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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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345 140
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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307 117
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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319 125
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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356 152
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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282 119
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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252 100
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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246 108
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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249 127
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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252 131
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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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232 120
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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207 106
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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

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230 134
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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191 106
Take My Breath Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs
Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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188 104
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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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190 110
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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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185 109
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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150 84
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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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260 188
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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165 106
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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161 103
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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154 106
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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151 104
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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126 98
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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125 105
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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112 103
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

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116 109
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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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113 106
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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

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93 95
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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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35 24
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City of Stars

"La La Land" 2016

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93 107
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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89 106
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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80 94
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

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74 86
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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83 101
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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80 98
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

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78 96
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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76 95
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Into the West Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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67 86
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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67 86
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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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57 72
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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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61 78
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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64 83
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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56 75
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

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61 84
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Thanks for the Memory Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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65 92
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High Noon Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington "High Noon" 1952

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62 88
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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944