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Push Rewind: Looking Back at the Movie Music of 1993, Part 2

1993 was not only a banner year for movies, it was also a banner year for movie music – more than the Academy Award category for Best Song could adequately capture with only five nominations. They were:

“Again” from Poetic Justice – Music and Lyrics by Janet Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

“The Day I Fall in Love” from Beethoven’s 2nd – Music and Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram, and Clif Magness

“Philadelphia” from Philadelphia – Music and Lyrics by Neil Young

“Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia – Music and Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“A Wink and a Smile” from Sleepless in Seattle – Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Ramsey McLean

That’s all – five songs covering three movies from the year. What else could have been nominated? Below is one idea:

“I Don’t Wanna Fight” was a song on the soundtrack of the superb Tina Turner biopic What’s Love got to Do With It? While initially offered to Sade, the song was sung by Turner herself. (Fun fact: it was co-written by famed British singer Lulu, along with her brother Billy Lawrie and Steve DuBerry.

Featuring a wistful but resolute vocal about when it’s time to let go of a troubled relationship, the song was a substantial hit during the summer of 1993, reaching No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and receiving nominations at the 36th Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and The Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.

James Hunter from Vibe stated that “when Turner tears up her voice at the top of the bridge, it’s as involving as soulful pop music gets.” He concluded, “This is one of the best records of her career.”

This is part of an ongoing series in which I look back at some of the forgotten movie music of 1993.