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10 Great Musical Numbers

To be one of the greatest song-and/or-dance performances of the decade you don't have been in a musical - but it helps. Equally, you don't need any ability at singing or dancing, just an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to go for it. Don't believe us? Check these babies out

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Fuck Yeah
Team America: World Police (2004)
How the hell do you pick the best song from Team America? Montage, Pearl Harbour Sucked and Kim Jong Il's So Wonewy are all brilliant songs, but finally we had to come back to the patriotic hyperbole of the title song, and its testosterone-fuelled tribute to Kenny Loggins and every 80s film since Top Gun. Beachball? Fuck yeah!

Glen Hansard and Markta Irglov
Falling Slowly, Once (2006)
Hansard and Irglov's deserved Best Original Song Oscar win was one of the highlights of the 2008 awards after host Jon Stewart got Irglov back onstage to make her speech after an ad break cut her off, and this stunning song deserved the effort. The none-more-simple scenes sees the pair sitting in a music shop, both realising that the pull they feel is about much, much more than making music.

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera (2005)
The hit musical's army of fans (and at least one Empire writer) had waited years for this cinema adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic pop-opera, and what did we get? A superfluous horse for Emmy Rossum to ride on (How does it live? And where?), candelabras miraculously rising out of a river in a nod to the original staging, and Gerard Butler chewing the scenery like a seasoned pro. Barking, but brilliant, you can't beat a belter like this.

Jamie Bell
A Town Called Malice, Billy Elliot (2001)
So many musicals call for dance scenes to express emotions, but very few express rage and frustration as neatly as Jamie Bell young lad and his tap dancing feet do in this terrific scene. And for a wonder, he even chooses a socially-acceptable and really rather cool song to boogie to. The stage version was but a matter of time away.

Pierce Brosnan
SOS, Mamma Mia (2008)
Meryl may have tackled her musical numbers with all the serious dedication of an Oscar-winning classical actress, but it's Pierce Brosnan's dad-at-karaoke warbling that steals the show. It's not big, it's not clever, but it's the only singing in the film that takes it back to its roots as a hen night musical to be bellowed out as enthusiastically as possible. Tune optional.
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