Everyone loves the Muppets , and everyone loves to sing along with songs from movies featuring the Muppets. Here we countdown the top ten best songs from the various Muppet movies. Which one is your favorite?”
10.) I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”
“I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” is a heartfelt song by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher that speaks of the longing to go back and re-experience things from one’s past. It is sung by a reflective Gonzo, performed by Dave Goelz, as he sits by a campfire while stranded in the desert with the rest of the Muppets. It is a touching song that took on special meaning when Goelz performed it at Jim Henson’s memorial service in 1990.
9.) “It Feels Like Christmas”
Another great Christmas song from “Muppet Christmas Carol,” “It Feels Like Christmas” anchors the confrontation between Michael Caine’s Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Jerry Nelson. Appropriately the song also appears over the end credits of the movie.
8.) “Happiness Hotel”
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem make another musical appearance in “The Great Muppet Caper” singing “Happiness Hotel.” Written by Joe Raposo, another of the great “Sesame Street” songwriters, “Happiness Hotel” is sung by the hotel’s residents to welcome Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo.
7.) “Cabin Fever”
“Cabin Fever” is a fun interlude in “Muppet Treasure Island.” The song, written by noted songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, is sung by the human pirates and Muppet crew members when their ship hits the doldrums and begins to drift, leaving the pirates with nothing to do.
6.) “Can You Picture That”
“Can You Picture That” is the song performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in “The Muppet Movie.” The number occurs when the rock group is painting Fozzie the Bear’s old Studebaker in an effort to disguise it. The Muppets have also performed this number live several times.
5.) “Life’s a Happy Song”
“Life’s a Happy Song,” written by Bret McKenzie, appears twice in “The Muppets,” serving much the same function as did “Rainbow Connection” for the original “Muppet Movie.” Dozens of Muppets appear in the reprise of the song. It serves as the big production number that closes the movie, along with 100 human dancers, Jason Segal and Amy Adams.
This big production number was shot on Hollywood Boulevard, which was closed down for two nights to shoot all the dancing. McKenzie has said he views the song as both a successful musical number and a parody of a successful musical number, working on both levels at the same time.
4.) “Somebody’s Getting Married”
The Muppets sing “Somebody’s Getting Married” in the 1984 movie “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” The song occurs as part of the preparation for the marriage between Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Written by Jeff Moss, famous as the songwriter for many of the most loved songs from “Sesame Street,” this song is sung by a plethora of Muppets from both “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street.”
3.) “Man or Muppet”
These lovable puppets return to the big screen in 2011’s “The Muppets.” One of the highlights of the movie is the moment where Gary and Muppet Walter, played by Jason Segal and Peter Linz, sing the epic “Man or Muppet.” It is a power ballad in which each of them question who they really are at the top of their lungs. Written by Bret McKenzie, “Man or Muppet” has won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Surprisingly, this is the only Academy Award ever won by a Muppet movie.
2.) “One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas”
“One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas,” also written by Paul Williams, appears in “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” In the movie, the song is sung by Bob Cratchit, who is played by Kermit the Frog. It is a sweet song that tells of the magic, faith and joy present on the day before Christmas.
1.) “Rainbow Connection”
Possibly the best known of all the Muppet songs, “Rainbow Connection” was written by noted songwriter Paul Williams along with Kenneth Ascher for “The Muppet Movie” in 1979. The movie opened and closed with the song.
In the opening, Kermit the Frog, handled by Jim Henson, sits on a log in a swamp and plays the banjo as he sings the song. This poignantly sets the stage for Kermit’s search for meaning and purpose through the movie. Williams and Ascher have said that they based the tone and feeling of the song on “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the famous song about yearning and wishing from the Disney movie, “Pinocchio.”
The film also closed with the song, this time in a massive production number that featured 250 Muppets, which is possibly the greatest number of puppets ever to appear in one scene. “Rainbow Connection” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and is listed by the American Film Institute as the 74th best movie song of all time.
The Muppets have brought much joy to many people all over the world. It is not surprising that some of that joy comes from songs that their fans love hearing again and again. Download one of the Muppets’ great movies to enjoy some of these funny and poignant songs today.
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