While we're on the subject of music, the show's songs are something we haven't discussed here in a while. So what are your favorites? Some of mine, in no real order:Season One:
- The Art of The Dress: Still the
Rarity song. Does a really good job of showing us Rarity's dressmaking process in an entertaining way, as well explaining some of how she views her job and friends. The music is very catchy and memorable, too.
- Winter Wrap-Up: One of the few songs that all of the Mane Six get in on, but sort of incorporates Ponyville as a whole rather than focusing on specific characters, Twilight's parts excluded. It has a nice 'teamwork' and 'helping others' vibe to it, rather than being more inwardly-focused like some of the other songs. It's also sort of a uniquely pony holiday song; instead of being about decorating or something like that, it's about how they change the seasons. Cool stuff.
- Giggle At The Ghostie: The first, and absolutely one of the best. I like how the characters' reactions sort of mirror the likely initial reaction of the audience; annoyed disbelief at a musical number popping up out of nowhere, then happy acceptance as Pinkie's infectious positivity destroys all ability to disagree with her.
- At The Gala: Another song that includes all of the Mane Six. Does a solid job of capturing their excitement and enthusiasm, and selling the Gala as a huge, life-changing event for them. Dash's segment is particularly straight-up awesome, with the trumpet fanfare and Wonderbolts flyover. Poor Applejack, though.
Even here, she's overshadowed and downplayed by her friends. They mostly have these big, epic dreams, and she's just there to get rich quick. Which is understandable and noble in its own right, the money being for her family and all, but it just looks kind of pathetic in the song.Season Two:
- Find A Pet: A Fluttershy and Dash duet. Come on, how awesome is that? It really solidly captures Fluttershy's enthusiasm for animals, and was a great chance for her to be outspoken and assertive: eagerly showing off her menagerie to Dash, making recommendations, etc. Dash and her shallow selection criteria were played well, too. She comes across as naive and making bad choices, but not in an over-the-top, selfish way like in Mare Do Well.
She's still likeable, and retains that all-important Dash coolness.
- Smile Smile Smile: Pinkie's best of the season, no question. I didn't really care for it at first; being played seriously instead of comedically like the others felt kind of jarring for a Pinkie song. But I've come to appreciate it for that. It feels honest
, if that makes sense. Like this is Pinkie at her core, all the jokes stripped away. Comedy is an integral part of her character, of course, but this shows the deeper motivations beneath that. She basically exists to make people happy, which in turn makes her
happy. Perfect characterization for the living embodiment of Laughter.
- BBBFF: As good a way as any to establish Shining Armor as a critically-important-but-hitherto-unmentioned aspect of Twilight's life. It's catchy, it's cute, and the bouncy, upbeat pop style fits Twilight surprisingly well.
- This Day Aria: I don't really remember this one very well; I've only heard it twice, most recently two months ago. Good concept and everything, though. This show really needed a Disney-esque villain song.