With all the increased expectations from the recently released Les Mis trailer and the possibility of some truly classic musical numbers coming from it, it seems like a good time to compile a list of the best ones of all time. Now this is not a list for opening credit or end credit songs, or pieces of score. This is for music actually performed as part of the film, be it in a musical or non-musical film. So the main title from Star Wars is right out, but the cantina band would be fair game, as would Marty's performance of "Johnny Be Good" in Back to the Future. And of course, you've got the rich history of movie musicals to draw from.
I'll kick things off with...
1. "La Resistance" - South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)
Who would have thought a South Park movie would be one of the best musicals of that last twenty years? Yet there's Bigger, Longer and Uncut, expertly sending up a handful of musical genres with songs that not only work as parodies of style from Rogers and Hammerstein to Ashman and Menken, not only as songs to move the story forward, but a good songs period. By far the crowning achievement here is "La Reistance," which wears its debt to Les Mis on its crudely animated sleeve. The film's "One Day More," it's a stirring tune in its own right, then weaves in the film's other songs to take the whole thing to another level. It's too bad "Blame Canada" had to carry the Oscar torch for this film, because Marc Shaiman and Trey Parker really deserved the award for this one.
Edited by Richard Dickson - 6/16/12 at 2:02pm