Calling all musical fans! We have a new song from the In The Heights soundtrack to play on repeat. As of May 3rd, the movie version of ‘96,000’ is available here to stream and download, joining the opening number, ‘In The Heights.’ After listening to both songs about 500 times, we went back to the Original Broadway Cast recording (’cause we’re nerds). And here’s the thing: aside from a few differences we noticed in the lyrics, mostly due to plot differences/keeping up with the times, it also got us thinking about the other songs from the soundtrack we can’t wait to hear.
First things first: there isn’t a single bad song in this soundtrack. We’re convinced Lin-Manuel Miranda is incapable of writing a bad song. The man is an actual genius, and we can’t wait to see the little updates he’s added to this already awesome soundtrack. Now that we’ve established that, let’s talk about the songs we’re most excited to hear in the future. So buckle up because there’s a lot to talk about.
‘Paciencia Y Fe’
As we established in an earlier piece, Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz) has our hearts. That’s why we can’t wait to hear this new arrangement for an already beloved song. We did a no-spoiler review and we’ll keep it that way, but all we’re saying is: this scene is a masterpiece in itself. And having the chance to stream the song will be a gift to our ears.
This is a big scene in the movie, and the song is faithful to its name, the club atmosphere is undeniable and all we want is to play this song while we dance around our rooms. And while we’re talking about dancing, watch out for the choreography in the scene in the movie, it is beautiful!
‘No Me Diga’
Also known as the best song to sing with your friends at karaoke. The female cast is in Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega)’s salon gossiping about the barrio (which is just very relatable) and we love it! This is also the scene where Nina (Leslie Grace) drops a metaphorical bomb on all of them and proceeds to walk out.
A cute scene between Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) and Vanessa (Melissa Barrera). Need we say more? These two have the loveliest voices, and we need their romantic duet on our playlists right this second, please.
Yes, we have a very emotional song on this list, got a problem with it? But there’s a reason for it, ok? ‘Alabanza’ is that one emotionally charged song that makes us cry but also reminds us why we love musicals so much. Because music can sometimes translate feelings much better than spoken words. That’s what this song does, and we all need a song like this for when all we want to do is let the feels out.
‘Carnaval Del Barrio’
If anyone ever asks you to describe Latinos, just show them this song, there is no better description. We could write an entire article just about this song, but we won’t do that because that would mean giving spoilers and we don’t want that. Let’s just say, we need this song playing at every party as soon as we can have those again.
And finally, if you can’t wait until June 11th to watch the movie, Warner Bros. will be doing a special Mother’s Day early screening of In The Heights in select theatres all over the US! Check out if one of them is happening near you and please watch this beautiful movie!
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