Did They Get it Right? – Best Original Song – Oscars 1984

DTGIR 1984

1984 is a really difficult year to me to decide because all 5 songs nominated are great and in addition, there are so many others that could have also been nominated.

Being a kid of the 80’s, most of these songs helped form my childhood and I will always love them all, but in the end, only one can go home with GOLD.

so without further adieu…

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

  • “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” – Against All Odds • Music and Lyrics: Phil Collins

  • “Footloose” – Footloose • Music and Lyrics: Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford

  • “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – Footloose • Music and Lyrics: Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford

  • “Ghostbusters” – Ghostbusters • Music and Lyrics: Ray Parker Jr.

  • “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – The Woman in Red – Music and Lyrics: Stevie Wonder

Song (s) that I think should have been included in the mix: (Not sure if all really are eligible according to Oscar standards…)

  • Almost Paradise – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (Footloose)

  • Cruel Summer – Bananarama (The Karate Kid)

  • Dancing in the Sheets – Shalamar (Footloose)

  • The Heat is On – Glen Frey (Beverly Hills Cop)

  • I’m Free – Kenny Loggins (Footloose)

  • The Moment of Truth – Survivor (The Karate Kid)

  • Neutron Dance – The Pointer Sisters (Beverly Hills Cop)

  • New Attitude – Patti LaBelle (Beverly Hills Cop)

  • The Neverending Story – Limahl Feat. Beth Anderson (The Neverending Story)

  • Purple Rain – Prince (Purple Rain)

  • Teacher, Teacher – .38 Special (Teachers)

  • Up The Creek – Cheap Trick (Up the Creek)

  • When the Doves Cry – Prince (Purple Rain)

  • You’re the Best – Joe Esposito  (The Karate Kid)

My Rankings:


  • 5. – Let’s Hear it For the Boys
  • 4. – Ghostbusters
  • 3. – I Just Called to Say I Love You
  • 2. – Against All Odds
  • 1. – Footloose


  • 4. – Against All Odds
  • 3. – Women in Red
  • 2. – Ghostbusters
  • 1. – Footloose

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Nope, Not this year

Let me know what you think about these songs!

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