I Want to Be a Smash: Top Ten Show Tunes to Make the Pop Charts Since 1964

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26 Apr 2014

Elaine Paige

8. "Memory"

It's hard to think of a more popular stand-alone showtune of the last few decades than "Memory" from Cats. There have been many, many successful recordings, although my favorite, hands down, is Betty Buckley's ethereal, yet gutsy, original Broadway cast recording. Prior to that, Elaine Paige's London recording netted a single which made it to the U.K. Top 10 and then Barbra Streisand had a hit on the U.S. charts with the single version from her album (of the confusingly similar name) "Memories." The song's power isn't limited to female performers, either; Barry Manilow's recording was also a hit. 


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