What’s Your Favorite “Best Song” Oscar Winner (1934-1969)?

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  • Martiin Stumacher

    It’s amazing! As soon as the questiion of favorite came up, I immediately thought of that beautiful melody of Moon River with that enchanting Audrey Hepburn. The camera just loved her. For a non-singer, she was exceptional.

  • TrippyTrellis

    My favorite “Best Song” winner of all time is the hauntingly beautiful “Moon River” (made even more so by Audrey in her heartbreakingly lovely voice).

  • Brian

    All The Way(Joker Is Wild)

  • Brian

    With the passing on Shirley Temple,I have to say,I couldnt picture her as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz.(Shirley was the first pick.)I cant imagine her singing Over The Rainbow.

    • Bruce Reber

      I have to agree – Shirley was a little too young – she was 10 YO when TWOZ began production in 1938, and Judy Garland was 16 YO. Besides, Judy had a way better (i.e. more mature) singing voice.

  • Brian

    With the passing of Shirley Temple I have to say I couldnt picture her singing Over The Rainbow.Shirley was the first pick to play Dorothy for The Wizard Of Oz.

  • Richard Finn

    I would have chosen another song. But the Oscar best sone had to be written for that movie. I believe the song written for My Fair Lady to be better than all the Oscar Best Songs. As it was I picked Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

  • Antone

    I never saw Captain Carey USA. If sung by Nat “King” Cole, “Mona Lisa” gets my vote. If not, it”s a toss-up between Judy’s “Over the Rainbow” & Bing’s “White Christmas”. The most effective use of a song may have been the orchestral playing of Chaplin’s “Smile” during the final scene of Modern Times in 1936.

  • 39-0-13

    My vote for “Other” is for THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, award winner for 1936. Can’t believe it was not listed among the candidates above. Consider: almost every song on the list is associated with a single singer or single version. The Kern-Fields song has been performed beautifully by a whole bunch of singers, and is regarded as a “standard.” Yes, Astaire’s version is the best, but there are many competing versions on the market — Sinatra’s, Billie Holliday’s, even Edward Woodward’s (just go to You Tube for a variety show).

  • John

    Although I voted for “Moon River” since it was my favorite on the list, my favorite song from the movies (in this case nominated but did not win), was “Long Ago And Far Away” by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin from the 1944 movie “Cover Girl”.

  • Carioca

    How could “The Continental” not be on the list? It was the first song to win the award, from the 1934 “The Gay Divorcee.”

  • katny

    State Fair “it might as well be spring” beat “Laura” in 1945.
    I think either beats the heck out of half the songs on the poll list.

  • Bruce Reber

    For me it was a tie between “Over The Rainbow” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”, but I voted for the great songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s 1969 Oscar winner from “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid”.

  • Bruce Reber

    Some of my favorites (not sure if nominated) – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ (“Meet Me In St. Louis”), “As Time Goes By” (“Casablanca”), “The Sweetheart Tree” (“The Great Race”), “The Third Man Theme” (“The Third Man”), “Mrs. Robinson” (“The Graduate”), “Everbody’s Talkin” (“Midnight Cowboy”), “Baby Elephant Walk” (“Hatari”) and “The Col. Bogey March” (“Bridge On The River Kwai”).

  • Leo Keil

    Since the question was specifically about the song, I had to
    vote for “Over the Rainbow,” but for the best presentation of a song,
    it would be “Lullaby of Broadway.” This is a must see. Busby Berkeley was brilliant.

  • Laura-Leigh

    It’s impossible for me to pick only one! These songs are all timeless and beautiful. This year I’d pick Let It Go, no doubt about it, but from your list – no can do. <3

  • Katharine Rosenstiel

    How about the Oscar Winner for 1934 not to mention the Oscar Winner for 1936? Hence voting other

  • mike

    Over the rainbow by a little bit over Moonriver. I am surprised that Doctor Zhivago, Picnic and A Summer Place did not make the list.

    • http://www.moviesunlimited.com Gary Cahall

      Actually, mike, the themes to Picnic and A Summer Place (and Lara’s Theme from Doctor Zhivago), weren’t even nominees. Whether they weren’t eligible or the Academy just ignored them is a question that needs a little more research. Anyone out there know?

    • Bruce Reber

      “Somewhere My Love” aka “Lara’s Theme” (composed by Maurice Jarre) from DZ and theme from “A Summer Place” (composed by Max Steiner), the perennial Easy Listening favorite. I have to agree – two glaring omissions from the list.

  • Bruce Reber

    “It Was A Good Time”, from “Ryan’s Daughter”, also by Maurice Jarre. And how about “Speak Softly Love” from “The Godfather”? Two more great movie songs not on the list.

  • LianeWayfarer

    Frank Loesser’s very funny “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” from “Neptune’s Daughter” is missing from the list or “A Fine Romance” (Kern/ Fields) from “Swingtime” deserve to be on the list..

    • TrippyTrellis

      “A Fine Romance” from 1936′s “Swing Time” wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. The Oscar went to “The Way you Look Tonight” from the same film. I agree that “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “All the Way”- to name three favorites- would have been much better choices than “Talk to the Animals”.

  • Cara

    Well, you missed my favorite, Sweet Leilani. Nobody really remembers it, and it’s not the best of the best, but the song is dear to my heart. A close member of my family was named Leilani because it was her father’s favorite song. Soon after she was born, her father died in WWII. The best song, and it’s not listed, is In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, and sung by Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman in Here Comes the Groom, a forgettable movie. But what a song!

    By the way, have you ever counted the number of Oscar winning songs introduced by Bing Crosby in a movie? I’ve just mentioned two, and there are two more on your list. He’s probably the champion, unless it’s Fred Astaire.