Songs from "The Sound of Music" movie include "Maria," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title song, "The Sound of Music." Julie Andrews, who played the starring role Maria in the film, said that her least favorite song from the film was "I Have Confidence."
The Broadway score of "The Sound of Music" did not include the song "I Have Confidence." Writers added the song for the movie. Andrews said many years after the film premiered that she did not like the song's lyrics and did not know how to act the song. In "So Long, Farewell," the Von Trapp children sing a song about going to bed and saying goodbye. The Mother Abbess, played by Peggy Wood, sings a song called "Climb Every Mountain," which centers of pursuing dreams and enduring hardships.
The song "My Favorite Things" includes the lyrics, "Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes." Maria sings the song to the children during a thunderstorm in an attempt to calm the children's fears about the storm. In the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," the song "My Favorite Things" does not occur during a thunderstorm but rather during a different sequence. Many stage productions keep this change and now sing "My Favorite Things" during the thunderstorm sequence, because of the film's popularity.
Songs in "The Sound of Music" originally received poor reviews. Critic Pauline Kael, called the songs too "goody-goody," according to Vanity Fair. Julie Andrews says that "My Favorite Things" is her favorite song to sing from the film. To celebrate her 69th birthday, Andrews sang a version of the song with changed lyrics for a benefit for the American Association of Retired Persons.