Six years after its successful Broadway debut, the film version of The Sound of Music became a screen hit. Scored by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the soundtrack includes catchy classics like “My Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss.” But what works on Broadway doesn’t always work on the silver screen; critic Pauline Kael slammed the movie’s music, writing, “We have been turned into emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.” But it’s precisely the feel-good, sing-along quality of The Sound of Music‘s tunes that have made them so endearing to audiences around the world. A 1999 article by London’s Sunday Times reported that the BBC included the soundtrack on a programming list for an underground network of radio stations to keep Britons’ spirits up in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, The Sound of Music sound track is, without a doubt, one of our favorite things.
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