Share the songs that move you (from musicals).

My wife used to drag me to musicals, until I began to appreciate them. Then I heard a couple songs from CHESS, and I was hooked. My God these two are thematic. I challenge you not to be moved. And the voices of Sissel Kyrkjebo and Tommy Korberg…they give me the chills every time.


I was wondering if those songs you’ve posted sound any different from any song of any other musical and they do sound same and do share same harmonic pattern which makes them all together a boring pile. Song "My Favorite Things" a-bit different and often lays on my tongue and my guitar practices. 

@1111art   Your post is bringing back some good memories for me.  Back in the 1950's my father (an electrical engineer) built a system that was the envy of all the neighbours.  A Dynaco Mark ll DYI kit, three Warfdale speakers, a TT with stobe and sliding speed control that went from below 33 to above 78.  I guess my dad was pretty hip back then.  So did I grow up listening to Miles or Bird or maybe The Jazz Messengers?  NO, I grew up listening to Show Tunes.  Gentlemen Be Seated is imprinted on my brain to this very day.  And you know, I still Wonder What Became of Sally, that old gal of mine. 🎶

- “Someone To Watch Over Me,” George & Ira Gershwin, Oh, Kay!
- “Ol’ Man River,” Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein, Show Boat
- “Embraceable You,” George & Ira Gershwin, Girl Crazy
- “I Got Rhythm,” George & Ira Gershwin, Girl Crazy
- “Night and Day,” Cole Porter, Gay Divorce
- “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” Jerome Kern, Roberta
- “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Cole Porter, Anything Goes
“About a Quarter to Nine,” Harry Warren & Al Dubin, Go Into Your Dance
- “I Loves You, Porgy,” George and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess
- “Cheek to Cheek,” Irving Berlin, Top Hat
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Cole Porter, Born to Dance
- “Begin the Beguine,” Cole Porter, Jubilee
- “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” George & Ira Gershwin, Shall We Dance?
- “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” George & Ira Gershwin, Shall We Dance?
- “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Irving Berlin, On the Avenue
- “Where or When,” Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Babes in Arms
- “The Lady Is a Tramp,” Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Babes in Arms
- “Good Morning,” Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed, Babes in Arms
- “Love is Here to Stay,” George & Ira Gershwin, The Goldwyn Follies
- “White Christmas,” Irving Berlin, Holiday Inn
- “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road),” Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, The Sky’s the Limit
- “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, St. Louis Woman
- “Luck Be a Lady,” Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls
- “I Could Have Danced All Night,” Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady
- “On the Street Where You Live,” Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady
- “
The Life I Lead,” Richard & Robert Sherman, Mary Poppins
- “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag),” Richard & Robert Sherman, Mary Poppins
- “Fidelity Fiduciary Bank,” Richard & Robert Sherman, Mary Poppins
- “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin, Annie
- Every song from The Wizard of Oz, Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg
- Every song from Pinocchio, Leigh Harline & Ned Washington
- Every song from The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein

For starters, how about the Kern/Hammerstein and Rogers/Hammerstein songs, many of them prospective love songs:

Make Believe (Show Boat)

Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)

If I Loved You (Carousel)

Something Wonderful, I Have Dreamed (The King And I)

Climb Every Mountain (Sound Of Music)


and from Stephen Sondheim:

Maria (West Side Story)

Not While I'm Around (Sweeny Todd)

No More (Into the Woods)



I left out “Somewhere,” Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story, and “Send In the Clowns,” Stephen Sondheim, A Little Night Music.  
I’m sure I’ve still left out a lot more.