The Top 10 Kander & Ebb Songs

By Ben Rimalower
12 Oct 2013

John Kander
John Kander
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Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of his top 10 songs by the Tony-winning duo of composer John Kander and late lyricist Fred Ebb

This was a little easier than choosing my Top Ten Sondheim Songs (and was a natural progression from my Top Ten Chita Rivera Belting Moments). For the most part, I didn't even officially limit myself with the same restrictions I relied upon with the Sondheim list, vis-à-vis songs that work out of context of the show, because I think most Kander & Ebb songs do work out of context, or at least the ones I gravitate to. That being said, it was painful for me to leave off this list "The Pineapple Song" from Cabaret, "Anything For Him" from Kiss of the Spider Woman and both "Don't Ah Ma Me" and "The Apple Doesn't Fall Very Far From The Tree" from The Rink. They don't work as well out of context and despite some fervent late-night YouTubing, I couldn't justify sacrificing one of the following ten songs in their favor.

Click through to read the list of my top ten Kander & Ebb songs.




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