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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

388 119
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Remember Me Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

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379 156
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

337 129
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

352 140
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

393 171
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

317 128
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

277 113
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

283 123
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

293 143
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

282 145
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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

253 134
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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258 147
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

224 122
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

194 99
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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

212 116
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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

213 117
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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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210 120
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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

203 118
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

165 96
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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

179 111
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

182 115
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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

168 113
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

163 120
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

139 107
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

134 116
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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124 113
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

126 120
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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

101 107
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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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City of Stars

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

93 105
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

101 119
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

89 105
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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

86 104
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

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80 96
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

93 116
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

86 107
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

70 89
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

73 96
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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63 82
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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

68 90
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Thanks for the Memory Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

70 94
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

67 90
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Mona Lisa Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

61 81
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

70 96
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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944