When it comes to naming the best Broadway songs of all time, we could make a list ten times as big as this one and still not satisfy many aficionados. Let’s face it: Favorite show tunes are highly subjective. With that in mind, we've come up with these 50 tracks. The resulting lineup is a mix of classic musical-theater numbers from 1927 through 2015. A few come from cast recordings of the 21st century; others are from shows that swept the Tony Awards decades ago. We've tried to go broad, with a deliberate balance of obvious and less-obvious choices and a desire to mix it up in terms of style. We gave ourselves a few basic guidelines: Only one song per musical was allowed, and we have not included many Great American Songbook standards that technically debuted in Broadway musicals, in the 1920s through the 1940s, but have largely been forgotten as Broadway songs. Unless you’re Broadway geek, many of these titles may be far less familiar to you than, say, the entries on our best party songs roundup. But maybe you’re not going to the right parties.
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