From stage or screen.
I’ll start with this great number from Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’.
Don’t judge, I fucking love Fiddler on the Roof.
not a great film but i love this number
and judy never looked more beautiful than here
also this. it was hard to pick just one. i love them all <3
ok one more. the great virginia o’brien :D i could do this all night but i’ll stop now
Heaven on their minds from Jesus Christ Superstar
America from West Side Story
Old Man River from Show Boat
What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line
I could go on for a while
In support of Uli,
I don’t know if you love Paul Robeson’s version better as that is the classic version people may remember, but my hero on this song has always been William Warfield from the MGM film in 1951:
And since we are here, may I add the goddess, Ava Gardner in the same film. I do believe Annette Warren still did the dubbed vocals for this one, but it’s a heck of a combination.
Claus: Did you know that although Annette Warren vocals were dubbed in for the film, Ava Gardner recorded the songs also. I believe they can be heard on the CD version of the film’s soundtrack. They are not disappointing although I’m sure Ava was disappointed when they were not used.
BYE BYE LIFE from ALL THAT JAZZ. Brutal.
I love Latcho Drom. This one in particular is my favorite.
I do remember this being the case; I have the LP of the film score so I should just pull that out to compare.
From a musical (and I have not found satisfactory videos on it) is “Who’s that Woman?” from Follies. Video robs it anyway. It is thrilling to watch live.
But in a movie, I definitely go to Hedwig & the Angry Inch:
As long as we are including Judy…
Ray Davies, Quiet Life – from Absolute Beginners (1986)
Here’s a variety pack of some favorites I could find online.
nice picks, greg x! love the boswell sisters. what’s the russian film?
Well, you had already stolen Fred, Judy, and, most importantly, the incomparable Virginia O’Brien, so I had to range a bit further afield. I was tempted to post Judy singing Mack the Black and Virginia singing Did I Get Stinkin’ at the Club Savoy anyway, but I didn’t want to push it.
aww, virginia is awesome :D
@ Brian P: Great musical number from Waiting for Guffman! A true classic!
To get really crazy, how about a sample from “Adventures in the Forbidden Zone”?
Utter insanity set to music, here featuring the lovely Marie-Pascal Elfman channeling a good old song:
from some of my favourite bollywood melodrama! (i couldnt resist)
From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
From Hum Dil De Chuke Sanaam
Last but not least, the beloved P.Ramlee.. :)
The American Astronaut isn’t your typical musical, but still.. this is brilliant:
“Gently Johnny” from The Wicker Man performed by Paul Giovanni and Magnet. Edited out of the original film.