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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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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington
"Pinocchio" 1940
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Irving Berlin
"Holiday Inn" 1942
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice
"Aladdin" 1992
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Will Jennings, James Horner
"Titanic" 1997
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Tim Rice, Elton John
"The Lion King" 1994
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
"The Little Mermaid" 1989
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto
"8 Mile' 2002
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
"Swing Time" 1936
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz
"Dirty Dancing" 1987
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
"Pochontas" 1995
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
"Flashdance" 1983
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
"Skyfall" 2012
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock
"Top Gun" 1986
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"Mary Poppins" 1964
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Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando

"A Star Is Born" 2018

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Frank Loesser
"Neptune's Daughter" 1949
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Phil Collins
"Tarzan" 1999
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"Song of the South" 1947
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Stevie Wonder
"The Woman in Red" 1984