Song of the Year Grammy Award Winners

The Grammy award for Song of the Year is awarded to a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the composer, not the performing artist for the winning song.

Three composers have won the award on more than one occasion: Henry Mancinci for Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses, James Horner for Somewhere Out There and My Heart Will Go On, and U2 for Beautiful Day and Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own.

The Theme from Exodus which won the award in 1961 is the only instrumental song to win the award.

Record of the Year | Album of the Year

YearSong of the Year (2020s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
2024What Was I Made For?Billie EilishLeave the Door Open by Silk Sonic
2023Just Like ThatBonnie RaittLeave the Door Open by Silk Sonic
2022Leave the Door OpenSilk SonicLeave the Door Open by Silk Sonic
2021I Can't BreatheH.E.R.I Can't Breathe by H.E.R. on iTunes
2020Bad GuyBillie EilishBuy Bad Guy by Billie Eilish on iTunes
YearSong of the Year (2010s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
2019This Is AmericaChildish GambinoBuy This Is America by Childish Gambino on iTunes
2018That's What I LikeBruno MarsBuy That's What I Like by Bruno Mars on iTunes
2017HelloAdeleBuy Hello by Adele on iTunes
2016Thinking Out LoudEd SheeranBuy Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran on iTunes
2015Stay With MeSam SmithBuy Stay With Me by Sam Smith on iTunes
2014RoyalsLordeBuy Royals by Lorde on iTunes
2013We Are YoungFun. Featuring Janelle MonaeWe Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) - We Are Young ((feat. Janelle Monáe) - Single)
2012Rolling in the DeepAdeleRolling in the Deep - 21
2011Need You NowLady AntebellumNeed You Now - Need You Now
2010Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)BeyoncéSingle Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version)
YearSong of the Year (2000s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
2009Viva la VidaColdplayViva la Vida - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
2008RehabAmy WinehouseRehab - Back to Black
2007Not Ready to Make NiceDixie ChicksNot Ready to Make Nice - Taking the Long Way
2006Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your OwnU2Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2005DaughtersJohn MayerDaughters - Heavier Things
2004Dance with My FatherLuther VandrossDance With My Father - Dance With My Father
2003Don't Know WhyNorah JonesDon't Know Why - Come Away With Me
2002Fallin'Alicia KeysFallin' - Songs In A Minor
2001Beautiful DayU2Beautiful Day - All That You Can't Leave Behind
2000SmoothRob Thomas and SantanaSmooth (feat. Rob Thomas) - Supernatural (Remastered)
YearSong of the Year (1990s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
1999My Heart Will Go OnCeline DionMy Heart Will Go On - Titanic (Music from the Motion Picture)
1998Sunny Came HomeShawn ColvinSunny Came Home - A Few Small Repairs
1997Change the WorldEric ClaptonChange the World - Phenomenon (Music from the Motion Picture)
1996Kiss From a RoseSealKiss from a Rose - Seal (1994)
1995Streets of PhiladelphiaBruce SpringsteenStreets of Philadelphia - Philadelphia (Music From the Motion Picture)
1994A Whole New WorldPeabo Bryson & Regina BelleA Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) [Soundtrack Version] - Aladdin (Original Soundtrack)
1993Tears in HeavenEric ClaptonTears In Heaven - Rush (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1992UnforgettableNatalie Cole and Nat King ColeUnforgettable (Duet With Nat King Cole) - Unforgettable: With Love
1991From a DistanceBette MidlerFrom a Distance - Some People's Lives
1990Wind Beneath My WingsBette MidlerWind Beneath My Wings - Beaches (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
YearSong of the Year (1980s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
1989Don't Worry, Be HappyBobby McFerrinDon't Worry, Be Happy - Cocktail (Original Soundtrack)
1988Somewhere Out ThereLinda Ronstadt & James IngramSomewhere Out There (Featuring Linda Ronstadt) - Forever More (Love Songs, Hits & Duets)
1987That's What Friends Are ForDionne Warwick & FriendsThat's What Friends Are For (With Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) - Love Songs
1986We are the WorldUSA for AfricaWe Are the World - We Are the World - Single
1985What's Love Got to Do with ItTina TurnerWhat's Love Got to Do With It - Private Dancer
1984Every Breath You TakeThe PoliceEvery Breath You Take - Synchronicity (Remastered)
1983Always on My MindWillie NelsonAlways On My Mind - Always On My Mind
1982Bette Davis EyesKim CarnesBette Davis Eyes - Bette Davis Eyes
1981SailingChristopher CrossSailing - Christopher Cross
1980What a Fool BelievesThe Doobie BrothersWhat a Fool Believes - Minute By Minute
YearSong of the Year (1970s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
1979Just the Way You AreBilly JoelJust the Way You Are - The Stranger
1978Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)Barbara StreisandEvergreen (Love Theme) - A Star Is Born
1977I Write the SongsBarry ManilowI Write the Songs - Tryin' to Get the Feeling
1976Send in the ClownsJudy CollinsSend In the Clowns - Judith
1975The Way We WereBarbara StreisandThe Way We Were - The Way We Were
1974Killing Me Softly with His SongRoberta FlackKilling Me Softly With His Song - Killing Me Softly
1973The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceRoberta FlackThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - First Take
1972You've Got a FriendJames Taylor & Carole KingYou've Got a Friend - Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
1971Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Remastered)
1970Games People PlayJoe SouthGames People Play - Games People Play
YearSong of the Year (1960s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
1969Little Green ApplesO.C. SmithLittle Green Apples - Pop Classics of the 60's
1968Up, Up and AwayThe 5th DimensionUp-Up and Away - Up, Up and Away
1967MichelleThe BeatlesMichelle - Rubber Soul
1966The Shadow of Your SmileTony BennettThe Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from The Sandpiper - The Ultimate Tony Bennett
1965Hello, Dolly!Louis ArmstrongHello, Dolly! - Hello, Dolly! (Remastered Reissue)
1964Days of Wine and RosesHenry ManciniDays of Wine and Roses - Andy Williams' Greatest Hits
1963What Kind of Fool Am ISammy Davis Jr.What Kind of Fool Am I - At the Coconut Grove
1962Moon RiverHenry ManciniMoon River
1961Theme of ExodusVarious ArtistsTheme (of Exodus)
1960The Battle of New OrleansJohnny HortonBattle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
YearSong of the Year (1950s)Performing ArtistListen/Buy
1959Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)Domenico ModugnoNel blu dipinto di blu - Domenico Modugno: Golden Hits


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