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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16. Lou Rawls and Melba Moore, 'Take My Breath Away' (1987)

Back in the days when nominated songs weren't always regularly performed by the musicians who made them famous, Berlin's synth-tastic standout from the Top Gun soundtrack was given one hell of a makeover. Lou Rawls and Melba Moore joined forces to cover it during the broadcast, and after an iffy start in which the two singers were nearly lost in a web of lasers, these legendary performers showed the film industry how it's done. Making a meal of every note, this short duet elevated an enjoyably cheesy love theme into a number that soared higher than even Maverick himself would ever dare to fly. DE

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