Randy Newman, ''You've Got a Friend in Me'' Why it struck a chord: The odds that Randy Newman will get nominated for an Oscar are about as dependable as the pals he describes in this ditty from Pixar's breakout film.

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Though Cara's other famous theme song ''Flashdance... What a Feeling'' had the same souped-up synthesizer trills, the optimism of youth wins out for ''Fame.'' "Fight the Power" from Do the Right Thing, Public Enemy. Oscillating between a gentle piano tinkler and an all-out arena rocker in its explosive, surprisingly short 3 minutes and 12 seconds, it leaves listeners shaken and stirred. We loved your work in The Lion King, but this repetitive, techno-tinged treacle was a major step in the wrong direction. Though it's one of the simplest songs on this list lyrically (there are a total of 14 words), its booming trumpet and bolstering bass inspired an Oscar nod and a slew of training montages to come. Rate. Bill Conti, ''Gonna Fly Now'' Why it struck a chord: Imagine the Italian Stallion's run up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Idina Menzel, ''Let It Go'' Why it struck a chord: The literally-letting-her-hair-down ballad championed personal empowerment (and was itself powered by Menzel's stellar pipes), inspiring countless covers and an Oscar win for its married composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson Lopez. ‘Blue Moon’ ( Manhattan Melodram a, 1934).

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, ''(I've Had) The Time of My Life'' Why it struck a chord: Warnes also collaborated on another hallmark '80s theme song, An Officer and a Gentleman's ''Up Where We Belong'' with Joe Cocker, but it was the anachronistic glory of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's resort-storming routine, not to mention a higher degree of difficulty for Baby's triumphant lift, that gives ''Time of My Life'' the edge. Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Themes from Rocky , Batman , The Godfather franchise, 2001: A Space Odyssey , E.T.

Great movie themes are often instrumentals that when played, can be easily recognized. Elton John, ''El Dorado'' Why it fell flat: Sorry Elton. Michael Jackson, ''Ben'' Why it fell flat: Other than the fact that it's a love song to a rat? Springsteen's heart-wrenching lyrics — ''voices of friends vanished and gone'' — capture the plight of Tom Hanks' character Andrew Beckett as he grapples with his identity and mortality. Jurassic Park (1993) Spielberg’s successful feature film won several international awards …

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