By Anjelica Oswald
From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.
Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Lost Stars” didn’t hit the Billboard charts until Adam Levine performed the song live on The Voice with his team member Matt McAndrew. Following this performance, the song peaked at No. 83 on the Hot 100.
Glen Campbell’s final song made it to No. 90 on the Hot 100, which marked his first Hot 100 song since 1981. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” also jumped from No. 50 to No. 21 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in October, which made it his highest-ranking song in 25 years.
Songwriter Diane Warren received her seventh Oscar nomination for her song “Grateful” from Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights. The film’s soundtrack peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Top Soundtracks, but the song didn’t break onto the charts.
While nominees in the early ‘80s were successful on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, few No. 1 singles have been nominated in recent years and only seven have won in the past 30 years.
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