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Oscars 2013 playlist: Listen to the best original song Academy Award winners

Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

The Academy Awards aren’t about music. We get it, music has its own big night in February and this Sunday’s Oscars is about the actors and directors not Adele getting another new statue to cram next to all of her Grammys. It makes sense, too, that music gets ignored on Oscar night because like we’ve written before, the nominees and winners tend to be, well, pretty lame songs. Last year,  “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” won while up against one other song, which was “Real in Rio” from that animated “Rio” movie.

But even though the Oscars don’t have the best track record for picking music, that doesn’t mean that some of our most iconic songs have come from movies and won little-gold-dude-statues for it. Here is our Oscars 2013 playlist of our favorite, or most memorable at least, winners of best original song.

Listen to our whole Oscars 2013 playlist on Spotify, too.

2002 (75th) “Lose Yourself” — “8 Mile,” Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, Lyrics: Eminem

Why? Because this is probably Eminem’s lyrics at their best, and every good rapper needs an awesome origins song.

2000 (73rd) “Things Have Changed” — “Wonder Boys,” Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan

Why? Because it’s Bob Dylan, duh.

1986 (59th) “Take My Breath Away” — “Top Gun,” Music: Giorgio Moroder, Lyrics: Tom Whitlock

Why? Because this is pretty much the only song in the movie. And somehow, it still doesn’t get old after the 50th time it’s played. That, and volleyball.

1971 (44th) “Theme from Shaft” — “Shaft,” Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes

Why? For hopefully obvious reasons. Hint: 3:21 min

1969 (42nd) “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” — “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Music: Burt Bacharach, Lyrics: Hal David

Why? Paul Newman in a Bowler hat riding a bike with Kathrine Ross with this song playing. Greatness. Also, great movie.

 

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