A Ranking Of The 100 Best Musical Moment In Films Since 2000

Images from Hairspray, Black Swan, The Greatest Showman, Enchanted, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Mean Girls, and Dreamgirls

I adore movies. And while I love them for their beautiful stories and incredible acting, and magnificent imagery, the thing that riles me up the most is a fantastic musical moment. Someone bursts into song. A shopping montage begins while a pop diva belts in the background. A whole room full of people launch into a choreographed dance. These moments of joy (and sometimes sadness) push the film to new heights and make us feel something even deeper, because, after all, our emotions are so intertwined with music.

2022 brought us so many incredible movie music moments from Lydia Tár conducting Mahler to Lady Gaga crooning "Hold My Hand" over the closing credits of Top Gun. And recently, both the explosive dance number, "Naatu Naatu," from RRR, and the grocery store sequence from White Noise made their way onto YouTube for the world's viewing pleasure. And so with all these brilliant bits of movie music floating around in my brain, I decided to do a BIG FAT ranking of the greatest musical moments from movies. That seemed like a big undertaking, however, and I haven't seen that many films from the 1950s, so I opted to limit it to only films that have been released since 2000.

And so I began by scouring the internet and my memories and lists of films for the eligible contenders and came up with a list of well over 300 scenes that could have made the cut, but alas, that was way too many, and I trimmed it to a manageable (barely) 100. I know you want to dive right into this, but first I'm going to quickly explain the ground rules.

1. As I said, only films that premiered since 2000 are eligible, so if one of you starts blowing up the comments with "Where is The Sound of Music?" or "Why didn't this idiot include the dance sequence from The Pink Panther where the woman in an artful turtleneck performs in the ski lodge?" you need to read this closer.

2. I decided, in order to narrow the scope, NOT to include scenes that rely on the film's score alone. Singing, dancing, musical montages, and great soundtrack moments are all eligible, but scenes that are just great because they utilize the film's score don't count.

3. I selected only one song from each movie. This list would have quickly become a Dreamgirls playlist otherwise and you wouldn't want that.

And with that out of the way, BUCKLE UP, EVERYONE! I have spent months putting together this list for you, and you better enjoy it! Without any further ado, the 100 greatest musical moments from films since 2000.

Photos: New Line Cinema, Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Fox, Buena Vista Pictures, David Lee/Netflix, Dreamworks, Paramount - All Courtesy Everett Collection; Art: Hartley Mellick

100.Cats (2019) — "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"

99.The Bling Ring (2013) — Nicki Dances At A Club

98.Marry Me (2022) — "Church"

97.Spring Breakers (2012) — "Everytime"

96.The Country Bears (2002) — "Kick It Into Gear"

95.Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) — "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

94.We're the Millers (2013) — "Waterfalls" Sing-A-Long

93.Legally Blonde (2001) — Opening Credits

92.Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) — "Hoedown Throwdown"

91.Jackie (2016) — Last Night in the White House

90.The Pink Panther (2006) — The Presidential Ball

89.Cold War (2018) — An Evening in Paris

88.Juno (2007) — "Anyone Else But You"

87.Drumline (2002) — Fighting for the Field

86.Bridesmaids (2011) — Wilson Phillips

85.Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) — Eggsy vs. Gazelle

84.High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) — "A Night to Remember"

83.8 Mile (2002) — Ending Rap Battles

82.The Santa Clause 2 (2002) — "Man! I Feel Like Some Christmas!"

81.Crazy Rich Asians (2018) — The Proposal

80.Baby Driver (2017) — Opening Heist

79.Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — Opening Credits/Star-Lord's Walkman

78.Call Me by Your Name (2017) — End Credits

77.Trainwreck (2015) — Amy Performs with the Knicks City Dancers

76.Freaky Friday (2003) — House of Blues Concert

75.The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) — The Mitchells Fight the Machines

74.Skyfall (2012) — Opening Credits

73.Rocketman (2019) — "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"

72.Straight Outta Compton (2015) — Recording "Fuck tha Police"

71.The Great Gatsby (2013) — Gatsby's Party

70.Miss Congeniality (2000) — Miss United States Opening

69.The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) — Homecoming

68.Vox Lux (2018) — Celeste's Concert

67.The Lego Movie (2014) — Emmet Brickowski Goes To Work

66.High School Musical 2 (2007) — "Fabulous"

65.Gloria (2013) — The Wedding Reception

64.Us (2019) — The Tylers' Murder

63.Tangerine (2015) — Alexandra's Performance

62.Booksmart (2019) — The Swimming Pool

61.Spencer (2021) — Driving Away from Sandringham

60.RRR (2022) — "Naatu Naatu"

59.The Phantom of the Opera (2004) — "Masquerade"

58.Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) — Song-a-Long

57.Rent (2005) — "La Vie Boheme"

56.Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) — "Please Mr. Kennedy"

55.Jojo Rabbit (2019) — Jojo and Elsa Dance

54.White Noise (2022) — End Credits

53.V for Vendetta (2005) — Parliament's Bombing

52.Captain Fantastic (2016) — Leslie's Cremation

51.Pitch Perfect (2012) — The Finals

50.Girls Trip (2017) — Dance Off

49.(500) Days of Summer (2009) — Walking to Work

48.Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) — G7 Summit

47.Easy A (2010) — "Pocketful of Sunshine"

46.The Greatest Showman (2017) — "This Is Me"

45.After Yang (2021) — Opening Credits

44.Big Fat Liar (2002) — Marty Wolf Turns Blue

43.Shrek (2001) — Opening Credits

42.Hairspray (2007) — "Welcome to the 60's"

41.Burning (2018) — Hae-mi Dances

40.Elf (2003) — "Baby It's Cold Outside"

39.Coco (2017) — "Remember Me"

38.Tick, Tick...Boom! (2021) — "Sunday"

37.13 Going on 30 (2004) — "Thriller" Dance

36.Marriage Story (2019) — Charlie Performs "Being Alive"

35.Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) — "Super Trooper"

34.Aftersun (2022) — "Under Pressure"

33.Les Miserables (2012) — "I Dreamed a Dream"

32.The Princess Diaries (2001) — The Ball

31.Slumdog Millionaire (2008) — End Credits

30.Lost in Translation (2003) — Karaoke

29.Another Round (2020) — Martin Dances

28.Hustle & Flow (2005) — "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

27.CODA (2021) — Ruby's Audition

26.Encanto (2021) — "We Don't Talk About Bruno"

25.Twilight (2008) — Baseball Game

24.Once (2007) — "Falling Slowly"

23.Hustlers (2019) — Usher in the Club

22.The Devil Wears Prada (2006) — Opening Credits

21.Moulin Rouge! (2001) — "El Tango de Roxanne"

20.Vanilla Sky (2001) — Empty Times Square

19.Frozen (2013) — "Let It Go"

18.Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) — Live Aid

17.Enchanted (2007) — "That's How You Know"

16.Black Swan (2010) — Swan Lake Finale

15.La La Land (2016) — "Another Day of Sun"

14.Shrek 2 (2004) — "Holding Out for a Hero"

13.Chicago (2002) — "Hot Honey Rag"

12.Mean Girls (2004) — "Jingle Bell Rock"

11.In the Heights (2021) — "Paciencia y Fe"

10.A Star Is Born (2018) — "Shallow"

9.Climax (2008) — Dance Rehearsal

8.Mamma Mia! (2008) — "Dancing Queen"

7.Ocean's Eleven (2001) — Fountains of Bellagio

6.The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) — "What Dreams Are Made Of"

5.Little Miss Sunshine (2006) — Little Miss Sunshine Pageant

4.West Side Story (2021) — "America"

3.High School Musical (2006) — "We're All in This Together"

2.Dreamgirls (2006) — "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

1.Napoleon Dynamite (2004) — Napoleon Dances