With Lea Michele channeling Barbra Streisand on this week's episode of Glee in a heart-wrenching performance of "Papa, Can You Hear Me" from Yentl, we asked what other song from Streisand's extensive career you'd like Michele to tackle next. The people have spoken, and they want...well..."People"! Earning 22% of votes, the Jule Styne and Bob Merrill track appeared in both the original 1964 Broadway production of Funny Girl and its subsequent 1968 film (which won Streisand the first of her two Oscars).
The number two spot went to another notable Funny Girl number, "I'm the Greatest Star." The song pulled in 19% of votes. Barbra's rendition of Jerry Herman's "Before the Parade Passes By" marched into third place with 13% of votes. Streisand sang the song (originally performed on Broadway by Carol Channing) as Dolly Levi in the 1969 film version of Hello, Dolly!
Fourth place went to "The Way We Were," the title song from the 1973 weepy romance film in which Streisand and Robert Redford played mismatched lovers in post World War II America. The song earned an Oscar for Best Original Song and scored Streisand her first Billboard number one song. Fun fact: Tony winner Arthur Laurents wrote the film's script and also the book for the show that spawned the number five song, Streisand's cover of "Somewhere" from West Side Story (9% of votes).
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