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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and 5 film musicals that were made to sing along to

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When ABBA-based musical sensation Mamma Mia! made its way from stage to screen in 2008, it quickly became a smash hit with audiences.

With so many iconic hits contained in one film, it's impossible not to sing along to all our favourite ABBA hits, and we can expect to hear even more renditions of 'Dancing Queen' in cinemas this summer when sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again dances its way into Cineworld on 20th July.

There are some classic movie musicals out there that simply demand we sing our hearts out. We've picked five of our favourites.


1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

When it comes to timeless, toe-tapping hits, you can't beat Hollywood's Golden Era. And perhaps the best example of what we mean can be found in Singin' in the Rain – a film that will immediately have you humming the theme tune.

Starring and co-directed by the wondrously talented Gene Kelly, Singin' in the Rain tells the story of a movie studio struggling to make the technological leap into sound. It's up to the studio's top star (Kelly) along with his life-long friend (Donald O'Connor), and new-found love interest (Debbie Reynolds) to find a way to save the studio.

Even though the exacting Kelly reportedly drove Reynolds to the point of tears, the outstanding performances in show tunes like 'Good Morning', 'Make 'em Laugh' and the title track proves that hard work really does pay off. Singin' in the Rain will have audiences singing along, whatever the weather.


2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

We couldn't talk about sing-alongs without mentioning The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The definitive and original 'midnight movie' (defined as something that has a loyal cult following), Rocky Horror was a bonafide smash on stage, with the ensuing screen version cementing actor Tim Curry (who also starred in the original stage show) as a cultural icon.

An homage to the B-Movies of the 1950s, the film follows newlyweds Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) as they find themselves at the doorstep of a creepy castle during a storm after getting a flat tyre. Little did they know they're at the home of Dr Frank-N-Furter (Curry), an alien scientist from the planet Transsexual of the galaxy Transylvania, who's about to reveal his latest creation: a muscleman named Rocky (Peter Hinwood).

From 'Science Fiction Double Feature' to 'Superheroes', and everything in-between, Rocky Horror is a wild romp of campy goodness designed to have you singing and dancing along at home, in cinemas, or in theatres. Grab your best fishnets and some friends and let's do the Time Warp again.


3. Grease (1978)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again isn't the only romantic musical ideal for sing-alongs. 40 years ago, one Broadway smash hit the big screen and took the world by storm: Grease.

Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, this 50s-styled rock 'n' roll musical took us back to high school as lovers Danny (Travolta) and Sandy (Newton-John) reunite after falling in love that summer. However, Sandy's surprised to discover that Danny is now a bad boy 'greaser', and not the sweet guy she first met. It's up to the couple to accept their differences.

Fast cars, hand jives, and dreamy guardian angels – Grease is a timeless classic perfect to watch back-to-back with Mamma Mia!. We might never be able to hit that insane high note at the end of 'Summer Nights', but we can't help but be hopelessly devoted to this swinging hit.


4. Frozen (2013)

Over the decades, Disney has given us some truly great songs that have formed a much loved part of our lives. However, no Disney musical has ever been as huge as the story of sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) in the wintry wonderland that is Frozen.

Not only was this film stuffed with songs that are forever lodged in our heads like 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?', 'For the First Time in Forever', and, of course, 'Let it Go' (all written by husband and wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez). Frozen also brought the Disney princess into the modern age with a clever, empowering twist on the traditional Disney love story.

Whether you're five or 50, the movie's entire song catalogue will forever be embedded within our collective subconscious – even if you haven't actually seen it. This is one musical that we can never let go.


5. The Greatest Showman (2017)

Though we still have some time to wait until the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with the recent home release of The Greatest Showman, we've got a lot of singing to keep us busy until July.

Although the film has been criticised for glorifying and romanticising circus tycoon P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), one of history's most exploitative and manipulative figures, it's hard not to be blown away by the film's stunning production and even better songs. This includes the likes of 'A Million Dreams', 'The Other Side' and the ultimate show-stopper 'This is Me', belted out by the incredible Keala Settle, who plays newly empowered bearded lady, Lettie Lutz.

Full of energy and a soundtrack that knocks it out the park, The Greatest Showman is a phenomenal spectacle that we can't help singing along with.



It won't be long now until we'll be singing along to ABBA bonanzas 'Fernando' and 'Waterloo' when Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again arrives in Cineworld on 20th July. If that seems too far away, click here to book your tickets for The Little Mermaid sing-a-long screening, which screens on Thursday 14th June.

Andy Murray is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.