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31 Songs From "Annie" (Musical and Movie)

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Songs from Annie

Songs from Annie

All songs from Annie, both the musical and the film, are pretty memorable and recognizable to most people, even for those who may not have seen the show. The story of Annie is about overcoming hardships and having humble beginnings. As the story goes, the much-beloved heroine begins as the victim of forced sweatshop labor in an orphanage and ends up as Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. What a transformation from rags to riches! Scroll down to listen to all of the best Annie songs.

1. “Tomorrow”

  • "Tomorrow" is one of the best and most popular songs from Annie the musical in 2014.
  • "Tomorrow" was written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin and first published in 1977.
  • Through its main themes and phrases, the song expresses an optimistic view of life. It is a song of hope for a brighter future.
  • Broadway first introduced Andrea McArdle as the scrappy title orphan, drawn from the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie.
  • Annie sings this song herself. Tomorrow is her favorite day because it is only one day away.

2. “It’s a Hard Knock Life”

  • In this song, the eponymous protagonist and her fellow orphan girls sing about the hardships of surviving in a Depression-era orphanage.
  • We all learn this song when we're young, even if we only sing it when our parents want us to clean our rooms, empty the dishwasher, or take out the trash.
  • Lukas Graham sampled it in his 2014 single "Mama Said."
  • All of the Annie songs are mainly upbeat and '20s-style, but "Hard Knock Life" reflects that the characters are underprivileged and exploited.

3. “Maybe”

  • "Maybe" is one of the most painful yet hopeful songs from Annie the musical.
  • The song is about the little orphan Annie wanting to find her parents. The emotion is sorrowful yet hopeful.
  • The entire song can make you misty-eyed as it tells the story of a little girl whose only wish in life is to have a real family.
  • When Molly has a nightmare about her parents, Annie comforts her by reading a letter from her own parents, promising that someday they will return. Soon Molly goes back to sleep, and Annie sings about her parents as she tucks in the other orphans.

4. “Easy Street”

  • "Easy Street" is one of the money-themed songs from Annie the musical.
  • To get Daddy Warbucks on their side, Miss Hannigan uses Annie to her advantage. Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan, and Lily St. Regis sing "Easy Street" during the kidnapping plot they plan to carry out.
  • The song is ideal for an intricate dance number interspersed with a long musical interlude—preferably tap dancing, as people usually tap dance when they sing about money.

5. “I Don’t Need Anything But You”

  • Annie and Oliver sing this song when they discuss their love for each other and the adoption.
  • It is one of the perfect duet production songs from Annie the musical, wherein Annie and Daddy Warbucks finally achieve their desired happiness.
  • Warbucks and Annie dance together in the song as Judge Louis Brandeis shows up to begin the adoption proceedings.

6. “Little Girls”

  • The song "Little Girls" is sung by Miss Hannigan. Dorothy Loudon portrayed the cruel orphanage director in the 1977 musical. (The video above shows Jane Lynch in the role.)
  • In the lyrics, Hannigan describes her hatred for the orphans she cares for—and, by extension, for all children.
  • Lily and Rooster make a cameo in the window, which appeared only in the 1982 film.
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7. “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”

  • "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" is from Annie's Broadway musical, written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
  • For the soundtrack of the 2014 film, Sia covered the song, which reached the top charts in Australia, Belgium, the UK, and Poland.

8. “I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here”

  • Grace sang this song when Annie was first introduced in the Warbucks mansion. She described what the servants were going to do for Annie.
  • The performers of "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" in the musical are Annie, Grace Farrell, and the servants.
  • The Disney 1999 adaptation changed a few lyrics, including when Annie said, "the kids will never believe this" instead of "she never got one," and others.

9. “N.Y.C.”

  • The song "N.Y.C." is one of the most straightforward songs from Annie, and it mainly talks about New York City.
  • Annie sings "N.Y.C." with Oliver Warbucks and Grace Farrell.
  • The 2014 film featured this song as the instrumental to Harold Gray running for mayor during the television commercial.
  • The song is one of many Annie songs in both the 1999 movie adaptation and the musical.

10. "A New Deal for Christmas"

  • This is one of the best songs from Annie; almost everyone sings it.
  • The track "A New Deal for Christmas" is the second to last song in the musical.
  • The song performers in the musical are Annie, Warbucks, Grace, Molly, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Orphans.
  • Christmas is also a time when everyone sings this song.

11. "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover"

  • In Annie's stage musical, the song "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" takes place in Hooverville, right after "Tomorrow."
  • When Annie has finished singing her song, she approaches the people living in Hooverville and learns about their problems. She offers them an optimistic understanding of their problems.
  • All three movie adaptations of the musical left out the song "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover."

12. “Something Was Missing”

  • When Oliver Warbucks realizes Annie has made him happy, he sings "Something Was Missing."
  • "Something Was Missing" is one of the few songs from the Annie 2014 film played as an instrumental.
  • The song's musical performers are Oliver Warbucks and Will Stacks.

13. "You Won't Be an Orphan for Long"

  • Annie and Daddy Warbucks are the only characters featured in "You Won't Be an Orphan for Long." Warbucks reassures Annie that she won't be an orphan for much longer.
  • The released film versions did not include "You Won't Be an Orphan for Long," as well as "Annie" or "A New Deal for Christmas."
  • The songs feature Warbucks swearing to find Annie's parents no matter what, calling J. Edgar Hoover to get the FBI involved.
  • Annie shares her secret of finding her parents with Grace at this point.

14. "Why Should I Change a Thing?"

  • When Warbucks contemplates adopting Annie, he sings this song.
  • It is a beautiful song in between "You Won't Be an Orphan for Long" and "Maybe (Reprise)."
  • A professional recording of this song did not exist before it was added it to the Australian production. They wrote the song for actor Anthony Warlow in the 2001 Melbourne production.

15. "You Make Me Happy"

  • "You Make Me Happy" is the song in between "N.Y.C." and "Easy Street."
  • The song "You Make Me Happy" appears only in the 1997 Broadway revival of Annie.
  • The song performers are Miss Hannigan and Grace.

Songs From "Annie" the Movie

Song TitleFilm Year

17. “Dumb Dog”


18. “Sandy”


19. “Let's Go to the Movies”


20. “Sign”


21. “We Got Annie”


22. “Little Girls Disney (Reprise)”


23. “Easy Street Disney (Reprise)”


24. “I Don't Need Anything But You Disney (Reprise)”


25. “Overture”


26. "Moonquake Lake" Sia and Beck


27. "The City's Yours"


28. "Opportunity"


29. "Who Am I?"


30. "Something Was Missing"


31. "Cut to the Chase"


Where to Find the Song Lyrics

Did you enjoy the list of Annie songs? If you'd like to learn and indulge in the musical, check out all of the songs from Annie lyrics here.

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