11. Turning Turtle
Every other Mary Poppins Returns song can say “I beat Meryl,” because while it’s a fun number to see in the film, it stacks up as the most forgettable of the bunch. Furthermore, it’s one you’ll most likely skip when listening to the soundtrack. Meryl Streep’s Topsy feels like someone straight out of Alice in Wonderland and “Turning Turtle” is just as neurotic.
10. (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Jack opens and closes Mary Poppins Returns with this strong number that shows right away that the Hamilton writer can carry quite the tune alongside the sweeping orchestral score. “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” introduces the setting of London during their depression era in the 1930’s as Jack belts about how time are hard.
10. The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)
When Emily Blunt sings “The Place Where Lost Things Go” it’s absolute magic, but the reprise sung by the children really brings home Mary Poppins’ powerful effect on the Banks family. There’s not a dry eye in the theater during this sweet moment between the kids and their grief-stricken father as they step in and make him feel better, thanks to the words by Mary that stuck with in their heads.
8. Trip A Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)
Mary Poppins Returns is the kind of film that needed a bit of nostalgia to play well with audiences, so bringing back Dick Van Dyke was a smart move. We knew it was coming as we saw a little of the table tap dancing in the trailer, but the 93-year-old actor really stops into the film at the perfect moment.
7. A Conversation
I don’t know about you, but early in the film I was already feeling the feels with that beautiful opening credits scene, so when Ben Whishaw delivered this tune so early in the film I was done for. Whishaw’s Michael Banks does an incredible job of playing a vulnerable father who is trying to deal with the death of his wife and also raise his children, and this song makes for the perfect moment to give us a taste of what’s going on in his head.
6. The Royal Doulton Music Hall
Emily Blunt’s Mary looks to especially enjoy her whimsical adventures in Mary Poppins Returns, and this song shows it as she joins Jack and the children on a trip into the porcelain bowl in their room. The wordy song would have most out of breath after a few lines, but Blunt delivers every word gracefully as she introduces the imaginative world to those along for the ride.
5. Can You Imagine That?
In Mary Poppins Returns, the beloved nanny is not at all shy to start using her magical powers straight away with the children, and naturally it leads into a show-stopping musical sequence. This song perfectly sums up Mary’s personality in this film as she clearly loves to do what she does best, but doesn’t like to talk or explain it while it’s happening – instead using a mix of sarcasm and wit.
4. A Cover Is Not The Book
Certainly meant to somehow fill the spot of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is this song, which is also perhaps the boldest song on the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack. As the characters’ adventure in the Royal Doulton Music Hall, Jack summons Mary to the stage and they sing a high-energy number drawn from the classic mantra “don’t judge a book but its cover.”
3. Nowhere To Go But Up
This song, which includes much of the main cast, makes for the perfect ending for Mary Poppins Returns, full of bright skies and infectious smiles. Angela Lansbury is somewhat of a Disney legend (she’s Mrs. Potts and was in the classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks), so it’s fitting for her to appear for this song. Her sweet voice opens the song, later offering up the stage to Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, and more.
2. Trip A Little Light Fantastic
Of all the catchy songs in Mary Poppins Returns, this is the one that I’ve been humming along the most since seeing it. This is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s shining moment as the song puts the spotlight on Jack to lead Mary and the children to the world of leeries and positive thinking.
1. The Place Where Lost Things Go
Mary Poppins Returns is full of dazzling visuals and dance numbers, but “The Place Where Lost Things Go” is the standout moment because what makes it resonate with us is its heartwarming story about the Banks family and how when Mary comes around, things start to look up. She doesn’t control the events of the film, but offers a nudge of perspective.