The Oscars influences the box office. Countless movies had gone unnoticed by the public until the Academy grants it a trophy. Studios take advantage of this by re-releasing the movie to find it raking more money.
The Academy has the same kind of power with the soundtracks of the movies. More songs go unnoticed but once the Academy is given to it, radio stations and the eventually the public find themselves appreciating it more.
Below are the top 10 love songs that won an Oscar.
10. Up Where We Belong
Movie: An Officer and a Gentleman
Composer: Music: Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie • Lyrics: Will Jennings
Year: 1982 (55th)
The single became a number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 1982 and kept the position for three weeks, also reaching number 7 in the UK, where the film was less popular.
Funny trivea: Producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded “Up Where We Belong” to be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, “The song is no good. It isn’t a hit.”
9. For All We Know
Movie: Lovers and Other Strangers
Music: Fred Karlin • Lyrics: Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin
Year: 1970 (43rd)
Popularized by the Carpenters but the duo were not allowed to perform the song at the ceremony as they had not appeared in the film. At their request, the song was performed by British singer Petula Clark.
In 1972, Richard and Karen appeared on Tom Jones’ Special London Bridge Special, where they performed a reprise of “For All We Know.” It was never released to the public until 2000, with the release of The Singles: 1969-1981.
The song became a hit in the UK for Shirley Bassey in 1971. It peaked at number six during a 24-week chart run.
8. You Light Up My Life
Movie: You Light Up My Life
Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks
Year: 1977 (50th)
It easily became the most successful single of the 1970s in the United States and set a new Hot 100 record for longest reign at No.1. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA, also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and even reached #4 on the Country chart.
Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine
Year: 1975 (48th)
The song peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent one week atop the adult contemporary chart. “I’m Easy” was Carradine’s only recording to reach the Top 40 and took the #71 slot on the year-end countdown.
6. I Just Called to Say I Love You
Movie: The Woman in Red
Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder
Year: 1984 (57th)
Number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13, 1984 and also became Wonder’s only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks. It also became his tenth number-one on the R&B chart and his fourth number-one on the adult contemporary chart. In addition, the song won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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