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The Greatest Showman - The Greatest Showman Soundtrack (2017) Published: December 8/17 Released: December 8/17 albumSoundtrack11 Tracks • 39 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: It’s music designed to take you from ennui to euphoria in the fastest possible time, with the least possible complication. -The Guardian
    Preview
    1. The Greatest Show5:02
    2. A Million Dreams4:29
    3. A Million Dreams (Reprise)1:00
    4. Come Alive3:45
    5. The Other Side3:34
    6. Never Enough3:27
    7. This Is Me3:54
    8. Rewrite the Stars3:37
    9. Tightrope3:54
    10. Never Enough (Reprise)1:20
    11. From Now On5:49
℗ 2017 This compilation Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. Motion Picture Artwork, Photos, and Fox Trademarks and Logos TM and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Critic Reviews (63)

All-original music from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the same lyricists behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen) is paired with exciting choreography (which in turn is bolstered by some great camera work) for songs that will stay in your brain long after you leave the theater.

a year ago

Dallas Morning News Dallas Morning News (TOP)

And 10 days after seeing the movie, as I type these words, I don’t stand a chance of NOT hearing that tune (titled “The Greatest Show”) all over again. It’s the first of at least a half-dozen undeniably addictive numbers.

a year ago

Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Sun-Times (TOP)

While composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land," "Dear Evan Hansen") aren't exactly Rodgers and Hart they have a knack for instantly hummable melodic lines and big, powerful choruses.

a year ago

New York Daily News New York Daily News (TOP)

Jackman’s performance is what showbiz is all about.

a year ago

St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TOP)

Music filled with power ballads and catchy pop hooks.

a year ago


The show-stopping numbers are well-choreographed and feature catchy tunes (courtesy of La La Land’s duo of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul)

a year ago


The screen is cluttered with ten new songs by the woefully mediocre and bafflingly overrated songwriting team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, who won undeserved awards for the movie La La Land and the play Dear Evan Hansen. Nothing they’ve provided for The Greatest Showman comes close to the beauty and excitement of the Cy Coleman songs from Broadway’s Barnum.

a year ago

OBSERVER OBSERVER

An old-fashioned musical with a none-more-zeitgeisty songsheet, it may not be a flawless piece of storytelling, but it’s a pretty decent show.

a year ago


Hugh Jackman is an immensely talented singer and dancer, the music and choreography are incredibly impressive.

a year ago


But there’s a deeply strange cognitive dissonance in watching performers in period dress sing and dance to contemporary pop songs.

a year ago

The Detroit News The Detroit News

The Greatest Showman gets an A+ for production value.

a year ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Their songs are certainly the best things about the new film.

a year ago

Daily Mail (UK) Daily Mail (UK)

Hugh Jackman is in full razzle-dazzle mode, singing, dancing and doing nimble things with a top hat. He’s a pro, of course, yet there’s something fundamentally unfascinating about his rugby-captain charisma. He’s unable to offset the film’s general flaw, the blandness in its drama and, especially, in its songs — generic schmaltzy pop.

a year ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Imagine a musical that, like its score, is all air-punching chorus and no verse

a year ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

The Greatest Showman, with a great boost from Oscar-winning La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is a sensational celebration of a beloved movie staple with new twists and a massive song score that bridges contemporary pop with Broadway.

a year ago

Deadline Hollywood Deadline Hollywood (TOP)

And among the original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who didn’t do badly with La La Land), there isn’t one that, thinking back as I write just a few hours after seeing the film, I could so much as hum.

a year ago

Daily Mail (UK) Daily Mail (UK)

The story really is as simple as that since it is the showstopper musical numbers that count here and La La Land composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have risen to the occasion.

a year ago


Showman's songs aren't remixes and covers, but all original, written by Oscar-winning La La Land composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They were – unusually for a musical – still stuck in our heads the day after (particularly Efron/Zendaya duet 'Rewrite the Stars' and Lind's big number, 'Never Enough').

a year ago

Digital Spy Digital Spy

A succession of songs by Dear Evan Hansen’s Pasek and Paul, and they largely deliver.

a year ago

Empire Magazine Empire Magazine (TOP)

The songs, with music by John Debney​ and Joe Trapanese, lyrics by Pasek and Paul (the lyric writers for La La Land), are nearly all catchy anthems, with big orchestrations and huge choruses, sung by a dozen or so of Barnum's "freaks".

a year ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

The contributions of Oscar-winning La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul likewise succumb to the film’s American Idol vocalizing, which ascend and descend the musical scale with a cynically calculated emotion.

a year ago

Austin Chronicle Austin Chronicle

Contemporary pop anthems with great hooks that are choreographed to communicate much better than the clunky script.

a year ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

The musical numbers are extravagantly staged, so overwhelming and exuberant that you may forget to notice if the singing and dancing is really any good. (It’s perfectly OK.)

a year ago


Everyone can sing, everyone can dance—or, in the case of Michelle Williams, a professional double was obviously hired and regularly deployed—and while the songs aren’t especially memorable, most of them are anthemic empowerment ballads with strong back beats, so toe-tapping is easy.

a year ago

Elaine L. Elaine L.

The good news is that the live-action musical is filled with charming and occasionally enchanted song-and-dance numbers.

a year ago


It’s not so much the casting of Zac Efron and Zendaya as young lovers; it’s that they and the others are given upbeat pop songs and self-empowering anthems that would perhaps sound great (if generic) on their own, but simply feel jarring when sung by 19th-century characters in period dress.

a year ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

Hugh Jackman carries the show, playing Barnum with an energy and reckless optimism that rekindles memories of Gene Kelly in his pomp but the songs aren’t especially memorable and the cringey sentimentality can’t help but dampen the mood.

a year ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

The songs specialise in up-tempo Glee Clubbiness. The one-pitch brio is too much of a good thing - or what may have been a good thing if it had happened on a Broadway stage.

a year ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

An unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs

a year ago


Credit where due, then, to Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, who wrote the soundtrack, and to The Greatest Showman’s cast members, who throw all of their being into each song with striking zeal.

a year ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

They have lent equal incisiveness to the songs for The Greatest Showman, which have the nondescript sheen of an L.A. pop factory writing camp.

a year ago

Vulture Vulture

It's got a great beat and you can dance to it (or Jackman, Efron and the rest can, anyway). And Barnum would have loved it.

a year ago

azcentral azcentral

The songs also strangely contemporary-sounding, as if you could hear them right now on a Hits 1 playlist.

a year ago


I never met the man, but I doubt “You can do like you do” is something that P.T. Barnum would have said. Despite this, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack every day since it was released online earlier this month. A lot of it is mindless and overly simplistic, yet I catch myself tapping my foot to it anyway.

a year ago

UPROXX UPROXX

There is an undeniable shimmer to the taps.

a year ago

Den of Geek News! Den of Geek News!

The music is everything you’d expect from a larger-than-life musical, with a handful of earworm tracks that will be stuck in your head against your will (trust me, I am living proof), most of which are anachronistically pop-y.

a year ago

ScreenCrush ScreenCrush

The soundtrack for the P.T Barnum biopic musical The Greatest Showman is chock full of amazing and catchy tunes you’ll be humming after the credits roll.

a year ago


The duo’s songs for Greatest Showman don’t feel like traditional show tunes: For the most part, they’re radio-styled inspirational pop ballads with driving beats and soaring hooks that drive their feel-good barbs into your brain.

a year ago


The soundtrack is fine, if not quite great.

a year ago

The Playlist The Playlist

Set sometime in the 1840’s and scored to a tight array of tunes written by “La La Land” duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “The Greatest Showman” might sound like the first Hollywood musical of the Jack Antonoff age (brace for maddeningly catchy pop songs full of hi-hats, deep bass fills, and IMAX-sized choruses), but this is an old-fashioned thing at heart.

a year ago


Exhibits A through K are the 11 original songs, by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, which play like an entire album of Katy Perry and Coldplay encores.

a year ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Characterized by Ashley Wallen’s slick but familiar-looking choreography and a slew of rock-ish songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the Oscar winners behind “La La Land”), this phenomenally O.K. musical seems determined never to soar, surprise or excite.

a year ago

Newsday Newsday

Some of the music, which was written by “La La Land’s” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, sounds like it’s straining a little too hard for mainstream pop appeal, suggesting that the soundtrack may not be a timeless one.

a year ago

Washington Post Washington Post (TOP)

These songs are bad, folks. How bad? Midway through the movie, you may find yourself warily eyeing the major characters that haven’t sung yet: “Michelle Williams. She’s bound to sing something. So there’s at least that to sit through.”

a year ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

Overproduced, possibly auto-tuned, hitting a carotid-popping emotional climax in the first 10 seconds and staying there, the tunes ... are sub-Andrew Lloyd Webber schlock made bearable only by the conviction of the cast.

a year ago


But there’s also something interesting about the movie’s deliberate musical anachronisms, which operate as kind of a crude unifying theory of poptimism, depicting everything from opera to circus sideshows as polished, MOR crossover hits, all millennial whoops, generically walloping beats, and self-actualization.

a year ago


The songs sound like contemporary pop and the musical numbers resemble Cirque de Soleil with a pinch of Fosse.

a year ago

The Seattle Times The Seattle Times (TOP)

And despite a cast of proven vocalists led with his customary gusto by Hugh Jackman, the interchangeably generic pop songs are so numbingly overproduced they all sound like they're being performed off-camera.

a year ago

Hollywood Reporter Hollywood Reporter (TOP)

At any rate, Jackman gives this the muscular heft that it needs. He has the musical theatre chops and the film pizazz to sell it; he is approachably handsome and his singing voice is light, pleasant, yet strong and competent.

a year ago


It has bright colors and high spirits, and it’s held together by a song score (from the Oscar-winning “La La Land” duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) whose creamy-vanilla smoothness is as insipid as it is hard to resist.

a year ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

First-time director Michael Gracey, working from a script by Jenny Bicks (Sex & the City) and Bill Condon (Chicago, Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls), plunges ahead in a giddy rush, carving out ample opportunities for his stars to sing the soaring rock-opera compositions penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the gifted musical duo behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

75% a year ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

The numbers in “The Greatest Showman” have a dance-pop fire that keeps you hooked, and that bursting-out quality recalls, at times, the spirit of “Moulin Rouge!”

a year ago


It's also unique among big-budget, big-screen musicals for lacking even a single memorable number.

0% a year ago

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

But primarily the Pasek-Paul songs are blandly written, overproduced motivationspeak designed for chorus chanting, and that regrettably includes the oddities’ “I Am What I Am”-like plea for acceptance, “This Is Me.” It’s admirably belted by Settle, but paired poorly with a snow-filled march through the streets that looks cold instead of stirring.

a year ago

TheWrap TheWrap

My hunch is that Pasek & Paul have crafted a terrific score, but the film buries it in pounding, processed, overdubbed orchestrations that make the voices sound disembodied and auto-tuned out any traces of human nuance.

a year ago


On mere listen, the songs are tinny, the lyrics jumbles of senseless clichés, the melodies ground out of some viral pop-music machine.

a year ago


The album is an exceptional example of what a movie musical soundtrack should be. In other words, as Jackman sings repeatedly, "it's everything you'd ever want, it's everything you'd ever need" in a movie musical.

a year ago

BroadwayWorld BroadwayWorld

Even if you didn’t see the film, each of the songs features themes that are easily accessible and are melodically strong enough to stand on its own.

85% a year ago

Star2.com Star2.com

The songs, which shift from defiant pop anthems to melodramatic ballads, do not evoke the circus, or at least not the American version.

a year ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

I really need to see this film! Good luck to anyone who ends up in the same theatre as me, because I may be belting the lyrics out with all my heart.

a year ago

Her Campus Her Campus

The Greatest Showman is a plucky underdog of a record, a bona fide surprise sensation and one, crucially, that’s never going to waste a perfectly good Glastonbury headline slot.

a year ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

The soundtrack, likewise, is populist to a fault, every song a Voltron-esque evocation of various current pop and rock stars.

a year ago

The Ringer The Ringer

It’s music designed to take you from ennui to euphoria in the fastest possible time, with the least possible complication.

a year ago

User Reviews (5)

Marky jay 20122 years ago
Amazing! This is phenomenal. I can’t wait for this film. This will be the soundtrack over Christmas.

Tadwinkle2 years ago
This is Me Two words: Keala Settle.

Patrick7202 years ago
Needs Remastering I fell in love with “This Is Me” from the trailer and am writing this review based only on that song. The volume level on the track is really bad and the beat completely overwhelms the vocals. I hope another version of this song comes out because the final product on this album is very poor.

Briguy20252 years ago
Love It But... Bought the two songs available so far but I have to agree with the other review…why does the music overpower the vocals???

Avatargirl142 years ago
FIRE!🔥🔥🔥🔥 I love the "This is me" and "The Greatest Show". The music gives me goosebumps and gets me pumped. I can't wait to hear the rest of this album. December better hurry up.
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