5 of Broadway’s Biggest Songs
Around AMT, there’s always a lot of behind-the-scenes activity about what’s coming next. Whether it’s a big country star, oldies legend, or hysterical comedian, we’re always working on something that will bring out a music fan’s smile. Presenting such a wide-variety of shows means that we each get some time to research and dig into an act’s catalog so that we can best understand their style – and that’s always a lot of fun. Now, as we switch gears to our next original production about some of the best Broadway shows, it made me reflect on the best Broadway songs. Below, I share a few of my choices for biggest Broadway songs:
Memory – Cats
Who doesn’t know this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic? Now, Cats is a musical that isn’t for everyone (where’s the ‘Dogs’ musical?), but the songs in it are timeless and anyone can appreciate their power.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Jersey Boys
Ok – this isn’t really a true Broadway song, but it’s a great one none-the-less. And that musical was HUGE.
My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music
The story of the Von Trapp family is amazing, magical and inspiring, and it’s one that will never get old. One could call this the Argo from decades earlier. Anyway, this song is sweet and happy, and really makes you want to sing along.
A Spoonful of Sugar – Mary Poppins
This song made the list because it reminds me of being a kid. What fun it’d be to actually have a delicious sugary snack instead of yuck-inducing medicine. One could argue that you can apply the idea to other items in your life. Regardless, it’s a pretty sweet (pun intended) song that EVERYBODY knows, even if they’ve never seen the show.
I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserables
This song might have skipped my mind had the film just not have come out. But really how could I forget this song filled with such hope and heartache, and highs and lows? Its words are powerful and the music is beautiful, and this one clearly belongs on a list of Broadway’s all-time biggest songs.
Mike Rathfon is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing department. He can be reached on Twitter @MikeRathfon.