the oscars song winners

In celebration of the Academy Awards, we will provide you with a list of past winners for the Best Original Song in a Movie. For official information on the Academy Awards, please visit their website website.

the Academy Awards Oscar winning songs

Please note that the said years below are the years the movies were released and the actual awards ceremonies that happened in the year following.

Academy Awards Winning Songs List (Oscar)

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2019 (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Elton John & Taron Egerton

2018 Shallow – Lady Gaga feat. Bradley Cooper
A Star Is Born

2017 Remember Me – Miguel

2016 City of Stars – Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
La La Land

2015 Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith

2014 Glory – Common & John Legend

2013 Let It Go – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

2012 Skyfall – Adele

2011 Man or Muppet – Bret McKenzie
The Muppets

2010 We Belong Together – Randy Newman
Toy Story 3

2009 The Weary Kind – Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett
Crazy Heart

2008 Jai Ho – A. R. Rahman
Slumdog Millionaire

2007 Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

2006 I Need to Wake Up – Melissa Etheridge
An Inconvenient Truth

2005 It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp – Juicy J, Frayser Boy, and DJ Paul
Hustle & Flow

2004 Al Otro Lado del río – Jorge Drexler
The Motorcycle Diaries

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

2002 Lose Yourself – Eminem, Jeff Bass, and Luis Resto
8 Mile

2001 If I Didn’t Have You – Randy Newman
Monsters, Inc.

2000 Things Have Changed – Bob Dylan
Wonder Boys

1999 You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins

1998 When You Believe – Stephen Schwartz
The Prince of Egypt

1997 My Heart Will Go On – James Horner

1996 You Must Love Me – Andrew Lloyd Webber

1995 Colors of the Wind – Alan Menken

1994 Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
The Lion King

1993 Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen

1992 A Whole New World – Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
Single version by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

1991 Beauty and the Beast – Angela Lansbury
Beauty and the Beast

1990 Sooner or Later – Madonna
Dick Tracy

Do you also notice any similarities in the list? I noticed how many movies are animated! WOW. Animated movie examples from above include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 3, and Frozen. That’s 6 out of 20.

Other Past Academy Awards Winning Songs Chart

1989 Under the Sea by Samuel E. Wright, The Little Mermaid
1988 Let the River Run by Carly Simon, Working Girl
1987 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing
1986 Take My Breath Away by Berlin, Top Gun
1985 Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie, White Nights
1984 I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder, The Woman in Red
1983 Flashdance… What a Feeling by Irene Cara, Flashdance
1982 Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, An Officer and a Gentleman
1981 Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross, Arthur
1980 Fame by Irene Cara, Fame

1979 It Goes Like It Goes by Jennifer Warnes, Norma Rae
1978 Last Dance by Donna Summer, Thank God It’s Friday
1977 You Light Up My Life by Kasey Cisyk, You Light Up My Life
1976 Evergreen by Barbra Streisand, A Star Is Born
1975 I’m Easy by Keith Carradine, Nashville
1974 We May Never Love Like This Again by Maureen McGovern, The Towering Inferno
1973 The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
1972 The Morning After by Maureen McGovern, The Poseidon Adventure
1971 Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes, Shaft
1970 For All We Know by Larry Meredith (Best known single version by the Carpenters), Lovers and Other Strangers

1969 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head by B. J. Thomas, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1968 The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison, The Thomas Crown Affair
1967 Talk to the Animals by Rex Harrison, Doctor Dolittle
1966 Born Free by Matt Monro, Born Free
1965 The Shadow of Your Smile by Jack Sheldon (Best known single version by Tony Bennett), The Sandpiper
1964 Chim Chim Cher-ee by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins
1963 Call Me Irresponsible by Jackie Gleason, Papa’s Delicate Condition
1962 Days of Wine and Roses by Andy Williams, Days of Wine and Roses
1961 Moon River by Henry Mancini & Orchestra, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
1960 Never on Sunday by Melina Mercouri, Never on Sunday

1959 High Hopes by Frank Sinatra, A Hole in the Head
1958 Gigi by Louis Jourdan (Best known single version by Andy Williams), Gigi
1957 All the Way by Frank Sinatra, The Joker Is Wild
1956 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) by Doris Day, The Man Who Knew Too Much
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing by the best selling version by The Four Aces, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
1954 Three Coins in the Fountain by Frank Sinatra and subsequently recorded by The Four Aces, Three Coins in the Fountain
1953 Secret Love by Doris Day, Calamity Jane
1952 The Ballad of High Noon by Dimitri Tiomkin, High Noon
1951 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening by Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman with Matty Matlock’s All-Stars and the Four Hits and a Miss, Here Comes the Groom
1950 Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole, Captain Carey, U.S.A.

1949 Baby, It’s Cold Outside – The song was released in eight recordings in 1949 including Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark, Dean Martin and Marilyn Maxwell, Bing Crosby and James Stewart, Neptune’s Daughter
1948 Buttons, and Bows by Bob Hope and Jane Russell (Best known single version by Dinah Shore), The Paleface
1947 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by James Baskett, Song of the South
1946 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe – Popular versions of the song included Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, and His Orchestra and Judy Garland/Merry Macs, The Harvey Girls
1945 It Might as Well Be Spring by Dick Haymes, State Fair
1944 Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby, Going My Way
1943 You’ll Never Know by Alice Faye (Best known single version by Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes), Hello, Frisco, Hello
1942 White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn
1941 The Last Time I Saw Paris – six versions of the song were on the charts, Lady Be Good
1940 When You Wish Upon a Star by Cliff Edwards, Pinocchio

1939 Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz
1938 Thanks for the Memory by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross with Shep Fields and His Orchestra, The Big Broadcast of 1938
1937 Sweet Leilani by Bing Crosby with Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians, Waikiki Wedding
1936 The Way You Look Tonight by Fred Astaire, Swing Time
1935 Lullaby of Broadway by Wini Shaw, Gold Diggers of 1935
1934 The Continental by Ginger Rogers, The Gay Divorcee

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