All 14 Oscar-Winning Disney Songs, From 'When You Wish Upon a Star' to 'Let It Go' (Photos)

All 14 Oscar-Winning Disney Songs, From 'When You Wish Upon a Star' to 'Let It Go' (Photos)

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Disney movies have produced some classic songs over the years — and just over a dozen have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“When You Wish Upon a Star” — “Pinocchio” (1940) 

The first song from a Disney movie to win Oscar glory is Jiminy Cricket’s ballad from “Pinocchio,” sung by Cliff Edwards.

 

“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” — “Song of the South” (1947) 

Allie Wrubel and lyricist Ray Gilbert’s song, based on a pre-Civil War folk song, is a catchy ditty in a film that has not been screened in decades due to its depiction of African American characters like Uncle Remus.

 

“Chim Chim Cher-ee” — “Mary Poppins” (1964) 

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews’ duet, written by the brotherly duo of Richard and Robert Sherman, continues to charm.

 

“Under the Sea” — “The Little Mermaid” (1987) 

Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman snapped Disney’s two-decade drought with the standout tune from an animated musical that re-established the studio’s dominance in the genre.

“Beauty and the Beast” — “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) 

Two years later, Menken and Ashman won for the title song to this hit, sung by Angela Lansbury.

 

“A Whole New World” — “Aladdin” (1992) 

The following year, Menken (with lyricist Tim Rice) won for this high-flying ballad.

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” — “The Lion King” (1994) 

Elton John and Tim Rice won for this ballad — beating out two other songs from the megahit, “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life.”

 

“Colors of the Wind” — “Pocahontas” (1995) 

Judy Kuhn sang this title track in the film, another win for Alan Menken (this time with lyricist Steven Schwartz). But Vanessa Williams also released a version that hit the charts.

 

“You’ll Be in My Heart” — “Tarzan” (1999) 

Phil Collins took home the gold for this ballad, which he originally conceived as a lullaby for his daughter.

“If I Didn’t Have You” — “Monsters Inc.” (2001) 

Randy Newman had been nominated 14 times — including for the memorable “Toy Story” theme, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” — before he managed to win for this pleasant thematic knockoff.

“We Belong Together” — “Toy Story 3” (2010) 

Nine years later, Newman returned to the podium for the theme from the third “Toy Story” movie.

“Man or Muppet” — “The Muppets” (2011) 

Bret McKenzie, best known for the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, snagged an Oscar in a year in which only two songs were nominated. (The other was “Real in Rio” from the Blue Sky animated film “Rio.”)

 

“Let It Go” — “Frozen” (2013) 

Husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s anthem became an overplayed earworm — thanks to Idina Menzel’s soaring vocals.

“Remember Me” — “Coco”  (2017) 

Lopez and Anderson-Lopez won their second Oscar for this memorable tune, which is repeated in a number of versions throughout the film.

 

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