Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m continuing my series of my 10 favourite songs from musicals. So far I’ve covered Frozen, Wicked and Mean Girls but today I’ll be sharing my 10 favourite songs from Hamilton. I adore Hamilton, I think it’s one of the best-written musicals of all time and there are almost 50 songs to choose from which is why this is post one of two for Hamilton because it was impossible for me to choose just 10! As usual, I’ll be linking each song but this time it will be after my explanation instead of in the title. So, let’s get into my first 10 favourite songs from Hamilton which aren’t in a particular order. P.S, there will be spoilers for the show but as it’s based on real life, I don’t think you can really have spoilers…
1. The Room Where It Happens
Hamilton is full of clever songs and this one is no exception. This song tells the story of a meeting that happened but nobody knows for sure what happened in the meeting. The story is told from the perspective of Aaron Burr who wants to be in the room where it happens and during the song we hear claims of what happened in the room from some of the people in the room but they are just claims and we’ll never know the truth of what happened in the room.
2. One Last Time
In this song, Alexander Hamilton finds out that his friend and colleague, George Washington is stepping down from the position of President of the US. Washington asks Hamilton to write a statement regarding his decision to let the people know and I just love the conversation that happens between Hamilton and Washington and when Hamilton reads the statement Washington sings it with him as he’s speaking it. I think it’s just a beautiful moment.
Satisfied has always been one of my favourites from Hamilton. It comes after Helpless which tells the story of how Hamilton meets his wife Eliza from her perspective but Satisfied rewinds to before Helpless and tells the story from Eliza’s sister, Angelica’s point of view. It’s another one of the extremely clever songs in the show!
4. What’d I Miss
This is one of the most upbeat songs in the show which is why I think I like it so much. It’s a super entertaining song and it’s quite funny because Thomas Jefferson has been away in France until this point in the show (beginning of act 2) so comes back and asks what he’s missed. Act 1 has a revolution so he’s missed this massive thing and is just casually like I’m back, tell me what’s been going on. Daveed Diggs is brilliant too!
5. Congratulations (Cut Song)
I wasn’t sure whether I should include this song because it’s not technically in the musical but I love it so much I decided I needed to share it! It’s sung by Angelica after she finds out Hamilton betrayed Eliza. You can see the protection for her sister in this song and I just wish it hadn’t been cut because it’s a real moment!
6. Say No To This
I love this song because it really tells a story and I love songs like that. If you were wondering how Hamilton betrayed Eliza, just listen to this one! Also, can we just appreciate Jasmine Cephas Jones’ voice?!
It’s probably a good time to include Burn because this is the song Eliza sings as her reaction to Hamilton’s betrayal. A few months ago they released a song called First Burn which is the first draft I guess of Burn sung by 5 different Eliza’s and I think I prefer it to the Burn that was left in the show!
8. Cabinet Battle #1
Another of the clever songs in Hamilton. It’s supposed to be a sort of political debate but it’s written as a rap battle with a mike drop and everything. It’s genius!
9. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
This is the last song in the show so I don’t want to give too much away but I love it because it’s such a beautiful song and tells the story of what Eliza does sort of after the show ends.
10. It’s Quiet Uptown
The last song on this list is ‘It’s Quiet Uptown’ and like the previous song, it’s really beautiful. This song comes after (spoiler) Alexander and Eliza’s son dies and the song is about parents dealing with the death of a child and trying to ‘live with the unimaginable’. It sounds really depressing but it’s a gorgeous song!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite Hamilton songs, if you did, please share it using the buttons below! What are your favourite Hamilton songs? Let me know in the comments! If you have a musical you want me to do a post like this on, let me know that too! I have a few I want to do including Mamma Mia, Heathers and Wicked but I’d love your suggestions! Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series!
Thanks for reading, Em xo