From the start of the new millennium, UK television channel, channel 4, ran a series of programs which counted down through the top 100 of various genres, including films, film stars, war movies and musicals. the program was aired in 2003 and was made up of viewer votes both on their website and by phone. Channel 4 has a fairly youth based program strategy and perhaps this is why some of the entries are surprising, it is also clear to see which programs and films were in the media at the time. Below is their top 100 list of greatest musicals, some you may have never heard of and some stretch the term musical to and beyond its limits, but it is a great list all the same, and I wonder if you can guess which musical is voted the greatest musical of all time? Simply scroll down to the number one spot to find out!

If the more info button of the musical lights up when you roll your curser over it, simply click on it to find out more about that musical.

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100:  Lets Make love

99:    Miss Saigon

98:    Bright Eyes

97:    The Cotton Club

96:    Lullaby of Broadway

95:    Breaking Glass

94:    Sholay

93:    How to Succeed in Business (without really trying)

92:    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

91:    Everyone Says I Love You

90:    Cry Baby

89:    A Little Night Music

88:    For Me and My Gal

87:    Million Dollar Mermaid

86:    There’s No Business Like Show Business

85:    Funny Face

84:    Ziegfeld Follies

83:    A Star is Born (Barbara Streisand)

82:    Anything Goes

81:    Yankee Doodle Dandy

80:    Sweeney Todd (the Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

79:    All That Jazz

78:    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

77:    Porgy and Bess

76:    Dancer in the Dark

75:    Dil Se

74:    Shall We Dance

73:    Half a Sixpence

72:    Godspell

71:    Showboat

70:    Gigi

69:    The Producers

68:    Kiss Me Kate

67:    Doctor Dolittle

66:    Gypsy

65:    The Jazz Singer

64:    Easter Parade

63:    Jailhouse Rock

62:    Sweet Charity

61:    Scrooge

60:    Top Hat

59:    Funny Girl

58:    An American in Paris

57:    Paint Your Wagon

56:    Meet Me in St Louis

55:    Hair

54:    On the Town

53:    Cinderella

52:    Carmen Jones

51:    Thoroughly Modern Millie

50:    Hello Dolly

49:    Muppets Take Manhattan

48:    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

47:    Summer Holiday

46:    A Chorus Line

45:    A Star Is Born (Judy Garland)

44:    Tommy

43:    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

42:    Starlight Express

41:    Carousel

40:    8 Mile

39:    South Pacific

38:    The Nightmare Before Christmas

37:    White Christmas

36:    Guys and Dolls

35:    Oklahoma

34:    High Society

33:    Fiddler on the Roof

32:    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

31:    Blood Brothers

30:    Cats

29:    Fame

28:    Jesus Christ Superstar

27:    Jungle Book

26:    Annie

25:    Calamity Jane

24:    The Blues Brothers

23:    The King and I

22:    Evita

21:    Little Shop of Horrors

20:    Phantom of the Opera

19:    Bugsy Malone

18:    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

17:    Cabaret

16:    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

15:    Les Miserables

14:    The Lion King

13:    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (once more with feeling)

12:    My Fair Lady

11:    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

10:    Moulin Rouge

09:    Oliver

08:    Chicago

07:    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

06:    Singing in the Rain

05:    Mary Poppins

04:    West Side Story

03:    The Wizard of Oz

02:    The Sound of Music

01:    Grease


So, There you have it. A few of the entries surprised us here at Only Musicals, however when viewing the results it is important to remember when the poll was taken and what was being aired/shown/performed at the time. I doubt that Buffy would get a mention if the poll was conducted today, and over the last few years there have been some amazing new musicals (avenue Q, Wicked, Shrek) so things would be quite different. What do you think? let us know.