From Barbra to Bernadette: Top Ten Signature Songs from Broadway

By Ben Rimalower
17 May 2014

Carol Channing

4. "Hello, Dolly!" (Carol Channing)

While I've tried to limit this list to solos performed by leading ladies, not group numbers led by them, Carol Channing and "Hello, Dolly!" are impossible to resist. Hearing her make her way through this song just once is enough to etch it in your memory for a lifetime. It says something that, despite mammoth pop success with the song by Louis Armstrong, Carol can still assert such strong ownership. It doesn't hurt that she spent the better part of the last 50 years touring in the show.