Top 13 Favorite Hamilton Songs
Haha, I'm not really sure why I'm writing this because I might get hate for what I choose, but eh, why not? No one will agree with me, I'm 99.9999999999% sure, and there will surely be a lot of criticism. But I really do welcome personal opinions, and I'd love to discuss it in a mature manner! The Li.st app seems like a pretty good place for that.
- 1.SatisfiedAngelica's voice is pure beauty. I will always be partial to the lyric "when you said hi I forgot my dang name!" I also adore the "rewind" aspect of it in the beginning— when it pulls in "helpless" and later when Alexander says "just you wait," similar to the opening song of the musical.
- 2.Say No To ThisAlright, this one will definitely be controversial. But I truly believe that Jasmine Cephas-Jones's voice is one of the most underrated of the entire production. In addition to that, the song (like all others, I know,) tells a story. I feel as though it is one of the most captivating songs, pulling the listener in and allowing them to fall into a story that's not quite love, and that should be frowned upon, but for some reason raises pity and pondering.
- 3.Burn"You have married an Icarus, and he's flown too close to the sun." I'll just leave that lyric there alone... I'm pretty sure it will speak for itself.
- 4.Alexander HamiltonClassic. Classic. Classic. Nothing more to say.
- 5.Your Obedient ServantI'm not quite sure why I favor this song to this extent. But I do. Maybe because one of my favorite words is "equivocate"? I'm kidding. Sort of. I love the part of the song where Arron Burr makes everything serious, feeding the line "careful how you proceed good man." There's a certain urgency in that line, that is captured so well. The entire song is chalk-full of juxtapositions. Going from serious to taunting.
- 6.Guns and ShipsLafayette's solo gives me chills! I am personally a big Alexander fan, so when Lafayette vocalizes his absolute need for him, I can be seen from a distance holding a "You Go, Alex!" sign with a proud grin stretching ear to ear. Then the song quiets, and the lyric "together we can turn the tide," is sung and— ahh, i could get lost in this one.
- 7.That Would Be Enough"Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now." 'Nough said. Still, my favorite part of this piece is that the feeling of intimacy between Alexander and Eliza is so innocent. "Will you relish being a poor man's wife? Unable to provide for your life?" ... "I relish being your wife."
- 8.Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your StoryIt has a sad overture but it does an incredible job of rounding the entire story together.
- 9.The Story of Tonight- Reprise"I'll see you on the other side of the war." I like the brotherly (almost) friendship/connection between Burr and Hamilton.
- 10.History Has Its Eyes On YouYou can feel pent up regret and remorse in Christopher Jackson's voice... That alone definitely makes this top ten worthy. The fore-warning aspect of it is genius and I applaud Lin-Manuel for it.
- 11.It's Quiet UptownWhat a heartbreaking song. I'm almost as heartbroken that I couldn't fit this into my top ten. Either way, this song deserves credit like the ones before it. It's forlorn and gut wrenching. I love it.
- 12.Wait For It"Love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints." Oh my goodness, I love that line. Then the parallel with death... Brilliant!
- 13.What Comes Next?The 13th. I like the beat to this song. If you're looking for a Hamilton to keep you on your feet, this is one of your best bets! Above, I've chosen mostly sad songs so this is a diamond in the rough. It's not a particularly popular song, as I am aware, and it's quite short. But like my previous favorites, it is included in that select group.