Introduced at the 7th annual Academy Awards in 1934, the category of Best Original Song has seen its share of high times and lean years. But for many people, it’s the song associated with a film that keeps the memory of the movie alive. Taking a look at all of the Academy Award-winning songs over the past 79 years, here are five of the best.
1969: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Music: Burt Bacharach
Lyrics: Hal David
It was an odd song choice for a modernistic “buddy Western,” but the quirky, nonsensical lyrics by David and memorable melody by Bacharach made for the perfect accompaniment to a scene chronicling Paul Newman’s first time mounting a new transportation device – the bicycle.
Additionally, the B.J. Thomas recording of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1970 for…
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