Hamilton hits Disney+ this weekend, and millions will be watching the show for the first time. The Broadway production has been around for five years and produced some fantastic songs. Today, we’re going to rank the Top 10 Songs of Hamilton.
10. Yorktown (The World Turned Upsidedown)
The Seige of Yorktown is a massive moment in our nation’s history. In this showstopping number, we see just how that battle went down. The music is incredible and creates a feeling of action and excitement. Hercules Mulligan’s rap is easily the best part, but the whole number feels like a grand finale. The immigrants got the job done.
9. Alexander Hamilton
A Broadway production lives and dies on its opening number. Thankfully Alexander Hamilton is as good as it gets. We hear the story of Alex’s childhood from the ensemble cast. You feel as if you know everything you need to before the show officially starts. It’s chilling when you hear the line: “And Me, I’m the damn fool who shot him.” One of the most memorable moments from the entire show.
8. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
Hamilton’s final song is full of so much emotion. Phillipa Soo delivers an excellent performance as Eliza Hamilton, and it serves as the culmination of the entire play. You feel a sense of joy and yet you also feel grief. It’s bittersweet, but that’s the life of Alexander Hamilton.
7. The Room Where It Happens
Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room, diametrically opposed, foes. Leslie Odom delivers an incredible number regarding a meeting we know nothing about. It’s insanely creative and pretty catchy. Plus is feature Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson, one of the best parts of Act II.
Renee Elise Goldsberry’s song is brutal. Angelica loves Alexander, but she puts her sister’s needs above her own. She lets Eliza marry Alexander while she is alone. The song by itself is terrific, but the emotional weight elevates it, and Goldsberry kills it.
5. You’ll Be Back
I love a good villain song, and You’ll Be Back has to be one of the best. It’s upbeat, cheery, and sinister all at the same time. Jonathan Groff isn’t in the show for longer than 10 minutes, but he makes a lasting impression.
4. Wait For It
The song that humanized Aaron Burr. Wait for it shows us Burr’s mentality and why he is the person we meet in Aaron Burr, Sir. The music is solid, the lyrics are powerful, and it’s one of the few songs that can stand on its outside of the musical.
3. The Schuyler Sisters
Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy burst onto the scene is this incredible R&B song. The three-part harmony and music create an amazing song. Destiny ‘s Child vibes are felt from beginning to end, and It never gets old, and I’ve already heard it a hundred times.
The finale of the first act is a perfect ending. We catch up with the entire after the Battle of Yorktown and see where they are before the break. It incorporates the riffs and motifs from the previous songs in the show and perfectly blends them. If you needed one song that screams Hamilton, this is it.
1. My Shot
My shot is iconic. It’s not just a song; it’s a mentality. This song’s DNA bleeds into the entire production. It’s not only who Hamilton is but Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. This anthem is moving, catchy, relevant, and will go down as a classic.
What’d I Miss? – A great opening number for Act II and one of my favorites. I barely missed the cut.
Cabinet Battle #1 – One of the most entertaining songs of the show. However, it missed out because the others were more impactful.
Guns and Ships – Love it but simply too short.
Do you agree with this list? Frankly, I might not even agree with it by the end of the day. Hamilton is a show with over 40 tracks. It’s extremely difficult to just pick 10. Send us your ranking @WOBAMEnt on twitter!