VOTE 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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444 184
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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447 186
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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461 205
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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486 226
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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455 206
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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511 250
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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381 164
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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408 191
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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460 229
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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372 167
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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352 196
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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322 181
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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337 197
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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274 148
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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253 131
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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285 162
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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270 152
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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258 151
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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254 152
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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235 141
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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233 143
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"Song of the South" 1947

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211 124
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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344 266
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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213 142
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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199 148
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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168 135
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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171 149
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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157 148
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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159 156
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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145 149
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"Shaft" 1971

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124 137
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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117 135
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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119 142
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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112 132
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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74 78
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"La La Land" 2016

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110 132
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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114 140
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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122 152
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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116 151
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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95 123
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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88 113
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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108 144
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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91 119
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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84 114
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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87 122
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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87 122
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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83 116
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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86 121
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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77 107
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962