Best Musical Theatre Song of All-Time (Pick ONLY One)

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This will be hard, but try to pick the ONE BEST musical theatre song of all time. Only ONE, it's hard...I know. It'll be interesting to see how people's views differ.

Mine would have to be, big surprise, "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd.
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Only one???? I can't choose one! That's almost impossible!!!! Ooh! There's my pick: the Impossible Dream.
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"Send in the Clowns" from "A Little Night Music."
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haha thats impossible for me!
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define: are we looking for THE BEST or OUR FAVORITE?
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That's a hard one...each show, I find, has it's own best and then tries to contend with the other "bests" from each show...really, right now I'm just rambling on as a way of procrastinating...because I'm not sure that I have an answer...hmm....I guess it depends on what you're LOOKING for in the song..........I don't really like Wonderful Town but I think that Bernstein's "Wrong Note Rag" is ingenious....
but I think...I think my vote is going to go to..."Painting Her Portrait" from Jane Eyre
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On My Own......................or One Day More, damit! Can't choose!
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I don't think its possible to choose a BEST OF ALL TIME...there is none - it changes from moment to moment.
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I think I am suprising myself when I say this, but I am going to go with "Being Alive" from Company.
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It's impossible to pick only one. Off the top of my head, I'd have to say If I Loved You from Carousel. Gorgeous melody with subtle poignant lyrics that lie so well in the rhythm and melody balanced with exquisite dynamics to perfectly articulate the tension and excitement of the moment. There really is no other song like it. The first tried it with People Will Say We're in Love in Oklahoma, but it was much softer and cuter more humor than nervous tension. Then they tried it again later with Twin Soliloquies in South Pacific, but because the lyrics were their direct thoughts and desires, the subtlety was completely lost and the melody was weak and broken up which loses all the tension in the moment. Finally, they hit it again without lyrics at all in the famous dance sequence during Shall We Dance in The King and I. But If I Loved You is really a perfectly constructed song.
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On My Own (Sutton Foster style) :)
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Oh god it always changes for me but I'd like to say, at least at the moment, Cabaret.
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I think that No One is Alone from into the woods is a beautiful song. maybe not the best but I can't think of much else at the moment. just watched the dvd for the first time(never heard the recording of it) and i must say that i now love it!
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Springtime for Hitler from Producers. It is so hard to pick just one because there are so many songs to choose from!
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Just one and only one? Well if my life was on the line, I'd have to pick "The Impossible Dream" from MoLM.
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"I Get a Kick out of You" - Anything Goes

A song that, out of context, can be funny and light, heartbreaking and poignant, or somewhere in between, all based on the interpretation of the singer.
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Just kidding re: Best Musical Theatre Song of All-Time (Pick ONLY One) I would say Nobody Needs to Know from The Last 5 Years. re: Best Musical Theatre Song of All-Time (Pick ONLY One)
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This is the moment- jeckyll and hyde if i can only pick one....a close tie would be the impossible dream, and gimme gimme
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Something from Les Miz. I *can't* pick just one.
"It does what a musical's supposed to do. It takes you to another world, and it gives you a little tune to carry with you in your head for when you're feeling blue."
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"It Sucks To Be Me" Avenue Q
Ask me 5 minutes later, I might change my mind. Then again, maybe not.
Do's anyone want to put "Shakalata Baby" on this list?
Kind of kidding, but I just heard that one before, and I've gotta admit: I'm getting to like it!
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Wow...this one really has me thinking. I'm very tempted to agree with "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd. I think one of the greatest songs written in recent years was "At the Fountain" from Sweet Smell of Success.
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i'm a sucker for belters and company numbers. so i'll have to say He Lives in You, the Lion King. No one crucify me, please.
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One Day More from Les Miserables

(cant I pick two? Second choice...Act I Finale from Urinetown)





(for bombay dreams the song thats always stuck in my head is Salaam Bombay, not even shakalaka baby, odd, i didnt even like the show)
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