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‘The Way We Were’ by Barbara Striesand – Classic Hit or Miss

The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack.A box office success, the film was nominated for several awards and won the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for “The Way We Were”. The soundtrack recording charted for 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually sold in excess of one million copies. At the time of its initial release, the film’s soundtrack album peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200. On October 19, 1993, it was re-released on compact disc by Sony. It includes Streisand’s rendition of “The Way We Were”, which at the time of the film’s release was a commercial success and her first #1 single in the United States. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1973 and charted for 23 weeks, eventually selling over a million copies and remaining #1 for three non-consecutive weeks in February 1974. On the Adult Contemporary chart, it was Streisand’s second #1 hit, following “People” a decade earlier. Billboard named “The Way We Were” as the #1 pop hit of 1974, and it was the title track of a Streisand album that also reached #1.

It went to #1 in 1974 for 3 weeks, how about today?

 

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