20 Greatest Best Song Oscar Performances

From Springsteen to Southern hip-hop and hot-buttered soul, Oscars' grandest, grooviest musical showstoppers

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17. Madonna, 'Sooner of Later' (1991)

This was Dick Tracy-era Madonna, in all her Marilyn-inspired bombshell beauty. Since host Billy Crystal introduced the Queen of Pop as "the NC-17 portion of our really big show" for her glittery burlesque number, people may have expected more than a simple strip tease. But Madge kept it classy, vamping through her number, tossing off her fur boa while channeling Old Hollywood. She did manage to offend some of the conservatives in the audience, however, by ad-libbing the lyric "talk to me General Schwarzkopf," referencing the current U.S. invasion of Kuwait. JP

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