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15 of the Greatest Best Original Song Oscar Winners

 

There have been many memorable movie songs throughout the years, but the Oscar winners from certain years are the ones that truly stand out and everyone knows. That's why I've compiled this music box, containing some of the most famous Best Original Song winners in Academy Award history. We've saved the best for last in this one! 

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The Wizard of Oz - Over the Rainbow

This iconic song won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1939. 


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Pinocchio - When You Wish Upon a Star

A wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy warmed the hearts of audiences in 1940. 


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Breakfast at Tiffany's - Moon River 

Andy Williams' rendition of this song blew it out of the water after he sang it at the 1962 Oscar Awards. 

 

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Mary Poppins - Chim Chim Cher-ee

Who could possibly better a rendition of "Chim Chim Cher-ee" as performed by a chimney sweeper? Year: 1964 


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The Thomas Crown Affair - The Windmills of Your Mind 

This song took the top honor in 1968 because Academy voters felt that the tangled lyrics were the perfect complement to the plot of the movie it can be heard in. 


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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

This was simply the only possible winner during its 1969 nomination year.


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The Way We Were - The Way We Were 

The song in this 1973 movie of the same name became icon Barbra Streisand's first number one single in the United States. 


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The Poseidon Adventure - The Morning After

This beautiful song provided a moment of respite in what was a psychologically intense movie. 


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You Light Up My Life - You Light Up My Life

This song was first recorded by Casey Cisyk for the movie of the same name, however it was Debbie Boone's rendition that became iconic.  


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An Officer and a Gentleman - Up Where We Belong

This song closed the 1982 movie it featured in, and it was sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.


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Flashdance - What a Feeling 

This song won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1983, and managed to outshine the lead actor and actress in the movie! 


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Dirty Dancing - I've Had the Time of My Life 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were immortalized in their respective roles in Dirty Dancing. This song won in 1987. 


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Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast

How can anyone forget this beautiful song from a Disney classic? Beauty and the Beast won Best Original Song in 1991. 


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The Lion King - Can You Feel the Love Tonight

While the Lion King (1994)'s soundtrack is arguably the best of any animated movie ever, Can You Feel the Love Tonight is the most memorable song. 


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Titanic - My Heart Will Go On 

One of the highest-grossing movies of all time also featured one of the most famous songs in movie history. In fact, this 1997 hit became Celine Dion's signature song. 

 

 
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