The Top 10 Kander & Ebb Songs

By Ben Rimalower
12 Oct 2013

1. "But The World Goes Round" from the film "New York, New York"

 



 

Apparently "But The World Goes Round" was written for "New York, New York"'s place in the film of the same name, but it was rejected by Robert DeNiro and demoted to a less significant spot in the story. While I can see why that choice may have been best for the movie and I'm certainly grateful "New York, New York" is a song, it blows my mind that anyone could pass on "But The World Goes Round." I would include it in my Top Ten songs of any kind — forget about Kander & Ebb. It might even be my favorite song of all time. I can listen to (or sing) "But The World Goes Round" on a bad day, reminding myself that this, too, shall pass, or on a good day, laughing at the cyclical nature of life and happy to be on a high, or on any number of occasions where my disposition might be pitched somewhere else along the spectrum. The lyrics can accommodate any mood and the gritty tune always kicks my energy into gear. Like numerous Kander & Ebb songs, it is a Liza Minnelli signature and this one in particular has remained especially fresh through all the phases of her career. "But The World Goes Round" never shies away from the darkness and yet always looks towards the light. Right on, Kander & Ebb. Right on.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)