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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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300 108
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

285 106
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

314 127
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

329 137
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

260 111
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

231 93
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

229 99
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

243 118
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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

217 113
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

222 117
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

191 101
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

216 123
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

179 99
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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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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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

179 101
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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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

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

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

137 82
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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

156 101
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

142 98
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

140 102
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

119 93
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

117 98
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

104 94
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

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

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

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

79 93
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

68 80
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

72 86
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

74 89
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

63 78
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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City of Stars

"La La Land" 2016

56 71
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

60 77
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

52 67
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Days of Wine and Roses Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962

61 81
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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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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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

51 67
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Let the River Run "Working Girl" 1988

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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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