"High School Musical" songs helped make the Disney movie an instant hit. Troy and Gabriella, played by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, endure the drama and status quo of high school while falling in love. The struggles of sticking to stereotypes, hard decisions and love are expressed in "High School Musical" songs.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, the star actors of "High School Musical," have a duet with the song "Breaking Free." Efron and Hudgens sing "Breaking Free" at the climax of the film; Troy and Gabriella decide to sing and stay together despite the status quo. The lyrics focus on destiny, breaking away from peer pressure and embracing love and friends.
"Get'cha Head in the Game."
Troy struggles to focus on the basketball team, which he is the star player of, as he thinks of Gabriella and the musical. "Get'cha Head in the Game" is a very upbeat song set to the beat of basketball sounds. Efron sings with cast members about focusing and blocking out other thoughts at basketball practice.
"Start of Something New."
Falling in love, opening the heart and first love is the theme of "Start of Something New." Efron and Hudgens sing together on this track. One of the first "High School Musical" songs on the movie, "Start of Something New" is the important song that brings together Troy and Gabriella.
"What I've Been Looking For."
Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel sing the love duet "What I've Been Looking For." The lyrics of the song focus on being lost without love, happiness and that special person. Upbeat, fun and melodic, "What I've Been Looking For" was not a love duet in "High School Musical." The characters Sharpay and Ryan, which are brother and sister, performed the song for a musical audition.
"Stick to the Status Quo."
The theme of High School Musical is embodied in the song "Stick to the Status Quo." The song focuses on not straying from stereotypes and the secrets people hide to blend into their group. "Stick to the Status Quo" is sung by the entire "High School Musical" cast at the cafeteria.