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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18. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warren, 'Up Where We Belong' (1983)

Bring on the military procession! Lest you had forgotten that this nominated song was the theme to An Officer and a Gentleman, a host of dancers in dress white start doing drills on stage before a single note is sung. So far, so very cheesy — then Jennifer Warren starts singing angelically, Joe Cocker adds his addled rasp to the mix, and the beauty-and-the-beast mojo for this hit genuinely finds its groove. The only thing that would have made this better was if Louis Gossett Jr. came out and made them both do 100 push-ups. DF

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