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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446 185
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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448 187
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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461 207
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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456 207
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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486 228
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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512 251
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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382 165
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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461 229
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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408 192
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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373 168
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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353 197
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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322 182
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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337 199
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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275 149
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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253 132
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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286 163
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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271 153
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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259 152
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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255 152
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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235 142
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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234 144
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"Song of the South" 1947

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212 125
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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346 266
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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213 144
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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199 149
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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169 136
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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171 150
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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157 149
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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160 156
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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146 150
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"Shaft" 1971

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124 138
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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118 136
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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113 133
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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119 143
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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74 79
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"La La Land" 2016

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110 133
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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114 141
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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122 153
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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116 152
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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95 124
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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88 114
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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108 145
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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91 120
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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84 115
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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87 123
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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87 123
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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83 117
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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86 122
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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77 108
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962