Can You Match the Song to the Movie Musical?

Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

"Here I go again! My, my, how can I resist you?!" If you're a fan of movie musicals, there's no chance you'd be able to resist this quiz! From all the musicals gracing the movie screen, can you name them from a song or two?

The history of the movie musical begins in 1927 with The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson. Since then, the world of movie musicals has bloomed with timeless classics. We were following the yellow brick road with The Wizard of Oz in 1939. In 1965, we were introduced to Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music. The turn of the century brought in the sultry Moulin Rouge! and Chicago. From all the tunes stuck in your head, can you match them to the right movie?

If we're singing "You're the One that I Want," are we talking about the 1978 high school romance between Danny and Sandy or maybe we're talking about the 2007 romance between Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin. Will "The Sun Will Come Out" remind you of the little redhead orphan or are you too busy wishing you've "got a golden ticket?"

Will you come out belting the final tune to this quiz or will you be Les Miserables? Let's see if you can name all these movie musicals from their songs. Mics at the ready!

“Edelweiss"

Captain Von Trapp sings “Edelweiss” to show his loyalty to a free Austria. This is where the musical 'The Sound of Music' is set.

“Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Moses Supposes"

Singin’ in the Rain featured Gene Kelly singing humor-laden songs, most of the time. Two of them are “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Moses Supposes."

"Summer Loving"

Grease is about cool kids that are also a bit on the bad side. “Summer Loving” is that song where the kids tell each other’s holiday adventures, but a bit exaggerated.

“Somewhere” and “Tonight, Tonight"

West Side Story is the retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet plot. “Somewhere” is sung by a hopeful Maria while “Tonight, Tonight” is a song of anticipation between members of opposing gangs, The Sharks and The Jets.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is the most recognizable song from the film 'The Wizard of Oz.' Judy Garland’s immortal rendition renders this a classic and timeless piece.

"All That Jazz"

“All That Jazz” is Velma’s opening piece in Chicago. Roxie sings along with it later, in an imagined performance.

"The Rain in Spain"

My Fair Lady had "The Rain in Spain” as a practice line-song for Eliza Doolittle successfully being taught diction by Professor Higgins. While Audrey Hepburn stars and speaks here, Marni Nixon dubbed all her singing lines.

"Seasons of Love"

Rent is Jonathan Larson’s popular rock musical, depicting all forms of love, inclusive of LGBT stories. “Seasons of Love” is its signature song.

“One Day I’ll Fly Away” and "Come What May"

“One Day I’ll Fly Away” and "Come What May” are songs by Christian and Satine. The second song is actually the only song that’s not a reworked version of existing songs, which was the basic project of this film.

"A Spoonful of Sugar"

Mary Poppins had a lot of cool musical numbers such as "A Spoonful of Sugar.” But the children’s book writer who penned her original story, didn’t actually want Disney to turn this into a musical!

“Willkommen” and “Money, Money"

Cabaret starred Liza Minnelli in an interesting story set in Berlin before the Nazis' rise to power. For 1972, it’s also an interesting exploration of non-normative sexuality, starting with songs like “Willkommen” and “Money, Money."

"Do You Hear The People Sing"

Les Miserables was authentically close to Victor Hugo’s epic novel. But with songs like "Do You Hear The People Sing,” the musical transcends the books’ pages and gives audiences newer levels of chills.

"Dancing Queen"

“Dancing Queen” became a sort of feminist anthem when it was sung by Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia, the musical’s movie version. The film also starred a singing Pierce Brosnan.

"Don't Cry For Me Argentina"

The 1996 Evita musical film, based on the stage musical, starred pop goddess Madonna in the title role. And yes, she was able to pull off "Don't Cry For Me Argentina."

“Tomorrow” and “It’s A Hard Knock Life"

Annie sang the hopeful “Tomorrow” when she felt down because of being an orphan. With her fellow orphans, they sang “It’s A Hard Knock Life” to discuss life in an orphanage.

“Listen” and "One Night Only"

Two of the most powerful songs in Dreamgirls are “Listen” and "One Night Only.” The powerhouse cast included Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson singing the leads on these tracks.

"It Takes Two” and “Hello, Little Girl"

"It Takes Two” and “Hello, Little Girl” are songs featured in Into The Woods. The movie version of the musical had impressive effects, but we’re still unsure of some of the casting decisions.

"Good Morning, Baltimore"

"Good Morning, Baltimore” is the feel-good opener in the movie, Hairspray. The 1988 non-musical film featured Ricki Lake in the lead, while the 2007 musical film featured Nikki Blonsky.

“Don’t Rain on My Parade"

Funny Girl featured Barbra Streisand singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the film version; she also starred in the original Broadway version.

"If I Were A Rich Man"

Fiddler on the Roof had a Jewish father singing "If I Were A Rich Man” hopefully. At the same time, he struggles with issues in his Russian community.

"Getting to Know You"

The King and I featured Deborah Kerr singing "Getting to Know You” but it’s actually Marni Nixon who dubs her singing voice. Yul Brynner as the King sings in his own voice, though.

“The Music of the Night"

“The Music of the Night” is perhaps the most identifiable song from the musical Phantom of the Opera; the Phantom character sings this one.

“Luck Be A Lady"

Who knew Marlon Brando could pull off a tune with “Luck Be A Lady” in Guys and Dolls? Co-star and crooner Frank Sinatra wasn’t so amused, though, as was reported.

“Science Fiction/Double Feature"

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was essentially a kitsch homage to subpar early sci-fi and horror films, hence the title. The song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” was apt since they used to show two films before, with the A film being of high budget quality while the B film featured cheap budget thrills, such as the ones parodied in the musical.

“It Takes A Woman” and “Call on Dolly"

“It Takes A Woman” and “Call on Dolly” are songs from the musical film 'Hello, Dolly!' It starred Barbra Streisand under the direction of Singin’ in the Rain dancer-singer-star Gene Kelly.

“Skip to My Lou” and “The Trolley Song"

“Skip to My Lou” and “The Trolley Song" were popular songs from the movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Judy Garland also debuted a newer version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" here.

"Ease on Down the Road"

The Wiz is an African-American cultural retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel. "Ease on Down the Road” is one of its more popular songs, as the film featured singing and acting greats such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor.

“I Don’t Know How To Love Him"

“I Don’t Know How To Love Him” is Mary Magdalene’s conflicted song for the Son of God character in Jesus Christ Superstar. The 1973 film adaptation of the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice remains a classic.

“Food, Glorious Food"

Oliver! has great songs such as “Food, Glorious Food” and “You’ve Got to Pick A Pocket or Two.” English actor Mark Lester starred as Oliver!

“The Worst Pies in London"

The musical film version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street featured Johnny Depp in the title role. Helena Bonham Carter co-starred with him, and was the one who sang “The Worst Pies in London."

“Freaks” and “The Origin of Love"

The songs “Freaks” and “The Origin of Love” are very apt for the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This material is such a cult classic today.

"Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’"

"Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’” is the song that opens Oklahoma! The Award-winning musical tandem of Rodgers and Hammerstein got to test their winning team-up on this musical first.

“Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair"

South Pacific was the 1958 film version of the stage musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” are two of the most unforgettable songs.

“Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Parisians"

Gigi was directed by visionary movie musical director Vincente Minnelli, Liza’s dad. The 1958 film had the songs “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Parisians."

“Out Here On My Own” and “I Sing The Body Electric"

The 1980 Fame movie musical is still quite better than the 2009 reboot. For one, the original contained the classic songs “Out Here On My Own” and “I Sing The Body Electric,” but the reboot didn’t have the latter closing song.

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