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On this most romantic day of the year, we can't help but wonder... what is the greatest Broadway love song ever? BroadwayWorld continues our great tradition of finding that consensus- and this year we have more answers than ever!

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We've gathered responses from over 1300 performers, composers, industry professionals, and personalities from all over the world. Curious about which songs dominate the list? The top five are...


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Hamilton | Bring it On | In the Heights | Encores! Merrily We Roll Along
"So In Love" by Cole Porter is the correct answer. Everyone else is wrong.
Performer
The Music Man | Violet | Anything Goes | Shrek | Little Women | Thoroughly Modern Millie
I'm a big fan of "I Turned the Corner" from Thoroughly Modern Millie. That's a pretty good love song!
Performer
Company | War Paint | Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown | Gypsy | Sweeney Todd | Noises Off | Master Class | Anything Goes | Oliver! | Evita
It's not a musical theater song, but "A Case Of You" by Joni Mitchell because it's besotted, it's filled with sex, it's love goo.
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Shuffle Along | Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown | Ragtime | Kiss Me Kate | Man of La Mancha | Mail
I love "How Long Has This Been Going On?" from FUNNY FACE. Slightly more than 100 words. Beautiful melody, great simple, spare lyric that says loads about truly falling in love for the first time. One of the most sensual songs ever written. Makes me want to have a cigarette after I sing it. And I don't even smoke!
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Funny Girl | I Can Get It For You Wholesale | Nightclubs | Television | Films | Concerts | Recordings | Director | Activist
The first song that comes to mind is Rodgers & Hammerstein's "If I Loved You" from CAROUSEL. It's just about the most perfect love song written for the theater. I admire the intelligence of the lyric's premise -- two people each too shy to express their love, so they couch their true feelings in the form of a question, and then pretend it hardly matters...when of course they know it does. With its heart swelling melody, it never ceases to touch people. A few years ago during my last concert tour I loved singing Maury Yeston's "Unusual Way" from NINE. It's about those kinds of relationships where love isn't easily defined.
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Moulin Rouge! | Wicked | Next to Normal | Catch Me If You Can
My favorite Broadway love song is “If I Loved You”. An old one. They don’t call them classics for nothing, folks.
Performer
Frozen | If/Then | Wicked | Rent
"One Hand, One Heart" from WEST SIDE STORY. That's my favorite!
Performer
Frozen | Lysistrata Jones | Xanadu
This year, my favorite Broadway love song is “Suddenly Seymour.” The idea of two broken people showing each other that they are wonderful and worthy of life is my idea of true love. Plus, epic belting!
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Hello Dolly! | Follies | A Little Night Music | Gypsy | Annie Get Your Gun | Into The Woods | Song and Dance | Sunday in the Park with George | Broadway Legend
"Some Enchanted Evening" from SOUTH PACIFIC... well like the song says ....'fools give you reasons wise men never try.' Also, "Happiness" from PASSION is so in the moment when the love is happening.
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Kinky Boots | Angels in America | Ghetto Superstar | Grease | Five Guys Named Moe | Miss Saigon
My choice is: "A Quiet Thing" by Kander & Ebb, I think from Flora The Red Menace. Because when we grow up and allow ourselves to embrace an adult concept of love - it's complex but simple, terrifying but empowering, focused, awesome, quiet...
Performer
My Fair Lady | Meteor Shower | She Loves Me | Gypsy | The Wedding Singer | The Secret Garden
Well, it's funny because my dad, Sal, his birthday is on Valentine's Day, so we call it "Sal-entine's Day," and his favorite song is "The Impossible Dream."
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The Cher Show | The Mystery of Edwin Drood | Anything Goes | 9 To 5 | The Pirate Queen | Wicked Tour | The Boy From Oz
"Unusual Way" from NINE. It touches me to the point of tears. The song has no gimmicks, per say. It's just a true expression of someone loving someone so much. It's almost like they are trying to find the words...I think it's brilliant and honest without any tricks. There aren't many musical theatre love songs with that much purity especially when taken out of context from the show. "Unusual Way" has that purity...I just love it!
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On the Twentieth Century | Promises | Promises | The Apple Tree | Wicked | You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
There are many by Rodgers and Hart that I love. I was in Babes In Arms at the Guthrie and I loved "Everything I've Got Belongs to You." I think it says a lot about who I am. With all of the fights, the good times, bad times, fun times, throwing plates, and crying fits...everything I have is yours. To me, that's true love, though maybe in my twenties I would have chosen a differnt song!
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The Color Purple
“Fools Fall in Love” from Smokey Joes Cafe.
Performer
Pretty Woman | Groundhog Day | Rocky | On The Twentieth Century
My favorite Broadway song, I'm choosing one from Groundhog Day, because it means so much to me, it's so important to me. It's called "Seeing You." It is about seeing someone maybe you've seen every day of your life over and over again but then taking a chance to see them for the first time, reset your brain, look through their eyes. It's beautiful and I can't wait to sing it.
Performer
Kiss Me Kate | The King and I | The Bridges of Madison County | South Pacific | The Light in the Piazza
One of them has to be "Love to Me" from The Light in the Piazza. I love it because he didn't know how to say it to her, but he's saying 'I love you because you don't know you're lovable.' It's about deserving love, no matter who you are or what you are and that the person loves you BECAUSE of those things. Who doesn't want to be known for who they truly are?
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Falsettos | The Book of Mormon | Jersey Boys
'If I Loved You' from Carousel. A perfect, perfect love song. Or 'The Next Ten Minutes' from Last Five Years. Also pretty damn perfect.
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Tina | Shuffle Along | Dreamgirls National Tour | Bring it On
"Not While I'm Around" from SWEENEY TODD. This song always makes me tear up. It makes me think of love on so many different levels. Everytime I hear this song it reminds me of my father and the unconditional love we share. If you ask me, nothing can beat unconditional love and the love of family!
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Little Shop of Horrors | American Son | The Last Five Years | Newsies | Bonnie & Clyde | Rock of Ages | West Side Story
The first one that comes to mind is "Falling Slowly" from Once. That was always one of my favorite movies and I loved the Broadway show.
Performer
The Minutes | Carousel | Waitress | Beautiful
The first love song that popped into my head is "It Takes Two" from Into the Woods because I can't think of a better, there's all kinds of sweeping love ballads, but that gets down to it, the nitty-gritty of what it is to be with somebody.
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A Christmas Carol | The Color Puple | If/Then | Once on This Island
I love "What About Love" from The Color Purple. This song speaks of the surprise and exhilaration of love discovered between two unlikely hearts.
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Waitress | Hello | Dolly! | She Loves Me | The Book of Mormon | Hair | Thoroughly Modern Millie
"Something Wonderful." That lyric is about love, but it's an adult love. It's more complicated. It's not always smooth, and he doesn't always say what you want. It's hard, and he doesn't behave, but I know him and I know his soul and I know he's wonderful. That's my choice right now. When I was younger, it was all idealism and romance, but I'm a realist now!
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Cabaret | Macbeth | The Threepenny Opera
"I Won't Send Roses" from MACK & MABEL. I think being honest about your shortcomings is much more useful than talking about candlelight dinners and what rate your heart is beating at.
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The Ferryman | Something Rotten | Hamilton | Shrek
"If I Loved You" from Carousel. That is the musical where I met my wife so that has a special meaning, it's a gorgeous song but then when you meet your wife in the midst of hearing that song every night, it's pretty special.
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch | How I Met Your Mother | Company | Cabaret | Assassins | Proof | Sweeney Todd
"Love Has Come Of Age" from the JEKYLL & HYDE album with Colm Wilkinson. His voice is phenomimazing! I've always dreamed of that song being sung at my wedding, but only if Colm'll sing it himself. Probably a long shot...
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Waitress | Carousel | Violet | Scottsboro Boys | American Idiot | In the Heights
"Say It Somehow" from The Light in the Piazza. It's one of my favorite songs. I get butterflys when I hear it!
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The Prom | Bandstand | 42nd Street | Mamma Mia! | The Drowsy Chaperone | Elf
“Move On” because it’s sung by two people who know they cannot be together yet know they are tethered together forever. It’s an unconventional choice but we love it for a love song.
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Company | The Band's Visit | Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark | The Miracle Worker
I gotta say, these days it's good old fashioned "Til There Was You" from The Music Man. Its sweet, elegant melody and the simplicity of the lyrics; charming and just a bit melancholy. Sigh, gets me right there. And the little turn around at the end of the bridge into the verse "...and dew.." Mmhmm. Sold.
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Once on This Island | Porgy and Bess | The Little Mermaid | The Phantom of the Opera | Les Misérables
Even though it was a tragic song that I did in Side Show, people keep asking me a lot of times to sing that at weddings, "You Should Be Loved." Also, "The Music of the Night." It's actually a beautiful song. It's a little more sexy than love long. "I Believe My Own Eyes," from Tommy, I mean, come on. There's a lot great stuff that I've been able to sing. Even Miss Saigon, that tragic love story, with "Sun and Moon." It's hard to pick.
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Carousel | Significant Other | Wicked | Grease | Godspell
It's not a Broadway love song but it's Barbra Streisand so I feel like it would qualify, which is "The Way We Were." It's so romantic and it's not sappy, there's history to it and then thinking about the way Marvin Hamlisch laid it all out. For me it's the best.