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Best Song?

Adele's Oscar win puts her in mixed company

By percy thrillington Feb 25, 2013 7:18PM
"Skyfall" is a good song and it was nice to see Adele collect yet another award at the Oscars. But it got one to thinking of how many times the Academy has rewarded songs that don't exactly stand the test of time. To say nothing of the times they passed over such worthy numbers as "Miss Misery" by Elliott Smith," "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson, "They Can't Take that Away From Me" by the brothers Gershwin and many more (including Adele's Bond-theme predecessors "Nobody Does it Better," "Live and Let Die" and, sort of, "The Look of Love"). And while it's true that Oscar has also offered much-deserved validation to the likes of Isaac Hayes, Randy Newman, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Sondheim, Eminem and Bob Dylan over the years—popular music artists tend to get the shaft.

With that in mind, here's a list of five dogs that Oscar made into kings and queens for a day. Let's hope "Skyfall" does better as time goes by:

(yes, it's Bachrach/David, but that's no excuse)
 "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red by Stevie Wonder, 1984
(Stevie's lowest point, forever enshrined)
(Q: What's the only thing that could make that movie feel longer? A: See below.)

(Even by Phil Collins's standards, this is tough to defend)