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Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1976-1980)

This will be a fun article. Because I think we can all agree that in nearly every year here, they made the wrong decisions. Well, at least in the majority of them. Still — jesus.

1976: “EVERGREEN (LOVE THEME FROM A STAR IS BORN),” FROM A STAR IS BORN

“A World That Never Was,” from Half a House

(Heard the song, but do not have a copy of it to link to. Don’t worry, it’s not particularly memorable. It sounds like a sitcom theme from the 70s.)

“Ave Satani,” from The Omen

“Come to Me,” from The Pink Panther Strikes Again

“Gonna Fly Now,” from Rocky

Analysis: You are actually insane if we don’t agree on what should have won this year.

My Vote: “Gonna Fly Now”

Rankings:

5. “A World That Never Was”

4. “Ave Satani”

3. “Evergreen”

2. “Come to Me”

1. “Gonna Fly Now”

1977: “YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE,” FROM YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE

“Candle on the Water,” from Pete’s Dragon

“Someone’s Waiting for You,” from The Rescuers

“The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me/She Dances with Me),” from The Slipper and the Rose

“Nobody Does It Better,” from The Spy Who Loved Me

Analysis: Just to remind you, “Theme from New York, New York” wasn’t nominated. Yeah, that one.

Now — category. I understand why they’d vote for “You Light Up My Life.” I really do. But I’m voting for “Nobody Does It Better.” Because that, to me, is the better song. That’s a top five Bond song for all time! That’s your vote.

My Vote: “Nobody Does It Better”

Rankings:

5. “The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me/She Dances with Me)”

4. “Someone’s Waiting for You”

3. “You Light Up My Life”

2. “Candle on the Water”

1. “Nobody Does It Better”

1978: “LAST DANCE,” FROM THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY

“Ready to Take a Chance Again,” from Foul Play

“Hopelessly Devoted To You,” from Grease

“When You’re Loved,” from The Magic of Lassie

“The Last Time I Felt Like This,” from Same Time, Next Year

Analysis: Awesome category, right? Too bad Grease was already a musical. Those songs would have destroyed this category. (Though, wasn’t Frankie Valli’s opening song original? How ’bout including that, Academy?) Also, I might be in the minority here, but I fucking love “Ready to Take a Chance Again.” I’m totally voting for that. I get “Last Dance” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” but I love that Barry Manilow. And I don’t even know why! So I’m voting for that even though “Last Dance” was an amazing (and fitting) choice.

My Vote: “Ready to Take a Chance Again”

Rankings:

5. “The Last Time I Felt Like This”

4. “When You’re Loved”

3. “Hopelessly Devoted to You”

2. “Last Dance”

1. “Ready to Take a Chance Again”

1979: “IT GOES LIKE IT GOES,” FROM NORMA RAE

“Through the Eyes of Love,” from Ice Castles

“The Rainbow Connection,” from The Muppet Movie

“I’ll Never Say Goodbye,” from The Promise

“It’s Easy to Say,” from 10

Analysis: Man, the Academy just hates the Muppets, don’t they? They ignore “The Rainbow Connection” and then don’t vote for the best song from the new movie. Awful.

I get the Norma Rae vote, but “The Rainbow Connection” is so superior. (P.S. Best Picture nominee again.)

My Vote:

Rankings:

5. “I’ll Never Say Goodbye”

4. “It’s Easy to Say”

3. “It Goes Like It Goes”

2. “Through the Eyes of Love”

1. “The Rainbow Connection”

1980: “FAME,” FROM FAME

(It starts in around 3 minutes, 45 seconds, but just enjoy the whole video. It’s amazing.)

“People Alone,” from The Competition

“Out Here on My Own,” from Fame

“On the Road Again,” from Honeysuckle Rose

“Nine to Five,” from Nine to Five

Analysis: She’s gonna learn how to fly. (High.)

(Also, yeah, Willie!)

(P.S. What a category this is.)

My Vote: “Fame”

Rankings:

5. “People Alone”

4. “Nine to Five”

3. “Out Here on My Own”

2. “On the Road Again”

1. “Fame”

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Tomorrow we get into the 80s, which might be the most fun decade for this category, as foreshadowed by that final category we did today.

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2 responses

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    July 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  2. Michael

    Let’s catch up a bit:
    1976: “Car Wash” (yeah that one) from “Car Wash” performed by Rose Royce (haha atrocious puns kill me now)
    1977: “Stayin’ Alive” (my winner) from “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees; “Theme from New York, New York” from “Aliens Are Devouring My Brains” performed by Liza Minnelli; “More Than a Woman” from “Saturday Night Fever” performed by the Bee Gees
    1978: “You’re the One That I Want” (my winner) from “Grease” (it wasn’t in the musical) performed by Travolta and Newton-John; “Grease” from “Grease” performed by Frankie Valli
    1979: “The Rose” from “The Rose” performed by Midler
    1980: “Call Me” from “American Gigolo” performed by Blondie

    July 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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