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Zac Efron is Finally in a New Musical So It’s Time to Relive His 10 Best Music Moments

Published on June 28th, 2017 | Updated on January 2nd, 2019 | By FanFest

This is not a drill, people! Zac Efron is finally doing another musical.

Sure, Zac is always great in a raunchy comedy, which seems to be his whole filmography these days, but nothing beats a singing and dancing Efron. Honestly, we’ve been denied this for far too long.

With the release of today’s trailer for The Greatest ShowmanI thought that it would be fun to take a look back at some of Zac’s greatest musical moments to get you even more excited for his upcoming movie.

10. “I’m Yours”
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (skip to 1:25)

Coming in at #10 is this very brief scene in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising where Teddy (Efron) and his buddies from the first movie sing “I’m Yours’ while Peter’s boyfriend proposes. I included it on this list because it was a fun and totally unexpected surprise in the film. You’re just sitting in the theater watching Neighbors 2, then all of the sudden Zac Efron is singing. It honestly was a high point in that whole film, which says a lot of about Neighbors 2 in general.

9. “This Is How We Do It”
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

If you have not seen Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, do yourself a favor and rent it – it’s hilarious. This closing scene was mainly just a way to get all four characters doing one last weird thing, but it was a musical number so it’s immediately brilliant. Zac sounds good in all too quick solo, but he’s got the dance moves and final pose down.

8. “Pumped Up Kicks” ft. Taylor Swift
The Ellen Show (skip to 1:28)

Closing out the clips that aren’t from an actual musical is Zac’s duet of “Pumped Up Kicks” with Taylor Swift on The Ellen Show. What’s important about this moment is that it’s basically one of the only times that you can hear him really singing live. After it came out literally forever ago that they blended Efron’s voice in the first High School Musical movie, many were skeptical if he could really “sing”, but this clip proves just that. So cheers to Efron singing live and for getting a little guitar action in!

7. “Now or Never”
High School Musical 3

The opening number for High School Musical 3 really started the movie off on a great note. Since this was the final film in the series it had a huge budget and was released in theaters, making the production value great. We hadn’t seen a full basketball number since the first movie so this was a nice callback to that and Efron puts on a great performance. Also, who doesn’t love the goofy moment he has with Gabriella halfway through?

6. “Without Love”

“Without Love” is a fan favorite number from Hairspray. The movie version puts the entire young cast together including Amanda Bynes and Elijah Kelley. Efron as Link Larken in the movie was meant to be a suave heartthrob, but he was a complete goober in this song and that’s why it’s great. I mean who wouldn’t want Zac Efron singing to them in their bed?

5. Work This Out
High School Musical 2

If you didn’t try to learn the whole dance to “Work This Out” can you even call yourself a High School Musical fan? Everything’s perfect about this number from the dancing, the singing, and even the colors (so much blue!). I always felt that this really exemplified Zac’s leading man status as he completely carried this song even though there was seriously so much going on around him.

4. “Scream”
High School Musical 3

Stress Level: Troy Bolton trying to choose between signing and basketball. I’m not sure entirely what happened, but in every movie, Zac’s solo song got more and more extreme. He gives a strong, albeit a little hilarious, performance here as he runs around East High jumping all over everything, but it gave me mad Footloose vibes and I loved it.

3. “Ladies Choice”

Zac Efron singing a song as Link Larkin about how all of the ladies love him is pretty meta and I love it. Efron has a great stage presence in “Ladies Choice” and his vocals are sounding really good. This solo was a nice change of pace from the High School Musical bubble that he’d been in as well, and he just looks to be having an all around good time.

2. “Can I have This Dance”
High School Musical 3

I swoon for Zac Efron in “Can I Have This Dance” from High School Musical 3. One of the things that truly makes this performance amazing is the undeniable chemistry between him and then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens. He completely nails the dancing and the singing and is pulling off the blazer and converse look all too well. This song was an instant classic from the final movie and a lovely YouTube user edited all of it’s versions together to make the cutest music video.

1. “Bet On It”
High School Musical 2

Honestly, “Bet On It” is iconic and if you don’t agree then you are not a true wildcat. We are seriously not worthy of the movements and poses Zac is throwing our way in this performance. There are fist bumps, exaggerated open arm shots, twirls, puddle splashing, rock jumping, and sand throwing. Seriously, “Bet On It” is a wild(cat) ride. And you have to hand it to Efron, as ridiculous as he probably felt running around in all black on an empty golf course, he really got into it.

Honorable Mention: “The Boys are Back”
High School Musical 3

I wanted to throw this song in here as an honorable mention because A) Zac looks amazing and B) the coreography and story in this video are super fun.


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