Award Shows 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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443 180
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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439 180
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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459 200
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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483 222
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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380 159
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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443 203
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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505 246
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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406 187
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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370 164
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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458 227
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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352 192
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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319 180
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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335 194
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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272 145
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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251 128
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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282 160
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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269 149
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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257 149
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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253 150
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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233 138
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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231 139
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"Song of the South" 1947

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210 120
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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341 265
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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212 140
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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198 144
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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166 134
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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171 146
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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155 145
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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158 154
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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143 148
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"Shaft" 1971

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124 135
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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112 129
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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73 74
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"La La Land" 2016

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114 133
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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118 139
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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109 129
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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122 148
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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113 137
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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115 148
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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108 142
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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87 111
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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94 122
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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91 118
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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83 113
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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87 120
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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83 114
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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86 119
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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77 105
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

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85 121
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007