You Can't Stop The Beat: Top Ten Songs By Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
21 Dec 2013
2. "You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairspray
In Hairspray, Tracy Turnblad's passion for dancing leads her to fight for racial integration. This social message avoids becoming heavy handed through the use of comedic storytelling as well as its being grounded in all the teenagers' shared love of music, including the popular, white kids; the black kids on the other side of town; and the outcasts. The final feat of the evening is the groovy and triumphant anthem, "You Can't Stop The Beat," which makes a powerful analogy of societal change to pop cultural evolution.