22 Mar 2014
8. "Everything's All Right" Jesus Christ Superstar
Biblical allegory notwithstanding, "Everything's All Right" pretty much violates my rule for this list in that it's an extended musical sequence for three principals and a chorus — an essential chunk of the libretto of Jesus Christ Superstar, but not really a song that can function out of context. Still the main section (the "everything's all right" section) attaches itself tightly to a commonplace phrase and coins a hook you're not likely to forget. And just as Mary sings it to comfort Jesus, out of context the song is still comforting — a modern lullaby with rhythm.