March 1, 2018

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16 Best Oscar-Winning Songs, Ranked

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Some of the most enduring songs in American history come from films, where a number of them picked up Oscars for Best Original Song. This year's Academy Awards are approaching fast; with Sufjan Stevens (Call Me by Your Name); Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Coco); Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman), Diane Warren (Marshall); and Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson (Mudbound) all up for Best Original Song. So before Hollywood's biggest night, we are looking back at the  best songs to take home that award, and also ranked them to spice things up a bit!

#1"When You Wish Upon a Star," 'Pinocchio' (1940)

What can even be said about "When You Wish Upon a Star"? An unassuming, simple melody that climbs deliberately up the scale is brought into immortality by Cliff Edwards, who also voiced Jiminy Cricket. —Justin Sargent

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