I have watched Hamilton a good seven times since it came out on Disney Plus and listened to my favorites of the soundtrack probably a dozen more times than that. In this post, I’m sharing my absolute favorite songs ( I had the hardest time trying to narrow it all down!), moments, and lyrics from the play (Although I am madly in love with the whole damn thing and this was so damn hard to narrow down!)
Let’s break down some of my favorite musical moments of Hamilton.
–I love the vibe of this song. I get genuinely excited when listening to it.
“Only nineteen but my mind is older
These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder
Every burden, every disadvantage
I have learned to manage, I don’t have a gun to brandish
I walk these streets famished
The plan is to fan this spark into a flame”
The Schuyler Sisters
–This is such a fun song. I especially love the parts where Angelica is talking with Burr. There’s so much sass, and I’m here for it.
“Burr, you disgust me.
Ah, so you’ve discussed me.
I’m a trust fund, baby, you can trust me!
I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane.
You want a revolution? I want a revelation”
You’ll be back
I love how psychotic this song is written and specifically acted out by Jonathan Groff.
“Oceans rise, empires fall. We have seen each other through it all. And when push comes to shove. I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!”
Christopher Jackson, who plays General Washington, is one of the many people from this play that I would love to follow throughout all of his next adventures. His voice is stunning, the power in his voice. I love it all. Also, the lighting in the beginning of this? Outstanding.
Phillipa Soo has the voice of a true angel. It’s one of my favorite songs of the entire play.
“Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom
Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume
Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine
Grab my sister, and whisper
“Yo, this one’s mine.” (Oooh)”
In the play, when Satisfied began, and the rewind sequence started, I was blown away by the way this was set up, and that was before Renee Elise Goldsberry started to sing and my goodness can that lady WORK.
“But Alexander, I’ll never forget the first time I saw your face
I have never been the same
Intelligent eyes in a hunger-pang frame
And when you said “Hi, ” I forgot my dang name
Set my heart aflame, ev’ry part aflame
This is not a game”
Wait for it
This song not only encompasses Aaron Burr’s entire life motto of lying in wait, but Leslie Odom Jr.’s voice is STUNNING. As someone with anxiety and hates things that I cannot control, when Burr says, “I am the one thing in life I can control” oof, I FEEL THAT every damn time. One of my favorites, no doubt.
That would be enough
I genuinely do not believe Alexander Hamilton would have found the strength to do anything if it wasn’t for Eliza, and this song and this scene amplify that fact.
“If you could let me inside your heart
Oh, let me be a part of the narrative
In the story they will write someday
Let this moment be the first chapter”
Guns and ships
I wish I had the talent to be able to rap Lafayette parts in this scene, in this song, but that will never, ever happen because Daveed Diggs is just so god damn good.
“Lafayette!. I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’
Redcoats redder with bloodstains. Lafayette! And I’m never gonna stop until I make ’em
Drop and burn ’em up and scatter their remains”
I love this entire sequence, but I just get giddy when Hercules Mulligan is revealed as the secret weapon. Okieriete Onaodowan is an absolute gem. He’s currently on Station 19, and I love the small bits I’ve seen from him on there as well.
“See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians
We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it!
Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction
When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again!”
How they portray Hamilton being pulled in a hundred different directions was incredibly well done, and while chaotic, it was done brilliantly.
“How do you write like you’re running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re running out of time?
Everyday you fight like you’re running out of time
Like you’re running out of time
Are you running out of time?”
What’d I miss
Daveed Diggs, in this role, acted out this way, is *chefs kiss*. I just love it. I think this is the one song that I already know every single word too.
“I helped Lafayette draft a declaration
Then I said, ‘I gotta go
I gotta be in Monticello.’
Now the work at home begins
So what’d I miss?”
Cabinet Battle #1
–Absolutely love the set up to these Cabinet Battles.
“A civics lesson from a slaver, hey neighbor
Your debts are paid ’cause you don’t pay for labor
“We plant seeds in the South. We create.” Yeah, keep ranting
We know who’s really doing the planting”
Say no to this
I think if I found Lin-Manuel Miranda attractive, this would be one steamy scene. Even not beautifully done. Jasmine Cephas Jones’s voice has an incredible sultry sound, perfect for this.
One last time
Again, Christopher Jacksons’ voice. Takes my freaking breath away. I also love how it goes from Hamilton reading his works and transitions so beautifully to Washington, saying the speech himself.
“Why do you have to say goodbye?
If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I’m gone”
“You and your words flooded my senses| Your sentences left me defenseless |You built me palaces out of paragraphs| You built cathedrals.” I’m obsessed with this line.
Eliza’s one single tear, her shriek, the way she rips her hand away from Hamilton when Phillip dies, incredible acting.
The world was wide enough
The scene right as Burr lets the bullet go before it gets to Hamilton and Hamilton has his monologue. Incredible storytelling at that moment, including when Burr yells WAIT at the end.
“I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me
America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me
You let me make a difference, a place where even orphan immigrants
Can leave their fingerprints and rise up
I’m running out of time, I’m running, and my time’s up”
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?
Some say that this story was all about Eliza as much as it was about Alexander, which is why it’s called Hamilton and not Alexander Hamilton, and that is something I can get behind. Who tells your story, Eliza, Lin Manuel Miranda did. I genuinely believe that was the reason behind the gasp at the end, Eliza seeing the story that she fought so hard for being told.
“I raise funds in D.C. for the Washington Monument (She tells my story). I speak out against slavery. You could have done so much more if you only had time. And when my time is up, have I done enough? Will they tell your story?”
The entire cast of Hamilton, from what we’ve been able to see on Disney Plus, is INCREDIBLY talented. You cannot leave out the company of background performers because they bring such a special presence to any scene! The way Miranda was able to bring lyrics from multiple songs and work for multiple moments is a test to his talent. The stage directions throughout told a story all in themselves, as does that incredible circling floor piece.
I wish more than anything that I could have seen this performed live, but this is the next best thing. What are your favorite parts of Hamilton? What are your thoughts? What have you noticed about it the more you’ve watched? Let me know!