What is the modern American musical theater? What are its best songs? When does it even most properly begin? Is there even one genuinely good song in Phantom? How much Sondheim can you cram into a listicle before even your most dedicated base gets restless?
There is no better style of music than show tunes. Some of the songs are so fantastic that they warrant special recognition. Two twin boys are separated at birth by poverty, with their mother unable to raise both babies. We know from the start what the outcome will be, as a superstition predicts that, if they find out about their true identities, they will die. While Henry Higgins just keeps shouting at her to fetch his slippers, Freddy sings that he loves Eliza Doolittle for being herself. The team behind it is killer Dorothy Fields, Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hammerstein and ensured the success of this tune far beyond the boundaries of the musical. Cell Block Tango has the six or is it five? And if nothing else, this is a genius way of telling the audience a huge amount of information in a very short space of time. Spine-tingling, melodious and chilling, this is undoubtedly the best song in the musical.
Best Broadway songs of all time