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Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1991-1995)

There are no words for this one. Just listen:

1991: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,” FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

“Be Our Guest,” from Beauty and the Beast

“Belle,” from Beauty and the Beast

“When You’re Alone,” from Hook

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

Analysis: This category is perfect. And what’s even better is that you could have had five Beauty and the Beast Songs and no one would have batted an eye. Toss on “Gaston” and “Something There” and that’s that. But I love the Bryan Adams addition and the Hook as well. Still, they went with the right choice. I think. Honestly, though, any one of those three wins and it’s fine. (Actually, if anything but “When You’re Alone” wins here and it’s a perfect decision.)

My Vote: “Beauty and the Beast”

Rankings:

5. “When You’re Alone”

4. “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)”

3. “Be Our Guest”

2. “Belle”

1. “Beauty and the Beast”

1992: “A WHOLE NEW WORLD,” FROM ALADDIN

“Friend Like Me,” from Aladdin

“I Have Nothing,” from The Bodyguard

“Run to You,” from The Bodyguard

“Beautiful Maria of My Soul,” from The Mambo Kings

Analysis: Alan Menken is a boss. Seriously. Disney owes that man more money than they can ever pay him.

(P.S. “I Will Always Love You” was ineligible here. Dolly Parton wrote it in 1974.)

My Vote: “A Whole New World”

Rankings:

5. “Beautiful Maria of My Soul”

4. “Run to You”

3. “I Have Nothing”

2. “Friend Like Me”

1. “A Whole New World”

1993: “STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA,” FROM PHILADELPHIA

“The Day I Fall in Love,” from Beethoven’s 2nd

“Philadelphia,” from Philadelphia

“Again,” from Poetic Justice

“A Wink and a Smile,” from Sleepless in Seattle

Analysis: Springsteen deserved this (especially since he got royally fucked over in 2008), but I like the Janet song more. So that’s my #1, but I’ll still vote for Bruce.

My Vote: “Streets of Philadelphia”

Rankings:

5. “The Day I Fall in Love”

4. “Philadelphia”

3. “A Wink and a Smile”

2. “Streets of Philadelphia”

1. “Again”

1994: “CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT,” FROM THE LION KING

“Look What Love Has Done,” from Junior

“Circle of Life,” from The Lion King

“Hakuna Matata,” from The Lion King

“Make Up Your Mind,” from The Paper

Analysis: Come on.

(Also, seriously, just put on “Be Prepared” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and there’s your entire category.)

My Vote: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

Rankings:

5. “Make Up Your Mind”

4. “Look What Love Has Done”

3. “Hakuna Matata”

2. “Circle of Life”

1. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

1995: “COLORS OF THE WIND,” FROM POCAHONTAS

“Dead Man Walking,” from Dead Man Walking

“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?,” from Don Juan DeMarco

“Moonlight,” from Sabrina

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from Toy Story

Analysis: This sucks. Randy Newman writes one of the best songs he ever wrote, and fucking Alan Menken goes into beast mode. I have to vote for Randy Newman, just out of principle. But I’ll tell you — I think Menken deserved this one. It’s just a loyalty thing for me. (But man — Menken is a beast.)

My Vote: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

Rankings:

5. “Moonlight”

4. “Dead Man Walking”

3. “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”

2. “Colors of the Wind”

1. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

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And tomorrow we round out the 90s. 1996-2000.

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One response

  1. Michael

    Now for these:
    1991: Something There from Beauty and the Beast performed by Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and David Ogden Stiers; Gaston from Beauty and the Beast performed by Richard White, Jesse Corti, and Townspeople
    1992: none
    1993: none
    1994: I Just Can’t Wait to Be King from The Lion King performed by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Williams; Be Prepared from The Lion King performed by Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings
    1995: GoldenEye from GoldenEye performed by Tina Turner; Just Around the Riverbend from Pocahontas performed by Judy Kuhn

    July 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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