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Oscar's Best Songs

Favorite Oscar musical performances -- EW staff members reveal their picks for the best songs performed at the Academy Awards

Favorite Oscar musical performances

NEIL YOUNG, ''Philadelphia''; BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ''Streets of Philadelphia,'' 1994
That night, the legends rivaled Hollywood royalty, performing their Philadelphia tunes. Though the Boss took home the hardware, Young's solemn piano solo pierced hearts. — Jeff Labrecque

ELLIOTT SMITH, ''Miss Misery,'' 1998
The songsmith stared intently at his guitar as the hushed melodies of his Good Will Hunting anthem filled the room — and held it captive. — Leah Greenblatt

AALIYAH, ''Journey to the Past,'' 1998
Three years before her death, the R&B star showed poise beyond her years when she belted out the Anastasia theme. — Dave Karger

ROBIN WILLIAMS, ''Blame Canda,'' 2000
Oscar took a break from dancers and divas with an expletive-free version of the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut ditty. — Mark Luckie

BJÖRK, ''I've Seen it All,'' 2001
Her swan dress laid a goose egg, but her song, from Dancer in the Dark, was a work of beauty. On a fittingly dark stage, the Icelandic princess wailed, whispered, and even cracked an elusive smile. — ALisa Cohen

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints

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