Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs

Barbra Streisand Songs

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Our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list will feature one of music’s power divas. Barbra Streisand is a successful singer, actress and filmmaker. She is one of the few EGOTs in the entertainment business. An EGOT is an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner. She has sold 150 millions records worldwide. She is one of the best selling artists of all time. She is one of the few artists in history to have hit songs in every decade since the 60’s. Some of her signature songs are “People,” “Evergreen,” “Woman in Love,” “Guilty” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).” Streisand is an accomplished actress and director. She appeared in movies such as Funny Girl (1968), Hello, Dolly! (1969), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), The Way We Were (1973), A Star Is Born (1976), Yentil (1983), The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) as well as others. Without further delay, let’s take a look at the history of Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand was born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24, 1942. She started her career by singing in nightclubs and Broadway theaters in the 60’s. Streisand didn’t like the original way her first named looked so she changed it to Barbra. She dealt with harsh criticism because of her appearance. She wasn’t considered a typical beauty and was told to get a nose job. She refused to get it because she thought it would affect her tonality. During her nightclub days, she was the opening act for comedian Phyllis Diller. Streisand appeared on different television shows before getting signed to Columbia Records. She was determined to have artistic control over her career. She even took a pay cut in order to get control over her career.

She released her first album The Barbra Streisand Album in 1963. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “Cry Me a River,” “I’ll Tell the Man in the Street,” “A Taste of Honey” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” The album sold over a million copies. She won two Grammys for the album. Fresh off the success of her debut album, she released The Second Barbra Streisand Album in 1963. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. The project features the singles “When the Sun Comes Out,” “My Coloring Book” and “Lover, Come Back to Me.” The album was just as successful as her previous one selling over a million copies.

Streisand released The Third Album in 1964. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. It features the singles “My Melancholy Baby,” “Just in Time,” “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” The album sold over a million copies. People was released in 1964. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “People,” “Fine and Dandy,” “Supper Time,” “I Am Woman” and “Will He Like Me?” The album sold over a million copies.

My Name Is Barbra came out in 1965. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got No Strings,” “If You Were the Only Boy in the World” and “My Man.” Just like her previous albums, this one sold over a million copies. My Name Is Barbra, Two was released in 1965. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. The project features the singles “He Touched Me” and “Second Hand Rose.” The album sold over a million copies. Color Me Barbra came out in 1966. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Where Am I Going?,” “You Wanna Bet” and “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long.” Color Me Barbra sold over 500,000 copies.

Streisand released Je m’appelle Barbra in 1966. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Autumn Leaves,” “What Now My Love,” “I Wish You Love,” “Speak to Me of Love” and “Once Upon a Summertime.” The album went gold. She released Simply Streisand in 1967. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 charts. It was her first album that didn’t peak in the top 10 on the Billboard charts. It features the singles “My Funny Valentine,” “When Sunny Gets Blue,” “More Than You Know” and “All the Things You Are.” The album went gold.

What About Today? came out in 1969. The album peaked at number 31 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “The Morning After,” “Frank Mills,” “ Punky’s Dilemma” and “Little Tin Soldier.” Stoney End came out in 1971. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Stoney End,” “Time and Love” and “Hands Off the Man.” The album sold over a million copies. Barbra Joan Streisand was released in 1971. The album peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Where You Lead,” “Mother” and “Space Captain.” The album sold over 500,000 copies.

The Way We Were was released in 1974. It was her first number one album on the charts. The album features the singles “The Way We Were,” “All in Love Is Fair,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?,” “Something So Right” and “Pieces of Dreams.” It was her biggest-selling album at the time with over two million copies sold. Superman came out in 1977. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “My Heart Belongs to Me” and “New York State of Mind.” The album sold over two million copies.

Songbird came out in 1978. The project peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Tomorrow,” “One More Night” and “Songbird.” The album sold over one million copies. Wet was released in 1979. The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Splish Splash” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).” The album sold over one million copies. Guilty was released in 1980. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Woman in Love,” “Guilty,” “What Kind of Fool” and “Promises.” Guilty was one of her most successful albums selling over 12 million copies. Streisand went on to release several more albums throughout her career.

Barbra Streisand is known as one of the power divas in music. She wanted to make her career on her terms. She wasn’t concerned with being a natural beauty. She wanted to be known for her talent. She made it possible for other women to take charge of their careers. She was able to be successful in music as well as in movies. She directed movies in addition to starring in them. She proved she could do it all. We are going to focus on her music. She has numerous hits throughout her career so it was a challenge to narrow the list down to 10 songs. Our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list will feature some of her best songs. What songs do you think will make the list?

# 10 –  You Don’t Bring Me Flowers ft. Neil Diamond

The first song on our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list is “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” from the Songbird album. It has an easy listening sound. The heartbreaking song is about a couple who are on the verge of breaking up. This is a situation most couples can relate to if they are breaking up with each other. The music is somber and emotional. The music is simple and soothing. The piano and violin are the main instruments in the song. It was a wise decision because it allows Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond to shine in the song.

They tell an excellent story about a couple who become complacent and take each other for granted. They work well together. There aren’t too many people who could sing with the talented Streisand and be able to hold their own against her. Neil Diamond’s voice blends very well with the powerhouse diva. His deep voice was soothing and easy on the ear. She toned down her big vocals in the song. She did belt in some parts of the song, but she kept her voice simple. She made the right choice to pull back because the music is soft and she would have sounded as if she were oversinging. They gave each other plenty of room to shine. The song hit number one on the US Billboard Hit 100 in 1978.

# 9 – Evergreen

The next song on our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list is “Evergreen” from the A Star Is Born Soundtrack. The song has a pop sound to it. The beautiful love song is about a couple in love. The song is about the characters in the movie falling in love. The song may be for the soundtrack, but fans of Streisand could relate to falling in love for the first time. The title of the song could be misleading because you would never know it’s a love song based on the title. The music is soft and comforting. It features killer piano chords. It’s easy to get lost listening to the majestic music.

The music is perfect for relaxing and slow dancing. It’s very appropriate for the story Streisand is telling the audience. We can’t continue without talking about her impressive vocals. She is a genius when it concerns vocal control. She knows when to exude the right amount of power and when to tone it down. She picked the right parts in the song to showcase her beautiful instrument. Her high notes roar over the cinematic piano. She proves why she’s one of the powerhouse divas. This was a massive hit for Barbra Streisand as it hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well the US Adult Contemporary Charts and the US Cash Box Charts. It also hit number one in Canada.

# 8 – I Finally Found Someone ft. Bryan Adams

The sentimental song is from The Mirror Has Two Faces Soundtrack. It has an adult contemporary beat. The poignant song tells the story about a couple who fall in love after searching for the right person. It’s about characters in the movie falling for each other. The song is beautiful and touching. It’s the perfect song to play at a wedding. It’s also perfect for slow dancing. The music is masterful and great for easy listening. At this point in her career, Barbra Streisand was in the music business for decades and proved she still had it when it concerned singing.

She sounds better than ever on this track. Her vocals are outstanding. Once again she shows excellent control over her vocals. Barbra Streisand could have been all over the place when she sang, but she knew exactly when to let her vocals soar. Bryan Adams was able to hold his own in the song with her. They seem like an unlikely pair because they have different singing styles. He doesn’t sing the same type of music she sings. His husky vocals could have been lost in the track because she has a loud and powerful voice. He could be heard in the song. He’s no match for her when it concerns power singing, but he did a great job. Bryan Adams was excellent support for her. The song has a smooth and polished finish to it.

# 7 – People

The turbulent song is from the album of the same name and it appears in the movie Funny Girl. The song has an adult contemporary sound. The reflective song is about her character’s relationship with her boyfriend in the movie. The musical arrangement is breathtaking. It was the best arrangement for the theme of the song. The orchestral swell sends the song into orbit. It sounds like it could be on Broadway. The song was in the Broadway version of Funny Girl so it was appropriate. Barbra Streisand has the voice of an angel. She sounds heavenly in the song.

Her voice can give you chills. Her phrasing is impeccable. She reaches for the stars with her belting. She was a vocal powerhouse in the song. It’s amazing how much Streisand soars in the song. She definitely gives the other powerhouse divas a run for their money on this track. This song has become one of her signature songs and it’s easy to see why because she sings it effortlessly. The song has been covered quite a few times over the years, but this is one of the best versions of the song.

# 6 – The Way We Were

The breakup song “The Way We Were” is from the movie soundtrack The Way We Were. The song is also featured on her album of the same name. It has an adult contemporary sound.This was a big one. The anthem is about a relationship that’s gone wrong. The story is about a couple in the movie that realizes their differences are the reason why they can’t be together. The couple goes down memory lane and thinks about the good times they had in the past. Barbra Streisand sells the story about a couple that breaks up. Anyone who has been in this situation can relate to this song.

The melancholy music is appropriate for the theme of the track. It starts with Streisand humming along with the piano. The music picks up the tempo after the first verse. The melody of the song is similar to “Believe in Yourself” from the movie The Wiz. Barbra  Streisand showed some versatility on the track. She sings in a lower key than she does on her other songs. She holds back some in the song. She did belt a little in the bridge, but she decided not to turn this song into a power ballad. Her timing is a little off in parts of the song because she doesn’t sing in time with the music, but it doesn’t hurt the song.

# 5 – What Kind of Fool ft. Barry Gibb

The next song on our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list is “What Kind of Fool” from the Guilty album. It has an r&b and adult contemporary sound. The painful song is about what happens when a good relationship turns sour. This is one of the many songs she did with Barry Gibb. He was responsible for quite a few hits in her career. We dare you not to be moved by the passionate music. It will hold your attention until the song is done. The music is flawless and there aren’t enough words to compliment it. The melody is similar to “Woman in Love.” Barry Gibb was another man who took a chance singing a duet with the great Streisand. He was able to do it. He proved he wasn’t playing any games when he decided to sing with the diva.

He proved he was up for the challenge. His vocals are superb. He switches between his falsetto and normal tone. He holds little notes. Barry Gibb was able to blend with Barbra Streisand at the beginning of the song. Let’s get to the diva. Barbra Streisand starts off the song softly and soared to a dramatic finish. She gave Barry Gibb his chance to shine and then it was all Barbra Streisand. She holds an impressive note near the end that’s worth a listen. They work very together and hopefully they will do it again in the future. This song is absolutely flawless and could have been number one on the list. This being placed here is an indicator of how challenging it was to pick the number one song on the list.

# 4 – Somewhere

The inspirational song is from the Broadway Album. It has an adult contemporary beat to it. The empowering song is about hoping for a better tomorrow. The song has a strong message about things being better someday. It’s relevant today because of what’s going on in the world. The music starts off sounding like a futuristic song and builds to an orchestral swell that will blow your mind. The cinematic finish is just breathtaking. The music builds as she sings louder. There’s no way we can talk about this song without mentioning her vocals. Streisand was singing for years when she recorded this song. She has such a powerful voice that she could have blown it out because she sings so loudly. With that said, she sounds as if time stood still for her.

Her vocals could bring tears to your eyes because she sounds so powerful. She uses excellent control because she starts the song softly and vocally soars. Barbra Streisand uses excellent vibrato and power. Her phrasing is phenomenal. The notes are absolutely stunning. The notes she holds in the song are not to be missed. There aren’t too many artists who could hold as many notes as she holds in the song and be able to handle it. She proves once again why she’s one of the greatest female singers in the business. Different artists have covered this song, but she managed to make it her own.

# 3 –  The Main Event/Fight

The refreshing song is from The Main Event Soundtrack. The track has a disco and pop sound to it. The enjoyable song is about a boxer in the movie. The music will definitely get you out of your seat and dancing. It starts off slowly and builds up to the catchy disco beat. The infectious music will grab your attention. We dare you to sit still while listening to this energetic music. Barbra  Streisand managed to juxtapose two songs together. The first half of the song is about the boxing match in the movie. The second half is about falling in love.

It sounds like a song Donna Summer would have recorded. Streisand wasn’t exactly known for singing disco music so she was a little out of her element with this song. She proved she could take chances and sing something different. She handled this song the same way she handles her power ballads. She handled it like a champ. She was singing an up-tempo song as if it were a power ballad. She holds impressive notes in the second half of the song. She held long notes as if it were effortless. She kept going as if she could hold the note for days. She did a phenomenal job on the track.

# 2 – Guilty ft. Barry Gibb

The popular song is from the album of the same name. The song has a pop and smooth jazz beat. The forbidden song is about a couple not feeling “guilty” about being in love with each other. This song is one of the collaborations she had with Barry Gibb. The music is smooth and melodic. It’s just as good as the singing. The song has killer harmonies. It’s a perfect duet for Barbra  Streisand and Barry Gibb. Their voices blend well together throughout the song. She holds back vocally on the track. She doesn’t soar the way she’s capable of singing.

Her vocals are subdued on the track. Barry Gibb doesn’t hold notes in the song either. His voice is flawless when he’s not singing in falsetto. His normal tone blends better with the music and is pleasant on the ear. He does sing in falsetto on the hook. Some of the lyrics are a little hard to understand, but that didn’t stop the song from being enjoyable. Everything about the song works. The music is outstanding. The chorus is appealing and easy to sing. They sound fantastic together.

# 1 – Woman in Love

The number one song on our Top 10 Barbra Streisand Songs list is “Woman in Love” from the Guilty album. The song has an adult contemporary and soft rock sound. The emotional song is about a woman falling in love with someone. The title is self-explanatory. Here is some trivia about the song. Barbra Streisand didn’t like the song when it was offered to her. It’s hard to believe that she didn’t like the song because she sang it as if she did like it. It’s one of her biggest hits so she made the right choice to record it. The music is appealing and soothing. It features a rhythmic string section, melodic piano and a soft drumbeat.

Streisand is at the top of her game with this song. She sounds absolutely amazing. She proved she could sing anything and turn it into a power ballad. She started the song off softly and vocally exploded. She has exceptional vocal control. She uses vibrato and doesn’t overdo it. She did just enough to make the song work. She turned the song into a power ballad. Streisand held incredible notes towards the end of the song. There aren’t enough words to compliment this earworm. It will be stuck in your head long after the song is done. The song is flawless and deserves to be number one on our list.

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