Did They Get it Right? – Best Original Song – Oscars 1986

DTGIR 1986

Here’s another great list of nominees from the 80’s.  3 of the 5 are 80’s staple songs and all could have walked away with the win.

The list of potential nominees that didn’t make the cut is filled with lots of excellent 80’s hits

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

  • “Somewhere Out There” – An American Tail • Music: James Horner and Barry Mann • Lyrics: Cynthia Weil

  • “Glory of Love” – The Karate Kid, Part II • Music: Peter Cetera and David Foster • Lyrics: Peter Cetera and Diane Nini

  • “Mean Green Mother From Outer Space” – Little Shop of Horrors • Music: Alan Menken • Lyrics: Howard Ashman

  • “Life in a Looking Glass” – That’s Life! • Music: Henry Mancini • Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse

  • “Take My Breath Away” – Top Gun – Music: Giorgio Moroder • Lyrics: Tom Whitlock

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

  • Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald (Running Scared)

  • One More Night – Phil Collins (The Color of Money)

  • Two Looking at One – Carly Simon (Karate Kid Part II)

  • Playing With the Boys – Kenny Loggins (Top Gun)

  • Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins (Top Gun)

  • Mighty Wings – Cheap Trick (Top Gun)

My Rankings:


  • 5. – Life in a Looking Glass
  • 4. – Mean Green Mother
  • 3. – Somewhere Out There
  • 2. – Glory of Love
  • 1. – Take My Breathe Away


  • 5. – That’s Life
  • 4. – An American Tail
  • 3. – The Karate Kid Part II
  • 2. – Little Shop of Horrors
  • 1. – Top Gun

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes, but Take My Breathe Away, Somewhere Out There or Glory of Love could have won it.

Let me know what you think about these songs!

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