The 18 Best Original Songs From Animated Movies, From 'Accidentally in Love' to 'Zero'

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Despicable Me 2

Since 2010, the Academy Award for Best Original Song has gone to a track from an animated film on three separate occasions (Toy Story 3FrozenCoco). While the latter two of those three are musicals, the importance of providing a strong soundtrack for animated pictures has become paramount. Try recapping The LEGO Movie without giving a nod to "Everything is Awesome." Pharrell Williams' "Happy" is forever intertwined with Despicable Me 2. The list goes on.

The past several weeks have brought a number of strong contenders for Best Original Song at the 2019 Oscars. Imagine Dragons' "Zero," from the Ralph Breaks the Internet soundtrack serves as a power anthem for the film's underdog and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse boasts a Post Malone and Swae Lee track titled "Sunflower" that zoomed into the top 10 of the Hot 100.

Below, listen to some of Billboard's favorite original songs from animated films dating from just these past few weeks all the way back to 1981.

Note: To be included in this list, the original song had to come from an animated film that wasn't considered to be a musical.

Imagine Dragons, "Zero," Ralph Breaks the Internet

Post Malone and Swae Lee, "Sunflower," Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Pharrell Williams, "Happy," Despicable Me 2

Justin Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls

Randy Newman, "You've Got a Friend in Me," Toy Story

Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island, "Everything is Awesome," The LEGO Movie

Counting Crows, "Accidentally in Love," Shrek 2

Billy Crystal, John Goodman, "If I Didn't Have You," Monsters, Inc.

Sia, "Rainbow," My Little Pony: The Movie

Sheryl Crow, "Real Gone," Cars

Fifth Harmony, "Can You See," The Star

Birdy, Mumford & Sons, "Learn Me Right," Brave

The Shins, "They'll Soon Discover," The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Grace Potter, "Something That I Want," Tangled

Skrillex, "Bug Hunt - Noisia Remix," Wreck-It Ralph

Landon Pigg, Lucy Schwartz, "Darling I Do," Shrek Forever After

Camille, "Le Festin," Ratatouille

Don Felder, "Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)," Heavy Metal

 

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