As the GRAMMYs approach, we talked to some serious detractors of the awards: Stone Sour. If you think the Recording Academy gets it wrong far too often, these guys are with you. But a funny thing happened when played them a selection of Record of the Year winners, from the very first one in 1959 to some more recent selections: they liked what they heard.

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More accurately, they liked five of the six tracks we played — “The Girl From Ipanema” might have been pushing things too far. Impressively, they were able to name them all. The Record of the Year award recognizes the producer and performer of the track.

Bobby Darin “Mack The Knife”
Record of the Year 1959

While it too Corey Taylor a moment to place who the singer was, he instantly knew the tune. And he gave away how nervous he was.

Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson”
Record of the Year

It’s the harmonies of this song, Taylor says, that make it so remarkable and award-worthy.

The Doobie Brothers “What A Fool Believes”
Record of the Year

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We’re agreed: you’d have to be a heartless tool not to like Michael McDonald.

Tina Turner “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Record of the Year

Tina’s comeback single was deemed very GRAMMY worthy — a classic pop song that stands the test of time.

Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
Record of the Year 2005

Taylor rightly notes that this was the first rock song to win a major GRAMMY award in many, many years — and that it was remarkably deserving. He calls himself a fan.

Astrud Gilberto/Stan Getz “The Girl From Ipanema”
Record of the Year 1964

What is there to say about a Muzak staple? If you love music, there’s always something to say.

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