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The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Best Original Song 

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Updated October 13, 2018 1.7k votes 230 voters 2.9k views

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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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, and Luis Resto
Movie: 8 Mile
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Elton John and Tim Rice
Movie: The Lion King
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Will Jennings and James Horner
Movie: Titanic
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Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
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Skyfall Adele and Paul Epworth
Movie: Skyfall
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz
Movie: Dirty Dancing
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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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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara
Movie: Flashdance
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Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman
Movie: The Way We Were
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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock
Movie: Top Gun
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Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen
Movie: Philadelphia
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice
Movie: Aladdin
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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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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
Movie: Tarzan
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
Movie: The Little Mermaid
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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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Stevie Wonder
Movie: The Woman in Red
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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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When You Believe Stephen Schwartz
Movie: The Prince of Egypt
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Movie: Frozen
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Movie: Pocahontas
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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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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Movie: Once