songs The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Best Original Song  

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Music and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sometimes, just a simple lyric can capture the whole essence of what a feature length motion picture is trying to convey. Of course, Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor are typically the most celebrated awards at the Oscars. However, we can’t overlook that there have been some absolutely incredible songs written specifically for the silver screen. Here are all of the original songs that won Oscars over the last 50 years.

The Best Original Song category was added to the Academy Awards in 1934. It’s important to note that the award is given to the songwriter(s) who compose the original song that is written explicitly for a movie. It’s not awarded to the person who performs the song. So, of course, when we think of "Let It Go" from the animated movie Frozen, we think of Idina Menzel. However, when "Let It Go" won the Oscar in 2014, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez, took home the award because they wrote the music and lyrics.

Some of the biggest names in music history have penned Oscar-winning songs. Adele has never appeared in a movie, but she has more Oscars than Alfred Hitchcock, after she nabbed the award in 2013 for "Skyfall." Eminem won an Oscar for "Lose Yourself" in 2003, a song that completely captured the themes and tone of his semi-autobiographical film debut 8 Mile. Melissa Etheridge, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen have all written songs that won Oscars.

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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Elton John and Tim Rice - Movie: The Lion King

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Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen - Movie: Philadelphia

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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz - Movie: Dirty Dancing

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Skyfall Adele and Paul Epworth - Movie: Skyfall

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Up Where We Belong Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings - Movie: An Officer and a Gentleman

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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings and James Horner - Movie: Titanic

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The Way We Were Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman - Movie: The Way We Were

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Flashdance...What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara - Movie: Flashdance

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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, and Luis Resto - Movie: 8 Mile

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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach and Hal David - Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock - Movie: Top Gun

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A Whole New World Alan Menken and Tim Rice - Movie: Aladdin

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When You Believe Stephen Schwartz - Movie: The Prince of Egypt

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Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Movie: Beauty and the Beast

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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, and Annie Lennox - Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Fame Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford - Movie: Fame

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You'll Be in My Heart Phil Collins - Movie: Tarzan

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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - Movie: Once

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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder - Movie: The Woman in Red

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Under the Sea Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Movie: The Little Mermaid

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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross - Movie: Arthur

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You Light Up My Life Joseph Brooks - Movie: You Light Up My Life

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Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born) Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams - Movie: A Star Is Born

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Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes - Movie: Shaft

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Things Have Changed Bob Dylan - Movie: Wonder Boys

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Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie - Movie: White Nights

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The Shadow of Your Smile Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster - Movie: The Sandpiper

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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Movie : Frozen

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Last Dance Paul Jabara - Movie: Thank God It's Friday

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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz - Movie: Pocahontas

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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman - Movie: The Thomas Crown Affair

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Born Free John Barry and Don Black - Movie: Born Free

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For All We Know Fred Karlin, Robb Royer, and Jimmy Griffin - Movie: Lovers and Other Strangers

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The Morning After Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn - Movie: The Poseidon Adventure

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Jai Ho! A.R. Rahman and Gulzar - Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

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Let the River Run Carly Simon - Movie: Working Girl

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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman - Movie: Monsters, Inc.

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I'm Easy Keith Carradine - Movie: Nashville

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Glory Common and John Legend - Movie: Selma

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We Belong Together Randy Newman - Movie: Toy Story 3

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You Must Love Me Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Movie: Evita

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I Need to Wake Up Melissa Etheridge - Movie: An Inconvenient Truth

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It Goes Like It Goes David Shire and Norman Gimbel - Movie: Norma Rae

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Al otro lado del río Jorge Drexler - Movie: The Motorcycle Diaries

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Talk to the Animals Leslie Bricusse - Movie: Doctor Dolittle

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We May Never Love Like This Again Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn - Movie: The Towering Inferno

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Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man) Stephen Sondheim - Movie: Dick Tracy

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The Weary Kind Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett - Movie: Crazy Heart

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It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp Juicy J, Frayser Boy, and DJ Paul - Movie: Hustle & Flow

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Man or Muppet Bret McKenzie - Movie: The Muppets