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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Top 100 Broadway Songs

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Since the early part of the 20th century, musicals have fueled American music with some of its most beloved standards. In the first half of the 1900’s, many pop hits were recordings of songs which had originated on the Broadway stage. What follows is a list of the top 100 Broadway songs, as determined by an aggregate of 34 Broadway song collections and best-of lists. The show and the year of its stage premiere are listed after each song.

1. Memory (Cats, 1981)
2. Ol’ Man River (Show Boat, 1927)
3. Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific, 1949)
4. Tonight (West Side Story, 1957)
5. If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof, 1964)
6. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Carousel, 1945)
7. Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music, 1973)
8. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma!, 1943)
9. Seasons of Love (Rent, 1996)
10. What I Did for Love (A Chorus Line, 1975)

11. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music, 1959)
12. If I Loved You (Carousel, 1945)
13. On the Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady, 1956)
14. All That Jazz (Chicago, 1975)
15. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Evita, 1978)
16. The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha, 1965)
17. I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971)
18. Aquarius (Hair, 1967)
19. I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables, 1985)
20. Tomorrow (Annie, 1977)

21. Cabaret (Cabaret, 1966)
22. Defying Gravity (Wicked, 2003)
23. Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered (Pal Joey, 1940)
24. The Music of the Night (The Phantom of the Opera, 1986)
25. I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady, 1956)
26. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (The Sound of Music, 1959)
27. My Favorite Things The Sound of Music, 1959)
28. Till There Was You (The Music Man, 1957)
29. My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms, 1937)
30. Somewhere (West Side Story, 1957)

31. Oklahoma! (Oklahoma!, 1943)
32. On My Own (Les Miserables, 1985)
33. There’s No Business Like Show Business (Annie Get Your Gun, 1946)
34. I Got Rhythm (Girl Crazy, 1930)
35. Luck Be a Lady (Guys and Dolls, 1950)
36. Put on a Happy Face (Bye Bye Birdie, 1960)
37. Seventy-Six Trombones (The Music Man, 1957)
38. Getting to Know You (The King and I, 1951)
39. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (The Lion King, 1997)
40. The Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1973)

41. Hello, Dolly! (Hello, Dolly!, 1964)
42. Do-Re-Mi (The Sound of Music, 1959)
43. Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof, 1964)
44. Day by Day (Godspell, 1971)
45. Shall We Dance? (The King and I, 1951)
46. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (Show Boat, 1927)
47. If Ever I Would Leave You (Camelot, 1960)
48. The Party’s Over (Bells Are Ringing, 1956)
49. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Roberta, 1933)
50. As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver!, 1960)

51. All the Things You Are (Very Warm for May, 1939)
52. Summertime (Porgy and Bess, 1935)
53. Circle of Life (The Lion King, 1997)
54. Everything’s Coming Up Roses (Gypsy, 1959)
55. Written in the Stars (Aida, 1999)
56. One (Singular Sensation) (A Chorus Line, 1975)
57. Someone to Watch Over Me (Oh, Kay!, 1926)
58. You’re the Top (Anything Goes, 1934)
59. Maria (West Side Story, 1957)
60. I Love Paris (Can-Can, 1953)

61. Hello, Young Lovers (The King and I, 1951)
62. New York, New York (On the Town, 1944)
63. Almost Like Being in Love (Brigadoon, 1947)
64. I Get a Kick Out of You (Anything Goes, 1935)
65. The Lady Is a Tramp (Babes in Arms, 1937)
66. People Will Say We’re in Love (Oklahoma!, 1943)
67. Once in Love with Amy (Where’s Charley?, 1948)
68. Maybe This Time (Cabaret, 1966)
69. You Can’t Stop the Beat (Hairspray, 2002)
70. Falling in Love with Love (The Boys from Syracuse, 1938)

71. Superstar (Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971)
72. Comedy Tonight (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1962)
73. This Is the Moment (Jekyll and Hyde, 1997)
74. People (Funny Girl, 1964)
75. The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine In (Hair, 1964)
76. All I Ask of You (The Phantom of the Opera, 1986)
77. Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz, movie: 1939)
78. Edelweiss (The Sound of Music, 1959)
79. Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady, 1956)
80. Try to Remember (The Fantastics, 1960)

81. Mack the Knife (The Threepenny Opera, 1928)
82. Younger Than Springtime (South Pacific, 1949)
83. Bill (Show Boat, 1927)
84. Summer Nights (Grease, 1972)
85. Hernando’s Hideaway (The Pajama Game, 1954)
86. June Is Bustin’ Out All Over (Carousel, 1945)
87. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1965)
88. I Enjoy Being a Girl (Flower Drum Song, 1958)
89. This Can’t Be Love (The Boys from Syracuse, 1938)
90. The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom of the Opera, 1986)

91. So in Love (Kiss Me, Kate, 1948)
92. Camelot (Camelot, 1960)
93. Where or When (Babes in Arms, 1937)
94. Close Every Door (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, 1972)
95. For Good (Wicked, 2003)
96. There’s a Small Hotel (On Your Toes, 1936)
97. Wheels of a Dream (Ragtime, 1996)
98. Springtime for Hitler (The Producers, 2001)
99. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast, 1998)
100. It’s a Hard-Knock Life (Annie, 1977)