Last Sunday, the 52nd Grammy™ Awards for the new decade was viewed by millions across the globe. Music can be considered as a universal language – it speaks in different tongues and touches diverse hearts.
I chose to focus on the Song of the Year winners because of its appeal and broad range of music genres. In some cases, the SOTY was not related to the Record or Album of the Year which makes the awards so appealing and eclectic. What’s interesting is that 5 out of the 10 songs were themes from a movie. So today’s simply five is both movie and song related. How awesome is that?
You may ask – why the 90’s? Honestly, I wasn’t paying much attention to the pageantry of the yearly music shindig til then. But I assure you, there will be other decades to come.
1. Change the World (Songwriters – Eric Clapton & Will Jennings, Artists – Eric Clapton, Wynonna) SOTY 1996
A song of unrequited love mixed with grand riffs and chords from Clapton himself. Chosen as the theme to the movie, Phenomenon (1996), the song promises grandiose offerings of love and passion, settling the daydreams of those of us who have loved and were never loved back.
2. A Whole New World (Songwriters – Alan Menken & Tim Rice, Artists – Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle) SOTY 1993
Another song linked to a movie, this enchanting composition was the theme to Disney’s Aladdin (1992). The lyrics are remarkably in sync with the movie’s visual cues (magic carpet ride, princess) but can stand on its own successfully.
3. Kiss from a Rose (Songwriter/Artist – Seal) SOTY 1995
Seal’s artistry is very reflective of this song – it’s filled with prose and creative symbolism. It doesn’t refer to the components of love in a “mass-appeal” imagery, but uses ingenious metaphors. As the main movie theme from Batman Forever (1995), this song is captivating and evocative of the film’s emotion.
4. Streets of Philadelphia (Songwriter/Artist – Bruce Springsteen) SOTY 1994
The humanistic tone of this song is outstanding and no artist can pull it off better than The Boss. Written as the theme to Philadelphia (1993), this song is very simple in its melody, voice and harmony but rich in captive voice and poignant poetic style.
5. My Heart Will Go On (Songwriters – James Horner & Will Jennings, Artist – Celine Dione) SOTY 1998
If you don’t know this song – get out of the rock from where you were in 1998. There has been many articles, comments and reviews about this song, that I seriously cannot possibly add anything else. It’s powerful, most reflective of Celine Dion’s vocal variety and prowess. Scored as the “love theme” from the blockbuster movie, Titanic (1997), this song reverberates on a global scale and epic success.