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7 iconic Oscar-winning songs

When it comes to cinematic excellence, the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, honor the best of the best in various categories, including music. Over the years, there have been numerous iconic songs that have not only enhanced the movies they were a part of but also left a lasting impact on popular culture. Let’s dive into seven such timeless tunes that have won the prestigious Oscar for Best Original Song.

1. “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Composed by Harold Arlen and with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, “Over the Rainbow” is arguably one of the most beloved songs in cinematic history. Sung by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz,” this song encapsulates the dreams and yearnings of every dreamer. Its hauntingly beautiful melody and poignant lyrics earned it the Academy Award in 1940.

2. “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, “Moon River” is a song that perfectly captures the wistful elegance of Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” With its soothing melody and evocative lyrics, this song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1962 and remains a timeless classic to this day.

3. “The Way We Were” from “The Way We Were” (1973)

Sung by Barbra Streisand and composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, “The Way We Were” is a poignant ballad that reflects on love, memories, and bittersweet nostalgia. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1974 and continues to be a favorite among music lovers.

4. “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” (1997)

Celine Dion’s powerful rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” composed by James Horner with lyrics by Will Jennings, became synonymous with the epic romance of “Titanic.” This song captured the hearts of millions worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1998, cementing its place as one of the most iconic movie themes of all time.

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5. “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (2013)

“Frozen” took the world by storm, and its anthem “Let It Go” became an instant hit. Composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with vocals by Idina Menzel as Elsa, this empowering song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014. Its catchy tune and inspiring message resonated with audiences of all ages.

6. “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” (2018)

A standout track from the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born,” “Shallow” is a duet performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Written by Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, and Mark Ronson, this emotionally charged song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2019. Its raw intensity and captivating vocals left a lasting impression.

7. “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II” (2019)

Building on the success of the first “Frozen” film, “Frozen II” introduced another powerful song, “Into the Unknown.” Composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with Idina Menzel reprising her role as Elsa, this song delves into themes of self-discovery and embracing the unknown. It received an Oscar for Best Original Song nomination in 2020, showcasing the lasting impact of the “Frozen” franchise.

These seven iconic Oscar-winning songs not only elevated their respective movies but also became cultural touchstones, demonstrating the profound influence of music in the world of cinema.

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