For Fuse's 2016 Breakout Week, we're spending each day commemorating one undeniable act that shook things up in the mainstream this year. Today we're honoring the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, the 11-time Tony Award–winning Broadway show that fuses showtunes with hip-hop, R&B and pop to tell the story of America's least-remembered Founding Father (until the last 18 months or so), embodied by a cast nearly entirely comprised of people of color.
The excellent original cast recording album is available everywhere, and the two-and-a-half-hour show is entirely sung-through, meaning the imagination can come up with an HD picture of the story without ever setting foot on Broadway. There are also so many songs that function wonderfully as standalone beauts, and we've compiled 11 of the best for you here. Welcome, or welcome back, to Hamilton.
Who's it for? Anyone who wants their mind blown at how badass a song with the word "pamphlet" in the title can be; anyone who needs their life blown apart by Renée Elise Goldsberry in 20 seconds.
A little context, please? Alexander Hamilton's political nemeses are pumped to find he's published an incriminating admission. LIKE I SAID: BADASS. (Seriously though. This was the real song of the summer.)