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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2013 1:00PM by Natalie Zina Walschots
Original songs can come to define a film as much as an iconic scene or line; the way that "Over the Rainbow" has come to define the Wizard of Oz or the stirring theme "Into the West" made The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King even more triumphant.
Adele's "Skyfall" seems like a sure bet this year, but not all nominated songs are so classy. Every once in a while a song shows up in this category that is so hilariously bad, so inexcusably putrid, that reading its very name in the list of nominees hits the brain like a sour note.
Sometimes it is the passage of time that makes these nominees awful, as they pass out of fashion or times change. In other cases, they are just maudlin garbage that somehow ended up in the spotlight in a year light on Disney films or musical adaptations.
Here is our top ten list of the worst "Best Original Song" nominees in the history of the Oscars. Feel free to argue in the comments.
- "Learn to be Lonely," 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2004)
- "Vanilla Sky," 'Vanilla Sky' (2001)
- "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," 'Armageddon' (1998)
- "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" 'Ã‚Â˜Don Juan DeMarco' (1995)
- "Blaze of Glory," 'Young Guns 2' (1990)
- "Glory of Love," 'Karate Kid, Part 2' (1986)
- "They're Either Too Young or Too Old," 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' (1943)
- "That's Amore," 'The Caddy' (1953)
- "Unchained Melody," 'Unchained' (1955)
- "My Heart Will Go On," 'Titanic' (1997)
- Worst Grammy Award Nominees Ever
- David Seville "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" (Nominated)
- Vaughn Meader 'The First Family' (Won)
- The New Vaudeville Band "Winchester Cathedral" (Won)
- A Taste of Honey (Won)
- Robin Williams / The Blues Brothers (Nominated)
- USA for Africa 'We are the World' (Nominated)
- Jethro Tull 'Crest of a Knave' (Won)
- Milli Vanilli (Won)
- Eric Clapton "Layla" (Unplugged version) (Won)
- The Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge'
- Skee-Lo 'I Wish' (Nominated)
- Quad City DJ's "Space Jam" (Nominated)
- Will Smith "Men In Black"/"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (Winner)
- Steely Dan 'Two Against Nature' (Winner)
- Baha Men "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (Winner)
- Creed "With Arms Wide Open" (Winner)
- Paul McCartney 'Liverpool Sound Collage' (Winner)
- Afroman "Because I Got High"
- Herbie Hancock 'River: The Joni Letters' (Winner)
- Al Walser "I Can't Live Without You" (Nominated)
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- Don McLean "American Pie"
- U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- Gordon Lightfoot "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
- Dr. Dre "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
- Bob Dylan "Hurricane"
- Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
- Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Fire"
- The Neville Brothers "Sister Rosa"
- The Tragically Hip, "Wheat Kings"
- Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
- The Cranberries "Zombie"
- Bloc Party "Hunting for Witches"
- The Postal Service "Sleeping In"
- Bruce Springsteen "The Rising"/"My City of Ruins"
- Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant Massacre"
- Filter, "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
- KISS, "Detroit Rock City"
- Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot"
- Steve Earle, "Ben McCulloch"
- Arcade Fire "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)"