The P.T. Barnum musical starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, is nominated for 3 Golden Globes and the Best Original Song Critics Choice Award. I rank the film’s 9 songs (no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it):
1. “THE GREATEST SHOW” – The perfect opening production number
2. “THIS IS ME” – The only song being put up for awards consideration, but it’s a strong one. Broadway vet Keala Settle pours her heart into this powerhouse anthem that’s perfect for the times.
3. “COME ALIVE” – The cast performed part of this infectious tune on FOX during “A Christmas Story Live”
4. “NEVER ENOUGH” – Ferguson’s Jenny Lind sings this one during one of the film’s best scenes.
5. “FROM NOW ON” – Simple, but electrifying
6. “A MILLION DREAMS” – Just as much of an earworm and right in line with the Broadway feel of all the others.
7. “REWRITE THE STARS” – Efron and Zendaya’s duet during a very romantic sequence may be the most modern of the bunch.
8. “TIGHTROPE” – Williams’ song isn’t as memorable, but it works well for her part of the story.
9. “THE OTHER SIDE” – Jackman and Efron sing this one in a bar. It’s not bad, but it’s the least-polished of the group.