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Every Song in South Pacific, Ranked by Singability

Updated October 13, 2018 442 votes 116 voters 3.0k views19 items

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

Known for boldly addressing the then hot button issue of interracial relationshipsSouth Pacific is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved shows. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Broadway knows a few tunes from the South Pacific soundtrack. Musical theater is a genre often snubbed by the theater world, but the brashness of the musical's political undertones - and the bravery of its authors to stick to their original conception, despite heavy backlash - landed South Pacific Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1951. Several of the show's songs are veritable American standards, covered by big time singers like Frank Sinatra during the heyday of big band music. But what are the best songs in South Pacific? Help us decide! Below, you will find all the South Pacific songs ranked by your votes. 
 

"You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" is by far the most controversial tune to come out of the show. The song dealt with the manner in which racial and ethnic prejudice is taught to people from an early age, commentary many found too controversial for the Broadway stage. There were even legislative challenges to the show over the song, but Rodgers and Hammerstein refused to take it out of the production. However, the South Pacific soundtrack listing has more lighthearted tunes that you could put on a fun Broadway playlist. The show brought us classics like "Some Enchanted Evening," "Happy Talk," and "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy."
 

Help decide the best shows in South Pacific below by voting up your favorites! 

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  • Bloody Mary1
    40
    8

    Bloody Mary

  • I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair2
    24
    3

    I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

  • Some Enchanted Evening3
    31
    12

    Some Enchanted Evening

  • This Nearly Was Mine4
  • You've Got to Be Carefully Taught5
    22
    5

    You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

  • Happy Talk6
    17
    5

    Happy Talk

  • Bali Ha'i7
    18
    6

    Bali Ha'i

  • Dites-moi8
    16
    5

    Dites-moi

  • A Cockeyed Optimist9
    16
    6

    A Cockeyed Optimist

  • There Is Nothing Like a Dame10
    15
    5

    There Is Nothing Like a Dame

  • Younger Than Springtime11
    22
    15

    Younger Than Springtime

  • I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy12
    16
    8

    I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy

  • Honey Bun13
    10
    5

    Honey Bun

  • Honey Bun (reprise)14
    8
    3

    Honey Bun (reprise)

  • Finale15
    10
    6

    Finale

  • Finale: Act I16
    10
    7

    Finale: Act I

  • Some Enchanted Evening (reprise)17
    6
    6

    Some Enchanted Evening (reprise)

  • Twin Soliloquies18
    6
    7

    Twin Soliloquies

  • Soft Shoe Dance19
    3
    7

    Soft Shoe Dance