Winning a Golden Globe for best original song is often a stepping-stone to winning an Oscar in that category. Seven of the last 10 Globe winners went on to win the Oscar. Whoever wins when this year’s Golden Globes are presented on Sunday (Jan. 7) no doubt hopes that pattern continues.
But it doesn’t always work out that way. Since 1962, when the Globes introduced their best original song category, 12 songs have won a Globe that weren’t even nominated for an Oscar. A few weren’t eligible. Others simply didn’t get enough votes.
In the unlikely event that Bruce Springsteen’s “Addicted to Romance” from She Came to Me or Jack Black’s “Peaches” from The Super Mario Bros. Movie wins the Globe on Sunday, they’ll join this list. Those songs weren’t even shortlisted for this year’s Oscars. (That means Springsteen and Black can sleep in on Jan. 23, when the Oscar nominations are announced.)
This year’s four other Globe nominees for best original song all made the Oscar shortlist – “Dance the Night,” “I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie and Lenny Kravitz’s “Road to Freedom” from Rustin. (No more than two of the Barbie songs can be Oscar-nominated.)
The roster of songs that won the Globe and weren’t even nominated for an Oscar includes several that were written and performed by pop and rock legends, including Springsteen, Madonna, Prince and Mick Jagger. Here’s a complete list of these 12 songs, in chronological order. The years shown are the year of the Oscar ceremony.
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