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Every Song in Cats, Ranked by Singability

Updated August 6, 2019 4.5k votes 789 voters 22k views26 items

List RulesVote up the songs in Cats you just can't get out of your head (not that you want to).

If you're a musical-loving cat person with a taste for all things weird and wonderful, chances are you're more than familiar with the Cats soundtrack. With lyrics based on a book of poetry by T.S. Elliot, it's no surprise songs from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical are particularly elegiac and may even teach you a few new vocabulary words. While the question of who will end up in the Heaviside Layer hangs over the Jellicle Ball, Cats is less plot and more anthology - each individual cat telling the audience their backstory. While everyone knows "Memory" - famously recorded by Barbra Streisand - some of the best songs in Cats tell humorous anecdotes about railway cats, curious cats, and chubby cats. Here, you'll find all the Cats songs ranked by singability. 
 

Cats begins with the jovial "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," in which Jellicle cats are described as everything from "practical" to "rabbinical."  “The Naming of Cats” then lets people know how names are assigned in this particular feline world. Songs like “The Rum Tum Tugger, “Grizabella: The Glamour Cat,” and “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer” give individual characters backstories. 
 

Pretend you're compiling a Cats playlist for a Broadway singalong. What are the best songs in Cats to include? Cast your vote below to help decide! 

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  • 1
    294
    85

    Mr. Mistoffelees

  • 2
    351
    115
  • 3
    181
    53

    Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats

  • 4
    188
    59

    Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat

  • 5
    204
    71

    Macavity: The Mystery Cat

  • 6
    184
    62

    Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer

  • 7
    218
    83

    The Rum Tum Tugger

  • 8
    110
    51

    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat

  • 9
    109
    54

    The Old Gumbie Cat

  • 10
    100
    53

    The Jellicle Ball

  • 11
    89
    52

    Gus: The Theatre Cat

  • 12
    93
    58

    Old Deuteronomy

  • 13
    79
    46

    The Journey to the Heaviside Layer

  • 14
    90
    59

    Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town

  • 15
    67
    49

    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)

  • 16
    73
    56

    The Song of the Jellicles

  • 17
    66
    49

    The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball

  • 18
    62
    49

    Memory (Prelude)

  • 19
    60
    48

    Finale: The Ad-Dressing of Cats

  • 20
    54
    55

    The Naming of Cats

  • 21
    45
    48

    The Moments of Happiness

  • 22
    56
    65

    The Awefull Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles

  • 23
    46
    53

    Gus: The Theatre Cat (Reprise)

  • 24
    34
    48

    Growltiger's Last Stand

  • 25
    32
    50

    Macavity Fight