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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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311 103
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Beauty and The Beast Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "Beauty and the Beast" 1991

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272 92
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A Whole New World Alan Menken, Tim Rice "Aladdin" 1992

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290 111
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Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tim Rice, Elton John "The Lion King" 1994

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262 96
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When You Wish Upon a Star Leigh Harline, Ned Washington "Pinocchio" 1940

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294 120
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My Heart Will Go On Will Jennings, James Horner "Titanic" 1997

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215 82
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White Christmas Irving Berlin "Holiday Inn" 1942

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241 103
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken "The Little Mermaid" 1989

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207 91
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Moon River Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961

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217 110
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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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198 100
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Colors of the Wind Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "Pochontas" 1995

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174 92
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Chim Chim Cher-ee Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman "Mary Poppins" 1964

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196 111
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Skyfall Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth "Skyfall" 2012

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189 109
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Lose Yourself Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto "8 Mile' 2002

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166 90
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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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Take My Breath Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Songs
Take My Breath Away Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock "Top Gun" 1986

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

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150 83
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The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields "Swing Time" 1936

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161 95
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You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins "Tarzan" 1999

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224 156
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Let It Go Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez "Frozen" 2013

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139 87
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Baby, It's Cold Outside Frank Loesser "Neptune's Daughter" 1949

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147 95
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah "Song of the South" 1947

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122 80
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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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131 94
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I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder "The Woman in Red" 1984

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128 99
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The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were" 1973

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112 92
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Fame Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford "Fame" 1980

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110 90
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Up Where We Belong "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982

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97 89
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Streets of Philadelphia "Philadelphia" 1993

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95 94
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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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82 90
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Jai Ho Gulzar, A. R. Rahman "Slumdog Millionaire" 2008

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82 94
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Say You, Say Me" Lionel Richie "White Nights" 1985

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74 87
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If I Didn't Have You Randy Newman "Monsters, Inc." 2001

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77 92
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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone "You LIght Up My Life" 1977

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69 84
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We Belong Together "Toy Story 3" 2010

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62 75
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Last Dance Paul Jabara "Thank God It's Friday" 1978

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66 82
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Evergreen "A Star is Born" 1976

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66 83
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Born Free John Barry, Don Black "Born Free" 1966

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63 80
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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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56 70
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High Hopes James Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn "A Hole in the Head" 1959

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57 73
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The Windmills of Your Mind Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman "The Thomas Crown Affair" 1968

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

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56 75
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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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56 75
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Swinging on a Star James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke "Going My Way" 1944

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48 64
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Falling Slowly Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova "Once" 2007

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46 61
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Let the River Run "Working Girl" 1988

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City of Stars

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43 61
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Glory Common, John Legend Selma 2014

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55 80
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High Noon Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington "High Noon" 1952