Let Me Entertain You: The Top Ten Songs by Jule Styne

By Ben Rimalower
18 Jan 2014

2. "Don't Rain On My Parade" from Funny Girl, lyrics by Bob Merrill

"Don't Rain On My Parade" represents a real home run for Jule Styne. The lyrics are great, the use of the number in the show is great, Barbra Streisand's legendary performance (one she continues to reprise decades later) is even greater than great. But it is the tune that gets inside your head and gets under your skin. Styne gave us an anthem for underdogs everywhere, heavy on "the perilous night" as far as anthems go, with his driving beat — the manifestation of obstacle — and an inevitable triumph that coaxes and fuels and inspires.