You Can't Stop the Beat:
The Ultimate Musicals Playlist

The songs of musical theatre have become indelibly woven into the fabric of our culture over the past 100 years, but which tracks are the most popular?

We've used Spotify's data to find out which songs from musicals most often appear in playlists. We also discovered the musical elements that most often occur in these songs, and much more.

Rank Track Title Playlist Popularity Score
1st Alexander Hamilton 70
2nd The Schuyler Sisters 60
3rd Satisfied 58
4th You Will Be Found 57
5th Burn 54
6th Seasons of Love 52
7th Defying Gravity - From "Wicked" Original Broadway Cast Recording/2003 52
8th Take Me or Leave Me 51
9th My Shot 49
10th Helpless 49
11th Sincerely, Me 45
12th You'll Be Back 44
13th Waving Through A Window 41
14th Never Enough 40
15th Candy Store 39
16th Only Us 37
17th For Forever 37
18th We're All In This Together - From "High School Musical"/Soundtrack Version 37
19th If I Could Tell Her 36
20th Start of Something New - From "High School Musical"/Soundtrack Version 35
  • What's the Perfect Tempo for Songs from Musicals?119 BPM
  • What's the Perfect Length for Songs from Musicals?4:01
  • Percentage of Happy Songs (Major Scale)75%
  • Percentage of Sad Songs (Minor Scale)25%

What Keys are the Most Common...

Rank Key Appearances
1st G 14
2nd F 12
3rd D 10
4th A 9
5th Ab 7
6th B 6
7th C 6
8th C# 6
9th E 6
10th Bb 6
11th Eb 6
12th F# 3

Broadway Shows with the...

Rank Musical Gross Ticket Sales ($)
1st Wicked 1,367,904,817
2nd Chicago 681,071,494
3rd The Book of Mormon 659,604,361
4th Hamilton 649,868,673
5th Mamma Mia 624,391,684
6th Les Misérables 549,916,673
7th Rent 274,248,128
8th Hairspray 252,181,270
9th Dear Evan Hansen 241,083,756
10th Matilda 198,165,845
11th Waitress 168,426,420
12th Mean Girls 124,199,595
13th Newsies 109,000,709
14th In The Heights 105,302,932
15th Anastasia 93,439,879
16th Anything Goes 77,524,972
17th Legally Blonde 56,338,126
18th Beetlejuice 51,789,652
19th Little Shop of Horrors 20,607,589
20th Six 3,448,637

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