The 11 best Oscar-winning original songs

KSDK – If you live on the planet earth, chances are, "Let It Go" from "Frozen" has been stuck in your head for the past couple of months. If not, stop reading, and watch this video ASAP:

Obviously, "Let It Go" isn't the only great song that's gotten a little bit of love from the Academy (it's among this year's Best Original Song nominees). We scoured past winners, and put together this list of the 11 greatest Best Original Songs.

11. "Skyfall" by Adele

Adele can do everything, from "Set Fire to the Rain" to make you bawl your eyes out post-break-up via the mournful lyrics of "Someone Like You." Another thing she can totally pull off? Bond girl.

Don't believe us? Watch the video below:

10. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

We bet that even your grandma can rap parts of "Lose Yourself," a surprisingly poignant song performed by a man otherwise known as Slim Shady.

9. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from "Dirty Dancing"

Just like how no one puts baby in the corner, NO ONE can ever say anything bad about "(I've Had) the Time of My Life." It's a near-perfect song for a near-perfect movie.

8. "I Just Called to Say I Love You," by Steve Wonder

Did you know this won Best Original Song? Some of us didn't. But it definitely proves that the Academy has taste.


7. "Moon River," from Breakfast at Tiffany's

You can't think of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" without at least sort of thinking about "Moon River." And if a film that's more than 50 years old still inspires college dorm-room posters, you know that there's something special about it.

6. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," from the Lion King

This is more than a song about two lions falling in love – it's a song that for many millenials, evokes childhood. And it was written by Elton John, which is pretty cool.

5. "Falling Slowly," by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

It's pretty cool that the signature song from a little move that could managed to find Oscar glory.


4. "White Christmas," from Holiday Inn

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bing Crosby's version of this song is the bestselling of all-time. And even though our parents may have told us that not everything that's popular is right…100 million people can't be wrong.

3. "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Pinocchio

It's a song that proves that if a puppet dreams, it can become a real boy. That's pretty touching. And if puppet can become a real boy, you can become a million, gosh darn it!

2. "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion

From the soaring piano line to the epic key change to the images it evokes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet being "on top of the world!" no list of great Oscar-winning songs is complete without a little bit of Celine Dion at her best.

1. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," by Judy Garland

No explanation needed.

You can check out our Spotify playlist of other great Oscar-winning songs below:


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