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‘Shallow’ & More: All 17 Best Original Song Oscar Winners to Hit No. 1 On the Hot 100

As Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" leaps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated March 9), the ballad from A Star Is Born joins a select group of songs that have both won the Academy…

As Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s “Shallow” leaps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (daed March 9), the ballad from A Star Is Born joins a select group of songs that have both won the Academy Award for best original song and crowned the Hot 100.

While the Academy began awarding best original song in 1934, Billboard launched the Hot 100 in 1958. In the chart’s 60-year history, only 17 songs have hit No. 1 and also won best original song honors.

B.J. Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” became the first song to hold the distinction. The track, from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, spent four weeks at No. 1 in January 1970 before winning the Oscar that April (reflecting the 1969 year in film).


Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Warnes are the only artists who have achieved the feat twice. Streisand won best original song for the title song from “The Way We Were” in 1974 and “Evergreen,” from an earlier adaptation of A Star Is Born, in 1976, Warnes won for “Up Where We Belong” (with Joe Cocker) from An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982 and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (with Bill Medley) from Dirty Dancing in 1987.

While the 1970s and 1980s were a heyday for best original song winners topping the Hot 100, the double domination became far less common beginning in the 1990s. That decade, only two songs earned the honors, followed by one each in the 2000s and now the 2010s. The 16-year gap between Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and “Shallow” is the longest between songs that have claimed both honors.

In chronological order, here are all 17 songs that have doubled up atop the Hot 100 and at the Oscars. Note that best original song is a songwriters’ award; below, both songwriters and recording artists are listed. As such, Gaga is the first female artist to have written and performed a Hot 100-topping best original song winner since Irene Cara in 1983.

Oscar-winning year, Artist, Title (Weeks at No. 1, Peak date)

1969, B.J. Thomas, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (4 weeks, beginning Jan. 3, 1970)
From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David)

1971, Isaac Hayes, “Theme From Shaft” (2 weeks, Nov. 20, 1971)
From Shaft (music & lyrics by Isaac Hayes)

1972, Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After” (2 weeks, Aug. 4, 1973)
From The Poseidon Adventure (music & lyrics by Joel Hirschhorn & Al Kasha)

1973, Barbra Streisand, “The Way We Were” (3 weeks, Feb. 2, 1974)
From The Way We Were (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

1976, Barbra Streisand, “Evergreen” (3 weeks, March 5, 1977)
From A Star Is Born (music by Barbra Streisand, lyrics by Paul Williams)

1977, Debby Boone, “You Light Up My Life” (10 weeks, Oct. 15, 1977)
From You Light Up My Life (music & lyrics by Joseph Brooks)

1981, Christopher Cross, “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (3 weeks, Oct. 17, 1981)
From Arthur (music & lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross & Carole Bayer Sager)

1982, Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” (3 weeks, Nov. 6, 1982)
From An Officer and a Gentleman (music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie, lyrics by Will Jennings)

1983, Irene Cara, “Flashdance…What a Feeling” (6 weeks, May 28, 1983)
From Flashdance (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Irene Cara & Keith Forsey)

1984, Stevie Wonder, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (3 weeks, Oct. 13, 1984)
From The Woman in Red (music & lyrics by Stevie Wonder)

1985, Lionel Richie, “Say You, Say Me” (4 weeks, Dec. 21, 1985)
From White Nights (music & lyrics by Lionel Richie)

1986, Berlin, “Take My Breath Away” (1 week, Sept. 13, 1986)
From Top Gun (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Tom Whitlock)

1987, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (1 week, Nov. 28, 1987)
From Dirty Dancing (music by John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz & Franke Previte, lyrics by Frank Previte)

1992, Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, “A Whole New World” (1 week, March 6, 1993)
From Aladdin (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice)

1997, Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” (2 weeks, Feb. 28, 1998)
From Titanic (music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings)

2002, Eminem “Lose Yourself” (12 weeks, Nov. 9, 2002)
From 8 Mile (music by Jeff bass, Eminem & Luis Resto, lyrics by Eminem)

2019, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” (1 week to date, March 9, 2019)
From A Star Is Born (music & lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt & Anthony Rossomando)