One of the quintessential works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King and I uses a simple story of a relationship between two people as a lens to examine the complications that arise when two cultures collide. This sweet but sad story was a hit from its debut, and has seen multiple adaptations and revivals over the years. What makes The King and I so beloved? Whether it's Anna's spunky charm or the delightfully begrudging relationship she forms with the King of Siam, musical theater lovers everywhere have committed at least a few songs from The King and I soundtrack to memory. What are the most singable songs in the show? Here, you'll find all The King and I songs ranked.
The wonderfully rendered duet "Shall We Dance" is certainly one of the more famous of The King And I soundtrack listing, as is "Getting To Know You." But the musical has much more to offer. The King sings of the struggle to adjust to a new world in the thematically relevant "A Puzzlement." There's also "We Kiss in a Shadow," all about the pain of forbidden love. All of these would be great on a showtunes playlist.
What are the best King and I songs? Vote for your favorites below!
I Whistle a Happy Tune
Getting to Know You
Shall We Dance
I Have Dreamed
I Whistle a Happy Tune (reprise)