Photo: via Tumblr

songs The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Best Original Song  

The Wrap
1.0k votes 146 voters 1.7k views 50 items Embed
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.

Vote up for the greatest songs that won Academy Awards.
list ordered by

1
26 12
Ranker Video
Can You Feel the Love Tonight Elton John and Tim Rice - Movie: The Lion King

The Greatest Film Scores of All Time The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

2
23 12
Ranker Video
Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen - Movie: Philadelphia

3
23 13
Ranker Video
(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz - Movie: Dirty Dancing

4
24 14
Ranker Video
Skyfall Adele and Paul Epworth - Movie: Skyfall

5
21 12
Ranker Video
Up Where We Belong Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings - Movie: An Officer and a Gentleman

6
25 16
Ranker Video
My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings and James Horner - Movie: Titanic

7
29 20
Ranker Video
Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, and Luis Resto - Movie: 8 Mile

8
15 7
Ranker Video
The Way We Were Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman - Movie: The Way We Were

9
20 12
Ranker Video
Flashdance...What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara - Movie: Flashdance

10
14 8
Ranker Video
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach and Hal David - Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

11
15 9
Ranker Video
Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock - Movie: Top Gun

12
20 15
Ranker Video
A Whole New World Alan Menken and Tim Rice - Movie: Aladdin

13
13 8
Ranker Video
When You Believe Stephen Schwartz - Movie: The Prince of Egypt

14
17 13
Ranker Video
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Movie: Beauty and the Beast

15
12 9
Ranker Video
Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, and Annie Lennox - Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
12 9
Ranker Video
Fame Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford - Movie: Fame

17
13 11
Ranker Video
You'll Be in My Heart Phil Collins - Movie: Tarzan

18
12 10
Ranker Video
Falling Slowly Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - Movie: Once

19
11 9
Ranker Video
I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder - Movie: The Woman in Red

20
9 7
Ranker Video
Under the Sea Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Movie: The Little Mermaid

21
13 12
Ranker Video
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross - Movie: Arthur

22
9 8
Ranker Video
You Light Up My Life Joseph Brooks - Movie: You Light Up My Life

23
9 9
Ranker Video
Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born) Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams - Movie: A Star Is Born

24
9 10
Ranker Video
Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes - Movie: Shaft

25
7 8
Ranker Video
Things Have Changed Bob Dylan - Movie: Wonder Boys

26
7 8
Ranker Video
Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie - Movie: White Nights

27
6 7
Ranker Video
The Shadow of Your Smile Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster - Movie: The Sandpiper

28
12 14
Ranker Video
Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Movie : Frozen

29
9 11
Ranker Video
Last Dance Paul Jabara - Movie: Thank God It's Friday

The Greatest Band Cameos In Movie History 30 Realizations That Will Change Your Life in Some Small Way

30
8 10
Ranker Video
Colors of the Wind Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz - Movie: Pocahontas

31
6 8
Ranker Video
The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman - Movie: The Thomas Crown Affair

32
5 7
Ranker Video
Born Free John Barry and Don Black - Movie: Born Free

33
5 7
Ranker Video
For All We Know Fred Karlin, Robb Royer, and Jimmy Griffin - Movie: Lovers and Other Strangers

34
8 11
Ranker Video
The Morning After Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn - Movie: The Poseidon Adventure

35
7 10
Ranker Video
Jai Ho! A.R. Rahman and Gulzar - Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

36
5 8
Ranker Video
Let the River Run Carly Simon - Movie: Working Girl

37
5 8
Ranker Video
If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman - Movie: Monsters, Inc.

38
5 8
Ranker Video
I'm Easy Keith Carradine - Movie: Nashville

39
5 8
Ranker Video
Glory Common and John Legend - Movie: Selma

40
11 15
Ranker Video
We Belong Together Randy Newman - Movie: Toy Story 3

41
4 7
Ranker Video
You Must Love Me Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Movie: Evita

42
4 8
Ranker Video
I Need to Wake Up Melissa Etheridge - Movie: An Inconvenient Truth

43
3 7
Ranker Video
It Goes Like It Goes David Shire and Norman Gimbel - Movie: Norma Rae

44
3 7
Ranker Video
Al otro lado del río Jorge Drexler - Movie: The Motorcycle Diaries

45
2 6
Ranker Video
Talk to the Animals Leslie Bricusse - Movie: Doctor Dolittle

46
4 9
Ranker Video
We May Never Love Like This Again Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn - Movie: The Towering Inferno

47
3 8
Ranker Video
Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man) Stephen Sondheim - Movie: Dick Tracy

48
4 10
Ranker Video
The Weary Kind Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett - Movie: Crazy Heart

49
4 11
Ranker Video
It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp Juicy J, Frayser Boy, and DJ Paul - Movie: Hustle & Flow

50
2 9
Ranker Video
Man or Muppet Bret McKenzie - Movie: The Muppets