1955: The ’50s-est Year for Oscar Songs

28 Feb

I’m always picking on 1955, it seems, but I wanted to do an Oscar post, and I wanted it to be about Academy Award-winning songs, so I started looking through the list.  At first, my post was going to be entitled, “Really, 1937?” because I was taken aback that a repetitive and silly faux Hawaiian song won over both “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “That Old Feeling,” but then I realized that would be the entire content of the post.

So I was looking further and realized that 1955 boasts the absolute ’50s-est collection of nominated songs.

We’ve got our swingin’ ’50s selections:

pre-Rat Pack Sinatra.  ’50s-est.

And some waning Astaire in technicolor. Pretty darn ’50s.

And ’50s Torch Songs:

Doris Day lamenting lost love. ’50s-est.

And an aching ballad from a prison B-movie! ’50s-est!

And, of course, the winner that year–perhaps the ’50s-est ’50s song, which appears in approximately one million beach-make-out scenes in several movies made in the ’50s and set in the ’50s:

In conclusion, the post this ended up being doesn’t actually have that much content, either.  Eh.  You win some, you lose some.

2 Responses to “1955: The ’50s-est Year for Oscar Songs”

  1. silverscreenings 28 February 2013 at 7:36 PM #

    Great songs! Makes me nostalgic for the day of “mixed tapes”. (Remember those?) These selections would make a GREAT mixed tape…along with a few choice selections from 1937.

    • TheBestofAlexandra 2 March 2013 at 4:52 PM #

      I still have a tape deck in my car, so feel free to make me a mix tape, blog bff! 🙂

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