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A Movie Bonus Song must be:

  1. Featured in a film adaptation of a musical (and not be a Cut Song)
  2. Written specifically for the film version, not carried over from the stage production or originating elsewhere (which excludes "From This Moment On" from Kiss Me Kate, and "When All Is Said And Done" from Mamma Mia!)
  3. Written by at least one of the original songwriters (which excludes songs such as "The Continental" from The Gay Divorcee, "You're The One That I Want" from Grease and "I Will Always Love You" from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.

This often overlaps with Award-Bait Song, especially if the movie is gunning for as many awards as possible, since songs carried over from the stage musical aren't eligible for the Best Original Song Oscarnote . However, the practice of writing Movie Bonus Songs dates back to the first generation of movie musicals, before the Original Song category existed.

Liable to become Ret-Canon in future stage productions, if the movie version was successful.



  • "Why Am I So Romantic?" from Animal Crackers.
  • "Let's Go to the Movies", "We Got Annie" (based on a Cut Song), and "Sign" from the 1982 film version of Annie. There's also an odd case in "Dumb Dog/Sandy", which recycled the melody of a song from composer Charles Strouse's flop A Broadway Musical.
  • If The Band Wagon is considered as an adaptation of the 1931 revue of that name (which also featured Fred Astaire and several songs used in the movie), "That's Entertainment" would qualify as a Movie Bonus Song.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) features three of these written by original composer Alan Menken — as opposed to expanding the score with songs from the Broadway version. They are "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (two versions with completely different lyrics are used; one sung by Maurice and one sung by Belle), "Days in the Sun" (the Enchanted Objects), and "Evermore" (The Beast).
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  • "Do It Yourself" from Bells Are Ringing.
  • "You're Lucky" and "Wish I May" from Best Foot Forward.
  • "The Greeks Have No Word For It" and "Who Are You" from The Boys From Syracuse.
  • The 1963 film version of Bye Bye Birdie added a title song to the musical, along with an alternate version of the oh-so-annoying "We Love You, Conrad" entitled "We Hate You, Conrad", which is sung by all the boys in town. The 1995 TV remake added several more of these: "Let's Settle Down," "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "A Giant Step."
  • "Mein Herr" and "Money, Money" were written for the film version of Cabaret. The film also added "Maybe This Time", originally a standalone song by the same songwriting team.
  • "Beautiful Ghosts" from Cats, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and co-star Taylor Swift. Swift herself sings its over the closing credits but in the actual movie it's the big solo for Victoria (Francesca Hayward), and is even tied into Cats' Signature Song, "Memory".
  • "I Move On" from Chicago.
  • "Surprise, Surprise" and "Let Me Dance For You" from A Chorus Line.
  • "When My Dreams Come True" from The Cocoanuts appears to be the Ur-Example.
  • "There's Something About An Empty Chair" from Damn Yankees. (Written by Richard Adler alone, as Jerry Ross had suffered Author Existence Failure.)
  • "Love You I Do," "Patience," "Perfect World" and "Listen" from Dreamgirls.
  • "You Must Love Me" from Evita.
  • "Funny Girl" from Funny Girl.
  • "You've Got What Gets Me" from the 1932 film version of Girl Crazy — though the song is nearly as obscure as the movie, it's the only Movie Bonus Song ever written by George and Ira Gershwin.
  • "Beautiful City" from Godspell.
  • "Pet Me, Poppa," "Adelaide" and "A Woman In Love" from Guys and Dolls.
  • "Ladies' Choice" and "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" from Hairspray.
  • "Just Leave Everything To Me" and "Love Is Only Love" from Hello, Dolly!.
  • "Then We Are Decided" from the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. The film also had "Could We Start Again Please", which comes not from the original concept album but from the first Broadway production.
  • "I Wish It Could Be Otherwise" (originally a Cut Song) from Li'l Abner.
  • The film version of A Little Night Music has "Love Takes Time" (mostly "Night Waltz" with new lyrics) and "The Glamorous Life" (same title but almost entirely rewritten as a Fredrika solo).
  • "Some Fun Now" (which only barely counts - it's heavily based on the cut song "Ya Never Know") and "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • "Loving You" from Mame.
  • Notably averted in Mamma Mia!. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were asked to write an original song for the film and blankly refused.
  • Les Misérables (2012), the film version of the musical, includes a new song called "Suddenly", written by Claude-Michel Schonberg.
  • "Being In Love" from The Music Man directly replaced "My White Knight," though the middle section (actually a remnant of a Cut Song) was unchanged.
  • Three of 'em in ''Nine": "Cinema Italiano" (a solo for Stephanie), "Guarda la Luna" (replacing the titular song; based on the "Waltz For Nine" instrumental), and "Take It All" (replacing "Be On Your Own").
  • "Love with All the Trimmings" and "Go to Sleep" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. These additions sound much more like contemporary pop songs than the original score, yet were written by the same songwriters.
  • "Prehistoric Man," "Main Street," "You're Awful," "On The Town," "Count On Me" and "That's All There Is, Folks" from On the Town. MGM teamed the show's original writers Comden and Green with Roger Edens to replace most of Bernstein's songs so their publisher could own most of the score.
    • Basically a "Movie Bonus Score," all but "New York, New York," "Come Up to My Place," and a few instrumental pieces were cut from the stage version.
  • "Don't Look Now" from One Touch of Venus, which is actually just "Foolish Heart" with new lyrics. ("West Wind" from the original show was similarly converted into "My Week," but then cut from the movie. There would have been more Movie Bonus Songs if not for dreadful amounts of Executive Meddling which drove Kurt Weill from the production.)
  • "The First Thing You Know," "A Million Miles Away Behind The Door," "The Gospel Of No Name City," "Best Things" and "Gold Fever" from Paint Your Wagon. All of these were written by Alan Jay Lerner to music by André Previn. Frederick Loewe was not involved.
  • "Learn to be Lonely" from The Phantom of the Opera (2004). The Phantom was meant to sing another song with the same melody, called "No One Would Listen", but that scene was cut from the film. You can find it on the DVD though. So this is a case of both Movie Bonus Song and Cut Song. Or something.
  • "You'll Find Your Happiness in Rio" (written for the stage version but cut) and "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway" from the 2005 film version of The Producers.
  • "Lovely To Look At" and "I Won't Dance" from Roberta. (The latter was a substantial rewrite of a song written for the obscure London musical Three Sisters.)
  • "I Have The Room Above Her," "Gallivantin' Around" and "Ah Still Suits Me" from the 1936 film version of Show Boat.
  • "Fated To Be Mated" and "The Ritz Roll And Rock" from Silk Stockings.
  • "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good" from The Sound of Music. (Both were written by Rodgers alone, due to Hammerstein's Author Existence Failure.)
  • "More Than Just A Friend," "Never Say No To A Man," "Willing And Eager," "This Isn't Heaven" and "The Little Things In Texas" from the 1962 version of State Fair — a remake of the 1945 movie musical, not an adaptation of a Broadway show. (These songs were also written by Rodgers after Hammerstein's death.)
  • "My Personal Property," "It's a Nice Face," and a new title song in the film version of Sweet Charity.
  • "What Does He Look Like (That Boy Of Mine)?" from Irving Berlin's This Is the Army. The stage show had featured an all-male cast, but the movie needed a number for a Glamorous Wartime Singer, in this case Frances Langford.
  • A few of them in the 1975 film version of Tommy: "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Extra Extra" (set to the tune of "Miracle Cure"), "Champagne", "Mother and Son", and "TV Studio".
    • Although not Movie Bonuses, a few new songs are included in the musical: "We've Won", "I Believe My Own Eyes", and "Sally's Question".
  • "You're Nearer" from Too Many Girls, though it was inserted into the show's post-Broadway tour before the movie was released.
  • Inverted in the stage adaptation of Top Hat that included a couple more songs by the original composer, Ivring Berlin, such as "Let's Face The Music And Dance".
  • "He's My Friend" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
  • "When the Tigers Broke Free" from The Wall.
  • "My Baby Just Cares For Me" was one of several from Whoopee!.


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