1. The soundtrack of Hercules
I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t “Hercules” that Disney movie I saw in like third grade? Yes, yes it is. While the movie has a very minimal plot — like really no plot — the soundtrack is seriously groovy. This gospel-infused tracklist has all the catchiness of the contemporary Disney soundtracks, but with the danceability and fun of gospel. It makes me want to dance and sing along every time I hear it. My favorite number is "I Won’t Say (I’m In Love),” sung by Meg, the female love interest in the movie. She is incredibly sassy in this number, and it really just exemplifies my favorite parts of music: sass, dancing, and incredible catchiness.
2. Seattle Symphony
This latest season has really shown how wonderful the Seattle Symphony orchesta truly is. Last October, Seattle Symphony performed the soundtrack of Psycho along with the movie, showing their versatility and pure musical ability. Then in February, they performed Hector Beriloz’s Symphonie Fantastique in its entirety, which completely blew me away. Their next major concert is Celebrate America beginning on May 29, and it’s sure to be great.
3. A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line is one of my favorite musicals. It completely captures the largely teenage conundrum of choosing between conformity and originality. Besides raising age-old questions about fitting in, it also has amazing numbers, like “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love,” that you just can’t resist singing along to. You can completely lose yourself listening to this soundtrack, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to avoid a little finals week stress.