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West Side Story is the soundtrack album to the 1961 film West Side Story, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Released in 1961, the soundtrack spent 54 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts, giving it the longest run at No. 1 of any album in history, although some lists instead credit Michael Jackson's Thriller, on the grounds that West Side Story was listed on a chart for stereo albums only at a time when many albums were recorded in mono. In 1962, it won a Grammy award for "Best Sound Track Album – Original Cast." In the United States, it was the best-selling album of the 1960s, certifying three times platinum by the RIAA on November 21, 1986.
Though the album was released just a few years after the release of the original Broadway cast recording, it is according to musical theater historian Ethan Mordden preferred by some to the earlier version both sentimentally, as the film succeeded in establishing the musical as a "popular masterpiece", and musically, as it contains "beefier orchestration".
|1||–,||Prologue And Jet Song|
|3||–||The Dance At The Gym|
|6||And , & –||America|
|8||–,||One Hand, One Heart|
|11||, , –,||I Feel Pretty|
|12||And –||Somewhere (Ballet)|
|13||And –,||Gee, Officer Krupke!|
|14||And –||A Boy Like That|
|15||And –||I Have A Love|