I Want to Be a Smash: Top Ten Show Tunes to Make the Pop Charts Since 1964

By Ben Rimalower
26 Apr 2014



Susan Boyle

10. "I Dreamed A Dream"

While I haven't used any kind of criteria for this list, such as the song needing to be recorded around the time of the original production of the musical, "I Dreamed A Dream" is penalized in this case for the 24-year lag between Les Misérables opening in London in 1985 and the song's 2009 ascent of the charts. True, Patti LuPone's original London cast recording did get excerpted into a single release and Neil Diamond covered it around the time of the show's Broadway opening, reaching #13 on the "Adult Contemporary" chart, but it was Susan Boyle's success singing "I Dreamed A Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009 that sent LuPone's original version soaring on the Billboard Hot 100. Pre-orders for Boyle's recording broke Amazon records. If television has hurt the popularity of theatre, there seems to be a way to pay it back!

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