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Chapter 99: Rhythm Of Life


Theater is for the people, and showtunes have always reflected the popular music of the time to varying degrees. A lot of these songs explicitly riff on pop and R&B conventions, while making them a little bit larger than life, auditorium-sized versions of Motown or greaser rock. The Lion King takes this approach too, melding Zulu singers with Elton John glamour. It’s all a little ersatz and emotionally manipulative, yet also loaded with genuine pathos - isn't that the definition of camp?
1. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

You're the One That I Want

2. Sarah Vaughan

Whatever Lola Wants

3. Jodi Benson

Part of Your World

4. Sammy Davis, Jr. & Joseph Gershenson

Rhythm Of Life

5. Jennifer Hudson

And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

6. Peter Marshall

Put On a Happy Face

7. Michael Crawford, Barbra Streisand & Hello Dolly Ensemble

Put On Your Sunday Clothes*

8. Susan Boyle

I Dreamed a Dream

9. Carmen Twillie & Lebo M.

Circle of Life

10. Gene Wilder

Pure Imagination

*Not on Spotify