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Various Artists - Mary Poppins Returns Soundtrack (2018) Published: December 8/18 Released: December 7/18 albumSoundtrack27 Tracks • 78 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: The songs are square (though frankly, while good enough, not nearly as timeless as the Sherman brothers’ classics from the earlier film). -Variety
    The Mary Poppins Returns Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2018 Mary Poppins Returns film, released by Walt Disney Records on December 7, 2018.
    Preview
    1. (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky3:47Lin-Manuel Miranda
    2. Overture2:28Marc Shaiman
    3. A Conversation2:42Ben Whishaw
    4. Can You Imagine That?4:22Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson & Nathanael Saleh
    5. The Royal Doulton Music Hall3:01Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson & Nathanael Saleh
    6. Introducing Mary Poppins0:31Lin-Manuel Miranda & Emily Blunt
    7. A Cover Is Not the Book4:25Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Company - Mary Poppins Returns
    8. The Place Where Lost Things Go3:43Emily Blunt
    9. Turning Turtle4:20Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson & Nathanael Saleh
    10. Trip a Little Light Fantastic7:02Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh & Leeries
    11. The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)1:30Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh & Pixie Davies
    12. Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)0:46Dick Van Dyke, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson & Nathanael Saleh
    13. Nowhere to Go But Up5:45Angela Lansbury, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters & Company - Mary Poppins Returns
    14. (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)1:52Lin-Manuel Miranda
    15. Theme from Mary Poppins Returns1:38Marc Shaiman
    16. Kite Takes Off2:40Marc Shaiman
    17. Mary Poppins Arrives1:41Marc Shaiman
    18. Magic Papers1:33Marc Shaiman
    19. Banks in the Bank0:43Marc Shaiman
    20. Into the Royal Doulton Bowl1:58Marc Shaiman
    21. Rescuing Georgie4:01Marc Shaiman
    22. Off to Topsy’s2:53Marc Shaiman
    23. Chase Through the Bank1:11Marc Shaiman
    24. Lost in a Fog0:59Marc Shaiman
    25. Goodbye Old Friend2:32Marc Shaiman
    26. Race to Big Ben4:55Marc Shaiman
    27. End Title Suite5:12Marc Shaiman
℗ 2018 Walt Disney Records
Critic Reviews (113)

The songs are fresh and frothy and lend themselves to dance, which is their main purpose in a musical really.

a year ago

Filmfare Filmfare

Will kids 50+ years from now be humming them? Well, probably not, but they’re suitably sweet nevertheless.

a year ago

The Adelaide Review The Adelaide Review

The songs are OK but not classics.

a year ago

Independent.ie Independent.ie

They just lack the flow or earworm stickability of traditional Disney tunes.

a year ago

Stuff Stuff

I would have cut at least two big musical numbers.

a year ago

The Malibu Times The Malibu Times

The new songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are far from being as powerful and memorable as the themes of the original film of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

a year ago

Cine PREMIERE Cine PREMIERE

Time will tell if these songs have the staying power of a Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious or Feed the Birds, though it’s a hummable, luscious score, which is confident to quote from the original.

a year ago

BFI BFI

The musical stylings of the award-winning composer Marc Shaiman (TV’s “Smash,” “Hairspray”) fall on deaf ears in my case.

a year ago

Boston Herald Boston Herald

None of the movie’s songs are as infectious as the original Sherman brothers-penned ditties.

a year ago

Winnipeg Free Press Winnipeg Free Press

It’s hard not to get swept away on a tidal wave of nostalgia when the familiar instrumental themes from the first film play.

a year ago

NewsOK NewsOK

The songs, by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, are similarly cut from the same melodic cloth as the first movie, although not quite as memorable.

a year ago

Independent.ie Independent.ie

The songs are tuneful but not especially memorable.

a year ago

efilmcritic efilmcritic

A catalog of catchy original songs.

a year ago

San Antonio Current San Antonio Current

It’s fine; there might well be Oscar nominations for a song or two.

a year ago

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The songs are not bad ... though I can’t for the life of me recall a single one of them.

a year ago

Independent.ie Independent.ie

The music, by veteran Marc Shaiman, sounds like a direct-to-video attempt to imitate the original tunes without getting too close.

a year ago

Pittsburgh Magazine Pittsburgh Magazine

Though the songs, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who previously collaborated on the Broadway iterations of Hairspray and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, are lovely, they don’t stick.

a year ago

Polygon Polygon

Loaded with songs that, while new, fill the spaces of the Sherman brothers’ classics.

a year ago

The Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune

The music falls a little flat on the whole.

a year ago

CNET CNET

It's making us supernostalgic.

a year ago

POPSUGAR POPSUGAR

Cliché Broadway compositions that lack the memorable delight of Richard and Robert Sherman’s songs for the original Mary Poppins in 1964.

a year ago

National Review National Review

The songs, by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, may not have the magic of Sherman Brothers classics such as Feed The Birds, Supercali… but they’re clever and catchy and may improve with repeat viewing.

a year ago

Daily Mail Online Daily Mail Online (TOP)

As for the dozen-plus new songs on the soundtrack, they are instantly singalong-friendly, and (just like The Greatest Showman) will be the key to people wanting to experience the movie a second and third time (at the very least!).

a year ago

Herald Sun Herald Sun

The music is where the film falters, however, with none of the songs ever reaching the sweepingly-catchy heights of their predecessors.

a year ago

CineVue CineVue

The songs in this follow-up are not as memorable.

a year ago

The New Paper The New Paper

The new songs may not brand themselves as indelibly as the old. But they are lyrically smart and melodically echo the 1964 glories with the same relish as the late song-and-dance run-out for Van Dyke.

a year ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Channelling that old Sherman magic.

a year ago

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

Some of the songs are more impressive than enjoyable (and some aren’t even that).

a year ago

San Diego Reader San Diego Reader (TOP)

Features plenty of toe-tapping numbers – though not quite as catchy – to have you singing all the way to the parking lot.

a year ago

Reel Reviews Reel Reviews

While they might not be as memorable or stand the test of time as have some of the original film's songs -- such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," and, of course, the hard to spell but easy to sing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" -- the offerings here are good.

a year ago

screenit screenit

Every song in Mary Poppins was a winner, beloved and memorable. Not so much Mary Poppins Returns.

a year ago

Film Threat Film Threat

The songs are all catchy, the message is hopeful and optimistic.

a year ago

AXS AXS

I didn’t come out humming any of the songs ... Still, I suppose momentary joy is better than no joy at all.

a year ago

CS Monitor CS Monitor

The songs, by Hairspray duo Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, are catchy and buoyant.

a year ago

Seattle Weekly Seattle Weekly

Whilst there is nothing quite as immediate as, say, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman have come up with a plethora of tunes that, in the same way as The Greatest Showman captured our ears, feel instantly familiar.

a year ago


Nearly every song (by Hairspray’s composers) updates one in the original. Though most are merely catchy, not immortal earworms.

a year ago

AARP AARP

None of these new songs stirs the emotions with the simple, rewarding directness of hits from other recent family-oriented movies, such as “Remember Me” from Coco or “Tightrope” from The Greatest Showman. The music falls short—it’s fragilicious.

a year ago


Composer Marc Shaiman and his co-lyricist Scott Wittman do their best to carry the baton and come up with some real toe-tappers that seem perfectly at home in the Poppins world.

a year ago

Deadline Hollywood Deadline Hollywood (TOP)

The songs, by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, are one of the movie’s weak points: In general, they have a flocked-wallpaper quality, at once aggressive and anonymous.

a year ago


All the tunes by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (whose credits include the music for “Hairspray”) are serviceable, I suppose, but none catch the ear and stay with you as you leave the theater. Not one. In fact, you’ll find yourself wishing director Rob Marshall and company had simply remade the original.

a year ago

Pioneer Press Pioneer Press

There’s still an undeniable magic in its voice and its step likely to enchant adults – and hopefully kids – alike.

a year ago

Austin Chronicle Austin Chronicle

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's songs are pleasant, but fail to match the indelibility of the Sherman brothers' originals.

a year ago

Thrillist Thrillist

It's from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who also collaborated on Hairspray, and it's catchy and memorable.

a year ago


For longtime fans and newcomers alike, the soundtrack of Mary Poppins Returns is indeed practically perfect in every way.

a year ago

BroadwayWorld BroadwayWorld

A new score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that sounds like warmed-over Sherman brothers.

a year ago


This time the songs by the Broadway songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are more sophisticated.

a year ago

OBSERVER OBSERVER

The songs are serviceable, but serviceable isn’t what you desire when you’re talking about Mary Poppins, a film that we’d venture has the best top-to-bottom roster of original songs of any movie-musical.

a year ago

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast (TOP)

The songs are mostly good, with a few top-notch musical numbers that speak to a larger point about what makes Mary Poppins Returns work.

a year ago


None of the songs take off on their own.

a year ago


The musical set pieces are terrifically well done, even if Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's songs don't feel as memorable as the hits-stuffed 1964 version, although time will tell.

a year ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

Parachuting a line or two from “Chim Chim Cher-ee” or “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” into the mix serves only to highlight the new material’s shortcomings.

a year ago

Radio Times Radio Times

Mostly the melodies are good.

a year ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

The songbook is arguably better than that of the original film.

a year ago

Bullz-Eye.com Bullz-Eye.com

It’s not that the songs are bad. It’s just that – unlike the Sherman brothers’ little masterpieces – they are astonishingly adequate in every regard.

a year ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

An appealing effort, even if it lacks the ineffable magic of the numbers that longtime Disney songsmiths Robert and Richard Sherman sprinkled throughout the original.

a year ago


David Magee’s new script follows most of the same beats the first film did, and each of the songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman has been patterned after a number from the 1964 movie.

a year ago

OneGuysOpinion OneGuysOpinion

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the original will recognize each beat as it approaches. That’s especially true of Marc Shaiman’s (undeniably infectious) songs.

a year ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

The songs, while not anywhere near as memorable as the old ones, are enjoyable enough.

a year ago

Mark Reviews Movies Mark Reviews Movies

The sequel’s score quotes from the familiar tunes of yore, which explains why I was whistling “Chim Chim Cher-ee” all the way home from the theatre.

a year ago


The songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — who have done memorable work elsewhere — are the gravest disappointment.

a year ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

The songs are chirpy rather than catchy.

a year ago

Shadows on the Wall Shadows on the Wall

An often-rollicking and entirely enjoyable romp, recycled or not.

a year ago

NOLA.com NOLA.com

Shaiman's score wisely calls back to 'Feed the Birds' and 'Let's Go Fly a Kite.'

a year ago

Reeling Reviews Reeling Reviews

A few of Shaiman and Wittman's compositions are memorable, from the animated kickline extravaganza "A Cover Is Not a Book" to the fantastical "Turning Turtle."

a year ago

PopMatters PopMatters

The songs, the special effects, the imagination are a lot of fun.

a year ago

Movie Mom Movie Mom

[A] slate of terrific all-new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

a year ago

Parade Magazine Parade Magazine

As I walked out of Mary Poppins Returns, I didn’t have any song stuck in my head nor did I remember the majority of the songs sung throughout the film.

a year ago

We Live Entertainment We Live Entertainment

You’ll want to hear the songs again immediately. My favorite, one of which involves Jack’s character and other dancing chimney sweeps, along with an ode to the past and those whom we have lost, are “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”

a year ago

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman has had plenty of success in the past (Hairspray, sure, but South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut stands as one of the great modern movie musicals), but his soundtrack for Mary Poppins Returns can be charitably described as forgettable. Unfortunately, the Sherman Brothers’ shoes are too big to fill.

a year ago

The Film Stage The Film Stage

The songs, written by Marc Shaiman, are a delight, even if there isn’t anything quite as memorable as the Oscar-winning Chim Chim Cher-ee from the original.

a year ago

SCMP News (HK) SCMP News (HK) (TOP)

The music is pleasant but bland. It seems unlikely that in 2070, middle-aged people will still be able to hum any of these tunes – although no doubt they, too will fondly remember a certain flying nanny.

a year ago

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

The songs don’t quite hold a candle to the glorious original tunes we all know and love, they are jaunty, catchy and clever, with the ‘Nowhere To Go But Up’ bringing buoyancy to the joyous finale.

a year ago


There are no musical numbers likely to endure in the public affection for decades, as so many have since 1964.

a year ago

Daily Mail (UK) Daily Mail (UK)

Catchy original songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

a year ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

Each song provides some kind of lesson for the children.

a year ago

Film School Rejects Film School Rejects

Noe of the musical numers will catch on in the pop culture lexicon the way the original did, but in their own right, spark occasional glimmers of magic.

a year ago

The Playlist The Playlist

The songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will have you dancing in your seats.

a year ago

movieweb movieweb

Everything from the amazing production design to the colorful costumes to the catchy, upbeat songs penned by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (a few of which contain references to the Sherman Bros.' original 1964 score) has that Disney glow.

a year ago

Common Sense Media Common Sense Media

At first listen, it’s hard to tell if the songs are classics in the making. They sounded rather derivative, with nothing to match, for instance, the one about the word that, if you say it loud enough, you’ll always sounds precocious.

a year ago

The Spectator The Spectator

The Meryl Streep number is a weak link and the verbose score (‘When troubles seem incessant/just get a little incandescent’) can’t rival Chim Chim Cher-ee for catchiness. But the original wasn’t perfect either. Ultimately, it makes the world seem just a little bit more magical.

a year ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

Only one – the manic 'A Cover Is Not The Book' – doesn't quite work and could have been cut, but we'll forgive them for this blip as the others are all terrific.

a year ago

Digital Spy Digital Spy

You won’t be humming many of these tunes, if you can remember them.

a year ago

Culturess Culturess

None of the songs really pop off the screen, even if they’re sung well and relatively pleasant (the work of Marc Shaiman).

a year ago

JoBlo.com JoBlo.com

The songs are catchy and snappy, but will they still be treasured in 60-odd years, a la “A Spoonful of Sugar”? Eh . . . . doubtful. There’s a bit of indistinguishable same-ness to them.

a year ago


A disappointment, where even standout songs like A Cover Is Not The Book and The Place Where Lost Things Go don’t deliver anything catchy or quotable.

a year ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

Apart from a wistful little number about “where the lost things go,” the score (by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) leaves no residue.

a year ago

Vulture Vulture

The songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are sprightly, sweet and carefully crafted. And perhaps, once we’ve heard them a hundred times, they will eventually sound like classics. But on first listen, I wasn’t convinced that any of them beat A Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite or Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

a year ago

BBC Culture BBC Culture

The songs have an awful lot of child-friendly lessons to impart — appearances can be deceiving! Embrace the nuttiness of life! The dead never truly leave us! — and largely come off as muddled harangues.

a year ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

By playing so closely to outline of the original—even using familiar melodies in its instrumentals—it’s impossible not to compare the two, and by comparison, the sequel suffers.

a year ago

pajiba pajiba

I had lost count of how many times the singing and dancing had blown my mind.

a year ago

Flickering Myth Flickering Myth

The problem is that none of [the songs] (them) are especially memorable, though Returns seems determined to drill them into your head by making them both repetitive and interminable.

a year ago


It all blurs together into one ill-defined mass, nothing distinct enough (besides, I suppose, that opening number) to stick out.

a year ago


The music and choreography is impressive.

a year ago

Screen International Screen International

The songs themselves, written by the Hairspray duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, are all unqualified knock-outs, with all the infectious breeziness and soaring orchestration of the Sherman brothers originals.

a year ago

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

The songs are square (though frankly, while good enough, not nearly as timeless as the Sherman brothers’ classics from the earlier film).

a year ago


While none of the songs make as strong a first impression as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” or “Chim-Chim-Cheree,” there are some lovely tunes.

a year ago

TheWrap TheWrap

While the music in Mary Poppins Returns is beguiling, it is also primarily forgettable.

a year ago

Den of Geek News! Den of Geek News!

There’s not a song in Mary Poppins Returns that has the staying power of “A Spoonful of Sugar” or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

a year ago

Collider Collider

If you are expecting to hear a remixed or new rendition of classics like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “A Spoonful of Sugar” or “Chim Chim Cher-ee” you may set yourself up for disappointment. Mary Poppins Returns features all new original songs just for this sequel.

a year ago

Black Girl Nerds Black Girl Nerds

Marc Shaiman’s score is a swinging delight (with melodic hints here and there of older “Poppins” tunes), and his original songs, while perhaps not as earwormy as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” are a strong bunch.

a year ago


All new original songs, which are as beautiful and catchy as the ones from the first movie.

a year ago

Business Insider Business Insider (TOP)

The songs aren’t bad.

a year ago


While composer Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the lyrics with Scott Wittman) does a note-perfect job of recapturing the general Poppins vibe, there isn’t a memorable tune in the bunch; for better or worse, you won’t be haunted by these songs.

a year ago


The songs aren’t instantly memorable.

a year ago

Empire Magazine Empire Magazine (TOP)

Tuneful songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that genuflect to the invaluable contributions of the Sherman Brothers on Mary Poppins.

a year ago

Hollywood Reporter Hollywood Reporter (TOP)

There is no “Spoonful of Sugar” or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” or “Chim Chim Cheree” among the nine new songs, though composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Whittman (Broadway’s “Hairspray”) come up with a couple of minor jewels of their own.

a year ago

Movie Nation Movie Nation

Dutifully replicating the narrative and tonal beats of the original almost note for note, only with less memorable songs and a less present Mary Poppins.

a year ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

You’ll likely be humming the melodies of more than a few of the tunes from “Returns” as you exit the theater, and in the days and weeks to follow.

a year ago

Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Sun-Times (TOP)

Conversely, you can watch all of “Mary Poppins Returns” and walk out of the theater unable to hum a single tune.

a year ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

This would be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to add to any Disney fan’s collection.

80% a year ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

The songs of Mary Poppins Returns are almost shockingly forgettable.

a year ago


Saccharine explodes all over everything like sonic popping candy.

60% a year ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

I don’t care who you are, you need a little Mary Poppins in your life and the soundtrack to Mary Poppins Returns repeatedly delivers.

a year ago

LaughingPlace.com LaughingPlace.com
User Reviews (3)

thatdisneysounda year ago
Marc Shaiman was born for this! Gorgeous!! Marc Shaiman has been one of my greatest musical heroes for many years, and getting to hear him REALLY score & compose in this style is as wonderful as the film... five stars!

16 HORSESa year ago
A spoonful of sugar helps the Soundtrack go down Hey Emily Blunt has a Mary Poppins way about her and she is more a convincing singer than Lindsay Lohan 😂!

adhjdba year ago
Practically Perfect! I absolutely love this soundtrack. Obviously, I love everything related to Mary Poppins, but this is just as amazing as any other recording.
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