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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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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

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Remember Me Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

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

362 140
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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(I've Had) The Time of My Life Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz "Dirty Dancing" 1987

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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Burt Bacharach, Hal David "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969

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Flashdance... What a Feeling Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara "Flashdance" 1983

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Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956

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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

180 122
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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

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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

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When You Believe from the 1998 film "The Prince of Egypt"

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Theme From Shaft "Shaft" 1971

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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager "Arthur" 1981

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City of Stars

"La La Land" 2016

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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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Jai Ho Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

97 113
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

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

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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

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

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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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

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Thanks for the Memory Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin "The Big Broadcast" in 1938

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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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Mona Lisa Ray Evans, Jay Livingston "Captain Carey, U.S.A." 1950

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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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