Song of the Day #2,490: ‘If You Leave’ – Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

pretty_in_pinkFor those just joining the party, I am counting down ten songs inexplicably snubbed by the Oscars.

This list was inspired by the overlooked ‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ and today I’m featuring another iconic track from another iconic John Hughes film.

If you think the Academy had something against John Hughes, you’re probably right. Not one of the man’s films was ever nominated for an Oscar. These films were beloved upon release and are even more beloved now, but apparently they weren’t “Academy material.”

#9 – Songs Snubbed by Oscar
‘If You Leave’ – Pretty in Pink

In 1986’s Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald might have ended up with the wrong guy (go Duckie!) but it happened to the right song. OMD’s ‘If You Leave’ is a perfect 80s concoction.

But it didn’t make the cut over these five songs: ‘Glory of Love’ from The Karate Kid Part II; ‘Life in a Looking Glass’ from That’s Life; ‘Take My Breath Away’ from Top Gun; ‘Mean Green Mother From Outer Space’ from Little Shop of Horrors; and ‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American Tail.

And the winner was… ‘Take My Breath Away.’

Not a bad choice, from another of the year’s biggest soundtracks. I probably would have gone with ‘Somewhere Out There.’

And move over, Mr. Miyagi, to make room for today’s SOTD.


3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,490: ‘If You Leave’ – Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

  1. Dana says:

    There definitely could be an anti-Hughes bias at work here. Has a song from a Hughes film ever been nominated?

    As you point out though, at least the nominations from that year were more worthy of consideration, though I can’t recall the songs from Karate Kid II or That’s Life.

  2. pegclifton says:

    I don’t know this song and never saw the movie so I’m ok with the choice that was made since this song doesn’t do much for me.

  3. Amy says:

    How could “Somewhere Out There” not have won?!

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