Top 10 Oscar winning songs for the movie buff

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Got the Oscar fever! What better way to keep the mood going than to listen to songs that have won the Academy Award. Here is a list of the 10 of best soundtracks that have won an Oscar. A journey through time as we celebrate Adele's Oscar nomination for Skyfall.


1. Baby, its cold outside

From the 1949 movie Neptune's daughter.
This song has quite an interesting history. It was originally written by Frank Loesser in 1944 which he sang with his wife Lynn Garland. He then sold its rights to MGM who placed this song in a movie sung by Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams.
Over the years, this songs has been sung by several singers and is one of the most popular Christmans songs. The most popular and I must add, my favorite version is with Ray Charles and Betty Carter. The flitting, sparkling voice of Betty Carter swirls around Ray Charles' almost deep growl as he tries to get her to stay. Without doubt, one of the best songs in this list.

2. Raindrops keep falling on my head

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid (1979) starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. This song features Paul Newman singing this song on a bicycle. It was sung by B.J. Thomas.
It's such a light n lovely song that it actually makes you forget your worries for sometime and smile.
No wonder this song has been featured in several other movies including Spiderman 2 when Peter Parker ( Tobey Maguire) decides for sometime to leave the spiderman avatar.

3. For all we know (Carpenters)

From the film Lovers and Other Strangers.
Karen Carpenter's voice is truly like an angel's. So no wonder there had a song by the Carpenters in this list.

4. Mona Lisa

From the film Captain Carey USA (1950), sung by Nat King Cole.
Before this song Cole was more famous for his skill at playing the piano. This song brought him fame for his vocal talent as well and it spent 8 weeks at number one on the Billboard singles chart that year. In this song Cole compares his love to the famous da Vinci portarait of Mona Lisa and how just like that beautiful painting, she also had broken so many hearts.
Its is one of my all time favorites.

5. Al otro lado del rio

This is the soundtrack from the movie The motorcycle diaries. It translates in English as "On the other side of the river" and had been sung by Jorge Drexler.
Though I don’t understand most of the song as it is Spanish, but that I think is what makes the song even more beautiful. Its appeal lies in its guitar and the silken voice of Jorge Drexler which blends in so perfectly. A wonderful song to listen to when you are on your own and can just let your thoughts wander!

6. Moon river

This loveliest of all songs from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was composed by Henry Mancini especially keeping in mind Audrey Hepburn.
This song has been sung by Hepburn herself and features in the film as she sits on the fire escape and sings it with a guitar. This song too has been sung by several other artists over the years including Johnny Mercer (who originally wrote the lyrics) in his album My Huckleberry Friend, which a phrase in the song.

7. White Christmas

This song without a doubt means Christmas!! Sung by Bing Crosby for the film Holiday Inn, Crosby considered it no big deal to have sung this song. However this song is the biggest selling single worldwide and was one of the most popular songs during the Second World War.

8. Take my breath away

From the movies Top Gun (1986), this song was performed by the band Berlin. One of the quintessential love songs that will always be in my playlist.

9. Lullaby of Broadway

A most marvelous song from the Film Gold Diggers of 1935. This song is an extravagant tap dance that keeps you hooked! You may not be able to sing along, but you sure wont be able to keep your feet from tapping.

10. Vanilla sky

This song from the movie from the same name starring Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz is one my favorite songs. Though it didn't win an Oscar (it was nominated), it most certainly deserves to be in this list. Composed and sung by Paul McCartney it is such an eclectic song and it did win the appreciation of critics and listeners alike


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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Feb 2013 (#)

just wonderful, thank you joiedevivre......:0)

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