Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga and Gillian Welch are among the songwriters battling it out for the 2019 Oscar for “Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures” – or Best Original Song to give the award its more familiar name.

The statuette in this category, for a song specifically written for a movie, was first handed out in 1934. In the eight decades since, there have been some magnificent winners, including “White Christmas” and “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

Some fine songs, like the inaugural victor “The Continental”, from The Gay Divorcee, have faded from the limelight, possibly hastened into semi-obscurity in this case by Lionel Blair’s dire cover version. Others, including “Que Sera, Sera” or “The Windmills of Your Mind”, are lasting classics of popular music.

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One constant in the category has been a rich vein of wonderful love songs. So, ahead of Valentine’s Day, here is our ranking of the 10 best love songs to win an Oscar. Some classics – such as “Days of Wine and Roses”, “The Way We Were” or “You Must Love Me” – just miss out on the list.

Please let us know your favourites in the comments section at the end.

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