The Top 10 Songs from New Musicals This Year

Chris Peterson

OnStage Founder and Editor-in-Chief


This season will certainly be a memorable one. Not only for the blockbuster musicals that we've seen open so far, but for the music within them. Even though some shows were received better than others, that doesn't mean there isn't fantastic songs in their score. 

Some of these will surely go one to become iconic hits and others might become auditions standards. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Songs from New Musicals This Year. And no, not all of them are from Hamilton. 

10: "A Girl Before" from American Psycho

Duncan Sheik is a master of the haunting ballad and he doesn't disappoint here. 

9. "Cabinet Battle #1" from Hamilton

Not since "Sit Down John" has there been a better musical number based on government procedures. Arguably this is has some of the best lyrics in the show. 

8. "Sun is Gonna Shine" from Bright Star

In an otherwise lackluster score, this is one of the more uplifting songs of the year. 

7. "Testimony" from Amazing Grace

Okay, while the show wasn't exactly a hit, this definitely stands out. Plus anything with Josh Young sounding this good, is hard to ignore. 

6. "The Secret of Happiness" from Daddy Long Legs

The most charming song from one of the most charming musicals of the year. 

5. "Waving Through a Window" from Dear Even Hansen

The best song from our new obsession. If you haven't seen this show yet, go see this show!

4. Where Did the Rock Go? from School of Rock

We just featured a piece on this song. A wonderful song about time passing by. 

3. "The Schuyler Sisters" from Hamilton

Quite simply the female anthem of the year. 

2. "She Use to be Mine" from Waitress

It's not often you hear an instant classic. One of the most beautiful songs in recent years. To quote a friend, "It's the new "Own My Own".

1. "It's Quiet Uptown" from Hamilton

There are a number of songs from Hamilton that could probably fill this slot but there is so much going on in this song. This would also be my first choice to show someone who thinks Hamilton is just a musical with rap music. It's a gut wrenching ballad which provides the most emotional part of the show.