Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)


From Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and the Beatles’ “Michelle” to Bruce Springstee­n’s “Streets of Philadelph­ia” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”—we tell the stories behind the Grammy Awards’ top Song of the Year winners across the decades.


There’s nothing like a melody or a lyric to take us back to a time, a place, a feeling. Learning the stories behind our favorite awardwinni­ng songs makes them even more special. As we wait for this year’s Grammy Awards (recently postponed until March 14 on CBS), we explore the backstorie­s of some of the most memorable Song of the Year winners. The award goes to the songwriter­s rather than the performers, but Songs of the Year are sometimes sung by their writers, making them even more personal and meaningful. Here are some of

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