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The Worst Song to Win Best Original Song at the Oscars

Dave, Neil, and Joanna discuss the history of the Best Original Song winner. Then, they debate which song was the worst to win, and reveal their picks for the worst in the category.

Oscars Statues Lined Up Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images

This week, Dave, Neil, and Joanna debate what the worst song to win Best Original Song at the Oscars is. They start by discussing the history of the category and some of their favorite winners (3:49). Then, they lay out the rules of the debate and go through some pretrial dismissals (23:20). Later, they reveal their picks for the worst Best Original Song winner (40:35), before reading some listener submissions and choosing one to add to the final poll (57:38).

Now it’s up to you to decide! What was the worst song to win the Best Original Song Oscar? You can vote for the winner at, on The Ringer’s Twitter feed, and in the Spotify app, where you’ll find Trial by Content. The winner will be announced next week!

You can send your picks for next week’s topic and a few sentences to support your pick to You can also submit suggestions for future Trial by Content topics. Is there a great pop culture debate that you’d like us to settle? Send it on over!


What is the best on-screen moment featuring dungeons and/or dragons?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Neil: Elliot’s escape, ‘Pete’s Dragon’
    (199 votes)
  • 23%
    Joanna: Oberyn Black Cells, ‘Game of Thrones’
    (255 votes)
  • 36%
    Listener (Brittany): Dragon Dance, ‘Avatar’
    (392 votes)
  • 21%
    Listener (Pat): Mines of Moria, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’
    (225 votes)
1071 votes total Vote Now

Hosts: Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Neil Miller
Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
Theme song and other music credits: Devon Renaldo

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