Broadway is filled with hundreds of songs about believing in something. It can be in yourself, that you can make a difference, help people fall in love, end a war. That you can change people’s minds, build confidence in them or even get them to do impossible things. There are a million different ways you can believe in something in broadway shows and each show has a song about believing in something. Here are ten of my favorite songs about believing in something. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your own favorite showtunes about believing in something.
I Still Believe – Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon is one of my favorite shows. The music is amazing and the characters are very real. In the song I Still Believe from Miss Saigon you have women who still believe their lover (who is the same man) is still a live and coming home. The issue is that he is torn between coming home to the woman he loved in the USA and the woman he loves in Saigon. I Still Believe from Miss Saigon is an amazing song about still believing in something and hoping for something and giving yourself comfort when you have doubts.
The song I Believe from the Book of Mormon is a song where the main character had lost faith in himself and had to figure out why he wasn’t following what he thought he was meant to do. During I Believe from the Book of Mormon he regains his confidence and learns to believe in himself. Whether he is confronted by a “Warlord who shoots people in the face” or even just believing that he will “get his own planet” when he dies, he can believe in himself and that his god will protect him so that he can carry out his mission and his life’s goal of helping people convert to the church of Mormons.
Don’t Stop Believing – Glee or Rock of Ages
How can you not love a Journey cover. Both Glee and Rock of Ages cover this fun song in their shows and do it completely differently. In this broadway song about believing in something, you have the person singing that you don’t have to stop believing in something and you should go for it. It is a great song to help encourage people and keep their heads up.
I Believe in You – How to Succeed in Business Without Ever Really Trying
When the main character realizes that people are out to get him and that he doesn’t have anyone but his bosses secretary to help him, he has to learn to believe in himself. In this song you see the main character singing into a mirror that he believes in himself. Not only does it help him build his own confidence, but he also gets the courage to go out and finish taking over the corporate world.
The Egg – 1776
In this song you have a group of men who are trying to gain the courage to not only start a war with England to start their fight for independence, but they are also building their own confidence that they can actually get every state or colony on board and believing that they can actually beat England. They use an Egg as a metaphor and build the song about the fight for independence over it hatching. If they believe in this egg then they will be able to succeed and America will have independence from England.
Hold On – The Secret Garden
During the song Hold On from the Secret Garden you have the Nanny to the girl living with her Uncle telling her to hold on. The little girl is giving up on life and fighting to make everyone happy again. She became extremely depressed and needed a friend. That’s when she realized she had a friend and the friend is her Nanny who sings the song Hold On to her to keep her trying to move forward and believing that she can help make Colin’s life better, her Uncle’s life better and everyone happy again. The song Hold On was my second choice after the song Wick from the Secret Garden, but when I was thinking about the two songs I wanted to use Hold On instead of Wick.
We Can Do It – The Producers
The title of the song We Can Do It pretty much says why this is one of the top then broadway songs about believing in something. It is two people believing in themselves enough that they can go and actually produce a show. All they had to do was build a plan and then go for it. They both have the drive to do it and the goals and if they can get the person they need most to direct, then their play is going to work. This song is all about them realizing that they can do it if they just believe in themselves.
Santa Fe – Rent
When Roger realizes that he isn’t making in in NYC, he decides to give up and that Santa Fe will be the answer to all of his issues. All he wants to do is move to Santa Fe where he can open up a restaurant and everything will work out for him. He even gets rid of his favorite guitar and begins to move there. Even though he believed that everything would be better in Santa Fe, he realizes that he was in love with NYC and ends up moving back.
Everybody Says Don’t – Anyone Can Whistle
This is one of my favorite showtunes from Stephen Sondheim. It is all about believing in yourself and having someone else believe in you and helping you to realize how amazing you are. Everybody Says Don’t from Anyone Can Whistle is one of the most amazing broadway songs about believing in something and believing in yourself.
I Know Where I’ve Been – Hairspray
This is more of a mellow and sad song that a woman is singing knowing that she is going to be causing a giant uproar. She knows there are a ton of battles ahead and they could be dangerous for her and her family and friends. However, if she believes in the cause and believes that everyone else does, they can win and help to fight off segregation in their city. This is definitely one of the more depressing and mellow broadway songs about believing in something.
There are hundreds of other broadway songs and showtunes about believing in something and these are only a few of my personal favorites. If you have one that isn’t on this list, please feel free to leave a comment below and share it with everyone else. You can also share this list if you would like by clicking on the Twitter and Facebook icons at the top of the post.