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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

There's No Tune Like A Show Tune: My Top 200


Having previously posted my Top 100 Groovy Songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, I decided to do one last list of the 100 show tunes that I enjoy listening to the most, which was easier said than done. I had to increase the number to 200--due to so many fabulous songs--and even then I was forced to delete many worthy ones. There are some glaring omissions like "Memory" from Cats, but I much prefer to listen to Betty Buckley sing "He Plays The Violin" from 1776. You will also notice many obscure songs from flop shows like "You Don't Have to Do It for Me", which Shelley Winters sang in Minnie's Boys (1970). Give me Shelley as Minnie Marx over Sarah Brightman in The Phantom of the Opera any day of the week. But never fear, Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, I did choose a few of his groovy tunes. So if your favorite song or musical is not included below, I do apologize, but as the saying goes, different strokes for different folks. These are my Top 200 show tunes (in chronological order), and I love singing along to each and every one of them--in the privacy of my own home, of course.

1. I Got Rhythm - Girl Crazy (1930)
2. Anything Goes - Anything Goes (1934)
3. I Get a Kick Out of You - Anything Goes (1934)
4. You're the Top - Anything Goes (1934)
5. Do What You Want to Do - Cabin in the Sky (1940)
6. Taking a Chance on Love - Cabin in the Sky (1940)
7. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' - Oklahoma (1943)
8. Oklahoma - Oklahoma! (1943)
9. I Can Cook Too - On The Town (1944)
10. Some Other Time - On The Town (1944)
11. If I Loved You - Carousel (1945)
12. You'll Never Walk Alone - Carousel (1945)
13. There's No Business Like Show Business - Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
14. A Wonderful Guy - South Pacific (1949)
15. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949)
16. Guys and Dolls - Guys and Dolls (1950)
17. If I Were a Bell - Guys and Dolls (1950)
18. Luck Be A Lady - Guys and Dolls (1950)
19. Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat - Guys and Dolls (1950)
20. Shall We Dance? - The King and I (1951)
21. Something Wonderful - The King and I (1951)
22. Summer Afternoon - Wish You Were Here (1952)
23. Ohio - Wonderful Town (1953)
24. A Little Bit in Love - Wonderful Town (1953)
25. Hey There - The Pajama Game (1954)
26. Heart - Damn Yankees (1955)
27. I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair Lady (1956)
28. On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady (1956)
29. Just in Time - Bells Are Ringing (1956)
30. Gee, But It's Good to Be Here - Happy Hunting (1956)
31. America - West Side Story (1957)
32. Something's Coming - West Side Story (1957)
33. Seventy-Six Trombones - The Music Man (1957)
34. Ya Got Trouble - The Music Man (1957)
35. I Enjoy Being A Girl - Flower Drum Song (1958)
36. Everything's Coming Up Roses - Gypsy (1959)
37. Some People - Gypsy (1959)
38. Rose's Turn - Gypsy (1959)
39. Do-Re-Mi - The Sound of Music (1959)
40. My Favorite Things - The Sound of Music (1959)
41. Little Tin Box - Fiorello! (1959)
42. Are You Ready, Gyp Watson? - Destry Rides Again (1959)
43. Shy - Once Upon A Mattress (1959)
44. How the Money Changes Hands - Tenderloin (1960)
45. A Lot of Livin' To Do - Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
46. Put on a Happy Face - Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
47. Fireworks - Do Re Mi (1960)
48. Make Someone Happy - Do Re Mi (1960)
49. Hey, Look Me Over! - Wildcat (1960)
50. Brotherhood of Man - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961)
51. I Believe in You - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961)
52. Comes Once in a Lifetime - Subways Are For Sleeping (1961)
53. Comedy Tonight - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum (1962)
54. Lovely - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum (1962)
55. Loads of Love - No Strings (1962)
56. Here's to Us - Little Me (1962)
57. I've Got Your Number - Little Me (1962)




58. The Other Side of the Tracks - Little Me (1962)
59. She Loves Me - She Loves Me (1963)
60. Ice Cream - She Loves Me (1963)
61. Before the Parade Passes By - Hello, Dolly! (1964)
62. Hello, Dolly! - Hello, Dolly! (1964)
63. It Only Takes a Moment - Hello, Dolly! (1964)
64. Put On Your Sunday Clothes - Hello, Dolly! (1964)
65. This Is The Life - Golden Boy (1964)
66. Anyone Can Whistle - Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
67. Don't Rain on My Parade - Funny Girl (1964)
68. Call Me Savage - Fade Out-Fade In (1964)
69. Home Sweet Heaven - High Spirits (1964)
70. I Had a Ball - I Had a Ball (1964)
71. On A Wonderful Day Like Today - The Roar of The Greasepaint-The Smell of The Crowd (1965)
72. A Quiet Thing - Flora, The Red Menace (1965)
73. Sing Happy - Flora, The Red Menace (1965)
74. Do I Hear a Waltz? - Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965)
75. Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here! - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965)
76. Wait Till We're Sixty-Five - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965)
77. What Did I Have That I Don't Have? - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965)
78. If He Walked into My Life - Mame (1966)
79. It's Today - Mame (1966)
80. Mame - Mame (1966)
81. Bosom Buddies - Mame (1966)
82. Baby, Dream Your Dream - Sweet Charity (1966)
83. Big Spender - Sweet Charity (1966)
84. If My Friends Could See Me Now - Sweet Charity (1966)
85. The Rhythm of Life - Sweet Charity (1966)
86. There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This - Sweet Charity (1966)
87. Cabaret - Cabaret (1966)
88. You've Got Possibilities - It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman (1966)
89. Walking Happy - Walking Happy (1966)
90. Gorgeous - The Apple Tree (1966)
91. Talking to Yourself - Hallelujah, Baby! (1967)
92. Step to the Rear - How Now, Dow Jones (1967)
93. Aquarius - Hair (1968)
94. Easy To Be Hard - Hair (1968)
95. Good Morning Starshine - Hair (1968)
96. Let the Sun Shine In - Hair (1968)
97. I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Promises, Promises (1968)
98. Knowing When To Leave - Promises, Promises (1968)
99. Promises, Promises - Promises, Promises (1968)
100. Turkey Lurkey Time - Promises, Promises (1968)
101. Tomorrow Morning - The Happy Time (1968)
102. Golden Rainbow - Golden Rainbow (1968)
103. He Plays The Violin - 1776 (1969)
104. I Only Wanna Laugh - Jimmy (1969)
105. I Got Love - Purlie (1970)
106. You Don't Have to Do It for Me - Minnie's Boys (1970)
107. Applause - Applause (1970)
108. But Alive - Applause (1970)
109. Another Hundred People - Company (1970)
110. Being Alive - Company (1970)
111. The Ladies Who Lunch - Company (1970)
112. Getting Married Today - Company (1970)
113. Broadway Baby - Follies (1971)
114. Losing My Mind - Follies (1971)
115. I'm Still Here - Follies (1971)
116. Day By Day - Godspell (1971)
117. God's Garden - Prettybelle (1971)
118. The Babylove Miracle Show - The Grass Harp (1971)
119. There Are Worse Things I Could Do - Grease (1972)
120. Sun On My Face - Sugar (1972)
121. It's Not Where You Start - Seesaw (1973)
122. Nobody Does It Like Me - Seesaw (1973)
123. Poor Everybody Else - Seesaw (1973)
124. A Weekend in the Country - A Little Night Music (1973)
125. Tap Your Troubles Away - Mack & Mabel (1974)
126. Time Heals Everything - Mack & Mabel (1974)
127. Wherever He Ain't - Mack & Mabel (1974)
128. Ease on Down the Road - The Wiz (1975)
129. One - A Chorus Line (1975)
130. All That Jazz - Chicago (1975)
131. Razzle Dazzle - Chicago (1975)
132. Nowadays - Chicago (1975)
133. Any Dream Will Do - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1976)
134. Someone in a Tree - Pacific Overtures (1976)
135. Meadowlark - The Baker's Wife (1976)
136. Any-Day-Now Day - The Baker's Wife (1976)
137. Endless Delights - The Baker's Wife (1976)
138. Easy Street - Annie (1977)
139. N.Y.C. - Annie (1977)
140. Hey There, Good Times - I Love My Wife (1977)
141. Someone Wonderful I Missed - I Love My Wife (1977)
142. Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Evita (1979)
143. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) - Evita (1979)
144. Buenos Aires - Evita (1979)
145. I Belong Here - The Grand Tour (1979)
146. We're Almost There - The Grand Tour (1979)
147. Pretty Women - Sweeney Todd (1979)
148. One Brick at a Time - Barnum (1980)
149. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Dreamgirls (1981)
150. Dreamgirls - Dreamgirls (1981)
151. The Grass Is Always Greener - Woman of the Year (1981)
152. One of the Boys - Woman of the Year (1981)
153. Old Friends - Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
154. Skid Row (Downtown) - Little Shop of Horrors (1982)
155. Suddenly, Seymour - Little Shop of Horrors (1982)
156. Unusual Way - Nine (1982)
157. I Want It All - Baby (1983)
158. Two People in Love - Baby (1983)
159. The Best of Times - La Cage Aux Folles (1983)
160. I Am What I Am - La Cage Aux Folles (1983)
161. No Man Is Worth It - Dance A Little Closer (1983)
162. Colored Lights - The Rink (1984)
163. The Apple Doesn't Fall - The Rink (1984)
164. Putting It Together - Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
165. Unexpected Song - Song and Dance (1985)
166. Nobody's Side - Chess (1986)
167. I Know Him So Well - Chess (1986)
168. I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables (1987)
169. On My Own - Les Miserables (1987)
170. Children Will Listen - Into The Woods (1987)
171. You Can Always Count on Me - City of Angels (1989)
172. We'll Take A Glass Together - Grand Hotel (1989)
173. Miss Byrd - Closer Than Ever (1989)
174. Holding to the Ground - Falsettoland (1990)
175. The American Dream - Miss Saigon (1991)
176. The Last Night of the World - Miss Saigon (1991)
177. Everybody Wants to Do a Musical - Nick & Nora (1991)
178. Where You Are - Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992)
179. Kiss of the Spider Woman - Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992)
180. With One Look - Sunset Boulevard (1993)
181. Seasons of Love - Rent (1996)
182. Who Will Love Me as I Am? - Side Show (1997)
183. I Will Never Leave You - Side Show (1997)
184. My Body - The Life (1997)
185. The Oldest Profession - The Life (1997)
186. Someone Like You - Jekyll & Hyde (1997)
187. Wig in a Box - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)
188. Heart and Music - A New Brain (1998)
189. And They're Off - A New Brain (1998)
190. Back to Before - Ragtime (1998)
191. New Music - Ragtime (1998)
192. Another Night at Darryl's - The Witches of Eastwick (2000)
193. Welcome to the 60's - Hairspray (2002)
194. Without Love - Hairspray (2002)



195. At the Fountain - Sweet Smell of Success (2002)
196. Don't Know Where You Leave Off - Sweet Smell of Success (2002)
197. I Cannot Hear the City - Sweet Smell of Success (2002)
198. Pie in the Sky - Taboo (2002)
199. Here I Am - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005)



200. The Bitch Of Living - Spring Awakening (2006)

4 comments:

Tallulah said...

Of course, our lists would differ a hair, but yours sure did get me singing... ;)

I love it when you do this!

~ Lu

Deep Dish said...

Hey, Lu, I'm glad you liked my list. Sing happy!

Stephen said...

OMG, Marc!
I don't know how you do these lists. you are my blogging idol & would love to buy you a drink sometime & chat. I am not even going to try & find the "one that got away" with this list.
I am amazed that you know Minnie's Boys. I played Harpo in this show in (gulp) 1974 & sang a great song- "MaMa, A Rainbow". I have not thought of this show in decades.

OK... I might add:
Dear World from Dear World

Nobody Does It Like Kaplitz from Henry, Sweet Henry

& Lazy Afternoon from Golden Apple

...but not really.

Well done!
your fan.
Stephen

Deep Dish said...

Thanks, Stephen, for your sweet words. I've always loved the score to "Minnie's Boys"--very fun--and I did see a production of it about 10 years ago. And I almost included a song or two from "Henry, Sweet Henry"--another score that I enjoy--but cuts had to be made to get my list down to only 200.