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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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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington
"Pinocchio" 1940
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz
"Dirty Dancing" 1987
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
"Pochontas" 1995
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
"Flashdance" 1983
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"Mary Poppins" 1964
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Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando

"A Star Is Born" 2018

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Frank Loesser
"Neptune's Daughter" 1949
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"Song of the South" 1947
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch
"The Way We Were" 1973

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