Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscars Playlist: Fifteen Great Past Winners for Best Original Song

Kickoff time for the 83rd Academy Awards draws ever nearer, and one award to be announced tonight will be to the 75th song to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. All week I've been highlighting some of the notable moments in the history of the category and of movie songwriting itself, so to wrap it up, here is a new Vertigo Shtick playlist of my fifteen favorite (read: the fifteen greatest) previous winners of the gold statuette since the category debuted in 1934.

1. "Over the Rainbow" — The Wizard of Oz (1939) Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg

2. "When You Wish upon a Star" — Pinocchio (1940) Music by Leigh Harline, lyrics by Ned Washington

3. "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" — Song of the South (1947) Music by Allie Wrubel, lyrics by Ray Gilbert

4. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" — Neptune's Daughter (1949) Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

5. "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Qué Será, Será)" — The Man Who Knew Too Much (1954) Music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

6. "Chim Chim Cher-ee" — Mary Poppins (1964) Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

7. "Windmills of Your Mind" — The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman

8. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David

9. "Theme from Shaft" — Shaft (1971) Music and lyrics by Isaac Hayes

10. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" — The Woman in Red (1984) Music and lyrics by Stevie Wonder

11. "Under the Sea" — The Little Mermaid (1989) Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman

12. "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" — Dick Tracy (1990) Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

13. "Beauty and the Beast" — Beauty and the Beast (1991) Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman

14. "Streets of Philadelphia" — Philadelphia  (1993) Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

15. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — The Lion King (1994) Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice

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