The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Part Two by Riley Jensen
At the beginning of this year The Teen, Riley Jensen, shared a musical theater playlist for teen librarians wanting to learn more about the musicals that teens are listening to. In the midst of this pandemic she’s had a lot of time to listen and talk musicals with her friends so today she is sharing another playlist.
Someone Gets Hurt from Mean Girls
I honestly like the musical better than the movie. It really adds so much depth to each character and this song is sung with such power and emotion.
I’m Breaking Down from Falsettos
This song is so dynamic and it never fails to make me laugh.
Not Your Seed from The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals
A nice little angsty teen song.
A Summer in Ohio from The Last 5 Years
This song is so cute and it sounds so nice.
Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now from Hairspray
This song is just always so fun to sing and it’s my favorite song from Hairspray.
Hopelessly Devoted to You from Grease
It just sounds so pretty and you just want to get up and sway along with the music.
I’d Give My Life for You from Miss Saigon
The relationship between the mother and son is so strong. This song is haunting. Overall this musical is just remarkable.
Cousin’s Cousin from Ever After
Another song that makes me laugh every time. This song is so chaotic that it’s hilarious.
Agony from Into the Woods
I mean, who doesn’t want some princes being absolute fools because they’re trying to one up each other? It’s just a chaotic mess.
Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) from Mamma Mia
This is my favorite Mamma Mia song. I just want to get up and dance whenever I hear it.
Head Over Feet from Jagged Little Pill
A jukebox musical of Alanis Morissette songs. It just sounds so beautiful. All of their voices mix so well.
God, I Hate Shakespeare from Something Rotten
This song is just so humorous. I love making fun of Shakespeare.
Only for You from Love Never Dies
It’s just so whimsical and playful.
The Witch from Big Fish
This song is so foreboding. It sounds dangerous but in a fun way.
We Got Work to Do from Fire Bringer
I relate to this song basically everyday.
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me from Ain’t Too proud- The Life and Times of the Temptations
I just want to melt into their voices. It’s just so perfect and the harmonies are so good.
I’m Here from The Color Purple
This song makes me cry. It’s so beautiful and powerful.
Maria from West Side Story
This song may be the most repetitive song in the word but it’s still good.
Waiting for Life from Once on This Island
This musical just makes me feel good. Her voice is just so uplifting and I could listen to her all day.
So Much Better from Legally Blonde
I love a good “I don’t need you anymore” song. This is another musical that I like better than the movie.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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