Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

The whole world was humming them. Here are the biggest hits that received an Oscar

Bille Eilish has already made history by not only winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song twice, but by becoming the youngest two-time winner of the award, breaking yet another record that has stood for almost 90 years.

In 1937, she was 28 years old Louise Rainer she won the Academy Award for best actress for her role in “The Good Earth,” just a year after receiving the same award for 1936’s “The Great Ziegfeld,” making her then the youngest person in history to win the prestigious statuette twice. Many people predicted this turn of events this year, especially since it was a blockbuster movie “What Was I Made For?” previously dominated the 2024 Grammy Awards, winning honors for song of the year, record of the year, best pop solo performance and best music video.

This year’s other, less fortunate, record came from an extremely popular songwriter like her Diane Warren. Her hits have topped the charts for years and received many awards except one. Nothing changed last night, despite his 15th composition nomination “The Fire Inside” from the movie “Flamin’ “Hot” there is only an honorary Oscar on her shelf.

The music awards were first introduced in 1934 at the seventh Academy Awards. Since then, many compositions have become timeless hits that have taken on a life of their own beyond film images. Let’s recall the most popular of them.

“A Star Is Born” the fourth adaptation of the famous 1937 film turned out to be a great success six years ago, and the emotional ballad performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper a worldwide hit. The performance of both artists during the 91st gala was widely commented on due to the magic and emotionality created on stage (some even suggested that the artists were united by something more than friendship). The song topped the charts in virtually all countries and became one of the favorite compositions of many artists (Lewis Capaldi, Alicia Keys or Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood) and one of the most frequently chosen karaoke recordings.

A moving legal drama with Tom Hanks and Danzel Washington starring, was one of the cinema hits of 1993. Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his performance, as did the beautiful ballad written by Bruce’and Springsteen. Filled with incredible compositions by Sade, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel, the film’s soundtrack became one of the best-selling albums in the world, and “Streets of Philadelphia” one of the biggest hits in Boss’s career. In addition to the Oscar, the composition won as many as four Grammy awards.

On one of the popular streaming services, you can watch an excellent documentary about the creation of cult films of the 80s. Thanks to it, you can learn how the soundtrack for “Dirty Dancing”, which, like the film, became a cult work. This is undoubtedly also due to the beautiful ballad performed by the duo Bill Medley and Jennifer Warneswhich, in addition to the Oscar, was honored with a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, and also gave power to the final scene of the film.

American Western from 1969 with excellent performances Paul Newman and Robert Redford it’s a cinema classic today. Just like a song written by a famous songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The former had already been nominated for Oscars, but only the brilliant composition won him his first statuette. He received another one in 1981 “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”. “Raindrops Keep Fallin” on My Head” recorded by BJ Thomas turned out to be a real hit and an immortal classic that returned in subsequent versions over the years.

The godfather of disco music seems to be a sure thing in the Oscar race. Nominated twice for this award, he received the statuette twice. The first time was in 1983 for a hit “Flashdance…What a Feeling” from film “Flash Dance”the second time in favor “Take My Breath Away”. The recording, performed by the Berlin group, turned out to be a great worldwide hit and the musical showcase of the film “Top Gun”.

Character B-Rabbitcreated by Eminem in the film “8 Mile” turned the popular rapper into a global star. The success of the famous hit meant that Eminem’s music reached mainstream radio stations around the world, and the sales of the single, as well as the entire soundtrack to the film, were phenomenal. To this day, it is one of the musician’s greatest hits in his discography.

The famous singer and author had already been nominated for an Oscar three years before his success. In 1981, his title composition from the film “Endless Love” lost to the already mentioned “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” Burt Bacharach. It was not until the composition “Say You, Say Me” appeared in the film “White Nights” directed by Taylor Hackford she brought it Lionel Richie desired success. Due to Motown’s blockade, the recording did not appear on the soundtrack to the film, but only on the album “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

In 1984, a musical duel of giants took place at the Oscars. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, Kenny Loggins “Footloose” and Ray Parker Jr. were nominated for the award. “Ghostbusters”. All the compositions were huge hits, but Stevie Wonder’s composition went down in history as the Oscar winner. The musician’s recording became the biggest hit in his extensive discography and the most recognizable song of all time.

I don’t think anyone today can imagine this iconic animation without music Elton John. The artist was nominated for an Oscar three times in 1994 for songs from the film. However, this is not “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”exactly “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” won recognition from members of the Film Academy. EltonJohn won another statuette for the song “(AND’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from film “Rocketman” in 2019.

Another beautiful composition that has been inextricably associated with the super production for years James Cameron and is a musical showcase Celine Dion. Although the director was initially concerned about whether the pop song should be included in his film, after hearing it, all fears disappeared and the recording became as popular as the film itself. Apart from the Oscars, “My Heart Will Go On” won virtually all the prestigious awards of the 1998/1999 season, with the Golden Globes and Grammys at the forefront.