Top 10 Best Hamilton Songs


Don’t be shocked when your history book and all your friends mention him now place your bets as to who that benefits the very seat of government where Hamilton sits. Not true! Ooh if the shoe fits wear it. Welcome to Ms. Mojo, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Hamilton songs Before we begin we publish new videos every day So be sure to subscribe for more great content. For this list we listened to the cast recording For the billionth time and rank our choices on a mix of fan favorites and their importance to the overall hamel narrative If you don’t agree with our ranking you’d have had to be in the room where it happened to make your case Get your education. number 10 Alexander Hamilton and a world gonna know your name. What’s your name, man? Alexander Hamilton The musical opening number named for the eponymous Treasury secretary was introduced to the world back in 2009 when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed it at the white house poetry jam. There wouldn’t have been nothin’ left to do, for someone less to stoop. He would have been dead and destitute without a cent of restitution Inspired by a biography on the American figurehead, Miranda started a concept album about someone he thought embodied hip-hop But it became a full-fledged musical We are waiting in the wings for you, waiting in the wings for you This track traces the tragic events during Hamilton’s upbringing in the Caribbean and then his migration to New York This song serves to introduce the show’s colorful cast of characters. Hamilton’s tireless ambition and Mr.Aaron Bur And me! I’m the damn fool that shot him Besides being a fantastic prelude to Miranda’s opus history teachers are using it to engage students with a ten-dollar founding father without a father What’s your name, man? Alexander Hamilton You’ll be back. Number nine. You’ll be back. You will see. You’ll remember you belong to me. While any of king George the third’s songs are awesome, wow, this is the one we had to go with When you’re gone, I’ll go mad on the cast album Jonathan Groff of Glee and frozen fame sings this hilariously dark overseas dispatch from the British Royalty Its lyrics at first anyway make it sound like a lighthearted breakup anthem from the British Empire to its loyal subjects But the King Soon inserts a threat I will kill your friends and family this song perfectly displays Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wit and eclectic musical background though Hamilton is largely inspired by R&B and Hip-hop You’ll be back was modeled after British invasion pop excuse us while we sing da da da daa da forever da da da daaaa da. Da dada di yi da. Da dadada diiii ya da number eight the election of 1800 Every action has its equal opposite reaction John Adams in the context of back to the election of 1800 restarts the upbeat tempo numbers Coming after heart-wrenching songs like Stay Alive reprise and It’s Quiet Up Town Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson are going head-to-head as each tries to become the presidential candidate for the democratic Republican party. It becomes increasingly clear that the person with the power to tip the election’s outcome is Alexander Hamilton The country is facing a difficult choice This multi-layered track puts The ensemble to great use and marks the pivotal moment where Burr starts to resent Hamilton as he actively stops him from Advancing his political career If you were to ask me who I’d promote. Jefferson has my vote I’m stepping down. I’m not. Number seven One Last Time One last tiiiiiiiime George Washington, the first United States’ president, seeks Hamilton’s assistance in crafting his now-famous farewell address Let’s take a break tonight and then we’ll teach them how to say goodbye This song serves to illustrate an important moment in American history When the country had to become accustomed to different people holding the powerful position of president Miranda used the actual text of Washington’s statement, having Washington sing the words as Hamilton speaks them alongside him I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promised myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking This is a powerful song and it’s hard not to get choked up at Christopher Jackson the original Washington’s vocal Tryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy It’s a soft farewell for a character that had come in with such a bang in Right-hand man. and his right-hand man Number six The Room Where It Happens. Two Virginians and an Immigrant walk into a room Diametrically opposed foes. Bouncing between hip hop, broadway big-band, vaudeville comedy, and new wave sounds this piece de resistance Is arguably the most textured song in Hamilton. The seemingly mismatched musical genres and instruments come together to illustrate an equally convoluted story the dinner-table bargain known as the compromise of 1790 No one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened No one actually knows what happened behind those closed doors so Miranda had creative freedom to tell the story as he saw fit Interestingly he wrote the song from the perspective of someone who specifically wasn’t there, Aaron Burr. I I want to be a room where it happens, the room where it happens This song at once details Hamilton Jefferson and Madison deal to exchange the Nation’s capital for paying state debts and also shows burr as he starts losing his cautious demeanor In the rooooooooooom. Click. Boom Ooooh Oooh Number five helpless,. I’m about to change your life. Then by all means lead the way. This romantic ditty drew inspiration from all corners of the R&B world. lyrics like that boy is mine callback to the 1998 Brandy and Monica hit and According to musical director Alex Lacamoire the refrain of stress and blessin’ is a nod to Beyonce Two weeks later in the living room stressin’. My father stone face as you’re askin’ for his blessin’. Miranda’s growly singing as Hamilton is a reference to Ja Rule who actually performed a rendition of the song with Ashanti on the Hamilton mixtape his long example Navigenics. I swear to God to never feel so Baby, I’m helpless In terms of subject matter, Helpless condenses the details of Eliza Skyler and Alexander Hamilton’s courtship. From Eliza’s sister Angelica introducing them to Hamilton asking Eliza’s father for her hand and Finishing with their marriage. This is a song about happy young love Helpless. I am so into you. I am so into you. Helpless Wait for it, wait for it Number four Wait for It. I am the one thing in life I can control Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it Even though the musical is called Hamilton the audience oftentimes sympathizes with Aaron burr the supposed villain in the story Wait for it expresses Burr’s yearning for love and fulfillment and how he watches from the sidelines as Hamilton Succeeds and rises in the ranks. Hamilton doesn’t hesitate He exhibits no restraint. This song perfectly exemplifies how overly cautious Burr is throughout the narrative all too aware of how much he’s lost and how much he wants Hamilton in Similar circumstances Consistently and recklessly charges forward Life doesn’t discriminate. Between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes. It taaaaaaaaaaaakes. And we keep on loving anyway Min Manuel Miranda considers Wait for It among the best songs he’s ever written and Leslie Odom Jr. the original Burr knocks it out of the park with a spine tingling performance And I’m willing to- Wait for it, wait for it Number three the Skyler Sisters. There’s nothing rich folks love more than going downtown and slumming it with the poor. This energetic nod to Destiny’s child introduces the audience to the three formidable Skyler sisters in the context both of the musical and the time period In which it takes place The events have been largely dominated by men But here we see women with sharp minds and revolutionary ideas not the least of which eldest sister, Angelica Teeming with wordplay like: you want a revolution. I want a revelation. And badass lines like: and when I meet Thomas Jefferson Imma compel him to include women in the sequel. Work! The song is an anthem for ladies everywhere And Peggy. The Skyler sisters. Work, work. We’re looking for a mind at work. (record scratch) Number two, Yorktown, the World Turned Upside down The battle of Yorktown Miranda proves again that you can get supremely pumped while getting a history lesson The battle of Yorktown resulted in the American and French armies beating the British and virtually ending the revolutionary war Immigrants, we get the job done During the song, the audience sees Hamilton in the heat of battle Grappling with the prospect of combat but also wanting to make it home to his wife and unborn son Miranda soon leaves in a reference to an innovative tactic the historical Alexander Hamilton devised to sneak up on the British Take the bullets out your gun. What! The bullets out your gun. What! We move under cover and we move as one. Through the night we have one shot to live another day. We also see what his compatriots John Lawrence, Marquis de Lafayette, and Hercules Mulligan did towards the war effort though in a considerably epic fashion Hercules Mulligan I need no introduction. When you knock me down, I get the f- back up again. Haha wooh! This song is high action and high stakes and leaves you feeling just about ready to rush out into battle The world turned upside down. We won! We won! The world turned upside down Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions. What the hell is the catch! It’s the feeling of freedom of seeing the light. It’s Ben Franklin with the key and the kite. You see it, right? You’ll come of age with our young nation. We’ll bleed and fight for you. We’ll make it right for you. Okay One more thing. Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? I am not throwing away my shot. I am not throwing away. Number one, My Shot I am not throwing away my shot. I am not throwing away my shot. Yo, I’m just like my country. I’m young, scrappy, and hungry. And I’m not throwing away my shot Having one song capture the entire ethos of the show is a tall order Which is probably why My Shot took Miranda a year to write. My Shot is the moment Hamilton impresses his new friends Lawrence, Lafayette, Mulligan, and Burr who he’d met in the previous song, Aaron Burr, Sir. The revolution’s imminent. What do you stall for? If you stand for nothing Burr what will you fall for? The clever lyrics and phrasing immediately set the character of Hamilton apart. But Miranda’s genius also shines through. The song’s title means many things at once The glasses of alcohol the men are sharing, a chance at achieving one’s dreams, and the bullet that ended Hamilton’s life Really, it’s the masterfully articulated theme of the musical leaving the audience with no choice, but to rise up Shot! Come on and take a shot. And I am not throwing away my, not throwing away my shot. Do you agree with our picks. 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