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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447 186
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Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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449 188
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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462 209
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Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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459 208
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Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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486 230
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Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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515 251
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Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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384 165
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Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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463 229
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Coco" 2017

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375 168
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Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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410 193
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Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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354 197
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Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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323 182
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Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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339 200
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Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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278 149
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Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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256 132
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Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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286 164
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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273 153
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Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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261 152
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Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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256 154
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Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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237 142
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Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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235 144
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"Song of the South" 1947

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214 125
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Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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346 268
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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215 144
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Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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201 149
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Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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169 137
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"An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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172 150
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Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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158 150
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"Philadelphia" 1993

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162 156
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from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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146 151
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"Shaft" 1971

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125 138
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Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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121 136
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Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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114 133
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John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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75 79
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"La La Land" 2016

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120 144
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Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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112 133
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"A Star is Born" 1976

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123 154
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Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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114 143
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Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2003

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118 153
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Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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96 124
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Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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89 114
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Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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92 120
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Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" 1955

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108 146
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"Toy Story 3" 2010

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85 115
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James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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88 123
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Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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84 117
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Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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87 122
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James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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87 124
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Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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77 109
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Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer "Days of Wine and Roses" 1962