LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: H.E.R., winner of Best Original Song for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Top 25 Best Original Song Winners So Far

First of all, I hope everyone is having a safe Memorial Day. That’s the most important, obviously. Now, on to the new list! Continuing a tradition I’ve been keen on for years, I’m ranking the new crop of Academy Award winners. For nearly all of the Oscar categories, you’ll see me list the top 25 recipients of that prize. Sometimes, our newest winner will appear. Other times, they’ll be relegated to the Honorable Mention category. Who knows, maybe one or two won’t even make the cut? It’s a list series that I’ll do each and every single year, in the weeks after the ceremony concludes. So, while this is a fun way to think about the Oscars in the aftermath of the latest telecast, it’s also a beginning for another column here on the site. Of course, definitely show us your own lists as well, in the comments section below. We’re definitely keen to know what you think!

Today, Best Original Song is the category that’s in the barrel. For my money, the winners here are some of the best, pound for pound, of any category. Now, the nominees themselves these days don’t stack up to where we once were at, but still…the victors are beyond reproach. Just look at our latest winner in Judas and the Black Messiah‘s song Fight for You. The H.E.R. song struggled to even make the cut here. You’ll see where it fell below, but that’s saying something. This is the category where people Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen can take home Oscars, so you do get some classics. My selections for the best of the Academy Award bunch below, in my humble opinion, are out and out classics.

Here are what I consider to be the 25 best winners of the Best Original Song Oscar, to date:

Lady Gaga

25. I’m Gonna Love Me Again (Rocketman)
24. Man or Muppet (The Muppets)
23. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)
22. City of Stars (La La Land)
21. Take My Breath Away (Top Gun)
20. You’ll Be in My Heart (Tarzan)
19. Up Where We Belong (An Officer and a Gentleman)
18. Remember Me (Coco)
17. The Way We Were (The Way We Were)
16. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
15. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
14. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
13. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
12. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
11. Skyfall (Skyfall)
10. Theme from Shaft (Shaft)
9. Let it Go (Frozen)
8. The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)
7. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
6. Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
4. Streets of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
3. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
2. Falling Slowly (Once)
1. Shallow (A Star Is Born)

Honorable Mention: Fight For You (Judas and the Black Messiah), Glory (Selma), Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire), Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Talk to the Animals (Dr. Doolittle), and We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)

Bruce Springsteen

Stay tuned for another list later on this week or early next week!


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