Since Hamilton released on Disney+ (July 3, 2020), the number of times I have watched is likely around 2 dozen. The number of times I have listened to the soundtrack…countless.
From the first watch, I instantly fell in love with the soundtrack and all things Hamilton. I love the characters. I love the story. I love the choreography. I love the songs.
I remember telling my wife the next day how captivating it was. When we got the opportunity, we watched it together. She became as infatuated with it as I am. We still sing it around the house. It’s even more awesome that my little dude loves it as well.
His favorite is 100% Guns and Ships. Every time I listen, I hear his sweet little voice scream “a shower” in the opening verse. Whenever we have it on in the background, he pretends to jump off the table like Daveed Diggs and speak gibberish with the quick tongue of the song.
Because of how amazing the entire soundtrack, I constantly found myself going back and forth between my favorite songs. This is a discussion my wife and I have had many of times. I wanted to share my top 10 favorite Hamilton songs. If you are a fan of the musical, drops yours below because I’d love to hear yours and why. Honestly, this is a top 10 where I don’t think there are wrong answers. All of the songs are just that damn good.
Honorable Mention: Alexander Hamilton
I honestly just felt bad leaving the opening number off my top 10. So here it gets the honorable mention. It sets the tone for the entire story showcasing the characters and their relationships with the bastard, orophan, son of a whore.
Favorite Line: And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him
10. Guns and Ships
The fact my little dude loves this one so much, that alone makes it top 10 worthy. It is just an absolute banger. Daveed Diggs is a gem and obviously the star of this one. The quick tongue twisting lyrics sang in a goddamn French accent is unbelievably great. It was also his last big solo before becoming Thomas Jefferson.
Favorite Line: No one has more resilience or matches my practical tactical brilliance
9. One Last Time
It was the swan song of George Washington telling his most trusted friend that he is stepping down. Boy, is it powerful. My God. Chris Jackson has one of the most powerful voices of the cast. I also love the passion, emotion and the lyrics in the song itself. When you combine it all, it hits me emotionally. The song embodies Washington setting the precedent that the nation keep pressing beyond him by not hogging the leadership essentially. Of course that didn’t become constitutional law until well after.
Favorite Line: Sir, I don’t know what you heard. But whatever it is, Jefferson started it.
8. What’d I Miss
As if Daveed Diggs didn’t kill the first act as Lafayette, he makes a grand entrance in the opening song of act II as Thomas Jefferson. The jazzy vibe of the song to the fun lyrics and Jefferson coming home dancing around like a fool is amazing.
Favorite Line: Where have you been? Uhhh France
7. Dear Theodosia
This song automatically makes me think of my own children. The song is a tribute from Burr and Hamilton to wanting to create the best life imaginable for their children. It’s a coming of age moment for both characters realizing their own legacies are now about more than just them. Yup, can’t get through this one without tearing up.
Favorite Line: Pride is not the word I’m looking for, there is so much more inside me now
6. Aaron Burr, Sir
The song introduces us to the 4 horsemen of the revolution. It also shows the clear fundamental divide between Burr and Hamilton. We know that Burr is not vocal with his advice of talk less, smile more. Meanwhile, Hamilton has a sharp tongue and loves to use it. I can relate.
Favorite Line: If you stand for nothing Burr, what’ll you fall for?
5. Schuyler Sisters
Bold. Empowering. Beautiful. I think those three words define the introduction of the trio of sisters who strut around New York enamored by the revolution. It is one of the most fun songs to sing on the entire soundtrack. There are so many progressive undertones in Hamilton and of course women’s empowerment is one of them. You have Angelica, the intimidating and intelligent sister. Then there’s Eliza, the trusting and kind hopeless romantic. Then there’s Peggy, the tagalong and innocent one. All of them are much needed for the cast. Let’s be honest, all three can be classified as fan favorites.
Favorite Line: And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel, WORK!
Naturally with a poppy sound, of course it is one of my favorites. The song of course details the feelings of Eliza the first time she laid eyes on Hamilton, completely fearful her sister would in fact win him over.
Favorite Line: I’m just sayin if you really love me you would share him (HA!)
I love the fast pace, witty lines and fantastic wordplay of this one. From the first watch until the most recent, it has forever been one of my 3-4 favorite songs. Renee’ Elise Goldsberry obliterates the ballad. The song itself dives into so many layers about her love affair with Hamilton. She describes her feelings about her sister and coming to terms with her own feelings that she now has to keep bottled up. It’s sad. It’s tragic. It also adds a new layer of strength to the character.
Favorite Line: Nice going, Angelica, he was right, you will never be satisfied
2. KG3 (You’ll Be Back, What Comes Next, I Know Him)
I am cheating here and I don’t care because I am not the only one. I am combining the three songs by King George III who is easily the funniest of all the characters. All three songs voice his oblivious thoughts on what will happen with the revolution (oceans rise, empires fall). Then of course the subtle or not so subtle (I’m really not sure whether it is or not) chorus telling everyone to die is fantastic.
You’ll Be Back – I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love
What Comes Next – awesome, wow
I Know Him – They will tear each other into pieces, Jesus Christ, this will be fun
1. Wait for It
In interviews with the cast of Hamilton, this seems to be the chosen favorite. I would have to agree. This, in my opinion, is the most powerful and emotional song of the musical. The song opens the floodgates on who Burr is and why he is that way. He shares his disdain for Hamilton.
Favorite Line: I am the one thing in life I can control, I am inimitable, I am an original
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