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What are the best Oscar-winning songs? This list includes every song that has won an Oscar for Best Song, with titles such as “My Heart Will Go On,” “Moon River,” “Let It Go,” and “Skyfall.” The category of Best Original Song was introduced in 1934 at the 7th Academy Awards. The award is presented to the songwriters, not the performers.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. The best of these movies are often bestowed with an Academy Award nomination, and those that are truly the best take home the Oscar. Songs have the ability to enhance these feelings in films. They often make the movie more emotional, intense, suspenseful, or gut-wrenching.

Songs tells us, as movie-goers, what to feel and when to feel it. These best Oscar-winning songs provide a kind of emotional connection that filmmakers hope people seek in entertainment. They are moving, saddening, or romantic. Vote upthe best Academy Award-winning songs below.
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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293 96
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Beauty and The Beast Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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252 88
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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274 105
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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249 90
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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275 112
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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205 75
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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229 97
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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196 87
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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202 105
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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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185 95
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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169 86
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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160 83
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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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184 107
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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156 90
Take My Breath Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs
Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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167 103
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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149 91
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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143 87
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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208 150
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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134 83
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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121 89
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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124 93
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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106 84
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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104 83
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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90 84
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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88 87
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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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76 83
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Jai Ho Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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79 89
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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70 82
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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61 70
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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73 89
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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65 79
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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66 81
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

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54 66
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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61 78
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

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55 71
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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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55 71
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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54 70
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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45 59
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

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43 58
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Let the River Run "Working Girl" 1988

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55 77
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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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49 69
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Mona Lisa Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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53 76
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High Noon Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington "High Noon" 1952

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Thanks for the Memory Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938