Who else is completely shook that we’re already finishing up our third week of 2018? Hard to wrap my mind around. But I only need to look at the constant changes in my favorite Broadway songs to remember to cherish the moment. After all, this can change in a snap of a finger.
In fact, one of my favorite shows from last year was Bandstand which only lasted around six months. Thanks to some Broadway hacks though, I’ve been fortunate enough to catch a few of these shows before they left Broadway.
Even though I listen primarily to rock music, show tunes are a close second. Well according to Spotify anyway. For me, music heals. I actually wrote a previous post with my favorite songs to listen to when I’m feeling down. So check that out if you want to expand your music repertoire.
But in 2017, it was Broadway that kept me going.
So what better way to show my gratitude to these amazing Broadway shows than to do write a roundup of my favorite Broadway songs of 2017?
These favorite Broadway songs kept me going through 2017. And just for good measure, there are a couple bonus songs at the very end. Three guesses which show tunes they are.
MY FAVORITE BROADWAY SONGS OF 2017
Anastasia: “Journey to the Past” and “In a Crowd of Thousands”
Growing up, I loved Anastasia. I found her story captivating and she’s such a strong female character. A lot of people don’t know this but the 1997 movie of Anastasia isn’t Disney but a FOX production. Doesn’t matter, I still loved it, albeit being a hardcore Disney fan. So when I heard Broadway was bringing the story to its stage, I knew I had to watch it. With my Audience Rewards points, I scored a couple of tickets and treated my mom to a day at the theatres.
Journey to the Past has always been my favorite song from the movie and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recorded myself singing it. Too many times, too many darn times. So I was waiting with bated breath throughout the first act for the familiar intro. I must admit, I expected perfection. And Christy Altomare did NOT disappoint.
What surprised me though was a new song from the second act. “In A Crowd Thousands” is such a touching song between Derek and Christy that it just makes my heart melt whenever I hear it. Not to mention the chemistry between them is unreal. So sweet and heartfelt. Surprisingly, this song really helped my anxiety last year and I played it whenever I felt myself getting agitated.
Groundhog Day: “Hope” and “If I Had My Time Again”
Despite failing to see this show before its closing in September, I could not escape the onslaught of fangirling on my Twitter from Aviva Sokolow who runs Humans of Broadway. So I listened to the soundtrack and fell in love with these two particular songs.
A cry of ‘this is who I am and you can either love it or hate it!’ That’s what “Hope” and “If I Had My Time Again” were for me.
Bandstand: “Welcome Home”
Oh my gosh! Excuse me as I crawl into the corner right now and just bawl. This song is so raw with emotion and all of the tiny nuances in Laura Osnes‘s singing just makes this song so chilling. I literally got goosebumps running up and down my arm as I watched her perform from my seat. I’m just so sad that this production didn’t stay on Broadway for longer because it is truly an amazing piece of work. It doesn’t water down the American military story and the cast is so passionate and invested in their characters. You end up leaving with a new respect for those in the military, especially those on the front line.
Dear Evan Hansen: “You Will Be Found” and “Waving Through a Window”
Be honest. Are you surprised? This musical was the Hamilton of 2017 and for good reasons. It brought forth awareness to something extremely important in a way that was heartfelt and genuine. Through songs like “Waving Through a Window” and “You Will Be Found”, Dear Evan Hansen started a conversation about mental health and now so many who are suffering, myself included, turn to it to feel less alone and hopeless.
Kinky Boots: “Soul of A Man”
Just because I got to see Brendon Urie (lead singer of Panic! at the Disco) blow the socks off of this song during his run as Charlie. I’m not bragging… I’m just saying. And Stark Sands’ version honestly gives you an eargasm, it’s amazing. Take a listen if you don’t believe me.
BONUS: “This is Me” and “The Greatest Show”
So I know these aren’t Broadway songs, but from the newest musical movie The Greatest Showman, these two songs are amazing anthems. Ignore the incredible historical inaccuracies and intense hyperboles in this movie and just focus on the music and story…. it’s pure entertainment. Keala Settle is an absolute breath of fresh air who really bares her soul in “This Is Me” and it’s really inspired me to stop hiding the parts of me that are ‘less than desirable’.