Wednesday, June 17, 2020

BEST OF THE DECADE: The Broadway Top 40 Countdown: #20 - 11

As Casey Kasem used to say, "On with the countdown!" This week our list of the 40 best new songs from the past decade of Broadway shows continues with numbers 20-11. In case you missed any of the others, check them out: #40-31 HERE and #30-21 HERE
This next batch of songs run the gamut from mega hit shows to disappointing flops, from ballads to rousing anthems, and everything in between.

The Broadway Top 40 Countdown:
#20 - 11

20. "Sonya Alone" - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Dave Malloy
            SUNG by Brittain Ashford
 What a beautiful, plaintive character number.

19. "Revolting Children" - Matilda: The Musical
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Tim Minchin
            SUNG by The Company
Who knew anarchy could be so catchy? And we love the play on words with "revolting." A perfect finale!

18. "Burn" - Hamilton
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Lin-Manuel Miranda
            SUNG by Phillipa Soo
A wonderfully quiet and poignant number, gorgeously delivered by one of Broadway's newest divas. 

17. "Quiet" - 
Matilda: The Musical
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Tim Minchin
            SUNG by Milly Shapiro
I love how this song takes us inside Matilda's head as she tunes out the cacophony and terror of Miss Trunchbull. She's a true heroine.

16. "If the World Should End" - Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Bono and The Edge
            SUNG by Jennifer Damiano and Reeve Carney
Say what you want about this notorious show, this song is certainly a stand out. A rare quiet and emotional moment - maybe that's why it stands out?

15. "With You" - Ghost: The Musical
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and Bruce Joel Rubin
            SUNG by Caissie Levy
We are really on a roll with these quiet songs. This one is an honest to goodness tear-jerker. I cried in the theater, and I cry every time I hear it. And Caissie Levy is brilliant.

14. "Keep Your Hands On It" - Hands On a Hardbody
        MUSIC by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green     LYRICS by Amanda Green
            SUNG by The Company
I still can't believe this show flopped so hard. It was so honest and human. And this finale was terrific. I miss it.

13. "Telephone Wire" - Fun Home
        MUSIC by Jeanine Tesori     LYRICS by Lisa Kron
            SUNG by Beth Malone and Michael Cerveris
Ah the fraught relationship between parent and child, compounded by the complication of coming out. All the more painful to watch knowing this was their final moment alone. Ever.

12. "One Second and a Million Miles" - The Bridges of Madison County
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Jason Robert Brown
            SUNG by Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara
A stunning duet of power and beauty in a score full of gorgeous songs. Puts to rest any doubt as to why this won the Tony for Best Score.

11. "Me and the Sky" - Come From Away
        MUSIC and LYRICS by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
            SUNG by Jenn Colella
One of the great performances of the decade is highlighted by this amazing character song. It reveals one person's history that brought her to this world-changing moment. It is also wonderfully universal. And Ms. Colella nailed it perfectly.


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