Musical numbers are the probably the last thing to expect from a show about a ‘crime solving devil’, but on Lucifer, it’s a casual day at the office. As proven on numerous occasions, Tom Ellis’ Lucifer has some not-so hidden talents up his sleeve and the show has even hit a milestone with its highly anticipated musical episode!
It hasn’t been easy narrowing the list down to 10, but let’s take a look at some of the show’s best song and dance moments:
10. I Dreamed a Dream
Performed by Tom Ellis and Dennis Haysbert (5.10)
The musical episode ends on an extremely solemn and heartbreaking note as Lucifer is once again at odds with his father. Ellis throws himself into the performance, guaranteeing a tearful viewing experience as Lucifer finally hashes out his emotions with God. It’s not the strongest duet but the vocals are overshadowed by the bittersweet connection between Ellis and Haysbert – who is nothing but a pleasure to watch.
9. Another One Bites the Dust
Performed by Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Aimee Garcia and Kevin Alejandro (5.10)
It’s cheesy, it’s extravagant, it’s a whole load of fun! This is definitely the most ambitious number the show has ever put on let alone in a single episode. As the only group performance, it is a sight to behold and makes everyone wish there were more moments like this when the cast could be quirky and lively and merely play into a lighter side of the show. The whole scene is bizarre and Lucifer’s confusion reflects on how viewers feel watching it before quickly embracing the change!
8. Just the Two of Us
Performed by Rachael Harris and D.B. Woodside (5.10)
This Bill Withers and Will Smith mash-up is just too sweet to overlook. Amenadiel and Linda hold so much love for their precious son, Charlie, and are the adoring parents who only want the best for him. Both Rachael Harris and D.B. Woodside show off their vocal versatilities with Harris’ delicate, soulful voice and Woodside’s impressive rapping skills – it’s unfair that they’re yet to be terrible at something.
7. The Precinct Number (4.10)
A highlight of season 4 is without a doubt the big opening number in the finale. Lucifer finally has his grove back after falling into a deep pit of despair and is ready to take on the world. It’s a fun scene to watch over and over again with no real importance to the episode (or plot) – other than Lucifer finding his feet again. When it can’t get any better, they make the transition from LUX to the precinct with an unforgettably hilarious interaction between Lucifer and Dan.
Performed by Lesley-Ann Brandt (4.09)
Maze makes her heartfelt musical debut in the fourth season’s penultimate episode with a stripped version of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. The acoustic approach to the song matches Maze’s vulnerability – which was still a vaguely unfamiliar concept – and highlights her uncertainty of falling in love as she displays her feelings on the forefront for everyone to see.
5. I Will Survive
Performed by Tom Ellis and Skye Townsend (3.17)
One enjoyable sequence takes place in season 3 after Lucifer fails to keep track of an assassination target only to join her in song in the middle of LUX, attracting any and all unwanted attention. It’s a joyful back-and-forth number, turning into a battle for the lead as Lucifer’s charisma and overall stubbornness radiates. The scene goes to show that the devil will never back down from a challenge – even if it means going against Chloe’s insistence to follow protocols.
4. Bad to the Bone/No Scrubs
Performed by Lesley-Ann Brandt and Aimee Garcia (5.10)
At first glance, these two songs don’t give any pretence that they’d work together – especially not nearly as well as they do in the episode – but Brandt and Garcia are able to pull it off smoothly. Surprisingly, rock can be blended with R&B, and Brandt fits the former aesthetic perfectly. Not only do the duo share excellent (and comedic) chemistry during the scene, they are well versed with the choreography – which maintains the essence of every late 90s/early noughties music video ever made.
Performed by Kevin Alejandro (5.10)
It shouldn’t come as surprise that Kevin Alejandro is the ultimate scene-stealer on the show but his star-quality is significantly amped up with his solo in the musical episode. Dan has spent the most part of the series as the brunt of the joke with the worst luck, so this song easily captures Dan’s entire narrative (and appropriately tackles his existential crisis). The song is seriously catchy and Alejandro’s dance moves are to be envied.
2. All Along the Watchtower
Performed by Tom Ellis (2.01)
As Lucifer puts his own spin on the classic tune, several major plot points are unfolding before the viewers’ eyes. The combination of the music and the shots are compelling; a huge part of the story is conveyed in such a short span of time. It is an integral moment of the show that won’t be forgotten any time soon.
Performed by Tom Ellis (4.01)
Lucifer sat crooning at his piano has become a necessity for the series and this is exactly how season 4 opens. After revealing his ‘devil face’ to Chloe, Lucifer subjects himself to a pit of sorrow. As time passes around him, he descends deeper into melancholy, becoming more unkempt. If there were a song to describe his character and inner turmoil, Creep would be the obvious choice.
Wicked Game – performed by Tom Ellis (5.10)
Every Breath You Take – performed by Tom Ellis and Debbie Gibson (5.10)
My Way – performed by Tom Ellis (3.26)