27 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final soundtrack proves to be their biggest phenomenon. Britain was experiencing a pop explosion in 1965, but one set of showtunes could still register over 200 unbroken weeks on the chart. Of course, these songs’ secret is to pull off tricks pop writers from every era have wrestled with: unshakeable earworms (“Do-Re-Mi”), the title track’s transformative melodies and arrangements, and—via the undercurrent of fear running through the saccharine shopping list of “My Favorite Things”—potently mixed emotions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final soundtrack proves to be their biggest phenomenon. Britain was experiencing a pop explosion in 1965, but one set of showtunes could still register over 200 unbroken weeks on the chart. Of course, these songs’ secret is to pull off tricks pop writers from every era have wrestled with: unshakeable earworms (“Do-Re-Mi”), the title track’s transformative melodies and arrangements, and—via the undercurrent of fear running through the saccharine shopping list of “My Favorite Things”—potently mixed emotions.

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