We established people’s least favorite songs from otherwise good musicals a few weeks ago, and the debate was fierce.
Now, writer Dana Schwartz recently turned the question on its head, asking the inverse: what are some standout songs from musicals that didn’t exactly stand out?
What's the best single musical theater song from an otherwise mediocre musical? I don't have a smart "I'll start" answer, I'm genuinely curious
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) April 22, 2019
Once again, the internet did not let us down.
“One Day” from Groundhog Day
— dead dove (@chalktastic) April 22, 2019
"Memory" from Cats. The whole musical is pure nonsense but that song is the only memorable thing about it.
— Memo Grajeda: Mall Cop 2 (@MallMemo) April 22, 2019
Unpopular opinion; Defying Gravity. 😳
— Susan (@SewSusanR) April 22, 2019
my take: Waving through a window
— Sor Brienne of Tarth (@_ana_c) April 22, 2019
"Get Out and Stay Out" from 9 to 5. Most empowering song I've heard in a long time.
— Zachary Agatstein | Formerly @polisciguy2011 (@callonzach) April 22, 2019
This may be heresy, but the Gershwin musical OH, KAY! doesn’t do much for me, aside from a little tune called “Someone To Watch Over Me.”
— Jason Kruppa (@JasonKruppa) April 22, 2019
“With You” from Ghost. The rest of the musical is okay-ish but With You is one of the best ballads of 21st century musicals
— Rachel Thornton (@page_turnerr) April 22, 2019
Once again, Broadway fans were divided.
People got especially miffed at which musicals others considered “mediocre.”
To everyone in this thread who thinks Company is mediocre: pic.twitter.com/1cxCkjKBdJ
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) April 23, 2019
Hamilton haters just slapped their own hands off the keyboard AND challenged themselves to a duel with this reply. 💯
— HouseUnbound (@lani_house) April 23, 2019
victor/victoria is objectively good tho???
— george 🌻 (@argylegargoyles) April 22, 2019
The idea that A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is mediocre is, frankly, enough for me to consider challenging you to a duel.
— Seth Christenfeld And His Swanky Taco Hat (@earbox) April 23, 2019
— Katie Minard (@KatieMinard) April 22, 2019
I see you’ve never seen Man of La Mancha
— Individual FUN (@GoTeamMegan) April 23, 2019
…*points for "execrable" tho 😄 pic.twitter.com/VPc1sCKtJe
— Rebecca I. Allen (@rebeccaallen) April 23, 2019
Luckily, you’ll be able to make those distinctions yourself: someone already created a Spotify playlist with the songs mentioned.
Ask and you shall receive. I made a Spotify playlist that includes a ton of these suggestions (putting a Sondheim song in there is a non-starter with me–one must draw the line somewhere). Anyway, enjoy!https://t.co/vjSrn7OYML
— Suzanna Krivulskaya (@suzzzanna) April 23, 2019
It turns out that show tunes are more divisive than we thought.