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17 Show Tunes To Belt When You’re Having A Bad Day

Just a reminder that everything is coming up roses…

Whether you’re victim to the Von Trapp children’s practical jokes, plotting to flee an orphanage run by the inhumane Miss Hannigan, or simply planning to abandon all negative vibes by broomstick, there are plenty of characters in musicals who undergo a downright bad day. What happens next? Cue that catchy optimistic number that’s bound to get stuck in your head.

Next time you’re feeling blue, belt one of these show tunes to brighten your mood:

1. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (‘Funny Girl’)

Don’t tell me not to live
Just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s
A ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud
To rain on my parade

2. “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair” (‘South Pacific’)

Wash him out, dry him out!
Push him out, fly him out!
Cancel him and let him go (yeah, sister!)

3. “One Day More” (‘Les Misérables’)

Tomorrow we’ll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store
One more dawn
One more day
One day more

4. “Dancing Through Life” (‘Wicked’)

Dancing through life
Mindless and careless
Make sure you’re where less
Trouble in life
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you’re dancing
Through life

5. “I Have Confidence” (‘The Sound Of Music’)

I must dream of the things I am seeking, I am seeking the courage I lack
The courage to serve them with reliance
Face my mistakes without defiance
Show them I’m worthy
And while I show them
I’ll show me!

6. “Wait For It” (‘Hamilton’)

I am the one thing in life I can control
I am inimitable I am an original
I’m not falling behind or running late
I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait

7. “You Will Be Found” (‘Dear Evan Hansen’)

So let the sun come streaming in
‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
Lift your head and look around
You will be found

8. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (‘Gypsy’)

Well, someone tell me, when is it my turn?
Don’t I get a dream for myself?
Starting now it’s gonna be my turn
Gangway, world, get off of my runway!
Starting now I bat a thousand!
This time, boys, I’m taking the bows and
Everything’s coming up Rose!

9. “Tomorrow” (‘Annie’)

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

10. “I Got The Sun In The Morning” (‘Annie Get Your Gun’)

Got no mansion, got no yacht,
Still I’m happy with what I’ve got;
I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.

11. “Put On A Happy Face” (‘Bye Bye Birdie’)

Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face;
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.

12. “Seize The Day” (‘Newsies’)

Now is the time to seize the day
They’re gonna see there’s hell to pay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us quit before we’re done
One for all and all for one!

13. “Non-Stop” (‘Hamilton’)

Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re running out of time?
Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re running out of time
Keep on fighting
In the meantime
Non-stop

14. “I Believe” (‘The Book Of Mormon’)

And now I can feel the excitement, this is the moment I was born to do
And I feel so incredible to be sharing my faith with you

15. “Defying Gravity” (‘Wicked’)

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
“Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly”

16. “Dancing Queen” (‘Mamma Mia!’)

You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life!

17. “You Can’t Stop The Beat” (‘Hairspray’)

‘Cause you cant stop the motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna, but I never ask why
And if you try to hold me down I’m gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can’t stop the beat!

Do you have another show tune that never fails to cheer you up? Share it in the comments below!

Written by Kailey Hansen

Kailey received her B.A. in English, studied Shakespeare in London and interned at an opera house.

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  1. My Grand Plan would be good. It’s from The Lightning Thief.

    “My grand plan is that I will be remembered
    My grand plan just you wait and see
    You better wise up cause I’ll wise up
    Bring on any Challange
    And someday soon the world will notice me.”

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