The 10 Greatest Oscar-Winning Songs of All Time


1. The Way You Look Tonight,Swing Time, 1936



Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were never more delightful than in the 1936 film Swing Time. Astaire singing this sweet song to Rogers while she’s shampooing her hair is hopeful Old Hollywood romance come to melodic life.

2. Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz, 1939.

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Music by Harold Arlen. Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.There is not much more to be said about this classic except that it has never, and will never, lose its charm. Judy Garland describes its timelessness best: “It's so symbolic of everybody's dreams and wishes that I'm sure that's why some people get tears in their eyes when they hear it. I've sung it thousands of times and it's still the song that's closest to my heart.”
3. When You Wish upon a Star, Pinocchio, 1940.

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Music by Leigh Harline. Lyrics by Ned Washington.This song is so potent a symbol of childhood innocence that Disney has used it as the opening soundtrack of its movies ever since.
4. Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

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Music by Henry Mancini. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. AuderyHepburn singing this wistful number on the balcony of her apartment is a moment that Manhattan dreamers have related to ever since, even if some of the song’s lyrics are a bit old-fashioned (what’s a huckleberry friend anyway?). “So corny,” Carrie Bradshaw says when Mr. Big plays it for her in an episode of Sex and the City. “Nope,” he retorts. “It’s classic.”
5.Theme from Shaft, Shaft, 1971.

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Music and lyrics by Isaac Hayes.Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for his contribution to the soundtrack of Gordon Parks’s blaxploitation masterpiece Shaft. And yes, he wore a shearling tuxedo to accept.

6. I’m Easy, Nashville, 1975. 

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Music and lyrics by Keith Carradine.The song on this list that you are least likely to be familiar with, but also the coolest: Nashville is **Robert Altman’**s take on the Tennessee country music scene, and the film is filled with incredible earthy songs that epitomize the post-hippie seventies. “I’m Easy,” written and performed by one of the film’s ensemble actors, Keith Carradine, is rootsy, subtle, and down-to-earth in a way that the Academy generally doesn’t recognize.

7.Take My Breath Away, Top Gun, 1986.


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Music by Giorgio Moroder. Lyrics by Thom Whitlock.Maybe New Wave band Berlin has nothing on Fred Astaire or Judy Garland, but their song for the Top Gun soundtrack practically defines frothy eighties pop. 

8. My Heart Will Go On, Titanic, 1997.

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Music by James Horner. Lyrics by Will Jennings.Sure, this song is as schlocky as pop can get. And sure, at its height, it was ubiquitous enough that you probably wanted to claw your ears out every time those flutes kicked in. But admit it: You whimpered the first time you saw Jack die on that ice float and the credits cue up with Céline’s voice.

9. It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp, Hustle & Flow, 2005.

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Music and lyrics by Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia and Frayser Boy.Not the first rap song to win for Best Original Song that distinction goes to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” but it’s a triumphant moment for hip-hop all the same. Three 6 Mafia, an underground group from Memphis, are such an unconventional addition to the Academy’s historical preferences (the song has Pimp in the title, after all) that the group believed their chances were so bad that they almost left before the award was handed out. “We were like, ‘We’re not going to win. We’re going to go to this bar,’” Juicy J said in an interview afterwards withSnoop Dogg. 

10. Skyfall, Skyfall, 2012.

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Music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth.kyfall is the 23rd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions and released in 2012. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, and features an Academy Award-winning theme, sung by Adele

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