10 Best Original Oscar-Winning Disney Songs

Memorable songs have been synonymous with the Disney brand for decades, captivating audiences and earning immense respect from critics, and especially Oscar voters. Approaching its centennial, the House of Mickey has collected 40 names for the original song and walked away with the statuette 16 times, the most for any movie studio in history. These winning moments brought music icons like Elton John and Phil Collins to the stage, in addition to historic representation from duos like Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (twice).

In honor of the Walt Disney Co.’s 100th anniversary later this year, Variety ranks the top 10 Disney tracks (including subsidiaries) to win the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Disney has shown an innate ability to tell powerful stories through music. The studio’s first Oscar nomination and win for Original Song came with the beautiful “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the animated classic “Pinocchio” (1940).

Talented artists have lent their abilities to these songs, which are known for their catchy melodies, memorable lyrics, and empowering messages. However, in hindsight, some of the winners, many consider the film’s “bad song” to triumph. See “Mary Poppins” (1964), where “Chim Chim Cher-ee” imposes itself without the two superior titles “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” not even being recognized.

Read the Top 10 Original Songs from the Oscars below and watch the music video embedded in the featured image.

Honorable Mention: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins” (1964); “You Must Love Me” from “Evita” (1996); “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters Inc.” (2001)

Ahead of The Walt Disney Co.’s 100th anniversary on October 16, Variety takes a look back at its rich creative legacy. For 10 weeks beginning July 5, Variety will release a new “best of” list honoring the powerhouse’s many accomplishments. With a long-standing legacy of bringing joy to people around the world, Disney’s cultural impact may be impossible to measure, but we’ll surely try with every new entry.

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