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Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1981-1985)

They don’t get any better than this first song:

1981: “ARTHUR’S THEME (BEST THAT YOU CAN DO),” FROM ARTHUR

“Endless Love,” from Endless Love

“For Your Eyes Only,” from For Your Eyes Only

“The First Time It Happens,” from The Great Muppet Caper

“One More Hour,” from Ragtime

Analysis: What a strong category. And fuck yeah, Arthur! That song wins this in a landslide. Forget “For Your Eyes Only” and “Endless Love.” They’re great, but “Arthur’s Theme” wins this shit cold.

My Vote: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”

Rankings:

5. “The First Time It Happens”

4. “One More Hour”

3. “Endless Love”

2. “For Your Eyes Only”

1. “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”

1982: “UP WHERE WE BELONG,” FROM AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

“How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,” from Best Friends

“Eye of the Tiger,” from Rocky III

“It Might Be You,” from Tootsie

“If We Were in Love,” from Yes, Giorgio

Analysis: My gut says “Eye of the Tiger” here, but honestly, if they’re not gonna vote for “Gonna Fly Now”… plus “Up Where We Belong” is so good… I’m gonna vote for that.

My Vote: “Up Where We Belong”

Rankings:

5. “If We Were in Love”

4. “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”

3. “It Might Be You”

2. “Eye of the Tiger”

1. “Up Where We Belong”

1983: “FLASHDANCE… WHAT A FEELING,” FROM FLASHDANCE

“Maniac,” from Flashdance

“Over You,” from Tender Mercies

“Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” from Yentl

“The Way He Makes Me Feel,” from Yentl

Analysis: What a strong category. I can do without the second Yentl song (I’d have put on “All Time High” from Octopussy, myself), but Babs sings the hell out of it, so it’s cool. As for a vote…

If you don’t vote “Flashdance…What a Feeling” here, you have no soul.

My Vote: “Flashdance… What a Feeling”

Rankings:

5. “The Way He Makes Me Feel”

4. “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”

3. “Over You”

2. “Maniac”

1. “Flashdance… What a Feeling”

1984: “I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU,” FROM THE WOMAN IN RED

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“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” from Against All Odds

“Footloose,” from Footloose

“Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” from Footloose

“Ghostbusters,” from Ghostbusters

Analysis: Look at this category! Holy shit! I don’t know what to do here. I might need to do process of elimination.

Okay, first off is “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Gotta be. Two songs from the movie, it’s the weaker one.

Next is “Against All Odds.” Has to be. It just can’t hang with the other three.

Yeah, this is where it gets tough…

I think…

Yeah, I have to do it. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” has to come off. It’s the best written song (probably) on this list, but I just don’t think of it as a movie song. You know? I’m totally cool with it winning, but I just couldn’t respect myself if I voted for it. So that’s off.

But now what?

This is such a tough call. But — I gotta do it.

It’s “Footloose.” I love “Ghostbusters,” I really do. But it’s “Footloose.” The song is too good.

(Did not think I was gonna do that.)

My Vote: “Footloose”

Rankings:

5. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

4. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”

3. “I Just Called to Say I Love You”

2. “Ghostbusters”

1. “Footloose”

1985: “SAY YOU, SAY ME,” FROM WHITE NIGHTS

“The Power of Love,” from Back to the Future

“Surprise, Surprise,” from A Chorus Line

“Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister),” from The Color Purple

“Separate Lives,” from White Nights

Analysis: Totally get the vote, but it’s Huey all the way for me. (Come on, now.)

(This category — it makes one man weep, and another man sing. Boom! Nailed it!)

My Vote: “The Power of Love”

Rankings:

5. “Surprise, Surprise”

4. “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)”

3. “Separate Lives”

2. “Say You, Say Me”

1. “The Power of Love”

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Trust me, it only gets better tomorrow. 1986-1990.

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2 responses

  1. BlueFox94

    I’m suprised you didn’t comment on the absolute absence of the songs from “PURPLE RAIN” for 1984 :/

    July 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  2. Michael

    I’m back:
    1981: none
    1982: none
    1983: “If You’ll Hold the Ladder (I’ll Climb to the Top)” from Tender Mercies performed by Robert Duvall; and “All Time High” from Octopussy performed by Rita Coolidge
    1984: none
    1985: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club performed by Simple Minds; and “A View to a Kill” from A View to a Kill performed by Duran Duran

    July 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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