10 best songs to win an Oscar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Movies are a visually driven form of media -- but it's those astonishing sounds and memorable music that make a film truly timeless.

For instance, all the classic Disney movies would easily be forgotten if it wasn't for the great Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Howard Ashman, Elton John and others.

Looking back, the 90s can arguably be considered the greatest era for music in a motion picture. It's a time when the most popular song in a movie actually won the Oscar.

In honor of the 2013 Grammy's this weekend, we pay tribute to the best original songs to ever win an Oscar (listed from oldest to newest)

1. "The Way You Look Tonight" - Swing Time (1936)

Music: Jerome Kern

Lyrics: Dorothy Fields

2. "Over the Rainbow" - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Music: Harold Arlen

Lyrics: Yip Harburg

3. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser

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4. "Take My Breathe Away" - Top Gun (1986)

Music: Giorgio Moroder

Lyrics: Tom Whitlock

5. "Beauty and the Beast" - Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Music: Alan Menken

Lyrics: Howard Ashman

6. "A Whole New World" - Aladdin (1992)

Music: Alan Menken

Lyrics: Tim Rice

7. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" - The Lion King ( 1994)

Music: Elton John

Lyrics: Tim Rice

8. "My Heart Will Go On" - Titanic (1997)

Music: James Horner

Lyrics: Will Jennings

9. "You'll Be in My Heart" - Tarzan (1999)

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins

10. "Lose Yourself" - 8 Mile (2002)

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto

Lyrics: Eminem

BONUS - If this doesn't win the Oscar this year -- then that would be considered a crime.

"Skyfall" - Skyfall (2013)

Music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth

Worst Original Song Winner

"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - Hustle & Flow (2005)

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul

 

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