The 10 Best (and Worst) Best Song Oscar-Winners of All Time

From 'Over the Rainbow' to 'It's Hard Out There for a Pimp,' the Best Song category's cream of the crop – and bottom of the barrel

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Best: "Over the Rainbow" ('The Wizard of Oz,' 1939)

For its first decade or so, the Best Song Oscar had a damn good ear for future standards of the American songbook: "The Way You Look Tonight," "Thanks for the Memory," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Swinging on a Star" ... they all racked up wins. Yet none of them touch the devastatingly dreamy centerpiece of the Golden Age masterpiece The Wizard of Oz. Written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg and performed with inimitable intensity by the iconic Judy Garland, the song and its singer would become cornerstones of queer culture – and anyone wishing for a better world than this.

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