Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The MJ Show #43 (Oscar Winning Best Original Songs on the U.S. Hot 100 Charts)

Some brilliant songs have been written for movies so far and most of these songs have done really well on various charts around the world as well.Today, we'll look at the Oscar winning songs that made it to the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

“Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham's "The Weary Kind" earned Best Original Song honors.

The track, written by Bingham and T-Bone Burnett, appears on the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack, which has so far peaked at No. 2 on the Soundtracks chart, No. 6 on Country Albums and No. 22 on the Billboard 200. The set features two songs from Bingham, as well as contributions from Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Bridges. Bingham and his band, Dead Horses, serve as the film's backing band for Bridges, who portrays fictitious country music singer Bad Blake.

"The Weary Kind" has yet to reach a Billboard chart, although it is bubbling under the Triple A adult alternative radio airplay tally. While it could reach Digital Songs and/or the Billboard Hot 100, based on increased sales following its victory, the recent trend of Best Original Song winners not registering mass-appeal success continues.

Since 2000, just three Best Original Song recipients have reached the Hot 100. (With a 12-week run at No. 1, however, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" became the longest-reigning Best Original Song honoree).

In prior decades, Academy Award-winning movie music was more prevalent on the Hot 100. Five Best Original Song champions topped the Hot 100 in the '70s, and seven ruled in the '80s. In the '90s, two rose to No. 1 and another four cracked the top 10.

With the red carpet rolled up until next year, here is a look at the chart performances of the Best Original Song winners dating to the Hot 100's launch in 1958. (In cases where multiple versions of songs appeared on the Hot 100, the highest-charting version is listed).

Here's the naming format for today's playlist:
Winning Year, Peak Position - Artist - Title - Film

2009, (I'll let you know once it charts) - Ryan Bingham - The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) - Crazy Heart #TheMJshow
(It's just too nice a song to miss out on this list) :)

2008, No. 15 - A R Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) - Slumdog Millionaire #TheMJshow

2007, No. 61 - The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) - Falling Slowly - Once #TheMJshow

2002, No. 1 (12 weeks) - Eminem - Lose Yourself - 8 Mile #TheMJshow

1999, No. 21 - Phil Collins - You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan #TheMJshow

1998, No. 15 - Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey - When You Believe - The Prince of Egypt #TheMJshow

1997, No. 1 (two weeks) - Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On - Titanic #TheMJshow

1996, No. 18 - Madonna - You Must Love Me - Evita #TheMJshow

1995, No. 4 - Vanessa Williams - Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas #TheMJshow

1994, No. 4 - Elton John - Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Lion King #TheMJshow

1993, No. 9 - Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia - Philadelphia #TheMJshow

1992, No. 1 (one week) - Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) - Aladdin #TheMJshow

1991, No. 9 - Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson - Beauty And The Beast - Beauty And The Beast #TheMJshow

1988, No. 49 - Carly Simon - Let the River Run - Working Girl #TheMJshow

1987, No. 1 (one week) - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Dirty Dancing #TheMJshow

1986, No. 1 (one week) - Berlin - Take My Breath Away - Top Gun #TheMJshow

1985, No. 1 (four weeks) - Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me - White Nights #TheMJshow

1984, No. 1 (three weeks) - Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - The Woman In Red #TheMJshow

1983, No. 1 (six weeks) - Irene Cara - Flashdance...What a Feeling - Flashdance #TheMJshow

1982, No. 1 (three weeks) - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong - An Officer And A Gentleman #TheMJshow

1981, No. 1 (three weeks) - Christopher Cross - Best That You Can Do (Arthur's Theme) - Arthur #TheMJshow

1980, No. 4 - Irene Cara - Fame - Fame #TheMJshow

1978, No. 3 - Donna Summer - Last Dance - Thank God It's Friday #TheMJshow

1977, No. 1 (10 weeks) - Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life - You Light Up My Life #TheMJshow

1976, No. 1 (three weeks) - Barbra Streisand - Evergreen (Love Theme from "A Star Is Born") - A Star Is Born #TheMJshow

1975, No. 17 - Keith Carradine - I'm Easy - Nashville #TheMJshow

1974, No. 83 - Maureen McGovern - We May Never Love Like This Again - The Towering Inferno #TheMJshow

1973, No. 1 (three weeks) - Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were - The Way We Were #TheMJshow

1972, No. 1 (two weeks) - Maureen McGovern - The Morning After - The Poseidon Adventure #TheMJshow

1971, No. 1 (two weeks) - Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft - Shaft #TheMJshow

1970, No. 3 - Carpenters - For All We Know - Lovers And Other Strangers #TheMJshow

1969, No. 1 (four weeks) - B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid #TheMJshow

1968, No. 31 - Dusty Springfield - The Windmills of Your Mind - The Thomas Crown Affair #TheMJshow

1966, No. 7 - Roger Williams - Born Free - Born Free #TheMJshow

1965, No. 93 - Boots Randolph - The Shadow Of Your Smile - The Sandpiper #TheMJshow

1964, No. 81 - The New Christy Minstrels - Chim, Chim, Cheree - Mary Poppins #TheMJshow

1963, No. 78 - Frank Sinatra - Call Me Irresponsible - Papa's Delicate Condition #TheMJshow

1962, No. 33 - Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Days Of Wine And Roses - Days Of Wine And Roses #TheMJshow

Bonus Track - Andy Williams - Days Of Wine And Roses #TheMJshow

1961, No. 11 - Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffany's #TheMJshow

Bonus Track - Audrey Hepburn - Moon River #TheMJshow

Bonus Track - Andy Williams - Moon River #TheMJshow

1960, No. 19 - Don Costa and His Orchestra and Chorus - Never On Sunday - Never On Sunday #TheMJshow

1959, No. 30 - Frank Sinatra and a Bunch of Kids - High Hopes - A Hole in the Head #TheMJshow

Wow!! Over 5 decades of award winning and Hot 100 Charting songs!
What'd you think? Do let me know in the comments and pass it around to other music lovers too!

I want to dedicate tonight's show to my good friend Parag Kamani who kind of got me started on tonight's show. Thanks Parag. I hope you enjoy these songs :)
(A list of his top 10 songs will be coming here soon in the "Guest Series" show. I'll tell you more about him there.) :)

That's all I got for you tonight :) Hope you enjoyed the songs.

It's time for me to say...take care...and good night. :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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