Ranking the Songs in ‘The Sound of Music’

The Sound of Music in the last month since I first watched it has become one of my favorite movies of all time. It literally makes me happy every time I watch it and a great contributor to my joy is the songs. After seeing it for a recent fifth time I’m glad to say I’m starting to learn the songs and each song makes me smile for one reason or another.

The Sound of Music is a different musical than most as it recycles many of its songs over and over again for different scenarios in a truly beautiful fashion. Despite the recycling of these songs, The Sound of Music ends up having eleven songs in all, all of which have their own power to them. Today, I wanted to share my ranking of these eleven songs and explain why I love each and every one of them so much. Enjoy!

11. “I Have Confidence”


Maria is a bit of a difficult person to get to know because she can be so truthful. Her time at the abbey has led her to believe she won’t do a great job being a governess so she must find the inner confidence to take on such a “difficult” task.

It’s a powerful buildup to the point where she is no longer afraid but ready to take on the challenge ahead and a great boost of gusto if you may need something to build your own confidence on any day (if you know the words to the song.)

10. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”


This is just such a cute little song between sixteen-year-old Liesl and seventeen-year-old Rolfe as they secretly sing and dance together under the stormy night sky. The lyrics are fun, the choreography is perfect, and I can’t stop smiling every time I watch this part.

9. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”


During one of the saddest stretches of Maria’s life as she struggles to understand what’s happening to her due to her falling in love with Captain von Trapp the Reverend Mother boosts her spirits and helps guide her path with a powerful song that is truly fantastic, particularly as the song is used once more in the final scene in the film, bringing me to tears every time I hear it at the movie’s conclusion.

8. “Something Good”


I have only one emotion to describe how this scene and this beautiful song makes me feel every time I watch it: tears. So many tears! 😭

7. “Maria”


The beginning of The Sound of Music features Julie Andrews’ Maria singing “The Sound of Music” so beautifully as she canters about the hills surrounding the small town she lives in. As beautiful as that scene is it doesn’t tell us who she is as a character. This song, “Maria”, does that bluntly and I love that this song actually helps tell a bit of a story about Maria in a matter of minutes.

6. “So Long, Farewell”


Ever since I have seen this scene for the first time it has managed to make me smile. It’s so cute, the lyrics are so perfect, and yeah, it makes me happy.

5. “My Favorite Things”


Once again, here’s another song that is bound to bring you joy when you watch the film. It’s so cute, has such wonderful lyrics, and leaves me singing along (or trying to anyway) every time.

4. “Edelweiss”


“Edelweiss” is such a lovely song. I mean, the lyrics are just so beautiful…and very simple at that.

Edelweiss, edelweiss.

Every morning you greet me.

Small and white.

Clean and bright.

You look happy to meet me.

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow.

Bloom and grow forever.

Edelweiss, edelweiss.

Bless my homeland forever.

A love song about flowers? Love it! And this scene in the movie is the first scene where Maria and Captain von Troop are openly falling in love with one another, which adds to the drama of it all considering that The Baroness (von Trapp’s girlfriend at the time) is sitting in the same room. 😬😆

3. “The Sound of Music”


The film literally begins with Julie Andrews belting it out with that angelic voice of hers over the hills that seem to be alive with the sound of music. (Get what I did there?) I should’ve known I was going to love this movie from the very beginning. I wish we had more musicals as great as the likes of this one.

2. “Do-Re-Mi”


I don’t think there’s a better song to teach one how to sing. This song is utter perfection and I will stand by that statement.

1. “The Lonely Goatherd”


While “Do-Re-Mi” could easily be deemed the best song in The Sound of Music this is the song that makes me the happiest. It makes me smile, it makes me laugh, and the yodeling only adds an extra bit of flair that you don’t see in most musicals, making this song stand out.

All in all, every single song has something special to offer and it’s a huge part of the reason why this is one of my favorite movies of all time.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.


2 thoughts on “Ranking the Songs in ‘The Sound of Music’”

  1. Edelweiss had something of a subversive quality too: it was symbolically an anthem supporting Austrian resistance to the Nazis. So the Captain singing it was an act of defiance, among other things.

    I think that and Do-Re-Mi are my two favorite songs. It might have something to do with remembering singing or seeing Do-Re-Mi sung frequently in grade school and/or that the tune of Edelweiss with religious lyrics was a common refrain at my church growing up.

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