Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Grammy Song and Record of the Year Winners Ranked

Originally posted 1/19/2012; updated ?.

The Grammy Awards have been given annually since 1958. Two of the most prestigious awards are Record of the Year (given to the performers) and Song of the Year (given to the songwriters). Below is a listing of all songs to receive either award. Following that is a ranking by the DMDB of all those songs.

  • 1959 RECORD/SONG: Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
  • 1960 RECORD: Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
  • 1960 SONG: Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
  • 1961 RECORD: Percy Faith “A Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)
  • 1961 SONG: Ferrante & Teicher “Theme from ‘Exodus’” (1960)
  • 1962 RECORD/SONG: Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
  • 1963 RECORD: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
  • 1963 SONG: Sammy Davis, Jr. “What Kind of Fool am I?” (1962)
  • 1964 RECORD/SONG: Henry Mancini “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1963)
  • 1965 RECORD: Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
  • 1965 SONG: Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)
  • 1966 RECORD: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “A Taste of Honey” (1965)
  • 1966 SONG: Tony Bennett “The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)” (1965)
  • 1967 RECORD: Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
  • 1967 SONG: The Beatles “Michelle” (1965)
  • 1968 RECORD/SONG: The Fifth Dimension “Up, Up and Away” (1967)
  • 1969 RECORD/SONG: Roger Miller “Little Green Apples” (1968)
  • Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)

  • 1970 SONG: Joe South “Games People Play” (1968)
  • 1970 RECORD: The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
  • 1971 RECORD/SONG: Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  • 1972 RECORD: Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
  • 1972 SONG: Carole King/James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)
  • 1973 RECORD/SONG: Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
  • 1974 RECORD/SONG: Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
  • 1975 RECORD: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
  • 1975 SONG: Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
  • 1976 RECORD: Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
  • 1976 SONG: Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (1975)
  • 1977 RECORD: George Benson “This Masquerade” (1976)
  • 1977 SONG: Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (1975)
  • 1978 RECORD: Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
  • 1978 SONG (tie): Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976)
  • 1978 SONG (tie): Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
  • 1979 RECORD/SONG: Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
  • 1980 RECORD/SONG: The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1979)

  • 1981 RECORD/SONG: Christopher Cross “Sailing” (1980)
  • 1982 RECORD/SONG: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
  • 1983 SONG: Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
  • 1983 RECORD: Toto “Rosanna” (1982)
  • 1984 RECORD: Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
  • 1984 SONG: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  • 1985 RECORD/SONG: Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)
  • 1986 RECORD/SONG: USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
  • 1987 RECORD: Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
  • 1987 SONG: Dionne Warwick & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (1985)
  • 1988 RECORD: Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)
  • 1988 SONG: Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram “Somewhere Out There” (1986)
  • 1989 RECORD/SONG: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)

  • 1990 RECORD/SONG: Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989)
  • 1991 RECORD: Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
  • 1991 SONG: Bette Midler “From a Distance” (1990)
  • 1992 RECORD/SONG: Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
  • 1993 RECORD/SONG: Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
  • 1994 RECORD: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
  • 1994 SONG: Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992)
  • 1995 RECORD: Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
  • 1995 SONG: Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
  • 1996 RECORD/SONG: Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
  • 1997 RECORD/SONG: Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
  • 1998 RECORD/SONG: Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1997)
  • 1999 RECORD/SONG: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)

  • 2000 RECORD/SONG: Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
  • 2001 RECORD/SONG: U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
  • 2002 RECORD: U2 “Walk On” (2001)
  • 2002 SONG: Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
  • 2003 RECORD/SONG: Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why” (2002)
  • 2004 RECORD: Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  • 2004 SONG: Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father” (2003)
  • 2005 RECORD: Ray Charles with Norah Jones “Here We Go Again” (2004)
  • 2005 SONG: John Mayer “Daughters” (2004)
  • 2006 RECORD: Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  • 2006 SONG: U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2005)
  • 2007 RECORD/SONG: Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice” (2006)
  • 2008 RECORD/SONG: Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
  • 2009 RECORD: Robert Plant with Alison Krauss “Please Read the Letter” (2007)
  • 2009 SONG: Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)

  • 2010 RECORD: Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)
  • 2010 SONG: Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
  • 2011 RECORD/SONG: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
  • 2012 RECORD/SONG: Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  • 2013 RECORD: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  • 2013 SONG: Fun with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012)
  • 2014 RECORD: Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
  • 2014 SONG: Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  • 2015 RECORD/SONG: Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  • 2016 RECORD: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
  • 2016 SONG: Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
  • 2017 RECORD/SONG: Adele “Hello” (2015)
  • 2018 RECORD: Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016) 2018 SONG: Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
  • 2019 RECORD/SONG: Childish Gambino “This Is America” (2018)

GRAMMY WINNERS RANKED

This is the DMDB’s ranking of all songs which have won Grammys for Song or Record of the Year.

1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
4. Eagles “Hotel California” (1977)
5. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
6. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
7. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
8. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
9. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
10. Adele “Hello” (2015)

11. USA for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
12. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
13. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
14. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
15. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
16. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
17. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
18. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
19. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
20. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)

21. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
22. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
23. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013)
24. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
25. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
26. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)
27. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
28. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
29. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
30. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)

31. Fun with Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012)
32. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)
33. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
34. Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night” (1966)
35. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
36. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
37. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
38. Dionne & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (1985)
39. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
40. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989)

41. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
42. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
43. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
44. Percy Faith “A Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)
45. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
46. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
47. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
48. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016)
49. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)
50. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)

51. Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
52. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
53. Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992)
54. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)
55. Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (1964)
56. Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
57. Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976)
58. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
59. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
60. James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)

61. Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (1975)
62. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
63. The Fifth Dimension “Up, Up and Away” (1967)
64. Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
65. The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1979)
66. The Beatles “Michelle” (1965)
67. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
68. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1997)
69. Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why” (2002)
70. Christopher Cross “Sailing” (1980)

71. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (2018)
72. Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (2016)
73. Bette Midler “From a Distance” (1990)
74. Toto “Rosanna” (1982)
75. Henry Mancini “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1963)
76. George Benson “This Masquerade” (1976)
77. Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram “Somewhere Out There” (1986)
78. Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice” (2006)
79. Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (1975)
80. Sammy Davis, Jr. “What Kind of Fool am I?” (1962)

81. Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)
82. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2005)
83. U2 “Walk On” (2001)
84. Tony Bennett “The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)” (1965)
85. Ferrante & Teicher “Theme from ‘Exodus’” (1960)
86. Joe South “Games People Play” (1968)
87. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “A Taste of Honey” (1965)
88. John Mayer “Daughters” (2004)
89. Roger Miller “Little Green Apples” (1968)
90. Carole King “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)

91. Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father” (2003)
92. Robert Plant with Alison Krauss “Please Read the Letter” (2007)
93. Ray Charles with Norah Jones “Here We Go Again” (2004)


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