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Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ Wraps Hot 100 Run as Longest-Charting Best Original Song Winner

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" departs the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 24), but leaves behind a record-setting legacy on the ranking.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” departs the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 24), but leaves behind a record-setting legacy on the ranking.

The song, from A Star Is Born, co-starring Gaga and Cooper (the film’s director), totaled 45 weeks on the Hot 100, the most for an Academy Award winner for best original song, including a week at No. 1 on the chart dated March 9, after it won the Oscar in the category on Feb. 24.

The best original song Oscar is awarded annually to the writers of the song voted the best composition authored specifically for a motion picture.

“Shallow” bested the 33-week Hot 100 run of Idina Menzel’s best original song winner “Let It Go,” with the latter ballad, from Frozen, having hit No. 5 in 2014.

(Per chart rules, descending songs are removed from the Hot 100 after 20 weeks if below No. 50 or after 52 weeks if below No. 25.)


“Shallow” became Gaga’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1, and first since “Born This Way” in 2011, and Cooper’s first, as well as the 17th best original song Oscar winner to crown the Hot 100.

Meanwhile, parent album the A Star Is Born soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 for four weeks beginning in October 2018 and has earned 2.1 million equivalent album units to date, according to Nielsen Music.

The latest movie incarnation of A Star Is Born (the original premiered in 1937) incorporates drama, romance and intense emotional knockouts, while examining such issues as fame, substance abuse and suicide. The film highlights the deep emotional connection between Gaga’s Ally and Cooper’s Jackson Maine and their beautifully bittersweet journey as one artist’s dreams ascend and the other’s decline within the music industry.

Here is a look at the longest-charting best original song Oscar winners on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception (and acknowledging that songs have averaged more weeks on the Hot 100 in more recent years than, especially, before the chart adopted Nielsen Music data in 1991).

Notably, two A Star Is Born songs make the list, as “Shallow” is joined by Barbra Streisand’s 1977 No. 1 “Evergreen.”

Weeks on Hot 100, Title, Artist(s), Oscar-Winning Film, Peak Pos., Year
45 weeks, “Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born, No. 1, one week,  2019
33 weeks, “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel, Frozen, No. 5, 2014
26 weeks, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John, The Lion King, No. 4, 1994
26 weeks, “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” Stevie Wonder, The Woman in Red, No. 1, three weeks, 1984
26 weeks, “Moon River,” Henry Mancini and His Orchestra, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, No. 11, 1961
25 weeks, “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” Irene Cara, Flashdance, No. 1, six weeks, 1983
25 weeks, “You Light Up My Life,” Debby Boone, You Light Up My Life, No. 1, 10 weeks, 1977
25 weeks, “Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born),” Barbra Streisand, A Star Is Born, No. 1, three weeks, 1977
23 weeks, “Lose Yourself,” Eminem, 8 Mile, No. 1, 12 weeks, 2002-03
23 weeks, “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, An Officer and a Gentleman, No. 1, three weeks, 1982
23 weeks, “The Way We Were,” Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were, No. 1, three weeks, 1974