Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song was awarded for the first time in 1962 and has been awarded annually since 1965 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The award is presented to the songwriters of a song written specifically for a motion picture. The performers of the song are not credited, unless they also have a writing or co-writing credit.


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • 1960s 1.1
    • 1970s 1.2
    • 1980s 1.3

Winners and nominees

A (+) means it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. A (‡) means it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.


1961: "Town Without Pity" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri TiomkinTown Without Pity

1964: "Circus World" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri TiomkinCircus World

1965: " Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz OrtolaniThe Yellow Rolls-Royce

1966: "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert KaempfertA Man Could Get Killed

1967: "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick LoeweCamelot

1968: "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand, performed by Jose FelicianoThe Thomas Crown Affair +

1969: "Jean" Music & Lyrics by Rod McKuenThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


1970: "Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry ManciniDarling Lili

1971: "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin HamlischKotch

1972: "Ben" Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf performed by Michael JacksonBen

1973: "The Way We Were" Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, performed by Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were +

1974: "I Feel Love" Lyrics by Betty Box, Music by Euel BoxBenji

1975: "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics by Keith Carradine, performed by Keith CarradineNashville +

1976: "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand, performed by Barbra StreisandA Star Is Born +

1977: "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks, performed by Kasey CisykYou Light Up My Life +

1978: "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara, performed by Donna SummerThank God It's Friday +

1979: "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom, performed by Bette MidlerThe Rose


1980: "Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore, performed by Irene CaraFame +

1981: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager, performed by Christopher CrossArthur +

1982: "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie, performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer WarnesAn Officer and a Gentleman +

1983: "Irene Cara – Flashdance +

1984: "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder, performed by Stevie WonderThe Woman in Red +

1985: "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie, performed by Lionel RichieWhite Nights +

1986: "Berlin – Top Gun +

1987: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer WarnesDirty Dancing +

1988: two winners 1) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon, performed by Carly SimonWorking Girl + 2) "Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont DozierBuster