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by Linda Ryan

January 24, 2014

Grammy Song of the Year Winners

by Linda Ryan  |  January 24, 2014

February will be here before you know it, which means one thing: It's Grammy time!

Few outside Hollywood know that the origins of the Grammy Awards lie in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Back in the early 1950s, the Hollywood Chambers of Commerce polled record executives on who should be honored with the famous star. It didn't take long to realize many talented behind-the-scenes people would go unnoticed, and with the idea to right this, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was born. The annual short list of potential Walk of Famers would eventually become Grammy nominees.

Since 1958, the National Academy of Recording Arts has bestowed the Grammy statue upon numerous talented singers, songwriters and musicians; in 1959, they presented the first Song of the Year award. Unlike its oft-confused cousin Record of the Year (which honors the full recording), Song of the Year is presented to the songwriters, whose work "must contain melody and lyrics, and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible."

Song of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards. Interestingly, the very first winner -- "Volare" by Domenico Modugno -- is the only foreign-language song ever to win, and Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, James Horner and U2 are the only multiple winners in this category. This playlist arguably represents the best of the best in popular music since 1958. Hit play and psych yourself up for this year's Grammy Awards, where a song by either P!nk, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lorde or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will join the club.

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