Song of the Year Winners & Nominees Archive

Barbra Streisand Paul Williams Grammy Song of the Year

Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams accept their Grammy for Song of the Year in 1978.


Most career Song of the Year nominations

Lionel Richie 6
Paul McCartney 6
John Lennon 5
Burt Bacharach 5
U2 4
Sting 4
Billy Joel 4
Will Jennings 4
Alan Bergman 4
Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen 4

Most career Song of the Year wins

U2 2
Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer 2
James Horner 2
Will Jennings 2

Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Winners and Nominees

Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter(s). The artist who performed the song is noted in parentheses.

Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.

2012: Rolling in the Deep, Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (Adele)
All of the Lights, Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West (Kanye West)
The Cave, Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston (Mumford & Sons)
Grenade, Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt (Bruno Mars)
Holocene, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

2011: Need You Now, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
Beg, Steal or Borrow, Ray LaMontagne (Ray LaMontagne)
Fuck You, Brody Brown, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars (Cee Lo Green)
The House That Built Me, Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin (Miranda Lambert)
Love the Way You Lie, Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers (Eminem featuring Rihanna)

2010: Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart (Beyonce)
Poker Face, Lady Gaga & RedOne (Lady Gaga)
Pretty Wings, Hod David & Musze (Maxwell)
Use Somebody, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)
You Belong With Me, Liz Rose & Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)

2009: Viva la Vida, Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin (Coldplay)
American Boy, Estelle, Keith Harris, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, Kanye West & (Estelle)
Chasing Pavements, Adele Adkins & Eg White (Adele)
I’m Yours, Jason Mraz (Jason Mraz)
Love Song, Sara Bareilles (Sara Bareilles)

2008: Rehab, Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
Before He Cheats, Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood)
Hey There Delilah, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Ts)
Like a Star, Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae)
Umbrella, Kuk Harrell, Jay-Z, Christopher Stewart & The-Dream (Rihanna featuring Jay-Z)

2007: Not Ready to Make Nice, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks)
Be Without You, Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jason Perry (Mary J. Blige)
You’re Beautiful, James Blunt, Amanda Ghost & Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt)
Put Your Records On, John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou & Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae)
Jesus Take the Wheel, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood)

2006: Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own, Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen Jr, Paul Hewson (U2)
We Belong Together, Johnta Austin, Babyface, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal Jr, Darnell Bristol, Sid Johnson, Patrick Moten, Sandra Sully & Bobby Womack (Mariah Carey)
Bless the Broken Road, Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon (Rascal Flatts)
Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen)
Ordinary People, John Legend & (John Legend)

2005: Daughters, John Mayer (John Mayer)
If I Ain’t Got You, Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
Jesus Walks, Rhymefest & Kanye West (Kanye West)
Live Like You Were Dying, Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw)
The Reason, Daniel Estrin & Douglas Robb (Hoobastank)

2004: Dance With My Father, Richard Marx & Luther Vandross (Luther Vandross)
Beautiful, Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera)
I’m With You, Avril Lavigne & the Matrix (Avril Lavigne)
Keep Me in Your Heart, Jorge Calderon & Warren Zevon (Warren Zevon)
Lose Yourself, Jeff Bass, Eminem & Luis Resto (Eminem)

2003: Don’t Know Why, Jesse Harris (Norah Jones)
A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton (Vanessa Carlton)
Complicated, Avril Lavigne & the Matrix (Avril Lavigne)
The Rising, Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen)
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning), Alan Jackson (Alan Jackson)

2002: Falin,’ Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
Video, India.Arie, Carlos Broady & Shannon Sanders (India.Arie)
Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me), Charlie Colon, Rob Hotchkiss, Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford & Scott Underwood (Train)
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, U2 (U2)
I’m Like a Bird, Nelly Furtado (Nelly Furtado)

2001: Beautiful Day, Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen Jr, Paul Hewson (U2)
Say My Name, Beyonce, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson & Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child)
I Try, Macy Gray, Jinsoo Lim, Jeremy Ruzumna & David Wilder (Macy Gray)
Breathe, Stephanie Bentley & Holly Lamar (Faith Hill)
I Hope You Dance, Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers (Lee Ann Womack)

2000: Smooth, Ital Shur & Rob Thomas (Santana)
I Want it That Way, Andreas Carlsson & Max Martin (Backstreet Boys)
Livin’ La Vida Loca, Desmond Child & Robi Draco Rosa (Ricky Martin)
Unpretty, Tionne Watkins & Dallas Austin (TLC)
You’ve Got a Way, Shania Twain & Robert John “Mutt” Lange (Shania Twain)

1999: My Heart Will Go On, James Horner & Will Jennings (Celine Dion)
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Diane Warren (Aerosmith)
Iris, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
Lean on Me, Kirk Franklin (Kirk Franklin)
You’re Still the One, Shania Twain & Robert John “Mutt” Lange (Shania Twain)

1998: Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal (Shawn Colvin)
Don’t Speak, Eric Stefani & Gwen Stefani (No Doubt)
How Do I Live, Diane Warren (Celine Dion)
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone, Paula Cole (Paula Cole)
I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly (R. Kelly)

1997: Change the World, Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton)
Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman (Tracy Chapman)
Because You Loved Me, Diane Warren (Celine Dion)
Blue, Bill Mack (LeAnn Rimes)
Exhale (Shoop Shoop), Babyface (Whitney Houston)

1996: Kiss From a Rose, Seal (Seal)
One of Us, Eric Bazilian (Joan Osborne)
I Can Love You Like That, Maribeth Derry, Sam Diamond & Jennifer Kimball (All-4-One / John Michael Montgomery)
You Are Not Alone, R. Kelly (Michael Jackson)
You Oughta Know, Glen Ballard & Alanis Morissette (Alanis Morissette)

1995: Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen)
All I Wanna Do, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow & Kevin Gilbert (Sheryl Crow)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John & Tim Rice (Elton John)
Circle of Life, Elton John & Tim Rice (Elton John)
I Swear, Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers (All-4-One / John Michael Montgomery)

1994: A Whole New World, Alan Menken & Tim Rice (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
The River of Dreams, Billy Joel (Billy Joel)
I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf)
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, Sting (Sting)
Harvest Moon, Neil Young (Neil Young)

1993: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton & Will Jennings (Eric Clapton)
Achy Breaky Heart, Don Von Tress (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menken & Howard Ashman (Peabo Bryson & Celine Dion)
Constant Craving, k.d. lang & Ben Mink (k.d. lang)
Save the Best for Last, Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind & Phil Galdston (Vanessa Williams)

1992: Unforgettable, Irving Gordon (Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole)
Everything I Do (I Do it for You), Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange & Michael Kamen (Bryan Adams)
Baby Baby, Amy Grant (Amy Grant)
Losing my Religion, Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn (Marc Cohn)

1991: From a Distance, Julie Gold (Bette Midler)
Vision of Love, Mariah Carey & Ben Margulies (Mariah Carey)
Another Day in Paradise, Phil Collins (Phil Collins)
Nothing Compares 2 U, Prince (Sinead O’Connor)
Hold On, Chynna Phillips, Glen Ballard & Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips)

1990: Wind Beneath My Wings, Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (Bette Midler)
Don’t Know Much, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & Tom Snow (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
The End of the Innocence, Don Henley & Bruce Hornsby (Don Henley)
We Didn’t Start the Fire, Billy Joel (Billy Joel)
The Living Years, Mike Rutherford & B.A. Robertson (Mike & the Mechanics)

1989: Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin (Bobby McFerrin)
Giving You the Best That I Got, Anita Baker, Skip Scarborough & Randy Holland (Anita Baker)
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman (Tracy Chapman)
Be Still My Beating Heart, Sting (Sting)
Piano in the Dark, Brenda Russell, Jeff Hall & Scott Cutler (Brenda Russell)

1988: Somewhere Out There, James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram)
La Bamba, Ritchie Valens (Los Lobos)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2 (U2)
Luka, Suzanne Vega (Suzanne Vega)
Didn’t We Almost Have it All, Michael Masser & Will Jennings (Whitney Houston)

1987: That’s What Friends Are For, Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager (Dionne Warwick & Friends)
Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel)
Addicted to Love, Robert Palmer (Robert Palmer)
Higher Love, Steve Winwood & Will Jennings (Steve Winwood)
Graceland, Paul Simon (Paul Simon)

1986: We are the World, Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie (USA for Africa)
Money for Nothing, Mark Knopfler & Sting (Dire Straits)
The Boys of Summer, Don Henley & Mike Campbell (Don Henley)
Everytime You Go Away, Daryl Hall (Paul Young)
I Want to Know What Love Is, Mick Jones (Foreigner)

1985: What’s Love Got to Do With It, Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (Tina Turner)
Against All Odds, Phil Collins (Phil Collins)
Hello, Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie)
I Just Called to Say I Loved You, Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder)
Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman (Cyndi Lauper)

1984: Every Breath You Take, Sting (The Police)
All Night Long, Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie)
Beat It, Michael Jackson (Michael Jackson)
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson (Michael Jackson)
Maniac, Michael Sembello & Dennis Matkosky (Michael Sembello)

1983: Always On My Mind, Johnny Christoper, Mark James & Wayne Carson (Willie Nelson)
Ebony and Ivory, Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder)
Rosanna, David Paich (Toto)
Eye of the Tiger, Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik (Survivor)
I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World), Donald Fagen (Donald Fagen)

1982: Bette Davis Eyes, Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (Kim Carnes)
Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do), Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Christopher Cross (Christopher Cross)
Endless Love, Lionel Richie (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)
Just the Two of Us, Bill Withers, William Salter & Ralph McDonald (Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers)
9 to 5, Dolly Parton (Dolly Parton)

1981: Sailing, Christopher Cross (Christopher Cross)
Fame, Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford (Irene Cara)
The Rose, Amanda McBroom (Bette Midler)
Lady, Lionel Richie (Kenny Rogers)
Theme from New York, New York, John Kander & Fred Ebb (Frank Sinatra)
Woman in Love, Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb (Barbra Streisand)

1980: What a Fool Believes, Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers)
After the Love Has Gone, David Foster, Jay Graydon & Bill Champlin (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Chuck E.’s in Love, Rickie Lee Jones (Rickie Lee Jones)
Honesty, Billy Joel (Billy Joel)
I Will Survive, Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren (Gloria Gaynor)
Minute by Minute, Lester Abrams & Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers)
Reunited, Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren (Peaches & Herb)
She Believes in Me, Steve Gibb (Kenny Rogers)

1979: Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel (Billy Joel)
Stayin’ Alive, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees)
Three Times a Lady, Lionel Richie (Commodores)
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Neil Diamond, Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman (Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand)
You Needed Me, Randy Goodrum (Anne Murray)

1978: Evergreeen, Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (Barbra Streisand) (tie, co-winner)
You Light Up My Life, Joe Brooks (Debby Boone) (tie, co-winner)
Don’t It Make Me Brown Eyes Blue, Richard Leigh (Crystal Gayle)
Hotel California, Don Felder, Don Henley & Glenn Frey (Eagles)
Nobody Does it Better, Marvin Hamlisch & Carole Bayer Sager (Carly Simon)
Southern Nights, Allen Toussaint (Glen Campbell)

1977: I Write the Songs, Bruce Johnston (Barry Manilow)
Afternoon Delight, Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band)
Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield (Neil Sedaka)
This Masquerade, Leon Russell (George Benson)
The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot (Gordon Lightfoot)

1976: Send in the Clowns, Stephen Sondheim (Judy Collins)
At Seventeen, Janis Ian (Janis Ian)
Feelings, Morris Albert (Morris Albert)
Love Will Keep Us Together, Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield (Captain & Tennille)
Rhinestone Cowboy, Larry Weiss (Glen Campbell)

1975: The Way We Were, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (Barbra Streisand)
Feel Like Makin’ Love, Gene McDaniels (Roberta Flack)
I Honestly Love You, Jeff Barry & Peter Allen (Olivia Newton-John)
Midnight at the Oasis, David Nichtern (Maria Muldaur)
You and Me Against the World, Paul Williams & Ken Ascher (Helen Reddy)

1974: Killing Me Softly With His Song, Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (Roberta Flack)
Behind Closed Doors, Kenny O’Dell (Charlie Rich)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder)
You’re So Vain, Carly Simon (Carly Simon)
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, Irwin Levine & L. Russell Brown (Dawn featuring Tony Orlando)

1973: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Ewan MacColl (Roberta Flack)
Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O’Sullivan (Gilbert O’Sullivan)
American Pie, Don McLean (Don McLean)
Song Sung Blue, Neil Diamond (Neil Diamond)
The Summer Knows, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman & Michel Legrand (Michel Legrand)

1972: You’ve Got a Friend, Carole King (James Taylor & Carole King)
Help Me Make it Through the Night, Kris Kristofferson (Kris Kristofferson)
It’s Impossible, Sid Wayne & Armando Manzanero (Perry Como)
Me and Bobby McGee, Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster (Janis Joplin)
(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, Joe South (Lynn Anderson)

1971: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
Everything is Beautiful, Ray Stevens (Ray Stevens)
Fire and Rain, James Taylor (James Taylor)
Let it Be, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (Beatles)
We’ve Only Just Begun, Roger Nichols & Paul Williams (Carpenters)

1970: Games People Play, Joe South (Joe South)
A Time for Us, Larry Kusik, Eddie Snyder & Nino Rota (Henry Mancini)
Spinning Wheel, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Burt Bacharach & Hal David (Dionne Warwick)
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Burt Bacharach & Hal David (B.J. Thomas)

1969: Little Green Apples, Bobby Russell (O.C. Smith)
Harper Valley PTA, Tom T. Hall (Jeannie C. Riley)
Hey Jude, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (Beatles)
Honey, Bobby Russell (Bobby Goldsboro)
Mrs. Robinson, Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)

1968: Up, Up and Away, Jimmy Webb (5th Dimension)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Jimmy Webb (Glen Campbell)
My Cup Runneth Over, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (Ed Ames)
Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry (Bobbie Gentry)
Gentle on My Mind, John Hartford (Glen Campbell)

1967: Michelle, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (Beatles)
Born Free, John Barry & Don Black (Andy Williams)
The Impossible Dream, Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion (Richard Kiley)
Somewhere, My Love, Paul Francis Webster & Maurice Jarre (Ray Conniff)
Strangers in the Night, Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder (Frank Sinatra)

1966: The Shadow of Your Smile, Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (Tony Bennett)
I Will Wait for You, Michel Legradn, Norman Gimbel & Jacques Demy (Connie Francis)
The September of My Years, Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn (Frank Sinatra)
Yesterday, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (Beatles)
King of the Road, Roger Miller (Roger Miller)

1965: Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman (Louis Armstrong)
A Hard Day’s Night, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (Beatles)
Dear Heart, Henry Mancini, Ray Evans & Jay Livingston (Andy Williams)
People, Jule Styne & Bob Merrill (Barbra Streisand)
Who Can I Turn To?, Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (Tony Bennett)

1964: Days of Wine and Roses, Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer (Andy Williams)
Call Me Irresponsible, Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen (Frank Sinatra)
The Good Life, Sacha Distel & Jack Reardon (Tony Bennett)
I Wanna Be Around, Sadie Vimmerstedt & Johnny Mercer (Tony Bennett)
Wives and Lovers, Burt Bacharach & Hal David (Jack Jones)

1963: What Kind of Fool Am I?, Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (Sammy Davis Jr.)
As Long As He Needs Me, Lionel Bart (Shirley Bassey)
I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Douglas Cross & George Cory (Tony Bennett)
My Coloring Book, John Kander & Fred Ebb (Sandy Stewart)
The Sweetest Sounds, Richard Rodgers (Various Artists)

1962: Moon River, Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer (Andy Williams)
Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean (Jimmy Dean)
A Little Bitty Year, Hank Cochran (Burl Ives)
Lollipops and Roses, Tony Velona (Jack Jones)
Make Someone Happy, Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green (Various Artists)

1961: Theme from Exodus, Ernest Gold (Various Artists)
He’ll Have to Go, Charles Randolph-Grean, Joe Allison & Audrey Allison (Jim Reeves)
Nice ‘n’ Easy, Lew Spence, Marilyn Keith & Alan Bergman (Frank Sinatra)
Second Time Around, Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen (Andy Williams)
Theme from A Summer Place, Max Steiner (Percy Faith)

1960: The Battle of New Orleans, Jimmy Driftwood (Johnny Horton)
High Hopes, Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen (Frank Sinatra)
I Know, Karl Stutz & Edith Linderman (Perry Como)
Like Young, Paul Francis Webster & Andre Previn (Andre Previn)
Small World, Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim (Johnny Mathis)

1959: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare), Domenico Modugno (Domenico Modugno)
Catch a Falling Star, Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss (Perry Como)
Fever, Johnny Davenport & Eddie Colley (Peggy Lee)
Theme to Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (Various Artists)
Witchcraft, Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh (Frank Sinatra)

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