Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1956-1960)

Today we round out the 50s. There’s some great stuff on here.

1956: “WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUÉ SERÁ, SERÁ), FROM THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

“Friendly Persuasion,” from Friendly Persuasion

“Julie,” from Julie

“True Love,” from High Society

“Written on the Wind,” from Written on the Wind

Analysis: There’s only one song on here that we all know the melody to. There’s your winner.

My Vote: “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)”

Rankings:

5. “Julie”

4. “Friendly Persuasion”

3. “True Love”

2. “Written on the Wind”

1. “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)”

1957: “ALL THE WAY,” FROM THE JOKER IS WILD

“An Affair to Remember,” from An Affair to Remember

“April Love,” from April Love

“Tammy,” from Tammy and the Bachelor

 

“Wild is the Wind,” from Wild is the Wind

Analysis: Jeez, I don’t particularly love any of these songs. I guess we’ll go with the winner. Why not? I don’t really care about this category.

My Vote: “All the Way”

Rankings:

5. “April Love”

4. “Tammy”

3. “Wild is the Wind”

2. “An Affair to Remember”

1. “All the Way”

1958: “GIGI,” FROM GIGI

“Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat),” from Houseboat

“A Certain Smile,” from A Certain Smile

“To Love and Be Loved,” from Some Came Running

“A Very Precious Love,” from Marjorie Morningstar

Analysis: Look at that. Another Best Picture song. Though this did sweep this year. But still. I don’t really have a preference. So it’s either “Gigi” or “A Certain Smile.” Let’s go with “Gigi.” If only for “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the super creepy “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” (What’s with that song? And to give it to Maurice Chevalier, of all people. He was almost 70!)

My Vote: “Gigi”

Rankings:

5. “A Very Precious Love”

4. “Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat)”

3. “To Love and Be Loved”

2. “A Certain Smile”

1. “Gigi”

1959: “HIGH HOPES,” FROM A HOLE IN THE HEAD

“The Best of Everything,” from The Best of Everything

“The Five Pennies,” from The Five Pennies

“The Hanging Tree,” from The Hanging Tree

“Strange Are the Ways of Love,” from The Young Land

Analysis: It’s gotta be “High Hopes.” It’s just so much fun. Other than that, really weak category. “The Five Pennies” is awesome, though.

My Vote: “High Hopes”

Rankings:

5. “The Best of Everything”

4. “The Hanging Tree”

3. “Strange Are the Ways of Love”

2. “The Five Pennies”

1. “High Hopes”

1960: “NEVER ON SUNDAY,” FROM NEVER ON SUNDAY

 

(Here’s the version from the film. It’s not in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCFXGanTx4A)

“The Facts of Life,” from The Facts of Life

(And you get the Saul Bass title sequence. Talk about a win-win situation.)

“Faraway Part of Town,” from Pepe

“The Green Leaves of Summer,” from The Alamo

“The Second Time Around,” from High Time

Analysis: Well there goes that theory. A Best Picture song lost. But with good reason. “Never on Sunday” is a great song. That should have won.

Though, fun fact — “Green Leaves of Summer” was used in the opening credits of Inglourious Basterds. That’s where you recognize it from. Different version though. I’d vote for the instrumental, but with the lyrics, it doesn’t win.

Also, “The Second Time Around” — great song. Really great song. Too bad it couldn’t have been in 1959 or ’58.

My Vote: “Never on Sunday”

Rankings:

5. “Faraway Part of Town”

4. “The Facts of Life”

3. “The Second Time Around”

2. “Never on Sunday”

1. “The Green Leaves of Summer”

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Tomorrow start’s the 60s. I’m very excited.

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One response

  1. Michael

    As for this set:
    1956: none
    1957: “Jailhouse Rock” from “Jailhouse Rock” sung by Elvis (I don’t know if he released this before doing the film and I don’t really give a fuck)
    1958: “I Remember It Well” (my winner) and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” both from “Gigi” sung by Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold and just Maurice Chevalier respectively
    1959: none
    1960: none

    July 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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