Hamilton is a musical (duh) and what a musical it is. I’ve never had so much trouble ranking songs in a musical before but I’m going to take a crack at it. Here goes nothing.
5. “It’s Quiet Uptown”
Tears. So many tears. Alexander Hamilton has had a terrible affair on his wife. That’s the first check on the forget-you list. Then his and his wife’s son gets killed because a college student picked on their son about his father’s scandal? Brutal! The despair in this moment of the show and the fact that Eliza’s love for Hamilton wins over her past anger and that she forgives him as he begs for her to let him return to her life is just: 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
4. “Dear Theodosia”
Somehow, this super sweet song gets to my emotions on a different level than most of the songs. The Revolutionary War is over and we have a moment where Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton gets a chance to sit down and sing to their newly born children. It’s beautiful, really really beautiful, and I couldn’t keep it off of this list.
3. “Washington On Your Side”
As the play continues we see Hamilton’s politicians (mostly Burr) get more and more frustrated with him and this song fills like the moment where they finally decide to take a stand. You almost feel like cheering for them as Hamilton’s slanderous ways start to make him like the true antagonist of the story.
Plus, Leslie, Daveed, and Okieriete’s voices are amazing and together they make this song, well, off the chain! Such a great song.
This just might be the most epic love song for a musical of all time. Renee doesn’t play the largest role in the play but this song alone earned her the Tony for Best Supporting Actress. She puts so much feeling into this song, detailing her hidden feelings for Hamilton and how she throws her own happiness away in a powerful five-minute song that feels like one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard in a musical.
And boy that woman can rap! Plus, I love Lin-Manuel Miranda for that lyric “hunger-pain frame” when describing how Hamilton looks. It almost feels funny if it isn’t such a sad song.
1. “Wait for It”
Yesterday I wrote a post sharing my three favorite characters in the story and my favorite was Burr so it’s no surprise that this is my favorite song. Burr is the exact opposite of Hamilton. Reserved and willing to wait for things to progress before making a decision, he conveys his first bundle of agitation against Hamilton in this powerful number that leaves me riveted every time I watch it.
Its lyrics tell a story that follows his journey throughout the song and Leslie Odom Jr. has such a gorgeous voice. Wow!
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