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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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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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319 108
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Beauty and The Beast Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

280 99
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

266 99
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

295 116
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

306 128
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

221 85
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

246 107
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

213 95
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

226 114
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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

204 104
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

180 95
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

205 116
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

170 94
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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

196 115
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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175 99
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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

169 98
Take My Breath Away is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs
Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

165 98
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

228 163
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

150 95
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

143 89
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

125 80
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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

134 95
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

132 99
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

114 93
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

111 92
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

98 90
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

98 96
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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

84 83
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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

84 92
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Jai Ho Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

83 95
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

79 92
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

75 88
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

64 76
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

68 82
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

70 85
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

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City of Stars

"La La Land" 2016

68 85
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

58 71
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

64 82
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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

59 73
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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50 62
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

58 75
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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

57 77
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

47 63
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Let the River Run "Working Girl" 1988

48 66
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

58 81
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High Noon Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington "High Noon" 1952

43 63
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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014