VOTE The Best Oscar-Winning Songs  

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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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Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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457 192
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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449 192
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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467 211
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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465 213
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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522 252
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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492 232
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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387 167
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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413 195
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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380 172
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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465 234
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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356 199
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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326 184
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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345 201
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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282 152
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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258 135
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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289 165
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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275 154
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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262 154
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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258 155
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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240 143
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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236 147
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"Song of the South" 1947

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215 128
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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349 270
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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216 146
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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204 150
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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171 139
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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174 152
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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164 157
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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159 152
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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146 154
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"Shaft" 1971

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126 140
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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122 139
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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115 136
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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121 145
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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114 135
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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76 82
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"La La Land" 2016

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123 157
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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115 146
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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118 156
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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97 126
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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94 122
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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90 116
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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108 148
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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86 117
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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89 125
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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80 111
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

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85 119
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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88 124
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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88 125
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007