If you’re like most people, you easily remember the 1970s hit musical “Grease.” One of the most popular musicals on Broadway, the show easily became one of the most timeless movies to ever have been made. Part of the reason that it’s so memorable is its soundtrack. It’s chock-full of songs that can easily transport a person to the 1950s. Below, the soundtrack has been ranked from worst to best with YouTube links for each song. Maybe this takes you back to your youth or perhaps you’re just figuring some of these songs out for the first time. Either way, sit back, relax and enjoy.
19. Beauty School Dropout (Frankie Avalon)
At the time, Frankie Avalon was easily considered one of the most popular singers of all time. This may not have been one of the favorite songs on the soundtrack as far as the song itself is concerned, but many people love it just because he’s the one singing it.
18. Blue Moon (Sha-Na-Na)
One of the songs used in the dance competition scene, this is one of the slower numbers in the film. It is used mainly as background music and it moves the story forward, but it’s only heard for a short time.
17. Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff, Jamie Donnelly)
This song actually appears twice on the soundtrack, but it’s only listed once because the second time it’s in reprise. In this particular version, the song is meant to move the story forward, but it also makes fun of someone who doesn’t fit in. In the song, the other characters are making fun of Sandra Dee, played by Olivia Newton-John, because she’s not quite as rough and tumble as they are. Later, she sings the song herself when it’s in reprise.
16. Those Magic Changes (Sha-Na-Na)
This was a popular song when it first came out, which is why it ended up being featured on the soundtrack. It’s one that’s used mainly as background music in the film, yet it made it to the soundtrack because of its popularity at the time that it was released.
15. Mooning (Louis St. Louis and Cindy Bullens)
It’s almost comical that most people don’t remember this song even being on the soundtrack. It’s only heard for a short time in the film, which may be why so many people forget that it’s there. Nevertheless, it was included on the soundtrack and it’s worth including on this list.
14. Tears on My Pillow (Sha-Na-Na)
This is one of the many songs sung by the group, who were a bona fide rock and roll group in their own right during the 1950s. It’s one of the many different songs that are performed during the dance-off scene at the gym. This particular song is a bit slower in nature, making it stand out from many of the others on the soundtrack.
13. Born to Hand Jive (Sha-Na-Na)
A lot of people that listen to this song today consider it to be one of these more unique (read odd) songs on the soundtrack. During the 1950s, the Hand Jive was a dance. These days, it sounds more like it would probably be referring to something else.
12. Freddy, My Love (Cindy Bullens)
Like so many other songs, this is a song about love. It may not be the most popular song on the soundtrack, but it is liked well enough to feature relatively high up on the list. In fact, it seems like about half the people really like it and others don’t even remember it.
11. Rock n’ Roll Party Queen (Louis St. Louis)
During the 1950s, a lot of songs were about rock and roll, dancing and parties. As such, it only seems fitting that this one would find its way onto the soundtrack. It’s not as popular as some, but it definitely has a place here.
10. Hound Dog (Sha-Na-Na)
Here’s another song from the dance-off scene. This time, it’s performed by Sha-Na-Na, the same group that performs the other songs that serve as music for this particular scene. Originally, this was a song recorded by Elvis Presley, one that was enormously popular at the time.
9. Rock n’ Roll Is Here to Stay (Sha-Na-Na)
This is a song that has been used countless numbers of times in different movies over the years. In fact, it’s been introduced to an entirely new generation because of its presence in various films. In this particular case, it’s used to kick things up a notch or two during the dance competition.
8. There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Stockard Channing)
This song is actually a bit on the sad side. It’s performed by one of the main characters in the film and tells the story of her potentially being pregnant and being judged by virtually everyone she knows. It’s worth noting that in the movie, her character is still in high school. The very idea of getting pregnant during the 1950s while still in school was enough to send shock waves through the community and this is a song that explores the judgment that she was experiencing.
7. Hopelessly Devoted to You (Olivia Newton-John)
The lyrics in this song have the female lead in the movie singing about how much she wants to be with the other main character. You might think of the two as star-crossed lovers, at least during the majority of the film. They eventually find their way, but there is a great deal of angst and this is a song that explores the feelings that are associated with it.
6. Greased Lightnin’ (John Travolta, Jeff Conoway)
There’s no doubt about it, this is one of the more lively songs from the soundtrack. It’s the one that they use to move the story forward when they’re about to have the car race between the two rival gangs. It’s a lot of fun and it provides the soundtrack for some of the most amazing dance moves you’re likely to see in the entire film.
5. Sandy (John Travolta)
This song features the male lead singing about wanting to be with the main female character. The two of them don’t exactly come from the same socioeconomic class and that is something that troubles him a great deal, as he doesn’t feel like he’s good enough for her. He’s also the leader of one of the two main gangs on the high school campus, so he’s very worried about his reputation and what falling for someone like her would do to it.
4. Summer Nights (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
This is another song that explores the desire to express love without judgment, yet the reality is that everyone judges people for things that are actually none of their business. The song talks about falling in love during the summer and being able to be with that particular person, then starting school and having to worry about one’s reputation. As it turns out, that reputation is getting in the way of the love interest that this particular person has.
3. We Go Together (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
This is one of the happier and more lively songs of the film, largely because it occurs at the end of the film and is performed by the two lead actors once their characters finally stop worrying about what everybody else thinks. The lyrics talk about how they’re destined to be with one another because they complement each other so well.
2. You’re the One That I Want (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
This is another song that appears at the end of the film. This is where you see the transition between these two main characters struggling with the idea of being together versus following their hearts and not caring what anyone else thinks.
1. Grease Is the Word (Frankie Valli)
Of course, this is the title song and is performed by one of the most prolific vocalists of all time. The song basically tells the story of the film in condensed form. Despite the fact that it was made for the film, it’s one that has stood the test of time and is still played on some radio stations today.