Award Shows 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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Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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435 176
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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431 178
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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453 198
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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478 217
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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374 155
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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431 194
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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494 241
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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400 184
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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452 222
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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364 162
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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347 189
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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317 176
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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326 188
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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269 143
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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248 127
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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279 158
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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265 147
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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252 146
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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252 148
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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230 137
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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229 138
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"Song of the South" 1947

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206 120
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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339 263
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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209 140
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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196 144
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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162 133
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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166 146
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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152 144
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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157 153
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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141 147
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"Shaft" 1971

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120 134
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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73 72
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"La La Land" 2016

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117 137
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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111 130
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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109 129
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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107 127
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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111 135
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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119 148
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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113 146
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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108 140
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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89 118
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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83 111
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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83 111
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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90 122
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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85 118
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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85 119
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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84 118
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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80 114
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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73 105
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962