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List of Academy Awards for Songs

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List of Academy Awards for Songs

The first awards were given in 1927, the same year as the first sound film: The Jazz Singer. No musical awards for songs were included until 1934.

Date Song Film Composers
1935 The Continental The Gay Divorcee Herb Magidson & Con Conrad
1936 Lullaby of Broadway Gold Diggers of 1935 Al Dubin & Harry Warren
1937 The Way You Look Tonight Swing Time Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
1938 Sweet Lellani Waikiki Wedding Harry Owens
1939 Thanks for the Memory The Big Broadcast of 1938 Leo Robin & Ralph Ranger
1940 Over the Rainbow The Wizard of Oz E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
1941 When You Wish Upon A Star Pinocchio Ned Washington & Leigh Harline
1942 The Last Time I Saw Paris Lady Be Good Oscar Hammerstein II & Jerome Kern
1943 White Christmas Holiday Inn Irving Berlin
1944 You’ll Never Know Hello, Frisco, Hello Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
1945 Swingin’ On A Star Going My Way Johnny Burke & Jimmy van Heusen
1946 It Might As Well Be Spring State Fair Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers
1947 On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe The Harvey Girls Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren
1948 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Song of the South Ray Gilbert & Allie Wrubel
1949 Buttons and Bows Paleface Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1950 Baby It’s Cold Outside Neptune’s Daughter Frank Loesser
1951 Mona Lisa Captain Carey, U.S.A. Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1952 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening Here Comes the Groom Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael
1953 High Noon High Noon Ned Washington & Dimitri Tiomkin
1954 Secret Love Calamity Jane Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
1955 Three Coins In a Fountain Three Coins in a Fountain Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne
1956 Love is a Many Splendored Thing Love is a Many Splendored Thing Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
1957 Que Sera, Sera The Man Who Knew Too Much Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
1958 All The Way All The Way Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1959 Gigi Gigi Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
1960 High Hopes A Hole in the Head Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1961 Never on Sunday Never on Sunday Manos Hadjidakis
1962 Moon River Breakfast at Tiffany’s Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
1963 Days of Wine and Roses Days of Wine and Roses Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
1964 Call Me Irresponsible Papa’s Delicate Condition Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen
1965 Chim Chim Cheree Mary Poppins Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
1966 The Shadow of Your Smile The Sandpiper Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel
1967 Born Free Born Free Don Black & John Barry
1968 Talk to the Animals Doctor Doolittle Leslie Bricusse
1969 The Windmills of Your Mind The Thomas Crown Affair Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman & Michel LeGrand
1970 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Hal David & Burt Bacharach
1971 For All We Know Lovers and Other Strangers Arthur James, Robb Wilson & Fred Karlin
1972 The Theme From Shaft Shaft Isaac Hayes
1973 The Morning After The Poseidon Adventure Al Kasha & Joel Hirschorn
1974 The Way We Were The Way We Were Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlish
1975 We May Never Love Like This Again The Towering Inferno Al Kasha & Joel Hirschorn
1976 I’m Easy Nashville Keith Carradine
1977 Evergreen A Star Is Born Paul Williams & Barbra Streisand
1978 You Light Up My Life You Light Up My Life Joseph Brooks
1979 Last Dance Thank God It’s Friday Paul Jabara
1980 It Goes Like It Goes Norma Rae Normal Gimbel
1981 Fame Fame Dolly Parton
1982 Arthur’s Theme Arthur Carol Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen & Burt Bacharach
1983 Up Where We Belong An Officer and A Gentleman Jack Nitzsche, Will Jennings & Buffy Sainte Marie
1984 What A Feeling Flashdance Keith Forsey, Irene Cara &
1985 I Just Called to Say I Love You The Lady In Red Stevie Wonder
1986 Say You, Say Me White Nights Lionel Richie
1987 Take My Breath Away Top Gun Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
1988 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life Dirty Dancing Franke Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz & Franke Previte
1989 Let the River Run Working Girl Carly Simon
1990 Under the Sea The Little Mermaid Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
1991 Sooner Or Later Dick Tracy Stephen Sondheim
1992 Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
1993 A Whole New World Aladdin Alan Menken & Tim Rice
1994 Streets of Philadelphia Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen
1995 Can You Feel the Love Tonight The Lion King Elton John & Tim Rice
1996 Colors of the Wind Pocahontas Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
1997 You Must Love Me Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
1998 My Heart Will Go On Titanic James Horner & Will Jennings
1999 When You Believe The Prince of Egypt Stephen Schwartz
2000 You’ll Be in My heart Tarzan Phil Collins
2001 Things Have Changed Wonder Boys Bob Dylan
2002 If I Didn’t Have You Monsters, Inc. Randy Newman
2003 Lose Yourself Eight Mile Eminem, Jeff Bass & Luis Resto
2004 Into the West The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King Fran Walsh, Howard Shore & Annie Lennox
2005 Al Otro Lado Del Rio The Motorcycle Diaries Jorge Drexler
2006 It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp Hustle & Flow Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman & Paul Beauregard
2007 I Need to Wake Up An Inconvenient Truth Melissa Etheridge
2008 Falling Slowly Once Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
2009 Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire m: A.R.Rahman, l: Gulzar
2010 The Weary Kind Crazy Heart Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett
2011 We Belong Together Toy Story 3 Randy Newman
2012 Man or Muppet The Muppets Bret McKenzie
2013 Skyfall Skyfall Adel Adkins & Paul Epworth
2014 Let It Go Frozen Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
2015 Glory Selma John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
2016 Writing’s On The Wall Spectre Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
2017 City of Stars La La Land Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
2018 Remember Me Coco Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
MOST NOMINATIONS NAME ([#] indicates number of awards)
26 Sammy Cahn [4]
18 Johnny Mercer [4]
16 Paul Francis Webster [3]
15 Alan Bergman [2]
15 Marilyn Bergman [2]
14 James Van Heusen [4]
13 Alan Menken [4]
11 Henry Mancini [2]
11 Harry Warren [3]
11 Ned Washington [2]
10 Sammy Fain [2]
10 Leo Robin [1]
10 Jule Styne [1]
MOST AWARDS NAME ([#] indicates number of nominations)
4 Sammy Cahn [26]
4 Alan Menken [13]
4 Johnny Mercer [18]
4 James Van Heusen [14]
3 Ray Evans [7]
3 Jay Livingston [7]
3 Tim Rice [5]
3 Harry Warren [11]
3 Paul Francis Webster [16]