From Adele’s haunting vocals on Skyfall to the incredible John Williams score for Star Wars, some of the most memorable music ever written has been composed for film.
Here are 12 Oscar nominated and winning songs that are as unforgettable and, in some cases, more memorable than the films they were composed for.
2012 – Skyfall by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for Skyfall (Winner Best Original Song)
2007 – Falling Slowly from Once (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) (Winner Best Original Song)
2000 – Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys (Winner Best Original Song)
1995 – You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman for Toy Story (Nominated for Best Original Song)
1993 – Street of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen from Philadelphia (Winner for Best Original Song)
1987 – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz for Dirty Dancing (Winner Best Original Song)
1986 – The Mission by Ennio Morricone from The Mission (Nominated for Best Original Score)
1982 – Up Where We Belong by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings for An Officer and a Gentleman (Best Original Song in 1982)
1977 – Star Wars by John Williams (Winner Best Original Score)
1961 – Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Winner Best Original Song)
1942 – White Christmas by Irving Berlin for Holiday Inn (Winner Best Original Song)
1940 – When You Wish upon a Star by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Pinocchio (Winner Best Original Song)