"Anthem" from Chess (Andersson and Ulvaeus)
"The Story Goes On" from Baby (Maltby and Shire)
The musical "Baby" is the story of three couples who find themselves unexpectedly expecting: a young, unmarried pair of college students; a couple who has struggled with infertility; and an older pair of empty-nesters with completely different feelings about the possibility of having another child. This particular number is sung by the youngest mother-to-be as she thinks about how having a child connects her to her own mother and grandmother, and all the mothers before her. If this song doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you have a hard, hard heart. Other great songs from this show: "I Want It All," "What Could Be Better," "I Chose Right," and "Two People in Love."
"I Feel So Much Spring" from A New Brain (William Finn)
"I Can Do Better Than That" from The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown)
"The Streets of Dublin" from A Man of No Importance (Ahrens and Flaherty)
"Don't Marry Me" from Flower Drum Song (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
"Expressing Yourself" from Billy Elliot (Lee Hall and Elton John)
"This is the Moment" from Jekyll and Hyde (Wildhorn, Bricusse, and Cuden)
David Hasselhoff, of all people, does a rather impressive performance of this number), but I find this earlier song from Dr. Jekyll as he triumphantly prepares to take his formula for the first time to be as impressive a number. Other numbers worth listening to from this show include "Facade," "Someone Like You," "No One Knows Who I Am," and "In His Eyes."
"Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Mercer, Kasha, Hirschhorn, and de Paul)
"Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent (Jonathan Larson)
Disclaimer: I don't like this show. (Sorry. Please don't hurt me.) But boy are there some terrific songs in this score, and this is one of several that I can't help singing along with. Other singable songs include "Seasons of Love," "One Song Glory," "Light My Candle," "What You Own," and "I'll Cover You."
"Two Nobodies in New York" from [title of show] (Jeff Bowen)
"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray (Shaiman and Wittman)
"Let It Go" from The Full Monty (David Yazbek)
"Big Bright Beautiful World" from Shrek, the Musical (Tesori and Lindsay-Abair)
Other great songs and shows to check out:
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Spamalot (Eric Idle) - also "I am Not Dead Yet," "The Song That Goes Like This," ""Find Your Grail," and "You Won't Succeed on Broadway."
"We Can Do It" from The Producers (Mel Brooks) - also "I Wanna Be a Producer," "If You've Got It, Flaunt It," "Keep It Gay," and "Springtime for Hitler."
"Not for the Life of Me" from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tesori and Scanlan) - also "The Speed Test," "They Don't Know," "Forget About the Boy," and "Gimme Gimme."
"What is This Feeling" from Wicked (Stephen Schwartz) - also "The Wizard and I," "Dancing Through Life," "Popular," "One Short Day," "For Good," and of course, "Defying Gravity."
"Mine" from On The Twentieth Century (Comden and Green) - also "Never," "Repent," "I've Got It All, " "Veronique," and "Five Zeros."
"Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime (Ahrens and Flaherty) - also "Prologue," "The Crime of the Century," "New Music," "What a Game," "Till We Reach That Day," "Your Daddy's Son," and "On the Wheels of a Dream."
"You're Nothing Without Me" from City of Angels (Coleman and Zippel) - also "The Tennis Song," "What You Don't Know About Women," "Everybody's Gotta Be Somewhere," "Ya Gotta Look Out for Yourself," and "Funny."