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Grammy Records of the Year

The Grammy for Record of the Year is an award for the year's best song - and is given to the performer of the song. How many winners can you name?
Not to be confused with "Song of the Year" which goes to the songwriter
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Last updated: February 7, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 10, 2013
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Year
Song
Musical Act
2024
Flowers
Miley Cyrus
2023
About Damn Time
Lizzo
2022
Leave the Door Open
Silk Sonic
2021
Everything I Wanted
Billie Eilish
2020
Bad Guy
Billie Eilish
2019
This is America
Childish Gambino
2018
24K Magic
Bruno Mars
2017
Hello
Adele
2016
Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson
2015
Stay with Me
Sam Smith
2014
Get Lucky
Daft Punk
2013
Somebody That I Used
to Know
Gotye
2012
Rolling in the Deep
Adele
2011
Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
2010
Use Somebody
Kings of Leon
2009
Please Read the Letter
Alison Krauss and
Robert Plant
2008
Rehab
Amy Winehouse
2007
Not Ready to Make Nice
Dixie Chicks
2006
Boulevard of Broken
Dreams
Green Day
2005
Here We Go Again
Ray Charles
2004
Clocks
Coldplay
2003
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones
2002
Walk On
U2
2001
Beautiful Day
U2
2000
Smooth
Santana
1999
My Heart Will Go On
Celine Dion
1998
Sunny Came Home
Shawn Colvin
1997
Change the World
Eric Clapton
1996
Kiss from a Rose
Seal
1995
All I Wanna Do
Sheryl Crow
1994
I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston
1993
Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton
1992
Unforgettable
Natalie Cole
1991
Another Day in Paradise
Phil Collins
1990
Wind Beneath My Wings
Bette Midler
Year
Song
Musical Act
1989
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin
1988
Graceland
Paul Simon
1987
Higher Love
Steve Winwood
1986
We Are the World
USA for Africa
1985
What's Love Got
to Do with It
Tina Turner
1984
Beat It
Michael Jackson
1983
Rosanna
Toto
1982
Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Carnes
1981
Sailing
Christopher Cross
1980
What a Fool Believes
The Doobie Brothers
1979
Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
1978
Hotel California
Eagles
1977
This Masquerade
George Benson
1976
Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tennille
1975
I Honestly Love You
Olivia Newton-John
1974
Killing Me Softly with
His Song
Roberta Flack
1973
The First Time Ever I
Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
1972
It's Too Late
Carole King
1971
Bridge over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
1970
Aquarius/
Let the Sunshine In
The 5th Dimension
1969
Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel
1968
Up, Up, and Away
The 5th Dimension
1967
Strangers in the Night
Frank Sinatra
1966
A Taste of Honey
Herb Alpert and the
Tijuana Brass
1965
The Girl from Ipanema
Astrud Gilberto and
Stan Getz
1964
Days of Wine and Roses
Henry Mancini
1963
I Left My Heart in
San Francisco
Tony Bennett
1962
Moon River
Henry Mancini
1961
Theme from
"A Summer Place"
Percy Faith
1959
Volare
Domenico Modugno
1959
Mack the Knife
Bobby Darin
48 Comments
+14
Level 61
Oct 15, 2012
Wow! who picks this crap?
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Level 25
Oct 16, 2012
My thoughts exactly!
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Level 85
Mar 26, 2018
Picked by the same folks who gave Jethro Tull the Heavy Metal award!
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Level 41
Feb 10, 2015
Finished with 2:30 left to go! Then again, the Grammy's are practically sacred to me :)
+2
Level 75
Feb 10, 2015
'Stay With Me' is a beautiful song but NOT deserving of a Grammy. There are plenty of other artists with much better music, in my opinion at least.
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Level 60
Feb 18, 2017
I'm sure Volare's year is 1960, not 1959
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Level ∞
Feb 18, 2017
There were 2 Grammy ceremonies in 1959.
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Level 83
Feb 19, 2017
So few guesses though :/
+5
Level 67
Feb 18, 2017
What a bag of crap the Grammies are. Beatles? Stones? Dylan? Elvis? Clash? REM?

Crickets.

+6
Level 90
Feb 18, 2017
Welcome to the Grammys. Every year there's someone who complains about crappy music winning all the awards.
+2
Level 40
Jan 29, 2020
And queen also never won this one like WHAT?
+2
Level 85
Apr 7, 2022
The Crickets aren't on the list, either! ;-)
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2017
Great quiz, but I have one quick question. Wouldn't the answer for "Uptown Funk" be Bruno Mars? I am aware that Mark Ronson wrote it, but this does not mean he performed it. It was Mars who sang the whole song. Just something to think about.
+5
Level 74
Feb 20, 2017
There's more to a song than vocals.
+11
Level 85
May 5, 2019
The award was given to "Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars".
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Level 67
Oct 11, 2017
I'm prolly showing my age, but I'm a little sad that I'm one of only 4% that knew "This Masquerade" by George Benson. "Are we really happy, here, with this lonely game we play..." Sigh.
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Level 62
Jan 30, 2018
I was just listening to the original version of "This Masquerade" by its composer Leon Russell, just a few minutes before I took this quiz.
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Level 46
Feb 24, 2024
Im 17, one of my favorites
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Level 44
Mar 23, 2018
lol too many people did a song called Here we go again ... I thought of Paramore... I hate pop music so I sucked at this one. I knew a few and guessedsome and dont really care.
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Level 67
Jan 28, 2020
I thought of C and C Music Factory.
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Level 83
Apr 6, 2022
I thought Whitesnake, but that clearly is not a grammy winner. :-) (edit: and of course, theirs was "Here I Go Again", not "we")

Tawny Kitaen though!

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Level 85
Jun 7, 2018
I was in the 6% who got Theme from a Summer Place, but not in the 90% that got 24k Magic
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Level 67
Jan 28, 2020
I typed Derrin thinking Bobby Derrin for Mack the Knife and then thought maybe I was mixing it up with Bobby McFerrin. Turns out I was right but couldn't spell it correctly.
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Level 81
Dec 5, 2022
The fact that Leave the Door Open won makes me oddly angry. I typically don’t have strong opinions on music, but I absolutely hate that song. I can’t even explain why but I cringe every time I hear it.
+8
Level 85
Dec 29, 2022
These are 90% in-the-moment picks. Not aged well at all.
+1
Level 74
Feb 6, 2023
This quiz was a history lesson in music. I scored 49/55. I honestly do not know the six songs I missed, but I enjoyed the quiz. Thanks!
+2
Level 57
Sep 27, 2023
I have no ideia what I wrote to get Silk Sonic
+3
Level 71
Feb 7, 2024
Probably Mars as Bruno Mars is a part of it.
+2
Level 57
Nov 11, 2023
Please allow "Lady A" for 2011, given that it's their current official name
+1
Level ∞
Feb 7, 2024
That will work now
+3
Level 69
Feb 7, 2024
I realise it’s his stage name, but surely “Gambino” should work for Childish Gambino? I tried that first and for a second thought I must’ve been wrong
+2
Level ∞
Feb 7, 2024
Gambino will work now
+1
Level 86
Feb 7, 2024
Any chance you could allow "McFarrin" for "McFerrin?"
+1
Level ∞
Feb 7, 2024
Yes
+4
Level 65
Feb 10, 2024
Dixie Chicks renamed themselves to "The Chicks"
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Level 69
Feb 24, 2024
They’re still dreadful.
+2
Level 67
Feb 25, 2024
Yes. Since Lady A is now accepted for Lady Antebellum, I was going to suggest that The Chicks should be accepted for the Dixie Chicks.
+1
Level 78
Feb 11, 2024
Sure. Captain and Tennille have a Grammy for best record and the Beatles have none. Makes a lot of sense.
+3
Level 78
Feb 11, 2024
Fun facts about Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy:

People made jokes that he offed himself after becoming a one hit wonder. Not true at all. In fact, he was a respected voice percussionist before and after that song and he didn’t seem to care much about having further hits.

Another fun fact: this is the only a cappella song to go #1 in the United States.

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Level 75
Feb 24, 2024
He is an incredibly talented, innovative vocalist. This one surprise success in pop music probably earned him a lot of money, but I wonder if he doesn't sometimes regret the unshakeable reputation that came with it.
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Level 66
Feb 27, 2024
What the hell kind of a joke is that!
+1
Level 46
Feb 24, 2024
The Grammys are stupid. Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean the whole rest of the world has to agree. Ye some of the artists on here aren't very good but you don't need to whine that the whole world doesn't have the EXACT SAME music taste as you.
+1
Level 54
Feb 24, 2024
Why the Freebie for USA for Africa???

MAKE US GUESS

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Level 69
Feb 24, 2024
The Grammies have dreadful taste in music. Only a few classics were on the list.
+1
Level 51
Feb 26, 2024
Love how the Mack The Knife winner and the Don't Worry, Be Happy winner have rhyming names, lol
+1
Level 66
Feb 27, 2024
...They don't even rhyme
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Level 37
Feb 26, 2024
"Just the Way You Are" won in 1979? Ot was from Billy Joel's 1977 "The Stranger" album.
+1
Level 95
Mar 6, 2024
Volare won at the first ceremony, Mack the Knife at the second.