Oscars 2013 playlist: Listen to the best original song winners - Reverb

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

1961 (34th) “Moon River” — “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Music: Henry Mancini, Lyrics: Johnny Mercer

Why? Because this scene is kind of the backwards, ’60s equivalent of that “Say Anything” scene with the boombox. Also, this movie was based off a Truman Capote novella.

1939 (12th) “Over the Rainbow” — “The Wizard of Oz,” Music: Harold Arlen, Lyrics: Yip Harburg

Why? Because this song has endured and stayed relevant for 74 years. The song and the film are classics.

1940 (13th) “When You Wish upon a Star” — “Pinocchio,” Music: Leigh Harline, Lyrics: Ned Washington

Why? Because Louis Armstrong recorded a version of this song, and it’s way cooler than the one the cricket sings.

1947 (20th) “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” — “Song of the South,” Music: Allie Wrubel • Lyrics: Ray Gilbert

Why? Because were people seriously this positive in the ’40s?

2008 (81st) “Jai Ho” — “Slumdog Millionaire,” Music: A. R. Rahman, Lyrics: Gulzar

Why? Have you seen the “Jai Ho” dance?

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