donna summer Academy Award Winning Theme Songs From the 60s 80s by K EARTH 101 Artists

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Sure, the Academy Awards are all about the movies, but the story is hardly possible to tell without the support of music setting the tones in a film. Through the years there has been several memorable Oscar-winning theme songs that we forever think of when we watch our favorite Hollywood classics. Check out the past winners for Best Original Song from the ’60s through ’80s!

1984: “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] — The Woman In Red

1983: “Flashdance…What A Feeling” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Irene Cara[/lastfm] — Flashdance

1982: ” Up Where We Belong” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Cocker[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Warnes[/lastfm] — An Officer and A Gentleman

1981: “Arthur’s Theme” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Christopher Cross[/lastfm] — Arthur

1980: “Fame” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Irene Cara[/lastfm] — Fame

1979: “It Goes Like It Goes” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Warnes[/lastfm] — Norma Rae

1978: “Last Dance” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Donna Summer[/lastfm] — Thank God It’s Friday

1977: “You Light Up My Life” originally by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kasey Cisyk[/lastfm] and later by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Debby Boone[/lastfm] — You Light Up My Life

1976: “Evergreen” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Barbra Streisand[/lastfm] — A Star Is Born

1975: “I’m Easy” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keith Carradine[/lastfm] — Nashville

1974: “We May Never Love Like This Again” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Maureen McGovern[/lastfm] — The Towering Inferno

1973: “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand — The Way We Were

1972: “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern — The Poseidon Adventure

1971: “Shaft” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Isaac Hayes[/lastfm] — Shaft

1970: “For All We Know” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Carpenters[/lastfm] — Lovers and Other Strangers

1969: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] B.J. Thomas[/lastfm] –  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1968: “The Windmills of Your Mind” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Noel Harrison[/lastfm] — The Thomas Crown Affair

1967: “Talk to the Animals” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leslie Bricusse[/lastfm] — Doctor Doolittle

1966: “Born Free” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Matt Monro[/lastfm] — Born Free

1965: “The Shadow of Your Smile” music by Johnny Mandel and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster — The Sandpiper

  1. RainbowRay says:

    All great songs and each one worthy of it’s Oscar win in my opinion. Especially fond of “Born Free”, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”, “The Shadow of Your Smile (think if Fiona when I here that and what a hell of a smile it is too). “Talk to the Animals (ventriloquism is fun, isn’t it), “The Windmills of your MInd”, “Evergreen” by Barbara Streisand (one of my mom’s favorite singer’s; remember her listening to her records “constantly” in my childhood. Thanks mom for that, if for nothing else!), “The Way We Were” (another great Streisand song, but my favorites of hers are “PEOPLE” and “Send In the Clowns”. For my life, it sounds these two sings fit so well, “You Light Up My Life” (remember buying that one when it first came out; I had unique but much different musical tastes back then as a child, different then everyone else at school, but I kept my mouth shut).


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