In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a list of some of Broadway’s best love songs. They run the gamut– gripping, sincere and sappy, of course. Happy Valentine’s Day any enjoy.
10. “Hello, Young Lovers”
From The King and I
This song is from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and was performed by Gertrude Lawrence from the original Broadway cast. In it, the heroine, Anna, sings to tell the wives of the King of Siam about her late husband. The song has had numerous incarnations, including covers by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
9. “As Long as You’re Mine”
Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz, who played Elphaba and Fiyero in the original Broadway cast, originally sang “As Long as You’re Mine“ from Wicked. As they express their love in the forest the song unfolds. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz.
8. “If I Loved You”
This show tune was introduced in the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. It was also performed in the 1956 film version. In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing the song as they try to affirm their love for each other.
7. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
From The Lion King
Though originally an animated film, The Lion King has become a Broadway staple, consistently at the top of the Broadway grosses. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice became a classic—after John pushed to have it included in the film. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. “I’ll Cover You”
“I’ll Cover You” is featured in the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of NYC struggling with life, love and AIDS. In the song Collins and Angel confess their love for each other and begin their relationship. The music and lyrics are by Jonathan Larson.
5. “All I Ask of You”
From The Phantom of the Opera
“All I Ask of You”, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is an enchanting duet that occurs at the end of Act of the longest running Broadway musical. The show recently celebrated its 10,000th performance. Barbara Streisand recorded the song for her album Till I Loved You. The song reached #15 on the Adult Contemporary charts.
4. “Elaborate Lives”
“Elaborate Lives” may not have had the popular success that LeAnn Rimes and Elton John gave to “Written in the Stars”, but the rich ballad has been a beloved love song in theater.
3. “Sun and Moon”
From Miss Saigon
“Sun and Moon” was introduced in the 1989 London premier of Madam Butterfly adaptation. Less than two years later the production opened on Broadway to Tony winning success. Miss Saigon played 4,092 performances, making it the 11th longest running Broadway musical. Sun and Moon is just one of the gorgeous love songs to come from the production
From West Side Story
“Tonight”, written by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephan Sondheim, was first introduced in 1956 in the Broadway musical West Side Story. In 1961 Ferrante & Teicher revived the song to much success. It hit #8 on pop charts and #2 on easy listening.
1. “So in Love”
From Kiss Me Kate
“So in Love”, written by Cole Porter is from the 1948 Broadway hit based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. It was originally sung by Patricia Morison, with a reprise by Alfred Drake, however Patti Page popularized the song in 1949. Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald have also recorded the song.
We’re sure we’ve missed some of your favorites—“Somewhere,” “One Hand, One Heart,” anything from “Les Miserables,” “Memory” from Cats? Let us know what your favorite Broadway love songs are.