Barbra Streisand is without question one of the most talented vocalists of the past 50 years. She has also sold over 68 million records worldwide, and continues to attract huge crowds to her shows. We set ourselves the tough task of picking just a handful of her best ever songs for any Barbra Streisand newbie to listen to, and here they are in no particular order:. This is one of the most iconic songs from the classic musical West Side Story , sung by star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. Barba recorded one of the most famous covers of the song in as a one-off single, and it won her a Grammy Award. Barbra sang this song in the Broadway musical Funny Girl and its movie adaptation four years later. The musical was based on the life and career of Broadway and film star Fanny Brice, and her difficult relationship with entrepreneur Nicky Arnstein.
In , Streisand's album of Broadway duets— Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway— debuted on Billboard's charts at 1, which solidified her lead in the record books as the only artist to have a number one album in each of the last six decades—the s, s, s, s, s, and the s! It was also her 11th 1 album. Barbra Streisand has recorded with Columbia Records since — That's a year recording career! According to my count here at Barbra Archives The Billboard list, published weekly by Billboard Magazine, ranks the highest-selling albums based solely on sales in the United States. It's also interesting to note that Streisand owns the unique distinction of having the longest span between number one albums —52 years. Billboard charts Holiday albums separately. It's likely that it has sold more than 5 million since its last certification in , though a more exact figure is difficult to determine. Billboard Magazine tracks the top singles in America weekly and bases its list on radio airplay and sales.
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It was released on January 1, by Columbia Records. The record is a compilation consisting of 11 commercially successful singles from the singer's releases in the s, with a majority of them being cover songs. The songs on Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits originally appeared on one of the singer's eight previous albums and span in release from to It contains her most commercially successful tracks, including her first Billboard Hot top ten single " People " and top 40 entry "Second Hand Rose".
It's a fairy tale, the likes of which has never been seen again, and Streisand herself has yet to return to Broadway. Lucky for us, her output on record has been, to put it mildly, abundant. She has released more than 50 albums across a gamut of musical styles, always providing an actor's sensitivity and that iconic, preternatural voice. True fans — and there are millions upon millions of us — will require most of those plus album in their personal collection, but I've selected just a handful of my very favorites for those with less shelf or hard drive space to spare. Even Barbra Streisand's stage fright is legendary! A consummate perfectionist, she famously declined live performing for decades, making only the rarest live appearances singing for a very few political or social causes. This spell was broken in when she returned to the concert stage in a record-breaking tour including an HBO special and this live album. Her voice was in astonishingly agile form and she rose elegantly and powerfully to the occasion of this monumental event.