The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim

By Ben Rimalower
28 Sep 2013

9. "Johanna"

It's been a few decades since anyone has seriously pushed the notion that Sondheim's songs aren't melodic. The truth is that Sondheim's music is composed to further a dramatic moment, not to hook ‘em on the pop charts. Oftentimes, when I would hear the "not melodic" complaint, I would want to play people "Johanna" from Sweeney Todd. This stirring, soaring paean has me melting from the first measure of mellifluous music.