Ranking The Songs Of ‘The Greatest Showman’

It’s been out for 4 days, and The Greatest Showman is already — in my opinion — one of the most underrated films of the year. In spite of several objectionable aspects, it’s an intensely enjoyable sensory experience filled with colour and vitality — and a damn good batch of songs. So I’m going to rank those songs from worst to best!

9. TIGHTROPE

Kinda feels like it was in Michelle Williams’s contract that she’d get a solo number. “Tightrope” is a sad attempt to give a weak female character some depth, and an unmemorable track performed obligatorily.

8. NEVER ENOUGH

“Never Enough” is a fine song, but the so-obviously-dubbed performance (why even cast Rebecca Ferguson if she couldn’t sing for herself?) ruins it.

7. THE GREATEST SHOW

The opening choral bars of this song are pretty irritating. The rest is very uneven, and it isn’t the ideal choice to either open or close the film.

6. COME ALIVE

In the film, we transition into “Come Alive” with some cleverly-used train sound. On the soundtrack album, this isn’t as clear. But “Come Alive” is where the songs start to get very catchy on this list.

5. THIS IS ME

The lyrics of “This is Me” are the height of corny “Be true to yourself” preaching, but its chorus is clearly the most memorable of the film, and this is the song being put forward for Oscar consideration — so it’s doing something right.

4. THE OTHER SIDE

As a song, “The Other Side” could probably be stronger. As a musical number, it’s absolutely terrific, pairing Jackman and Efron, in a bar, doing shots, with an overeager waiter involved in the dancing.

3. REWRITE THE STARS

Efron and Zendaya’s performance of “Rewrite The Stars” is the strongest sequence in the film; a stunning aerial number involving some thrilling acrobatics. The song ain’t bad.

2. FROM NOW ON

This is Jackman’s most Jean Valjean moment in Showman, as Barnum seeks to redeem himself to wife Charity. The barroom first half is fine, but it’s Jackman sprinting through the streets belting out the chorus that — for me — was the most energised and rousing moment of the film.

1. A MILLION DREAMS

Appreciation for “A Million Dreams”, the epic opening track, requires a tolerance for a high-pitched child’s voice that I didn’t think I possessed. But, in the cheesiest way, this is a really solidly-constructed pop song, contextualised engagingly in the number, which transitions from Barnum as a child in flashback to Jackman’s adult depiction seamlessly. Then, Jackman and Williams dance across the rooftops. I loved the whole thing.


Have you seen The Greatest Showman? Read my review here and let me know your thoughts!