So over the past year or so, a couple of people have been commenting on my list of top 15 songs from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic about how I left certain songs out of the list. But what they didn't understand back then was that the songs they brought up came long after I made that list, so naturally they aren't there because they weren't even out yet. However with that being said, they do bring out a good point in that there is more to bring up now. It's getting close to 2 years since I made that list, and since then Hasbro and DHX Studios has given us more My Little Pony stuff to enjoy with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, season 4 of the show, and most recently, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks, all in that order. And through that we've been give more stories, new characters, deeper morals, more enjoyable comedy, bigger and better animation and of coarse, more music. As the show has been progressing, its music composer, Danial Ingram has continued to give us some of his best work yet. So with so many new songs to talk about on top of the last list becoming such a hit that more than 1/9th of the total views for this blog consists of people viewing it, it's time for another list. Keep in mind that this only consists of songs from season 4 and both Equestria Girls films. I have said my piece already about all the music from seasons 1-3, so there's little else to talk about the music from that time. Nevertheless, these are my next top 15 songs from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
15) Better Than Ever
14) Make A Wish
13) Find the Music in You/There's Music in the Treetops (Reprise)
11) Music to my Ears
10) Apples to the Core
9) Shine Like Rainbows
8) The Goof Off
7) The Cafeteria Song
6) Hearts as Strong as Horses
5) Pinkie the Party Planner
4) Battle (Battle of the Bands)
3) Under our Spell
The second villain song by The Dazzelings and probably the favorite for most Bronies. Truth be told, it was a little tough to choose which of The Dazzelings song between this song and Battle (Battle of the Bands). Because the first song, again, has a strong touch as a villain song because of how The Dazzelings are persuading the students, whereas Under our Spell - when you generalize what they're saying - is basically them just going *mocking singing voice* "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, we have you in our control" But the more I thought about it, I realized that this is the one that I listen to the most whenever I play the soundtrack of the film on my phone. This song is much more catchy and in a way works just as well as a villain song because of how proud and confidant Adagio (the leader of The Dazzelings) is with their work in using everyone in the school. Bands are competing against each other, other students along with Principle Celestia and Vice Principle Luna are hypnotically...well...dazzled by The Dazzelings' performances, and you can see deep in Adagio's cruel facial expressions that she's loving every minute of it. Meanwhile, we are given a montage of the battle of the bands where everyone is competing with each other. And it builds up the suspense with what Twilight and her friends are going against to say the least. Competitors literally blow their opponents away, eliminating them, The Rainbooms are bickering at each other much to the dismay of Twilight and Sunset Shimmer, The Cutie Mark Crusaders perform their song with the most crazy look in their eyes, LyraBon becomes canon and Octavia is knocked off on the first round...well okay, I'm not a fan of the last two parts, but the rest of it is awesome. It's also a great example of how the animation for this movie is a giant improvement from the last one with the everything that is happening in the competition. But my personal favorite example is shown in the picture for this slot where there's a remarkable use of lighting and shadow. Ultimately, Under our Spell gives us a very catchy villain song that expresses how The Dazzelings have the upper hand as their deceit plays out with the actual battling of the bands and people falling under their spell more than ever. Top that off with an evil laugh from Adagio during the end of the song, and you have the favorite Dazzelings song for a lot of Bronies including myself.
2) Pinkie's Lament
Here we are. This is my personal favorite song from Pinkie Pride. It's not the catchiest song in the episode like Make a Wish, it's not as fun as The Goof-off, and it's not exactly as cheerful as Pinkie the Party Planner, but it's by far the most emotionally powerful. All the ponies in Ponyville become more excited and interested in Cheese Sandwich's party style than Pinkie's and start to outright ignore her. One would make the argument that this is a plot hole to the story that they would do that after praising Pinkie in Pinkie the Party Planner, but to me personally, considering how the townsfolk tend to get about excited by almost anything form out of town whether it's Cheese Sandwich or the Flim Flam brothers TWICE, I think we say that's just a matter of them getting dazzled easily being members of a small town. Anyway, this not only hurts Pinkie's reputation, but it disheartens her as to whether or not she is fit to even be a party planner if Cheese Sandwich is the Super duper party pony. Thus we get Pinkie's Lament, where she sings her sadness away with the music giving a deep and sad tune. She tries to find something else to do, hoping that there's more to her than parties, but she fails in the stuff that she tries out for. She eventually starts giving up parties completely with putting away her party cannon and deflating her balloons - which was sort of disturbing to watch since she kind of made it look like she was suffocating her balloons. But then when she starts looking at pictures of past parties she's done, she begins to regain her confidence and becomes determined to get her reputation back from Cheese Sandwich - leading to The Goof-Off. As enjoyable as the other songs from this episode are, I just love how emotional this particular song is. I get goosebumps the moment Pinkie Pie expresses all of her feelings throughout the scene. You just can't help but feel sorry for her when she's so sad an defeated, but then start to become hopeful as she begins to hope again about her party planning. That last part is actually my favorite section of the song. It starts off building up the joy Pinkie is regaining until finally she lets everything out while looking in the distance on her balcony. It's like Belle during the second half of Madame Gaston in Beauty and the Beast; she is just giving her heart out to that part of the song. And then finally, she makes the decision to face Cheese Sandwich while reusing the melody from Pinkie the Party Planner. This is what I was talking about when I discussed that song. Like a musical from Broadway, they reuse the melody in part of a separate song and also gave it a reprise during the end, and that is spectacular to me. All the other songs from Pinkie Pie are great, but it's Pinkie's Lament that I like the most because of how powerfully deep and emotional it gets with Ponyville's party planner.
Now before I get to the number one song on this list, I think I should already point out the honorable mentions.
1) Glass of Water
Discord gets his own song in season 4 when he comes to Twilight and Candace with the blue flu and make all these sorts of requests to take care of him. It's fast, it's energetic, and of coarse, it's chaotic. Definitely worth mentioning.
2) The Rappin' History of the Wonderbolts
Pinkie Pie tries to help Rainbow Dash study for her Wonderbolts test through music. And she decided to do that through rap and almost every 90's rapping music video cliche that goes with it. 90's clothing, the video set to fullscreen, Vinyl Scratch scratching records, it's just a ton of hip-hop fun. Also who knew Doctor Whooves likes to rap?
3) Awesome As I Want to Be
Rainbow Dash finally gets her own song!!!!! And it's about darn time! She may not be one of my personal favorite characters, but up until Rainbow Rocks, I thought it was wrong that she didn't have her own song unlike the rest of the Mane Six. So it's great that we finally see her get her own song that also fits her personality. Granted, it's mostly her showing off how arrogant she is, but if you look past that, it's still a fun tune to enjoy.
And now, the number one next top song from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is....
1) Welcome to the Show
It's been really hard with which song to pick for this list, but ultimately, I have to go with Welcome to the Show as number one. Why? Because it serves as a very climax of everything that happens in Rainbow Rocks. It's the finale musical battle between The Dazzelings and The Rainbooms with Sunset Shimmer and the music fits perfectly with what is happening. It starts off with The Dazzelings vocalizing again, but unlike before, it gives more of a sense of confidence that they have truly won. It carries on with this feeling as Adagio begins to sing, until the music becomes louder and all three of The Dazzelings sing of how victory seem all but certain as they transform into half-pony forms with bat-like wings. But then The Rainbooms play their counter-spell with the help of Vinyl Scratch and her car that transforms into a DJ station (which is obviously just to sell toys even though the toy of the car doesn't do that, but hey, it's still freaking cool.) And this part is actually my favorite part of the track because of Fluttershy. As I said when I was talking about Find the Music in You and the reprise for There's Music in the Treetops, I have come to really admire Fluttershy more for her desire to let out her passion for music. And while we haven't quite been given more than that in the show, there is a part in another song that goes a little deeper. And the counter spell during Welcome to the Show is that part. Much like the reprise of There's Music in the Treetops and Pinkie's Lament, but more so, I really love how deep and emotional the song itself is. But what really helps is how they're been building it up. Over the coarse of the movie, Fluttershy has been trying to get The Rainbooms to play a song that she wrote. She keeps trying to bring it up but is completely ignored by Rainbow Dash. Finally, Rainbow Dash suggest to use her song at last as the counter spell against The Dazzelings. And when you consider all of that and listen closely to the song, you realize that Fluttershy is using it to deeply yet subtly give us a direct expression of how much she wants to let her passion out. Just the lyrics of the song say it all:
- Don't need to hear a crowd
- Cheering out my name
- I didn't come here seeking
- Infamy or fame
- The one and only thing
- That I am here to bring
- Is music, is the music
- Is the music in my soul
Set myself free, yeah
Let it all go (Go!)
Just let it be, yeah
Find the music in your heart
Let the music make you start
To set yourself apart
Combine those lyrics with how happy but expressive the music is on top of the fact that it's specifically Fluttershy who wrote the song, and you find out that it truly is about her wanting to express her passion and not care about what people thing despite her shyness. And that is just wonderful to me. But before long, The Dazzelings fight back with astral versions of their siren forms and through an literal fight through music, overpower the Rainbooms. Twilight asks Sunset Shimmer to help, and so with new resolve, Sunset Shimmer begins to sing the last part of the song. Vinyl Scratch gives Sunset a beat to start off, but then the music slowly picks up when Twilight sings along with her until finally it goes in all out joy as the rest of the Rainbooms join in. And with the new song, Sunset Shimmer transforms into her own half pony form and the spell on the other students is broken. The students begin to sing along to the song, and unlike Battle (Battle of the Bands) where they are thinking of themselves, they are singing together in friendship as the songs ends with The Dazzelings defeated for good. The entire track as a whole just gives a satisfying climax to everything that has happened in Rainbow Rocks. The villains are winning, the heroes fight back only to be overpowered, and when all hope is lost, it's Sunset Shimmer - who has been suffering from lack of confidence in how she has truly reformed form her evil ways - overcome her insecurities and lead The Rainbooms to save the day. It's epic, it's emotional, it's dramatic, it's a ton. And that's why Welcome to the Show is my pick for the next number one song from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Whew. This list took longer than the last one to write. But hey, going into so much more detail about what's good about these songs just shows that they are getting better and better with the music. And here's hoping that they continue to do so in the future.
Speaking of the future actually, Hasbro, DHX, I got a question for you guys; WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SEASON 5!?!?!?! WOULD IT KILL YOU GUYS SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY TO AT LEAST GIVE US A DATE FOR THE SEASON PREMIERE BY NOW!?!?!?!?!?