Few Oscars categories evoke such emotions, span so many genres, and can remain so uniquely relevant even as time goes by as best original song. Eighty years after Judy Garland sang it in “The Wizard of Oz,” “Over the Rainbow” remains a treasured song that is still used in commercials, films, and television programs. Many songs rooted in American culture won the Oscar for best original song.
Movies, especially the good ones, elicit feelings — and songs help further enhance these emotions. The best songs not only in help cement their respective films in the minds of the movie-watching public, but also shape pop culture as a whole. “Skyfall,” “Lose Yourself,” and “My Heart Will Go On” are examples of songs that provided this emotional connection and transcended into pop culture.
At this year’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony – taking place on Sunday, March 4 – one more song will be added to the list of 83 that have won over the years. Nominees include “Mighty River,” from “Mudbound;” “Mystery of Love,” from “Call Me by Your Name;” “Remember Me,” from “Coco;” “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall;” and “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman.”
In honor of this award, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the best original song the year you were born.