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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Worst: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ('The Lion King,' 1994)

It didn't have to be this way. When Disney's big animated comeback The Little Mermaid upended the Eighties' string of Top 40 Best Song winners in 1989, it did so not with a ballad (although "Part of Your World" is one of the studio's best) but with the calypso jam "Under the Sea." Beginning with 1991's Oscar for "Beauty and the Beast," though, the category became a cartoon-ballad free-for-all, with live-action winners mostly following suit. The result is one of the dreariest, schmaltziest runs in the award's history, and they don't come much goopier than Elton John and Tim Rice's love song for lions. Pro tip: "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is twice as long but about 40 times as awesome.

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