With music and lyrics by the legendary Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy and Herbert Fields, “Annie Get Your Gun” is a musical classic. It follows Annie Oakley and gave us a new kind of female protagonist. Annie can fight for herself and anything you can do, she can do it even better! The film version with Betty Buckley is also very popular, though Ethel Merman is the most famous name associated with the musical. It is one of her signature roles. Originally, Judy Garland was supposed to play Annie Oakley, but some studio fights took place and Betty replaced her. Let’s take a look at five of the best songs from the musical.
5. “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” Setting the scene for Annie Oakley’s family and upbringing, it is an adorable adage to book smarts and natural smarts. It says you don’t need to read or write to live your life, you just do what comes naturally to you. It’s tongue and cheek and very funny.
4. “They Say It’s Wonderful” As love duets go, this one is definitely a classic. It begins asking Annie if she’s ever been in love and they go through a beautiful musical journey talking about falling in love without yet acknowledging their potential love for each other.
3. “Anything You Can Do I Can do Better” Arguably, one of the most famous classic musical theatre songs, it is a fabulous and funny duet. It allows both singers do be goofy and over the top as they keep trying to one up each other.
2. “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun” This sassy song discusses how Annie is not going to be able to catch a guy with her best talents. If she could shoot a guy to make him fall in love with her she would be good to go, but unfortunately most guys don’t even like the fact that she shoots at all.
1. “There’s No Business Like Show Business” One of the best show finales of all time and one of the most well known songs of Broadway. In fact, it encompasses the life of the theatre so well that it really represents Broadway and artists as a whole. It’s catchy and has a fabulous melody and build.