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

By Ben Rimalower
18 Jan 2014

1. "People" from Funny Girl, lyrics by Bob Merrill

It's hard to remember how much you love "People" because it's such a huge hit that we've all heard too many times. I'm a huge fan of both Barbra Streisand and Funny Girl, but I've still heard "People" hundreds of times when I didn't want to hear it — in elevators and lobbies and at karaoke bars where it was the only showtune someone could find. But there's a reason for this mammoth impact and it is Jule Styne's soaring melody. Styne's music rises and crashes and conjures everything the lyrics attempt without any of the lyrics' syrupy sentiment.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)