List of Grammy Winners for Song of the Year

If you have been following this blog, you would've most likely read our article on Grammy award winners of 2020. 


Today, we shall go back in time a little bit to look at the list of songs that have made it to become the winning song of the year and the artists that made the them.

In 1959, the song of the year was introduced as one of the top categories of the Grammies. It was awarded for songs of quality that have both melody and lyrics. The first group of songs that were nominated for Song of the Year are:

  • Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, 
  • Catch A Falling Star by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, 
  • Gigi by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, 
  • Fever by Eddie Cooley and Johnny Davenport, 
  • Witchcraft by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh

Grammy Winners for Song of the Year Since 1959


1959Nel blu, dipinto di bl (Volare) by Domenico Modugno
1960The Battle New Orleans by Jimmy Driftwood
1961Theme of Exodus by Ernest Gold
1962Moon River by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
1963What Kind o Fool Am I? by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
1964Days of Wi and Roses by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
1965Hello, Dolly by Jerry Herman
1966The Shado of Your Smil by Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel
1967Michelle by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
1968Up, Up, and Away by Jimmy Webb
1969Little Green Apples by Bobby Russell
1970Games Peo Play by Joe South
1971Bridge over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
1972You've Got Friend by Carole King
1973The First Ti Ever I Saw Your Face by Ewan MacColl
1974Killing Me Softly with Song by Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox
1975The Way W Were by Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch
1976Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim
1977I Write the Songs by Bruce Johnston
1978Evergreen (Love Them from A Star Born) by Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams
1979Just the Wa You Are by Billy Joel
1980What a Fool Believes by Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald
1981Sailing by Christopher Cross
1982Bette Davis Eyes by Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon
1983Always on Mind by Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson
1984Every Breat You Take by Sting
1985What's Love Got to Do wi It by Graham Lyle & Terry Britten
1986We Are the World by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
1987That's What Friends Are For by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
1988Somewhere Out There by James Horner, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
1989Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
1990Wind Benea My Wings by Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar
1991From a Distance by Julie Gold
1992Unforgetta by Irving Gordon
1993Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton & Will Jennings
1994A Whole Ne World by Alan Menken & Tim Rice
1995Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
1996Kiss from a Rose by Seal
1997Change the World by Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims
1998Sunny Cam Home by Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal
1999My Heart W Go On by James Horner & Will Jennings
2000Smooth by Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas
2001Beautiful D by Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen Jr. & Paul Hewson
2002Fallin' by Alicia Keys
2003Don't Know Why by Jesse Harris
2004Dance with Father by Richard Marx & Luther Vandross
2005Daughters by John Mayer
2006Sometimes You Can't M It on Your O by Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen Jr. & Paul Hewson
2007Not Ready t Make Nice by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines & Dan Wilson
2008Rehab by Amy Winehouse
2009Viva la Vida by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin
2010Single Ladi (Put a Ring o It) by Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart
2011Need You Now by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott
2012Rolling in th Deep by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
2013We Are Young by Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker & Andrew Dost
2014Royals by Joel Little, Ella Yelich-O'Connor
2015Stay with Me" ( Darkch version) by James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith
2016Thinking Ou Loud by Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge
2017Hello by Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin
2018That's What Like by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip
2019This Is America by Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson & Jeffery Lamar Williams
2020Bad Guy by Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell


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