Ever since the category for Best Original Song was introduced at the 7th Academy Awards ceremony in 1934, the award has celebrated some of the most heartrending music ever to be put onscreen. The award has honoured some of the most well-loved tracks from movie musicals, most recognizable romantic themes and most powerful montage songs in existence.
Original songs can come to define a film as much as an iconic scene or line; the way that "Over the Rainbow" has come to define "The Wizard of Oz" or the stirring theme "Into the West" made "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" even more triumphant.
Adele's "Skyfall" seems like a sure bet this year, but not all nominated songs are so classy. Every once in a while a song shows up in this category that is so hilariously bad, so inexcusably putrid, that reading its very name in the list of nominees hits the brain like a sour note.
Sometimes it is the passage of time that makes these nominees awful, as they pass out of fashion or times change. In other cases, they are just maudlin garbage that somehow ended up in the spotlight in a year light on Disney films or musical adaptations.
Here is our top ten list of the worst "Best Original Song" nominees in the history of the Oscars. Feel free to argue in the comments.