The Best Oscar-Winning Songs to Play on Repeat

by Ivana Hamilton March 01, 2019

The Best Oscar-Winning Songs to Play on Repeat

We are still trembling after seeing Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s emotional performance of “Shallow” at the 2019 Oscars. The singer took the award forBest Original Song this year for“A Star is Born.” Gaga won her first ever Oscar for this beautiful ballad she co-wrote with Mark Ronson. We are still under the impression of the powerful spectacle we witnessed at the 91st Academy Awards, so here are ten of the best-oscar winning songs for you to feel just like in the movies.

1.“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Movie:“8 Mile”

Eminem 8 Mile

Eminem took home the Oscar forBest Original Song in 2003. The rapper made history with his victory as no hip-hop song before“Lose Yourself” has won the prestigious Academy Award. The track perfectly accompanied the story of the movie, and it’s still one of the most powerful rap songs ever made.

2.“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”by Elton John and Tim Rice

Movie:“The Lion King”

Can You Feel The Love Tonight Lion King

Millions of people across the world felt the love Elton John and fellow performers delivered on screen with their interpretation of this cult song. Besides reaching high positions on the charts in the US, UK, Canada, and France, the theme song for“The Lion King,” also won the sought-after Academy Award forBest Original Song, Golden Globe Award forBest Original Song and Grammy Award forBest Male Pop Vocal Performance.

3.“My Heart Will Go On” By James Horner and Will Jennings


My Heart Will Go On Titanic

You’d be a liar if you say that you didn’t shed a tear when Celine Dion hit those high notes while witnessing Jack’s and Rose’s heartbreaking romance on the luxurious Titanic. Decades later,“My Heart Will Go On,” is one of those songs that have a special spot on our playlist. In 2019 we are still not ready to let go of this 1997 Oscar-winning track!

4.“Skyfall” by Adele and Paul Epworth


Skyfall Adele

The singer teamed up with Paul Epworth to deliver a dark and moody masterpiece that perfectly matches with Bond’s turbulent lifestyle.“Skyfall” received multiple prestigious awards among which the most notable is the Oscar forBest Original Song.

5.“The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields

Movie:“Swing Time”

The Way You Look Tonight Swing Time

Fred Astaire delivered this song in such a magical and powerful way that even the author Fields burst into tears when she heard it for the first time:

“The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn’t stop, it was beautiful.”

“The Way You Look Tonight” is undoubtedly one of the dreamiest romantic songs ever recorded. No wonder why many couples choose to have their first dance exactly on this song.

6.“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”by Franke Previte, John Nicola & Donald Markowitz

Movie:“Dirty Dancing”

I've Had The Time of My Life Dirty Dancing

The makers of this movie had trouble to find singers for the theme song. No one wanted to mess around with an unknown company and cast. Even Bill Medley and Jennifer Warner had second thoughts about the song, but they really had the time of their life when the song came out together with the movie. The upbeat track won a number of awards among which an Oscar forBest Original Song, a Golden Globe forBest Original Songand a Grammy forBest Pop Performance by Duo or Group With Vocals.

7. “Moon River”by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

Movie:“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Breakfast at Tiffany's Moon River

Audrey Hepburn famously took her guitar and sat on her window in the 1961 cult movie“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to sing“Moon River.” Although her voice was threadlike and very limited in range, the actress managed to give an Oscar-worthy performance. Many artists have covered the song, but none of them beats Hepburn’s original performance.

8. “Streets of Philadelphia”by Bruce Springsteen


Streets of Philadelphia Philadelphia movie

Bruce Springsteen’s performance on “Streets of Philadelphia” was the perfect addition to the devastating drama that talks about dealing with HIV/AIDS. The song topped many charts all over the globe, particularly in France, Canada, Norway, Ireland, and Germany. Besides winning the Academy Award forBest Original Song,“Streets of Philadelphia” also won four Grammy Awards.

9.“Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg

Movie:“The Wizard of Oz”

The Wizard of Oz Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Judy Garland singing“Over the Rainbow” in “The Wizard of Oz” is one unforgettable scene with an impressive staying power. The actress who portraits Dorothy Gale in the movie sings this beautiful song after failing to convince her aunt and uncle to listen to her story of an incident with her dog Toto. Even after eight decades, this Oscar-winning song is a definition of movie magic.

10. “Falling Slowly”by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová


Falling Slowly Once

“Once”connects an aspiring street musician with an immigrant who sells flowers but dreams of becoming a famous singer and songwriter. Their collaboration resulted in many Oscar-worthy songs, but the star of the show is“Falling Slowly”that won the Academy Award forBest Original Song in 2008.

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