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Guess The Grammy Award Winning(ish) Song From Each Year

Updated on May 1, 2014

Editor's Note

Just a fun guessing game to pass the time and test your music knowledge. Some years I felt like the song that won was less-than-awesome so I chose a different song that had been nominated that year. I starred those years in the guess section and noted the actual winner in the answer section. Happy Guessing!

Guess that Song!

1959

Poi d'improviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a...

1960

(title not mentioned)

1961

(instrumental)

1962

...wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style someday.

1963*

I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan; I’m going home to my city by the bay...

1964

... Laugh and run away like a child at play.

1965

...... well, ......

1966*

..., all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay, oh I believe in...

1967

..., my belle; these are words that go together well, my...

1968

We could float among the stars together, you and I; for we can fly...

1969

And if that’s not loving me, then all I got to say; Oh, God didn’t make...

1970*

What goes up must come down...

1971

I’m on your side, when times get rough and friends just can’t be found; like a...

1972

Winter, spring, summer or fall; all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there...

1973*

I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride, but something touched me deep inside the day the music died; so bye bye Miss...

1974*

You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte, and all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner, they’d be your partner and...

1975

But I got something to tell you that I never thought I would, that I believe you really ought to know; I love you...

1976

Don’t you love farce? My fault, I fear. I thought that you’d want what I want, sorry my dear. But where are the clowns? ...

1977*

The captain wired in he had water coming in and the good ship and crew was in peril; and later that night when his lights went out of sight came the...

1978*

Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way. There were voices down the corridor; I thought I heard them say, “Welcome to the...

1979

I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times, I take you...

1980

As he rises to her apology, anybody else would surely know he’s watching her go...

1981

I can catch the moon in my hand. Don’t you know who I am? Remember my name...

1982

Her hair is hallowed gold, her lips a sweet surprise; her hands are never cold, she’s got...

1983*

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive. It’s the...

1984

...every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.

1985*

Then you say “go slow,” I fall behind. The second hand unwinds. If you’re lost you can look and you will find me...

1986*

Now look at them yo-yos, that’s the way you do it; you play the guitar on the MTV. That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it...

1987*

You like to think that you’re immune to the stuff; what’s closer to the truth is that you can’t get enough. You know, you’re gonna have to face it, you’re...

1988*

I have run, I have crawled; I have scaled these city walls, these city walls, only to be with you; but...

1989

Here’s a little song I wrote; you might want to sing it note for note...

1990*

Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new Queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, good-bye...

1991*

Don’t you know, don’t you know things can change, things will go your way if you...

1992*

Oh no, I’ve said too much; I set it up. That’s me in the corner; that’s me in the spotlight...

1993

Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure, and I know there’ll be no more...

1994*

We all end in the ocean, we all start in the streams, we’re all carried along by...

1995

Saw my reflection in a window and didn’t know my own face; O brother are ya gonna leave me wasting away on...

1996

Did you know that when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen? Baby, can I compare you to a...

1997*

...to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around.

1998

...to her favorite room. Sunny sat down in the kitchen.

1999

Once more you open the door and you're here in my heart and my...

2000

And if you said this life ain’t good enough, I would give my world to lift you up; I could change my life to better suit your mood, cause you’re so...

2001

You thought you’d found a friend to take you out of this place; someone you could lend a hand in return for grace. It’s a...

2002*

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere, with...

2003*

If I could fall into the sky, do you think time would pass me by? Cause you know I’d walk...

2004*

Back to the lab again, yo this whole rhapsody, better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him; you better...

2005*

I just want you to know: I found a reason for me to change who I used to be; a reason to start over new, and...

2006

And it’s you when I look in the mirror, and it’s you when I don’t pick up the phone...

2007*

She smiled at me on the subway, she was with another man; but I won’t lose no sleep on that because I’ve got a plan...

2008*

...what’s it like in New York City? I’m a thousand miles away, but girl tonight you look so pretty.

2009

(title not mentioned)

2010*

I’ve been roamin’ around; I was looking down at all I see: painted faces fill the places I can’t reach. You know that I could...

2011

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind; for me it happens all the time. It’s a quarter after 1, I’m all alone, and I…

2012

I can't help feeling; we could have had it all ...

2013

I’ll carry you home; tonight....

2014*

Tell me that you've had enough; of our love, our love. Just ...

Answers

Year
Song
Artist
 
1959
Volare
Domenico Modugno
 
1960
Battle of New Orleans
Johnny Horton
 
1961
Theme from Exodus
Instrumental
 
1962
Moon River
Henry Mancini
 
1963
I Left My Heart in San Francisco*
Tony Bennett
*actual winner: What Kind of Fool Am I? by Sammy Davis Jr.
1964
The Days of Wine and Roses
Henry Mancini
 
1965
Hello Dolly
Louis Armstrong
 
1966
Yesterday*
The Beatles
*actual winner: The Shadow of Your Smile by Tony Bennett
1967
Michelle
The Beatles
 
1968
Up, Up & Away
The 5th Dimension
 
1969
Little Green Apples
O.C. Smith
 
1970
Spinning Wheel*
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
*actual winner: Games People Play by Joe South
1971
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
 
1972
You've Got a Friend
James Taylor & Carole King
 
1973
American Pie*
Don McLean
*actual winner: The First Time Ever I Say Your Face by Roberta Flack
1974
You're So Vain*
Carly Simon
*actual winner: Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack
1975
The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand
 
1976
Send in the Clowns
Judy Collins
 
1977
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald**
Gordon Lightfoot
*actual winner: I Write the Songs by Barry Manilow
1978
Hotel California*
The Eagles
*actual winners: Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born) by Barbra Streisand and You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone
1979
Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
 
1980
What a Fool Believes
The Doobie Brothers
 
1981
Sailing
Christopher Cross
 
1982
Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Carnes
 
1983
Eye of the Tiger*
Survivor
*actual winner: Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
1984
Every Breath You Take
The Police
 
1985
Time after Time*
Cyndi Lauper
*actual winner: What's Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner
1986
Money for Nothing*
Dire Straits
*actual winner: We Are the World by USA for Africa
1987
Addicted to Love*
Robert Palmer
*actual winner: That's What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwich & Friends
1988
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For*
U2
*actual winner: Somewhere Out There by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
1989
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin
 
1990
We Didn't Start the Fire*
Billy Joel
*actual winner: Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
1991
Hold On*
Wilson Phillips
*actual winner: From a Distance by Bette Midler
1992
Losing My Religion*
R.E.M.
*actual winner: Unforgettable by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
1993
Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton
 
1994
The River of Dreams*
Billy Joel
*actual winner: A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
1995
The Streets of Philadelphia
Bruce Springsteen
 
1996
Kiss From a Rose
Seal
 
1997
Give Me One Reason*
Tracy Chapman
*actual winner: Change the World by Eric Clapton
1998
Sunny Came Home
Shawn Colvin
 
1999
My Heart Will Go On
Celine Dion
 
2000
Smooth
Santana featuring Rob Thomas
 
2001
Beautiful Day
U2
 
2002
Drops of Jupiter*
Train
*actual winner: Fallin' by Alicia Keys
2003
A Thousand Miles
Vanessa Carlton
*actual winner: Don't Know Why by Norah Jones
2004
Lose Yourself*
Eminem
*actual winner: Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross
2005
The Reason*
Hoobastank
*actual winner: Daughters by John Mayer
2006
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
U2
 
2007
You're Beautiful*
James Blunt
*actual winner: Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks
2008
Hey There Delilah
Plain White T's
*actual winner: Rehab by Amy Winehouse
2009
Viva la Vida
Coldplay
 
2010
Use Somebody*
Kings of Leon
*actual winner: Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyoncé
2011
Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
 
2012
Rolling in the Deep
Adele
 
2013
We Are Young
fun. featuring Janelle Monae
 
2014
Just Give Me a Reason*
Pink featuring Nate Ruess
*actual winner: Royals by Lorde

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