First Hit #1: February 2, 1974
Barbra Streisand spells her name in a very annoying manner.
Film songs tend to do well in the charts, possibly because people remember the relevant moments in the picture and the images that came with the song make it come along. This could also explain why the music video revolution substantially changed the musical landscape – visuals can make new connection which can elevate the song significantly. It could also explain why an overwrought ballad like The Way We Were can become a huge hit, because it’s the kind of thing that works well in a movie. It’s nostalgic and in context can bring out all the right emotions, capping off the film and defining the experience for everyone involved. Out of context, it’s an overblown ballad, but I’ve never seen The Way We Were.