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." Hmmm.
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 to ever win, and Henry Mancini, 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 Adele, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Kanye West, or Mumford and Sons will join the club.