We don’t think we’ve talked about this before, but here at The Honey POP, we love musicals. Movie musicals, stage musicals, singing through our playlists in the car with friends. You name it, we enjoy it. That’s probably why we were so happy to learn about Dear Evan Hansen becoming a movie. Mostly because it means more people will get to know this musical’s story without having to go all the way to Broadway.
So here’s the thing: the biggest deal about any musical ever is its soundtrack. After all, the songs are the driving force of their story, and that got us thinking… what are some of the greatest inspirational songs to come out of our favorite musicals? That’s how we came up with the following list. Enjoy!
‘You Will Be Found’ – Dear Evan Hansen
Of course, we’d start with ‘You Will Be Found’ from Dear Evan Hansen! The movie soundtrack song, along with ‘Waving Through A Window,’ just became available for streaming this week and we’re obsessed. ‘You Will Be Found’ talks about having someone to pull you away from a dark place when you’re at your lowest point. It’s wonderful to have someone to remind us that even when we’re broken on the ground, we will be found. We’re not crying, you are!
‘Everything I Know’ – In The Heights
If we had to choose a single song from the stage version we wish we could’ve included in the movie version of In The Heights, it would have to be ‘Everything I Know.’ Nina sings this about Abuela Claudia and how she owes everything she learned during her life to Abuela. We all have that one person we feel like we have to thank for who we are today, which is why this song is on this list. Whenever we feel like remembering those people, this is what we listen (and cry) to.
‘From Now On’ And ‘A Million Dreams’ – The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman has so many amazing songs it was hard to narrow it down to just two, let alone choose just one, but these songs truly deserve it. ‘From Now On’ is the comeback after hitting rock bottom, it’s the song that expresses the desire to try again, and we all love that. ‘A Million Dreams,’ on the other hand, is the song that translates all the hope for the future and all the dreams we have that keep us awake at night (in a good way). Both songs belong on motivational playlists, though.
‘Six’ – Six: The Musical
There’s just something about seeing six queens who had their entire historical importance tied to a man sing about not needing him anymore and being free to take their crowning glory that just hits different. Six as a musical just screams empowerment, but the closing song is the one that truly drives home the message: life is about much more than finding “the one,” it’s about being the best version of yourself, and these six queens are the perfect example of that.
‘Unruly Heart’ – The Prom
Again, this whooole musical is all about overcoming difficulties put in place by others, but ‘Unruly Heart’ is the song that embodies that feeling the most. Emma, the lead character, sings this after a lot of things go wrong, but she’s not ready to quit just yet. And thus, ‘Unruly Heart’ happens and it has a huge impact on all the characters. And if we’re being honest, it had a huge impact on us too!
‘Journey To The Past’ – Anastasia
We’ve all found ourselves whispering “heart don’t fail me now, Courage don’t desert me…” under our breath at some point, right? No? Just us? Okay, then. But either way, ‘Journey To The Past’ is when Anastasia decides to face her fears and go after finding out more about herself before she even knows she’s actually the lost Russian princess. If you’re ever in a situation where you need to make a scary decision, we strongly recommend you listen to this song to inspire you. It’s worked for us so far, at least.
‘I’d Rather Be Me’ – Mean Girls
We love a good 2000s classic movie and Mean Girls is the quintessential 2000s high school movie. The fact that there’s a musical version of it alone is amazing, but the soundtrack just makes it better! The songs are so well written and reflect so much about all the characters singing them, but our personal favorite has got to be ‘I’d Rather Be Me,’ the song Janice sings after having enough of everything going on in her school. She makes it clear that she’s proud of being different and that she’d rather be herself than fit in with the rest. We love ourselves some positive views on individuality! Definitely a song we wish our high school selves could’ve listened to.
‘Let It Go’ – Frozen
You all knew this one was going to be here, right? ‘Let It Go’ was everyone’s go-to song for when we needed to feel powerful for a really long time. And, to be completely honest, it’s still just as good a feeling to belt this one out today as it was back when the movie came out. No longer trying to be the perfect girl everyone expected, Elsa sings this as she transforms into the truest version of herself, letting go (haha) of society’s heavy expectations in order to do what she feels is right for her, something we all have the desire to do.
‘A Whole New World’ – Aladdin
Continuing our Disney songs theme, we have to mention ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin. Because yes, exploring a new world can be scary, especially if, like Jasmine, we feel a little trapped in our own limited world, but taking the risk is so worth it! Jasmine trusts Aladdin to show her a new side of the world she never had the chance to experience before. And even if she didn’t know exactly what she’d find, she took a chance and it ended up being “a new fantastic point of view.” Bottom line is: change is terrifying, but sometimes it’s the best thing that can happen.
‘Me And The Sky’ – Come From Away
If you don’t know Come From Away, here’s a piece of advice: look it up! Quick summary of this musical inspired by real-life events: after the American airspace is closed because of 9/11, a bunch of planes are redirected to different places, and almost 30 of them end up in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada, there, lives intertwine and make up a beautiful story. One of the characters is Beverley Bass, the real-life first female captain of American Airlines commercial planes, whose solo ‘Me And The Sky’ is just *chef’s kiss*! The life story of a woman succeeding in a male-dominated space as she did is nothing short of incredible. The lyrics by themselves are amazing, and knowing that the story told is real is just the icing on the cake.
This is where we’re stopping (for today, at least), otherwise, we’d stay here all day. If you’ve enjoyed our list and want to chat with us about it, tweet us @TheHoneyPOP!
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