For each time the Oscars will get one thing so very proper (i.e. Parasite successful greatest image in 2019), the Academy Awards also can get different issues so very incorrect (bear in mind when Crash triumphed over Brokeback Mountain or how they had been so transparently skewed they generated the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite?).
The greatest unique music class isn’t any stranger to some regrettable follies. In spite of everything, it is a class that has nominated dwelling legend Diane Warren 14 instances and despatched her house empty handed each single time. (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “Because You Loved Me,” and “‘Til It Happens To You” sure seemed like locks at the time, and then, nadda.) It’s additionally the identical class that controversially nominated a observe from an obscure Christian flick again in 2014, solely to should revoke it later.
In fact, a number of the most egregious Oscar moments have come from giving an Academy Award to confounding music alternatives. From forgettable Disney ditties to treacly catastrophe flick ballads (the one factor worse than perishing in The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Journey was the music accompanying them), there have been various instances when the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed that they are often totally tone deaf. (Apologies prematurely to proficient icons Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Elton John and repeat offender Randy Newman.)
In no specific order, these are one critic’s picks for the 15 worst Oscar-winning songs of all-time. Hey, you may’t get all of them proper.
“Writing’s on the Wall” music and lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith from Spectre
Placing apart the truth that this is among the extra lackluster James Bond songs (we dare you to attempt to hum this one from reminiscence), what was much more bleak was having it conquer Girl Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You,” a harrowing ode to survivors of sexual assault, from The Looking Floor.
“You’ll Be in My Heart” music and lyrics by Phil Collins from Tarzan
A forgettable music from a forgettable film, Phil Collins’ snoozer inexplicably beat out each Aimee Mann’s haunting “Save Me” and Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman’s hilarious “Blame Canada.” It’s the Crash of greatest unique music winners: its victory stays baffling as ever. Pay attention right here.
“The Morning After” music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn from The Poseidon Journey
Discuss a catastrophe: this waterlogged ballad bested Michael Jackson’s far superior “Ben.” Pay attention right here.
“You Must Love Me” music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice from Evita
Should we? As a result of, truthfully, Madonna has had infinitely higher and extra deserving songs from films, together with the Oscar-winning Stephen Sondheim composition “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from Dick Tracy. Worst of all, this drowsy ballad unreasonably received over the toe-tapping perfection that’s “That Thing You Do!”
“We May Never Love Like This Again” music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn from The Towering Inferno
Kasha and Hirschhorn gave us one more musical mishap from a ’70s catastrophe flick, toppling a greater music; on this case, the self-titled, gut-busting theme to Blazing Saddles. Pay attention right here.
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” music and lyrics by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert from Track of the South
Like Splash Mountain, it’s time to as soon as and for all bid this music from this racist rubbish adieu-dah. Pay attention right here.
“You Light Up My Life” music and lyrics by Joseph Brooks from You Mild Up My Life
Whereas different wistful ballads have managed to face the check of time, this one is about as corny because it will get. It’s greatest often known as one thing you dread listening to within the dentist chair. Plus, it in some way beat a killer Bond music! (On this case, Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better.”) Pay attention right here.
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice from The Lion King
Disney had the very best unique music class in a chokehold for the ’90s (see: “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Whole New World,” “Colors of the Wind.”). However it was The Lion King that dominated in 1994, garnering three music nominations with “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata” and the eventual winner, which was the weakest of the bunch, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Not a nasty music, however “Circle of Life” soars increased.
“The Shadow of Your Smile” music and lyrics by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster from The Sandpiper
Awarding this cocktail lounge ditty over “What’s New, Pussycat”? Whoa-ah-ohhhh-ah-no. Pay attention right here.
“Sweet Leilani” music and lyrics by Harry Owens from Waikiki Marriage ceremony
Like being caught within the luau from hell, this sappy island tune in some way bested the Gershwins’ legendary “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Pay attention right here.
“I Need to Wake Up” music and lyrics by Melissa Etheridge from An Inconvenient Reality
This music means properly, it actually does. However for a music that’s presupposed to seize the urgency of the worldwide warming disaster, it barely scratches the emotional floor of the quickly melting iceberg. Sorry to place you in second place once more, Al Gore, however this one belonged to “Listen” from Dreamgirls.
“Secret Love” music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster from Calamity Jane
As painful as it’s to place the incomparable Doris Day on a worst-of something listing, this saccharine ballad doesn’t fairly maintain a candle to the music it beat out: Dean Martin’s completely important “That’s Amore.” Pay attention right here.
“We Belong Together” music and lyrics by Randy Newman from Toy Story 3
There was no approach Randy Newman was ever going to have the ability to high “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” within the Toy Story universe, however perhaps the Academy felt unhealthy for snubbing that one all the way in which again in 1995 and awarded this subpar entry as a substitute. Pay attention right here.
“If I Didn’t Have You” music and lyrics by Randy Newman from Monsters, Inc.
Sorry to do that to you twice, Randy! However Enya’s “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings is the one music to rule all of them. Pay attention right here.
“Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born)” music and lyrics by Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams from A Star is Born
With all due respect to music/display/stage legend Streisand, this music isn’t any “Shallow,” and so far as 1976 is anxious, that 12 months’s theme music was “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky.