Oscars Week: Best-Winning Songs of the Last Decade

With the Oscars just days away, the nominees for the 2024 Academy Awards were unveiled earlier this year and despite a few surprise nominations and snubs, the night will be one to watch – especially with Ryan Gosling set to perform his Barbie hit! 

So, with the likes of “I’m Just Ken” to “The Fire Inside”, its been predicted which 2024 nominee for Best Original Song is likely to win by analysing factors such as Spotify streams and royalties.

Best Original Song Nominees With The Highest Streams and Royalties 

#FilmSongStreamsRoyalties: $
1stBarbie“What Was I Made For?”633,904,669$2,535,619
2ndBarbie“I’m Just Ken”105,403,327$421,613
3rdFlamin Hot“The Fire Inside”1,189,531$4,758
4thAmerican Symphony“It Never Went Away”689,087$2,756
5thKillers Of The Flower Moon“Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)”79,449$318

Billie Eilish and Finneas’s ‘Barbie’ track “What Was I Made For?” ranks the highest for the song that made the most in royalties – with over 633 million streams, the song is estimated to have made $2.5m in royalties so far. Interestingly, with the ‘Barbie’ film budget reported to have been around $145 million, “What Was I Made For?” has already made back 1.75% of the film’s cost to produce.  

Winners over the past decade

The winning track that has the most Spotify streams and royalties has been uncovered, as well as which song has almost made the most of their film budget in royalties so far…

Most Successful Best Original Song Winners of the Past 10 Years

#YearFilmSongStreamsRoyalties: $
1st2018A Star Is Born“Shallow”2,328,841,916$9,315,368
2nd2022No Time to Die“No Time to Die”577,119,609$2,308,478
3rd2015Spectre“Writing’s on the Wall”255,304,815$1,021,219
4th2016La La Land“City of Stars”119,042,560$476,170
5th2017Coco“Remember Me”108,442,569$433,770
6th2023RRR“Naatu Naatu”70,355,475$281,422
8th2019Rocketman“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”27,827,062$111,308
9th2020/21Judas and the Black Messiah“Fight for You”14,149,130$56,597

The 2018 hit “Shallow”, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star Is Born’ has made the most in royalties over the years. With more than 2 billion streams, the royalties have racked up to $9.3m.

Top 3 Best Original Song Winners That Have Made The Most Of Their Film Budget 

#YearFilmSongRoyalties: $Reported Budget (USD)% of Budget
1st2018A Star Is Born“Shallow”$9,315,368$36,000,00025.88%
2nd2016La La Land“City of Stars”$476,170$30,000,0001.59%

“Shallow” from ‘A Star Is Born’ tops the table for not only the most streams, but also for making the most of the film’s budget in royalties – with reports suggesting ‘A Star Is Born’ had a budget of $36m, “Shallow” has made the equivalent of 25.88% of the film’s budget, higher than any other film analysed.

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.