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The Best Oscar-Winning Songs 

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Updated February 10, 2020 32.1k votes 2.6k voters 68.8k views 85 items

List Rules Vote up the best songs that have won an Academy Award for Best Song

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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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
"Beauty and the Beast" 1991
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Will Jennings, James Horner

Albums: Let's Talk About Love

Composer: James Horner, Will Jennings

Producer: James Horner, Walter Afanasieff

Length (seconds): 4:40

"Titanic" 1997

More My Heart Will Go On 

#2 of 50 The Best-Ever Oscar Winners for Best Original Song #6 of 100 The Best Love Songs Of The '90s, Ranked

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Tim Rice, Elton John
"The Lion King" 1994
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington
"Pinocchio" 1940
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice

Albums: Passion, Through the Fire

Composer: Alan Menken

Producer: Walter Afanasieff

Length (seconds): 4:5

"Aladdin" 1992

More A Whole New World 

#42 of 72 The Worst Karaoke Songs in the History of Music #108 of 157 The Best Songs with World in the Title

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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
"The Little Mermaid" 1989
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961
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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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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields

Albums: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook

Composer: Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields

Producer: Norman Granz

Length (seconds): 4:29

"Swing Time" 1936

More The Way You Look Tonight 

#19 of 100 The Best Songs with Look in the Title #67 of 102 The Best Songs with Tonight in the Title

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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
"Skyfall" 2012
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Albums: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Composer: Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Producer: Irving Townsend

Length (seconds): 3:30

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
"Flashdance" 1983
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock

Albums: Count Three & Pray

Composer: Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock

Producer: Giorgio Moroder

Length (seconds): 4:12

"Top Gun" 1986

More Take My Breath Away 

#6 of 29 The Best Songs Ever Written For Movies #10 of 95 The Best Songs With Breath in the Title

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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
"Mary Poppins" 1964
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Frank Loesser
"Neptune's Daughter" 1949
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

Albums: Fresh

Composer: Jay Livingston

Length (seconds): 5:21

"The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
"Frozen" 2013

More Let It Go 

#13 of 29 The Best Songs Ever Written For Movies #13 of 22 The Best NOW 58 Songs

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Stevie Wonder

Albums: The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

Composer: Stevie Wonder

Length (seconds): 6:16

"The Woman in Red" 1984
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"Song of the South" 1947