Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1971-1975)

This is where this category gets really interesting, because more people will have exponentially stronger opinions from here on out. So here’s 1971-1975

1971: “THEME FROM SHAFT,” FROM SHAFT

“The Age of Not Believing,” from Bedknobs and Broomsticks

“Bless the Beasts and Children,” from Bless the Beasts and Children

“Life Is What You Make It,” from Kotch

“All His Children,” from Sometimes a Great Notion

Analysis: Really?

(P.S. Where are the Willy Wonka songs? What the fuck, Academy?)

My Vote: “Theme from Shaft”

Rankings:

5. “All His Children”

4. “Bless the Beasts and the Children”

3. “Life is What You Make It”

2. “The Age of Not Believing”

1. “Theme from Shaft”

1972: “THE MORNING AFTER,” FROM THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

“Ben,” from Ben

“Marmalade, Molasses & Honey,” from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

 

“Come Follow, Follow Me,” from The Little Ark

“Strange Are the Ways of Love,” from The Stepmother

Analysis: Maybe it’s because MJ’s voice is so great, but I like “Ben” here. I mean, I get that it’s a love song to a rat, but it’s still a beautiful little song. I guess either that or “The Morning After” were the best choices. But I’m still taking “Ben.”

My Vote: “Ben”

Rankings:

5. “Marmalade, Molasses & Honey”

4. “Come Follow, Follow Me”

3. “Strange Are the Ways of Love”

2. “The Morning After”

1. “Ben”

1973: “THE WAY WE WERE,” FROM THE WAY WE WERE

“(You’re So) Nice to Be Around,” from Cinderella Liberty

“Live and Let Die,” from Live and Let Die

“Love,” from Robin Hood

“All That Love Went to Waste,” from A Touch of Class

Analysis: I might be well in the minority here, but I don’t much care for “The Way We Were.” Or the film. Well — the film isn’t bad, but a lot of people talk about that film like it’s this romantic masterpiece. It’s one of those things you hear a lot from people like your parents. This older generation has such nostalgia for that movie — I don’t get it. And next to “Live and Let Die” — really? No way. That song is fucking perfection! Not many songs have outlasted a movie that much. To the point where, when you hear this song, you don’t necessarily think of the movie. (Plus “Love” is awesome. I really like the songs from Robin Hood.)

My Vote: “Live and Let Die”

Rankings:

5. “(You’re So) Nice to Be Around”

4. “All That Love Went to Waste”

3. “The Way We Were”

2. “Love”

1. “Live and Let Die”

1974: “WE MAY NEVER LOVE LIKE THIS AGAIN,” FROM THE TOWERING INFERNO

“Benji’s Theme (I Feel Love),” from Benji

“Blazing Saddles,” from Blazing Saddles

“Wherever Love Takes Me,” from Gold

“Little Prince,” from The Little Prince

Analysis: I get why they went the way they did, but “Blazing Saddles” is too perfect to not vote for. That song has clearly outlasted the rest of them. (P.S. “Benji’s Theme” is awesome.)

The best part about the song is that Frankie Laine thought the film was a legit western and didn’t know it was a parody. So when he recorded the song, he started crying because he got so into it (because the lyrics are quite powerful), and Mel Brooks didn’t have the heart to tell him there were fart jokes and shit in it.

My Vote: “Blazing Saddles”

Rankings:

5. “Little Prince”

4. “Wherever Love Takes Me”

3. “We May Never Love Like This Again”

2. “Benji’s Theme (I Feel Love)”

1. “Blazing Saddles”

1975: “I’M EASY,” FROM NASHVILLE

 

“How Luck Can You Get,” from Funny Lady

“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To),” from Mahogany

“Richard’s Window,” from The Other Side of the Mountain

“Now That We’re in Love,” from Whiffs

Analysis: I actually have no preference here whatsoever. So let’s go with “I’m Easy.” It was a Best Picture nominee, and hell, at least it continues helping prove my theory.

My Vote: “I’m Easy”

Rankings:

5. “Richard’s Window”

4. “Now That We’re in Love”

3. “How Lucky Can You Get”

2. “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)”

1. “I’m Easy”

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Tomorrow we finish the 70s.

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One response

  1. Michael

    Almost done:
    1971: “The Candy Man Can” from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “Diamonds Are Forever” sung by Shirley Bassey
    1972: “Dueling Banjos” (it’s original because it’s an arrangement of an earlier song, I amended the rules) from “Deliverance” played by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell (my winner), “Mein Herr” from “Cabaret” sung by Minnelli, and “Money, Money” from “Cabaret” sung by Minnelli and Grey (both songs weren’t in the original Broadway show)
    1973: none
    1974: “The Ballad of Rock Ridge” and “I’m Tired” both from “Blazing Saddles”
    1975: none

    July 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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