The Top 10 Kander & Ebb Songs

By Ben Rimalower
12 Oct 2013

4. "Cabaret" from "Cabaret"

 



 

It was hard to keep "Cabaret" on this list because I've listened to it and watched it sung by so many people and sung it myself at piano bars and karaoke so many times over so many years, that I'm kind of over it. At the end of the day, though, there's no getting around "Cabaret." It's a wonderfully brassy and catchy uptempo number with a fun point of view and a dramatic build via a quirky bridge, which leads into a big finish to bring down the house. Once I remembered the first time I reveled in the absurdity of the lyrics, "when I saw her laid out like a queen, she was the happiest corpse I'd ever seen," and relived my joy at Liza Minnelli's holding the note forever on, "When I go, I'm going like Elsie," I couldn't help but admit that I, too, "love a ca-ba-a-reeeeeeeeet!"

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