Hamilton – the Musical

These are ranked as the best six of the 46 songs in Hamilton – in descending order, from No. 1 to No. 6 – by screenrant.com, according to which "There are no bad songs in Hamilton ... "

Screenrant continues: "Created by and starring Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is based on the life of the United States' first Treasury Secretary and the face of the ten dollar bill, Alexander Hamilton. While he's not the most obvious figure to have a hip–hop musical written about him, Hamilton's life story captured the imagination of Miranda after he read Ron Chernow's 2004 biography of the founding father.

"Since its premiere in February 2015, Hamilton has become a runaway success and cultural phenomenon, winning 12 Tony Awards in 2016 and opening on London's West End in 2017, where it won seven Olivier Awards."

Wikipedia describes Hamilton as "a sung–and–rapped–through musical", by which it means that "songs entirely or almost entirely stand in place of any spoken dialogue. Conversations, speeches, and musings are communicated musically ... The show draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional–style show tunes; and casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. Miranda described Hamilton as about 'America then, as told by America now.'"

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