicked soundtrack, with Dancing Through Life as a close second of songs I love. The original is sung by Idina Menzel who is up there as one of my favourite musical talents. There are also small duet parts within the song with the help from Glinda, The Good Witch of the North.

In this song it's mostly sung as a solo by Idina's character Elphaba, or as we know her the Wicked Witch of the West when she discovers that The Wizard of Oz is not the heroic figure that she believed that he would be. Despite her friends Glinda's attempts to dissuade her, Elphaha vows to do everything in her power to fight against the Wizard and his plans against the Animals of Oz. This song has a lot of dramatic effect within the show but is just full of powerful vocals and makes you want to sing along!

04. Rent - Seasons of Love
Ever since I first watched Rent this song has always stuck with me, probably because it's the first song of the musical itself. It begins with a unforgettable piano motif, which provides the harmonic framework for the cast to begin singing "Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes" (which is the number of minutes in a normal calendar year). This song is sung by the entire cast of the musical and is such a powerful start to a powerful number.

The lyrics question what the proper way is quantify the value of a human life, concluding in the chorus that the most effective means is to "measure in love". Four of the lead characters either have HIV or AIDS in this musical so the song is often associated with World Aids Day and AIDS awareness month. If you haven't listened to this song already I can guarantee that it will easily become one of your favourites.

05. Moulin Rouge - El Tango De Roxanne
I have loved the Moulin Rouge soundtrack since I can remember but my most favourite from the soundtrack has to be El Tango De Roxanne. If your looking for a song which has a lot of emotion and powerful energy behind it than this is the number! In the film it has the most stunning dance choreography with it too.

Share with me your favourite musical songs!



thanks for reading,

22 comments:

  1. Yesssss musical theatre is the best. I love Rent and Moulin Rouge. I haven't heard of Little Shop of Horrors though! I'll have to check it out.
    - Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk ♡

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    1. I love sharing my passion for Musical Theatre even if its's through a playlist in this post! Ah please do check out Little Shop of Horrors, it has so many good songs!

      Emmie x

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  2. Defying gravity is my all time favourite musical song! This has seriously inspired me to make a musical playlist! But I wouldn't wanna copy your idea 😘

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    1. It's such a good song isn't it? The first time I watched it, I cried. Oh no please make one and tell me all about it :)

      Emmie x

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  3. Love the pic, such a cute idea! I love Defying Gravity, it always get stuck in my head so bad! xxxx

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  4. I don't know about the others but I love the Dream Girls one, thats a beautiful song

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    1. It is such a beautiful song, I love Dreamgirls generally I thin it's such a great storyline!

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  5. OOh I also love Suddenly Seymour, as soon as I start singing it, I cannot get it out of my head x

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    1. Ahh it's such a good song, glad more and more people like Little Shop songs more than I realised!

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  6. Defying Gravity is amazing! We did it back when I was in school for singing lessons and it's so fun to sing along to. I had Suddenly Seymour in my head for a week after my cousin showed me Little Shop of Horrors

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    1. It's such a unforgettable tune so it doesn't surprise me when people know all about it. Aha I ain't surprised Suddenly Seymour is a tune!

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  7. I love that Dream Girls song. It is one of my favourites.

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    1. Ah it's such a tune, I've just paid £174 for two tickets to see it at the theatre next year. I'm buzzing (even if I feel like I've made a huge dent in my pocket!)

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  8. Yes yes yes!! The first one from Dreamgirls, what an anthem! One of the best songs ever written! The vocals on this song, amazing!!

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  9. I absolutely love the medleys in Moulin Rouge, the Elephant love song and El Tango de Roxanne are my favourites!

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    1. Moulan Rouge is just full of great songs! I'm glad you love them just as much as I do!

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  10. There are some great songs listed there. I have definitely heard 3 of them might look up the others on YouTube.

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  11. I love that song from Dreamgirls as well, I also love most of the songs from Chicago! x

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  12. Defining gravity is such a good song! I love anything from the new School of Rock show as it's amazing x

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  13. I am a huge fan of Wicked - I need to see more soon!

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  14. Great post! I love the list of songs, although some I haven't seen the musical or film of, I've definitely heard the songs from. I had to youtube el tango de roxanne after reading this and I loved the dance number :) Also did the same for seasons of love and I really see why you like it, I think its great :D I'll have to watch that one too :) I love listening to certain soundtracks from musicals like you say if I haven't been to the theatre in a while, always got to belt them out too haha! :D
    I went to make a list of one or two songs in response to your comment at the end and got a bit carried away haha! so apologies for the list haha! but I love: I know him so well from chess, cell block tango and when you're good to mamma from chicago (actually most of the songs I like), all songs from mamma mia, chitty chitty bang bang, hairspray, grease, mamma mia, joseph and the bodyguard. Make em laugh from singing in the rain, dont cry for me argentina- evita, dont rain on my parade- funny girl and shall we dance from the king and I. - Again sorry for the long list haha! Is there any on there that you like too? :D
    Love this idea for a post, I've never seen anyone else do this before and I find it really unique :D I love going to the theatre when I can get the chance too :) (again apologies for the essay haha!)

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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    1. I've only just seen this comment so apologises I hadn't replied to it before now, I love how you managed to go on YT and discover this songs, as well as enjoy them as much as I do! I always belt out to the musicals, no shame or regret in doing so either, I can't help myself once I get going.

      You have some absolutely great song choices there! I love listening to those, honestly I can find myself checking they're on my Spotify playlist now to make sure I'm not missing any of the ones you have mentioned. I can't miss any!

      Emmie x

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