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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

374 133
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Beauty and the Beast Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

424 178
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Remember Me Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

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375 147
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

400 165
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

428 184
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

365 151
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

433 203
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

320 133
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

320 144
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

341 166
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

312 169
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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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254 137
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

289 167
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

283 164
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

222 118
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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

242 136
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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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234 133
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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

228 131
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

232 135
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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

208 125
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

203 125
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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183 110
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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

310 239
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

187 129
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

175 136
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

148 121
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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151 133
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

136 130
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

142 138
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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

128 133
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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

111 121
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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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107 122
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

104 119
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

99 112
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Jai Ho Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

58 56
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City of Stars

"La La Land" 2016

110 131
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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95 115
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

98 121
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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

104 130
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

96 119
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

85 110
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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81 108
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

77 104
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

74 102
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Mona Lisa Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

77 108
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

69 96
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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

74 104
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Thanks for the Memory Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

72 101
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

67 94
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962