The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

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Vote up the best songs that have won an Academy Award for Best Song

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
    1

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg
    990 votes

    The Wizard of Oz 1939

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight
    2

    Can You Feel the Love Tonight

    Tim Rice, Elton John
    742 votes

    The Lion King 1994

  • Beauty and the Beast
    3

    Beauty and the Beast

    Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
    681 votes

    Beauty and the Beast 1991

  • When You Wish Upon a Star
    4

    When You Wish Upon a Star

    Leigh Harline, Ned Washington
    664 votes

    Pinocchio 1940