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Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1946-1950)

1946-1950 today. Let’s get started:

1946: “ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE,” FROM THE HARVEY GIRLS

“All Through the Day,” from Centennial Summer

“I Can’t Begin to Tell You,” from The Dolly Sisters

“Ole Buttermilk Sky,” from Canyon Passage

“You Keep Coming Back Like a Song,” from Blue Skies

Analysis: Well, it’s certainly not a category that’s aged very well. That is — none of the songs here are particularly memorable, comparative to the other categories. It seems like everything up to now has had at least one song that everybody knows. This doesn’t have that. And, I think they made the right decision. None of these songs are particularly standout, but at least they went with the catchiest one. So, I agree. Let’s go with the winner.

My Vote: “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe”

Rankings:

5. “All Through the Day”

4. “Ole Buttermilk Sky”

3. “You Keep Coming Back Like a Song”

2. “I Can’t Begin to Tell You”

1. “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe”

1947: “ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH,” FROM SONG OF THE SOUTH

“A Gal in Calico,” from The Time, the Place and the Girl

“I Wish I Didn’t Love You So,” from The Perils of Pauline

“Pass That Peace Pipe,” from Good News

“You Do,” from Mother Wore Tights

Analysis: Come on, now. It’s “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” all the way. It’s not even close. I’ll also point out that the song winning here is one of two Oscars alums from my school have won. It’s this and Best Screenplay for Akiva Goldsman for A Beautiful Mind. Just some trivia that stuck with me (mostly because one doesn’t really consider the person who wrote “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”). Either way, none of these songs can hold a candle to it. There’s your winner.

My Vote: “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”

Rankings:

5. “Pass That Peace Pipe”

4. “A Gal in Calico”

3. “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So”

2. “You Do”

1. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”

1948: “BUTTONS AND BOWS,” FROM THE PALEFACE

“For Every Man There’s a Woman,” from Casbah

“It’s Magic,” from Romance on the High Seas

“This is the Moment,” from That Lady in Ermine

“The Woody Woodpecker Song,” from Wet Blanket Policy

Analysis: Holy shit. “This Is the Moment.” Now that’s a song! That intro just blows you right the fuck away. I liked “The Woody Woodpecker Song” better, but I think I’m gonna vote for “This Is the Moment.” Doesn’t really matter, anyway. This category was pretty bad.

My Vote: “This Is the Moment”

Rankings:

5. “For Every Man There’s a Woman”

4. “It’s Magic”

3. “Buttons and Bows”

2. “This is the Moment”

1. “The Woody Woodpecker Song”

1949: “BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE,” FROM NEPTUNE’S DAUGHTER

“It’s a Great Feeling,” from It’s a Great Feeling

“Lavender Blue,” from So Dear to My Heart

“My Foolish Heart,” from My Foolish Heart

“Through a Long and Sleepless Night,” from Come to the Stable

Analysis: Quick, spot the song that’s become a gold standard since it was written. There’s your winner.

(Lots of respect to “It’s a Great Feeling” and “Lavender Blue,” though. Those are really great tunes. Burl Ives was a boss. And that song’s gonna return in a few months when I talk about Disney songs.)

My Vote: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Rankings:

5. “Through a Long and Sleepless Night”

4. “My Foolish Heart”

3. “Lavender Blue”

2. “It’s a Great Feeling”

1. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

1950: “MONA LISA,” FROM CAPTAIN CAREY, U.S.A.

“Be My Love,” The Toast of New Orleans

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” from Cinderella

“Mule Train,” from Singing Guns

“Wihelmina,” from Wabash Avenue

(I used to have a link here, but they took it down between the time I wrote the articles and the time they went up. Too bad.)

Analysis: Oh man, I love “Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boo” a lot too, but how do you go against Nat here? That’s just a gorgeous song. I don’t vote against classic Disney songs often, but this is totally one of those cases. Now, had they put on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” then I’d have voted differently. But they didn’t. (I don’t know why (morons. I’m sure “Mule Train” was worth it), but they didn’t.)

My Vote: “Mona Lisa”

Rankings:

5. “Mule Train”

4. “Be My Love”

3. “Wilhelmina”

2. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boo”

1. “Mona Lisa”

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Tomorrow, we do 1951-1955.

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One response

  1. Michael

    It’s me again. I was away for a few days so I didn’t get to add my deserving songs for the past 6 so I’ll do some or all of it right now.
    1946: none
    1947: none
    1948: “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” from “Easter Parade” sung by Astaire (for the win!)
    1949: none
    1950: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella” sung by Ilene Woods (3rd place because I like Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo more and I agree that Nat King Cole is a badass. His voice is incredible.)

    July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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