The Academy Awards aren’t about music. We get it, music has its own big night in February and this Sunday’s Oscars is about the actors and directors not Adele getting another new statue to cram next to all of her Grammys. It makes sense, too, that music gets ignored on Oscar night because like we’ve written before, the nominees and winners tend to be, well, pretty lame songs. Last year, “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” won while up against one other song, which was “Real in Rio” from that animated “Rio” movie.
But even though the Oscars don’t have the best track record for picking music, that doesn’t mean that some of our most iconic songs have come from movies and won little-gold-dude-statues for it. Here is our Oscars 2013 playlist of our favorite, or most memorable at least, winners of best original song.
Listen to our whole Oscars 2013 playlist on Spotify, too.
2002 (75th) “Lose Yourself” — “8 Mile,” Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, Lyrics: Eminem
Why? Because this is probably Eminem’s lyrics at their best, and every good rapper needs an awesome origins song.
2000 (73rd) “Things Have Changed” — “Wonder Boys,” Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Why? Because it’s Bob Dylan, duh.
1986 (59th) “Take My Breath Away” — “Top Gun,” Music: Giorgio Moroder, Lyrics: Tom Whitlock
Why? Because this is pretty much the only song in the movie. And somehow, it still doesn’t get old after the 50th time it’s played. That, and volleyball.
1971 (44th) “Theme from Shaft” — “Shaft,” Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
Why? For hopefully obvious reasons. Hint: 3:21 min
1969 (42nd) “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” — “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Music: Burt Bacharach, Lyrics: Hal David
Why? Paul Newman in a Bowler hat riding a bike with Kathrine Ross with this song playing. Greatness. Also, great movie.