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

By EW Staff
Updated January 11, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

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