‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Ordinary People’ and More Hot 100 Hits With the Same Titles as Best Picture Oscar Winners 

Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby,” which has climbed as high as No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, shares its name with a Clint Eastwood film which won best picture at the Academy Awards in 2005. It’s the 10th time a Hot 100 hit has shared its name with an Oscar winner for best picture.

We’re not counting title songs from the films in question (that would be too easy). Or near misses. Metallica had a 1992 hit with “The Unforgiven,” which is close to the title of Unforgiven, another Eastwood-directed picture that won the top award in 1993, but not exact.

We’re also not counting songs with the same titles as Oscar-winning films that made some noise, but didn’t make the Hot 100. These include “Grand Hotel” (the winner in 1932; also, a Procol Harum song that bubbled under the Hot 100 in 1973), “From Here to Eternity” (the winner in 1954, also a Giorgio Morder song that bubbled under the Hot 100 in 1977); “Parasite” (the winner in 2020; also, a song from Kiss’ 1974 album Hotter Than Hell) and “Forrest Gump” (the winner in 1995; also, a song from Frank Ocean’s 2012 album Channel Orange).

In addition, three big music acts – Wings, Chicago and Tom Jones – have the same exact names as the titles of best picture winners.

Wings topped the Hot 100 with “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Silly Love Songs” and “With a Little Luck.” (The group had three more No. 1s when the billing was Paul McCartney & Wings.) Wings was the title of the first Oscar winner for best picture in 1929.

Chicago topped the Hot 100 with “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “Look Away.” Chicago was the title of the Oscar winner for best picture in 2003.

Tom Jones never quite made No. 1 on the Hot 100, but he reached No. 2 in 1971 with “She’s a Lady” and No. 3 in 1965 with “What’s New Pussycat.” Tom Jones was the title of the Oscar winner for best picture in 1964.

Finally, in the first year of the Oscars, the Academy presented both outstanding picture (to Wings) and unique and artistic picture (to Sunrise). The Academy considers the former award to be analogous to best picture, as you can see on its roster of best picture winners, but we can’t completely discount the latter award – especially because, as it happens, two songs titled “Sunrise” have cracked the Hot 100. They were recorded by Eric Carmen (No. 34 in 1976) and Morgan Wallen (No. 30 in 2023).

Here are Hot 100 hits with the same exact titles as films that won Academy Awards for best picture.