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49 “I Want” Songs To Bring Out Your Inner Dreamer

Usually the second or third number in a show, the “I Want” song helps establish a character’s dreams, goals, or desires. And often times, it hints at the plot to come. These “I Want” songs are usually sung by the protagonist, but sometimes they are sung by supporting character, and sometimes they’re even sung by the antagonist. Here’s a list of our favorites!

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“I Want” Songs for Altos

Disneyland” – Smile

Funny” – My Favorite Year

Lion Tamer” – The Magic Show

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

Someday” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Superhero Girl” – Starmites

“I Want” Songs for Baritones

Dust and Ashes” – The Great Comet

Grow for Me” – Little Shop of Horrors

Guido’s Song” – Nine

I Want to Make Magic” – Fame

Johanna” – Sweeney Todd

Purpose” – Avenue Q

Who I’d Be” – Shrek

“I Want” Songs for Basses

Be Prepared” – The Lion King

Falcon in the Dive” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Half As Big As Life” – Promises, Promises

I Want to Go Home” – Big

If I Were a Rich Man” – Fiddler on the Roof

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

Waitin’ For The Light to Shine” – Big River

“I Want” Songs for Contras

Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie

Buenos Aires” – Evita

I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid

I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel

It’s Not About Me” – The Prom

King of the World” – Songs for a New World

Woman” – The Pirate Queen

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“I Want” Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos

Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Funny Girl

Ireland” – Legally Blonde

No One Else” – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Out Tonight” – Rent

The Life I Never Led” – Sister Act

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon

Waiting for Life” – Once on This Island

“I Want” Songs for Sopranos

Colored Woman” – Memphis

Green Finch and Linnet Bird” – Sweeney Todd

In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella

Love, Don’t Turn Away” – 110 in the Shade

Part of Your World” – The Little Mermaid

Waitin’ for My Dearie” – Brigadoon

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” – My Fair Lady

“I Want” Songs for Tenors

Bright Star” – Bright Star

Corner of the Sky” – Pippin

One Song Glory” – Rent

Someone Is Waiting” – Company

The Wall in My Head” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Where I Want to Be” – Chess

Why God Why?” – Miss Saigon

“I Want” Songs for Trebles/Children

Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

I Want It Now” – Willy Wonka

I Want to Know” – Big

Maybe” – Annie

One Pal” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy From Oz

Where is Love?” – Oliver!

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Do you know of any other great “I Want” songs?

And which of the above “I Want” songs are your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Stacy Karyn, Author of I Want Songs.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


4 thoughts on “49 “I Want” Songs To Bring Out Your Inner Dreamer

  • One “I Want” song that is glaringly omitted is “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors.

  • I think that you could put Valjean’s soliloquy from Les Mis on the list for tenors as well as On top of the world from Disney’s The hunchback och Notre Dame. They really tell the purposes of the actions taken by the characters.

    • Hi Kristian!! Thanks for the suggestions. I especially love that you pointed out Valjean’s Soliloquy. What a powerful example of an “I Want” Song!!

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