The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppets created by Jim Henson in 1955. Originally, they appeared in the short-form television series ‘Sam and Friends.’ Later, The Muppets appeared in talk shows and advertisements. In the late 1960s, they began appearing in ‘Sesame Street.’ Eventually, the puppets became stars in their own right when ‘The Muppets Show’ was aired from 1976 to 1981. They have since featured in eight movies as part of the Disney-owned media franchise. The first film featuring The Muppets was the 1979 film ‘The Muppet Movie.’ This film was followed in the 1980s by ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ and ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan.’ The Muppets films from the 1990s were ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol,’ ‘Muppet Treasure Island,’ and ‘Muppets from Space.’ These were followed by the 2011 movie ‘The Muppets.’ The most recent movie was the 2014 film ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. In each of the films, The Muppets sing many songs. Here are the 10 best songs from The Muppet movies of all time.
10. Scrooge (The Muppets Christmas Carol)
‘Scrooge’ differs from the typical songs of The Muppets, as it has a dark tone that has lyrics centering around a non-Henson character. It is an ensemble performance that includes many secondary Muppets rather than the main characters, such as Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. In keeping with the era in which Charles Dickens wrote the book on which the movie is based, there are Victorian-era instruments played on this track.
9. Pictures in My Head (The Muppets)
When Kermit the Frog performs ‘Pictures in My Head,’ he is thinking about how he can repair his friendships with the rest of The Muppets. It is an emotional and wistful song that he sings after The Muppets have parted ways and the future seems uncertain. Of course, the gang is reconciled later in the film.
8. Can You Picture That (The Muppet Movie)
‘Can You Picture That’ was performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem band in ‘The Muppet Movie.’ The song was written by Paul Williams, who wrote songs for real bands throughout the 1970s. It is a hard rock song that has nonsensical words, but it is entertaining to watch.
7. I’m Gonna Always Love You (The Muppets Take Manhattan)
‘I’m Gonna Always Love You’ was one of Miss Piggy’s musical daydreams. In the daydream sequence that is played while she sings this song in ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan,’ fans saw baby versions of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Scooter, Fozzie, and Gonzo. It is likely that the song intended to promote the ‘Muppet Babies’ television series, which was launched just two months after this film.
6. Movin’ Right Along (The Muppet Movie)
Kermit the Frog and Fozzie the Bear duet on ‘Movin’ Right Along’ in ‘The Muppet Movie.’ The duo goes on a road trip together after escaping from the angry owners of the El Seezo Café, and they head towards Hollywood together. In this song, it is clear Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear have a true friendship.
5. Happiness Hotel (The Great Muppet Caper)
When reporters Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, along with Gonzo, their photographer, head to London in pursuit of a jewel thief, they need somewhere cheap to stay. They end up at the Happiness Hotel, which is unfinished and unprepared for guests. When the trio has booked their room, the whole cast breaks into song to sing an ensemble performance of ‘Happiness Hotel.’
4. I’m Going Back There Someday (The Muppet Movie)
‘I’m Going Back There Someday’ is a song performed by The Great Gonzo in ‘The Muppet Movie.’ It is sung when the group is going through some difficult times in the film, as their car has broken down and they are stranded in the desert. The Great Gonzo sings this song as the group is sitting around the campfire. In the song, The Great Gonzo reminisces about a time earlier in the film when he was lifted by a bunch of balloons and soared over the countryside. It was a time when he felt happy compared to the desperate situation the group is in after the car has broken down.
3. Man or Muppet (The Muppets)
When ‘The Muppet Movie’ was released in 2011, some of the fans were perturbed. It was the first time The Muppets had appeared alongside humans, and it was made clear that The Muppets and humans were separate beings. However, the song ‘Man or Muppet’ removed some of these differences as it is about how The Muppets and humans have the same problems in life. Walter, a Muppet, has a human brother called Gary, played by Jason Segel. When Walter and Gary sing this song together, they are joined by Jim Parsons, who is supposed to be Walter’s human alter ego, along with Gary’s Muppet alter ego.
2. He’ll Make Me Happy (The Muppets Take Manhattan)
In ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan,’ The Muppets are putting on a show on Broadway. Kermit the Frog has amnesia, but diva Miss Piggy karate chops him to resolve his temporary amnesia situation so that he can star in the play. When the play goes ahead, there is a wedding scene. Gonzo was originally the minister, but he had been replaced. Miss Piggy and Kermit get married in the scene while singing ‘He’ll Make Me Happy.’ Fans of The Muppets were left wondering if a legally binding marriage had taken place between Kermit and Miss Piggy or if it was all just part of the play.
1. Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie)
According to Consequence, the best song from the Muppet movies is Rainbow Connection, which was performed by Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie.’ It is the opening sequence of the movie, and Kermit the Frog is sitting on a fallen tree trunk in a swamp singing the dreamy song. The song, which was composed by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, is all about following your dreams.