Or, [[Series/{{Firefly}} Big Damn]] [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Bronze Age]] [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Style]] [[OscarBait Award Baiting]] [[AwesomeMusic End Credits]] PowerBallad.

You Tropers who grew up in the early 1990s know what we're talking about, right? It's the kind of song which plays over the end credits (usually) of an animated (usually) Disney ([[AllAnimationIsDisney usually]]) movie (usually) from [[TheNineties the 1990s]] (usually). They each share a distinctive style and, as per the title, once you hear it you just ''know'' it's going to get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

They generally have at least four of the following distinctive traits:

* Tends to start out soothing and mellow.
* Instead of describing events that happen directly in the movie (as the songs in animated musicals tend to), they cover the more sweeping themes of ThePowerOfLove, ThePowerOfFriendship, and so on. May be a [[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love Song]].
* Extremely [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments feel-good and/or touching]]; may be a TearJerker.
* Tend to have a lot of [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles "sparkly"]] synth.
* Towards the middle, it gets more and more triumphant and builds to a big, epic finish.
* For some reason, they are often penned by [[PopStarComposer past-their-prime pop/rock stars,]] especially if the film isn't actually a musical. If the song is a hit, it may prompt a comeback.
* If it's a musical, it may appear in the film, but it's occasionally a CutSong, as in the ''Pocahontas'' and ''Hunchback'' examples.
* A FallingInLoveMontage is a likely context for the song. Bonus points if it's also a [[DanceOfRomance ballroom dance.]]
* TruckDriversGearChange. And a [[ThePowerOfRock soaring electric guitar solo]].

The distinguishing trademark, however, is when the song has a reprise, [[LetsDuet frequently a duet]], done over the end credits. Bonus points if you can get Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion (or someone who sounds like her), Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, or Bryan Adams to sing it.

Sounds like the kind of song popularized by nineties Disney films, yes? The funny thing is that the film that probably helped to [[TropeCodifier make this sort of thing popular]] during this particular part of movie history would be "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW0_3mtxiUE Somewhere Out There]]" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.

Award Bait Songs are also found in many live-action films, notably "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiy9YB1coMw My Heart Will Go On]]" from ''{{Titanic}}''. Many, many films from the late-70's through late-90's had a song like this, leading some critics to call this period the last really amazing time for movie songs. This has been exchanged for "hip" pop songs from the popular artists at the time, and/or more commonly the movie soundtrack.

Note that not every end-credit song is one of these! {{Movie Bonus Song}}s in film adaptations of stage musicals are often not these, though they're often accused of being Oscar bids since [[CaptainObvious pre-existing music isn't eligible for Best Original Song]]. Furthermore, the "Award-Baiting" part isn't the important part, nor is the "End Credits" part. The important part is that the song is strongly associated with a film ([[{{Anime}} or]] [[VideoGames whatever]]), serves as a fitting capstone, and is in the style described above.

One tactic when trying for an AwardBaitSong is to take an existing, usually famous, song and record a SofterAndSlowerCover.

For other kinds of popular and/or Award-winning movie songs, see BreakawayPopHit and IWantSong. Compare ThePowerOfRock.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon 3}}'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-w2rz873Zk To Know The]] [[{{Pun}} Unown.]]"
** And of course, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clI1Fe4-LMo The Power of One]] from ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' (the Japanese version uses a rather dissonant rap bit by Namie Amuro).
** ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjdhqCZQGlQ "We're A Miracle"]], which fits the trope fairly well, except being a little less epic and sung by a big pop star. Curiously, the Japanese version of the film featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1JLTqKJHcI "Kaze to Issho ni"]], which certainly sounds like one of these. Honestly, every Pokémon movie makes an attempt at this.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijxIO4GQko It Was You]] by Ashley Ballard.
** ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker's'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSEkhMjL4eI "Make a Wish".]]
*** By that extension, the Japanese version's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JU9n_r7aww "Chiisaki Mono" (A Small Thing).]]
** ''[[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai The Rise of Darkrai]]'' uses, of all things, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUZ06oTrpFU "I Will Be With You (Where the Lost Ones Go)"]] for its AwardBaitSong--even in the Japanese version! Can lead to a bit of SoundtrackDissonance over the ending credits, which has the beautiful, soulful ballad played over scenes of adorable frolicking Pokémon.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKc6a0dPSPM "And Forever"]] from the ending of ''Anime/TheBigO''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo_cRjHvXDo "Half Pain"]] from the ending of ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''. The lyrics are heart wrenching, but is warm and soft in its delivery. Hauntingly beautiful.
** Roughly "So long ago, I threw away my brightness; and like the light of the morning sun, it can never return".
* Oku Hanako's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VleZj2EhPAc "Kawaranai Mono"]] from ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', natch
* The eponymous song from the ending of the 2004 ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'' anime. May sound like a fairly ordinary anime vocal ending at first, but easily becomes TearJerker by the end of the story by sheer stunning context with it. Effect may be amplified if you are particularly moved by the style of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carpenters The Carpenters]].
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'''s intro, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYzL5hN0sRE "We Were Lovers".]]
* A group of unofficial fan dubbers creating an English track for the movie ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' took it upon themselves to actually pen an all-original AwardBaitSong for the end credits, replacing the movie's original end credits theme, "Star". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsCHDWGvNu0 "Watch the Moonrise"]] is actually quite sweet.
** Can also become a TearJerker, depending on how you look at it.
* ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' gave us the lovely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kagybz0epQ "Aozora"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8mgvX52I0c Tune the Rainbow]] from the ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}'' movie simply begs for this.
* The ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' franchise has a few [[JapanesePopMusic J-Pop]]-style showstoppers, but special mention must be given to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wckZcVFLU24 Do You Remember Love?]]", specially written for the SummerBlockbuster of the same name by the late Kazuhiko Katoh.
* ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist (2003)'' has the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXQLrkW33f0 Bratya]] which was featured at the end of the episode where we see Ed's and Al's past. Even though it's in Russian, a language most viewers probably don't understand, it definitely [[TearJerker packs a punch]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IWCHbFg9DY The English version]] even more so.
* [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Forever]], which was meant to be the conclusion of the TenchiUniverse canon, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhdNoFWaUBI Love Song ga Kikoeru]], which is appropriate considering he actually picks someone in this continuity.
** "Tenchi Muyo! in Love" has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCwGLKu8_tI Alchemy of Love]]" by Nina Hagen and Rick Jude.
* [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Beautiful+World/570GvF?src=5 "Beautiful World"]] from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''.
** An [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Beautiful+World+PLANiTb+Acoustica+Mix/4FPOxv?src=5 acoustic version]], which comes across as more of an award bait song than the original, is used in ''Evangelion 2.0''.
** 3.0 does it again, this time with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QuNch8B-N0 "Sakura Nagashi"]]. Quite possibly the most Award-Bait-y out of all the Evangelion songs.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M5JDKlD7tw "Feel like A Girl"]] from ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAHXdQ6QE9M "Girls Can Rock"]]. That's like one of the most rockin' songs in all of the series!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxVcP-Pb6dc No More Words]] from the first ''Manga/InuYasha'' movie.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-8vSXZtWEQ Destiny ~Shukumei~]] from ''Hitsuji no Uta'' is a gloomier version of this trope.
* [[http://youtu.be/DZmWtKA-ot4 Every Time You Kissed Me]] from ''Manga/PandoraHearts''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t661DztOJQ After All]] from ''Anime/TurnAGundam''.
* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e7MlcT3OGs Human Touch]], which was one of the last works composed by the ''Soulful Rain Man'' himself [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Wiebe Warren Wiebe]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGQSuYzQ5Do Eternal Wind]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', which unlike the planned series opening was preserved for the ending credits.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne: [[TheMovie A Girl In Gaea]]'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnnHmjpldQc You're Not Alone]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyYLMkrE4w "Tuxedo Mirage"]], the ending theme of ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon S]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxmRiVdB-EI ''Tender Oblivion'']], ending song for [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'']]. Also CrowningMusicOfAwesome, since the TearJerker ''a cappella'' version is the one which plays at the ending credits, rather than the J-Pop version released as single.
* ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzreW201zlo Fanfare]] by Mr. Children.
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QHmMwqY5Lc "One Day"]] by The Rootless, although it kind of spoiled the fact that [[spoiler:Portgas D. Ace got KilledOffForReal]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4QGBQlXqLM ''Tsuki to Taiyou'']], the twelfth ending, definitely sounds like one of these.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67ZXLPeg9s Chiisana Tenohira]] (The Palm of a Tiny Hand) from the end of the ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' series.
** From ''~After Story~'', we got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw17y9E4Dew Toki wo Kizamu Uta]] (The Song That Transcends Time).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5SSGhmTvr0 Ichiban no Takaramono]] (My Most Precious Treasure) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL2vlUlpytQ My Song]] from ''Anime/AngelBeats!''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcd0TQVRlX8 Sora wo Miagete]]" by Shirai Takako, the second ED from the first season of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' featured no less than two of these songs ''as openings'' in it's run, the first [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICn_pmfU3SE tomorrow]] was used for the original series, the second [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdDeyc8F-Dk Sore ga Ai deshou?]](I guess that's love?) [[ItMakesSenseInContext strangely enough]] was used as the opening for ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''.
* The first ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' movie has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NDDzEeNAI Utsukushi Kimono]]'' (Something Beautiful), sung by Ai.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5A1dJpoclk The second ending]] to the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' series.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' gives us a soft-rock variation on this with Kyoko and Sayaka's ImageSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH6NB2F-Jcw "And I'm Home"]] by their seiyuu Creator/AiNonaka and Creator/EriKitamura, the ending for the Blu-Ray version of episode 9.
** Kalafina's [[https://soundcloud.com/xiaobiyao152/01-hikari-furu Hikari Furu]] (a vocal version of the already heartbreaking Sagitta Luminis) is this for the second movie.
** ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' celebrates [[spoiler: Homura triumphant in her belief that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans]] with the heartbreaking [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Kalafina---Kimi-no-Gin-no-Niwa/408996666dafb6c7d89c67cf3105ef6a "Your Silver Garden"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o33Rv2Z-4iI Toki no Kawa wo Koete]] for ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBgEr07Sq6s Tatsu Tori Ato wo Nigosa zu]] for ''Anime/{{DieBuster}}'' are instrumental versions of this type of song. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming WELCOME HOME.]]]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSVns8JxCY0 Life]] from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh9a5kJuz_0 A Path]] from ''Anime/CasshernSins''.
* [[http://animublog.tumblr.com/tagged/sora-wa-takaku-kaze-wa-utau Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau]] and [[http://soundcloud.com/lavion/manten Manten]] from ''LightNovel/FateZero''.
* [[https://soundcloud.com/senausagi/shizuka-kudo-kimi-ga-kureta Kimi ga Kureta Mono]] from ''Manga/FairyTail'' fits this trope very well.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTUv2LRA_nc Zutto Sono Machi De]]" from ''Anime/UtaKata''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1a8Kpbq7Nc First Love Song]]" from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hq0-47hyds "All Alone With You"]] by EGOIST, the second ED from ''Anime/PsychoPass''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enBHtPiBW7I "Bokura no Natsu no Yume"]] (Our Summer Dream), from ''Anime/SummerWars'', sung by Tatsuro Yamashita.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISPzkY7IXas "Season"]] from the ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' 2012 anime, sung by Kaori Kano and composed by Taku Iwasaki.
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' gives us ''three'' songs for consideration: [[http://soundcloud.com/chii-n/euterpe-egoist "Euterpe"]], [[http://soundcloud.com/rean-tarah/egoist-departures "Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~"]], and from the ''Lost Christmas'' OVA/game, [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Planetes/56qjsD?src=5 "Planetes"]].
* Even ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' gets in on this trope with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EIB_qRbaoE "Chocolat"]] by Stocking's seiyuu MariyaIse. It especially works in the context of its episode, "Ghost; The Phantom of Daten City".
* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' may be not been seen as great in everyones' eyes, but this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBbIxVsTYis Sabitsuita Machine Gun by WANDS]] was a great song to finish off to finish the franchise.
* ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSxignamsM Kodoku no Hikari]], the lyrics especially capture the feeling of trying to be hopeful in a very [[CrapsackWorld depressing environment]] which is very not that far from the actual events in the story [[spoiler:especially with all of the BigBad Sicks' atrocities and the death of Sasazuka]] while having a bittersweet tone that the show tries to give us.
* ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' has "Qualia" by Music/UVERworld.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has "The Real Folk Blues" and the final ending theme "Blue". TheMovie has "Gotta Knock a Little Harder".
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_veVV8ciJMo Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana]]" from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann The movie: Lagann-Hen''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a0wn0NbQpc Kaemirichi]]", the first opening of ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Music/CelineDion's "Because You Loved Me" from ''Up Close and Personal'' didn't win the Oscar it was up for, but it did win a Grammy in 1996.
* Dido and AR Rahman's [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=if+i+rise+127+hours&aq=1 If I Rise]] from 127 Hours. Lost to Randy Newman's "We Belong Together", from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
* Another early example among Oscar-nominated songs is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5tL0jvX_88 "The Last Time I Felt Like This"]] from ''Same Time, Next Year'' (1978).
* "Candle On The Water" from ''Film/PetesDragon'' (1977) was nominated for an Oscar, but lost to ''another'' award bait song -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnk8SKD9zcA "You Light Up My Life"]] from the movie of the same name.
* A fantastic live-action example is Whitney Houston's cover of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9nPf7w7pDI I Will Always Love You]]" from ''Film/TheBodyguard''. It wasn't nominated for the Oscar because it was a cover of a Dolly Parton song from the 1970s. Parton herself sang it in the movie version of ''The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas'' in 1982.
** "Run To You" and "I Have Nothing" from this film also count, and were both nominated for Best Original Song but lost to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'''s "A Whole New World".
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films gave us some stellar TearJerker examples: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww8wqEgFIA8 May It Be]]" from ''Fellowship of the Ring'' and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgcoBKWTW14 Into the West]]" from ''The Return Of The King'' (1st: nominated for Oscar; 2nd: won).
** Subverted in ''The Two Towers'' with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biGP2BXVsYI Gollum's Song]]", which has a somewhat similar style, but a minor key and a much darker tone and sung by Emiliana Torrini.
* ''Film/TheHobbit''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zakVfDY0xZk "Song of the Lonely Mountain"]] from ''An Unexpected Journey.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf8Fwiy0Bkc "I See Fire"]] from ''The Desolation of Smaug.''
* There's also Music/MichaelJackson's hit "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n1faVXeXkE Will You Be There]]" featured in 1993's ''Film/FreeWilly''. The song wasn't nominated for an Oscar because it first debuted on Jackson's ''Dangerous'' album a few years earlier.
** And much earlier than that: 1972's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g40WCBaUXR4 "Ben"]] - a heartstring-tugging song about the friendship between [[ABoyAndHisX a boy and his killer rat]] as depicted in ''[[Literature/RatmansNotebooks Ben]]''.
* [=OMD=]'s required prom song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGawOk107eU If You Leave]]", from ''Film/PrettyInPink''.
* Music/BryanAdams started to do a lot of these starting with ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''[='s=] "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (see also the Western Animation folder below).
** 2 years later, Adams had "All for Love" (with Sting and Rod Stewart) from ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993''.
** Both films were scored by Michael Kamen, incidentally. After Kamen died in 2003, Adams has been suspiciously silent.
** In 1996, Adams joined forces with Barbra Streisand for "I Finally Found Someone", which played over the end credits of ''The Mirror Has Two Faces'' and didn't fail to get nominated. When Streisand chose not to perform it at the Oscars, ''Celine Dion'' stepped in! (that same year, Adams' song "Star" was used on ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'')
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' naturally had one: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH8WAoRL1xo So Close.]]"
** That didn't keep it from losing to the analogous song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoSL_qayMCc Falling Slowly]]", from ''Once''. Then again, the loss was probably due to vote splitting among the ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' songs.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Music/ReginaSpektor's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgUL3ut4gyQ The Call]]" from ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Prince Caspian''.
** Switchfoot's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cKNleDdUFY This Is Home]]," also from ''Prince Caspain.''
** And Music/ImogenHeap's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iPkdl6qdZs I Can't Take It In]]" from "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe".
** And Music/AlanisMorissette's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnGdx40919M Wunderkind]]" from the same movie.
*** Incidentally, Academy rules insist that ''only the first song from the credits can be considered for an Oscar'', so "Wunderkind" lost out as the second song; of three songs included in the credits, only "Can't Take it In" qualified. (And then wasn't nominated, while "Wunderkind" was nominated at the Golden Globes, which is less fussy. Should've put Alanis first?)
** Carrie Underwood's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvx22aEhSA There's a Place For Us]]" in the third film.
* Speaking of Ms. Morissette, there's "I Remain" from ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''.
** And "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urSPgcZgnh0 Still]]" from ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* Music/AvrilLavigne's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmukW1sNlIk Keep Holding On]]'' from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]''
** She also made "Alice" from Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmGSHZYZ74c "Where Are You, Christmas?"]] from the live-action ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''.
* Though cut from the theatrical release, ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' had the touching number ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfI_N0vyxaI When Love Is Gone]]'', which was restored to the VHS and fullscreen DVD cut of the film (the widescreen is the theatrical version).
** Watch the proper end-credits version by Martina [=McBride=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_vnl_FXgBE here]].
* The Muppets did it again in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' with the song "Love Led Us Here". This touching ballad of love lost and found is first sung by Piggy and Kermit as they dangle off a cliff edge by their ankles. The song is reprised in the end credits by John Berry and Helen Darling.
* "The Rainbow Connection" from [[Film/TheMuppetMovie the original Muppet movie]] could stand as an early example. It was indeed nominated for an Oscar that year.
** The Music/{{Weezer}} and [[Music/{{Paramore}} Hayley Williams]] cover from ''The Green Album'', a tie-in for [[Film/TheMuppets the 2011 Muppets movie]], sounds exactly like a Disney end-credits cover of the song would. Surprisingly, it isn't played over the movie's credits[[note]]although Kermit and Piggy do sing the regular version of the song during the movie itself[[/note]], but the movie does bring us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WWWTW1P8rQ "Man or Muppet"]], despite it not being played over the end credits either. (and being the most award-baity, "Man or Muppet" even won the Oscar!)
* Parodied in the 2005 version of ''Film/TheProducers'' with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lj_GLRzqM4 The Hop-Clop Goes On]]", a reprise of "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop".
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' had an award-bait song and Bollywood dance routine over the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRC4QrUwo9o end credits]].
** Subverted with "Dreams on Fire", which seems like the primary OscarBait song from the ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' soundtrack. It didn't get nominated (but "Jai-Ho" won, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqk5Vf8KAfE the collaboration with]] Music/{{MIA}} got a nom too).
* "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", performed by Starship for 1987's ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' and nominated for an Oscar.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOgfRijoeYA "It Goes Like It Goes"]] by Jennifer Warnes won the Oscar for 1979 for ''Film/NormaRae''. It beat out "The Rainbow Connection".
* The Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes duet "Up Where We Belong" from ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' was award-baity enough to win a Golden Globe, Oscar, BAFTA, and a Grammy. All this after the producer of the film tried to get the song cut, insisting that it was "no good and not a hit."
* Jennifer Warnes had another award-winning duet when she teamed up with Bill Medley for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMoMBFhMdDw "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life"]] from ''Film/DirtyDancing''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2zyeVRcbs The Climb]]" from the ''Series/HannahMontana'' movie is one of these. Too bad it was ineligible for the Oscar because wasn't written for the movie.
** Also noteworthy for being the X-Factor Winner's Song for 2009 in the UK which was known to always win the Christmas number 1. Not this year though, as it lost to "Killing in the Name" by RageAgainstTheMachine.
* Relating to ''Series/HannahMontana'', Music/MileyCyrus sings another award bait song in the form of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWCPS6CXmt0 When I Look At You]] from ''TheLastSong''.
* "Then You Look At Me" from ''Film/BicentennialMan''. Sung by Music/CelineDion, natch, and written by the same team that wrote "My Heart Will Go On".
* Much of ''Film/MoulinRouge's'' soundtrack is covers, but it naturally has its own Big Damn Love Song: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJpJl04cAI "Come What May"]] (ineligible for the Oscar because it was originally written for Baz Luhrmann's previous Red Curtain film, ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'').
** From the ''other'' ''Moulin Rouge'', Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jane Avril has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mgMdTcbZoE The Song From Moulin Rouge]]", also known as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKhrRgadxhc Where Is Your Heart?]]"
* ''Film/PearlHarbor's'' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhpFwpu0mGw There You'll Be]]" by Faith Hill (nominated for Oscar).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73cWfFEKAfE "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing"]] from ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (nominated for Oscar... and Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s [[BlackSheepHit sole #1 in the US]]).
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'''s "Love Before Time", which indeed got nominated.
* "Learn To Be Lonely" from ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3SVXz3TFr8&feature=fvst "The Rose"]] by Bette Midler, from ''The Rose'', natch. It may be one of the earliest examples of this trope, and it won a Golden Globe in 1980.
* Bette Midler's version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq0llrCYtCQ&feature=related "Wind Beneath My Wings"]], prominently featured in ''Beaches''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVJnMj2oKfo "Endless Love"]] from the movie of the same name.
* The Music/PhilCollins-Marilyn Martin duet [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_4w3-CPP6E Separate Lives]] from ''White Nights''. It was nominated, but lost to another song from the movie "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie, which isn't as award baity of a song.
* Phil Collins also has ''Against All Odds'' from the movie of the same name.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKDOcvKDwf0 After All]] from ''Chances Are'' by Cher and Peter Cetera.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAj-Y6uUA_k Glory Of Love]] by Peter Cetera was intended to be this trope for ''Franchise/{{Rocky}} IV''. It was passed up, and ended up going to ''Film/TheKarateKid II''.
* In ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' the MovieBonusSong "Listen" stands out as an attempt to give Music/{{Beyonce}} a big showstopping number to rival "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (itself not eligible for Best Song). The fact that it was so blatant, and featured Beyonce straining against her usual range, is probably why the song flopped. Ironically, the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' cover by Charice was much better recieved.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Valp3rAFubA "Christmas All Over the World"]] was performed by Sheena Easton for the end credits of ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie'' (1985). The link is to the full-length version of the song; the first verse doesn't appear in the film, which means it skips past the "soothing and mellow" part. New Edition recorded their own version of this for their '85 Christmas album, and it adds ''tons'' of sparkly synth.
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' has one titled "Time For Miracles". It's especially jarring after seeing a film about death destruction and sacrifice, to hear a Music/CelineDion-esque song performed by someone from ''Series/AmericanIdol''. And it's Music/AdamLambert at that!
* Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' brings us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GMTQBriA3I "I See You"]], a SpiritualSuccessor to "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by James Horner and performed by Leona Lewis.
* John Mayer's "Say" from ''Film/TheBucketList'' is more low-key than most award bait songs, but it counts too.
* By the time ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' was made in 1993, this was ubiquitous enough to be parodied with an end-credits reprise of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1K7kva33Os Marian]]". It was most directly a parody of the song from the ''[[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves other]]'' Robin Hood movie from the 1990s, Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", which was nominated back in '91. In any case, future tropers tended to laugh harder at that than most other people in the theater.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWoIO_hjvos Never Too Far Away]] by Mariah Carey from ''Glitter''.
* "Love Lives" by Steven Tyler (a solo effort by the Music/{{Aerosmith}} frontman), written for the Japanese film ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', adapted from the anime series. It feels a good deal like "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing", and is so shamelessly sappy it's [[NarmCharm utterly fantastic]].
* ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory'' has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3khTntOxX-k eponymous theme]] by Limahl.
* "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" from ''Film/DonJuanDeMarco'', sung by Bryan Adams. It was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards, but lost to "Colors Of The Wind".
* "Only Hope" from ''Film/AWalkToRemember'' has the original version by Switchfoot over the end credits and a very award-baity cover by Music/MandyMoore during the movie. It wasn't eligible for awards though, since the song had already been on one of Switchfoot's albums a few years prior.
* "Storybook Love" from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' didn't fail to earn a nomination.
* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv6VW4tMZbE I Will Find You]]" by Clannad.
* Trisha Yearwood's version of "How Do I Live", from ''Film/ConAir''. It was nominated, but lost to "My Heart Will Go On".
* Think Music/{{Queen}} is immune to this?! Try "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE&ob=av3n Who Wants To Live Forever?]]" or "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Ys0lMeXl4 One Year Of Love]]", both from ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5cKSMI6_8k To Kill A Mockingbird]], from, well... ''Film/ToKillAMockingBird''
* The song ''Together in Electric Dreams'', by Georgio Moroder and Philip Oakey of the Human League fame, was actually the ending theme song from the movie ''Film/ElectricDreams'', but the song ended up [[BreakawayPopHit outshining the movie]] it was supposed to complement.
* [[http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00042362.html "When the World Turns Upside Down"]] from ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfOzDorothysReturn'' (no relation to the song of the same name by The Adventures).
* ''Film/TheCrow'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfZzkhfz89c "It Can't Rain All The Time"]] by Jane Siberry as its end credits song. Sadly, no nomination.
* "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin, featured in ''Film/TopGun'', was the 1986 Best Original Song Oscar winner.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_GpK5r5lL8 A Place Called Home]]" from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol: TheMusical''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFEDTtKaFzU Safe And Sound]]" by TaylorSwift, from ''Film/TheHungerGames.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRiR0wJzUBQ "The Living Proof"]] from ''Film/TheHelp.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=405rURIgvDw "Shine Your Light"]] from ''Film/{{Ladder 49}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0QRzleTolg "You're Where I Belong"]] from ''Film/StuartLittle.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuidLm8zsq8 "I'm Alive"]] by Music/CelineDion from ''Stuart Little 2.''
* ''Film/JamesBond'' film examples include "Nobody Does it Better" from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', sung by Carly Simon, Sheena Easton's "Film/ForYourEyesOnly" (both nominated for an Oscar), and "All Time High" from ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', sung by Rita Coolidge.
** Music/{{Adele}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeumyOzKqgI Skyfall]]'' from the [[Film/{{Skyfall}} film of the same name]] definitely counts as this, being the first (and so far, only) James Bond anthem to win an Oscar.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8NZa9wYZ_U title song]] from ''Absolute Beginners'' (1986), written and performed by Music/DavidBowie (who has a OneSceneWonder role in the movie), is a feel-good love song that bookends the musical via the credit sequences. The full-length version linked to above -- with a video that doubled as the movie's theatrical trailer in the U.K. -- is almost ''eight minutes long'', with a long, dramatic instrumental finish (no award nominations).
* Irene Cara's "Flashdance (What a Feeling)", from, well, ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m1UWSD-FaA title song]] from ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'', sung by Olivia Newton-John. Also a BreakawayPopHit, since the song and soundtrack album were far more popular than the film itself, which was a flop.
* Music/RKelly's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTahrYXCChI I Believe I Can Fly]]", from ''Film/SpaceJam''.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical 3'' features an Award Bait reprise of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rOHPcvCShA "We're All in This Together]] from the first film.
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yy6SIzq8Mc "Remember"]] sung by Music/JoshGroban and composed by James Horner.
* The Righteous Brothers' 1960's hit "Unchained Melody", known in recent years as the theme to ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', was introduced in a now-forgotten 1955 film titled ''Unchained'', and was nominated for an Oscar.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC9O1giT2Ws "Fly Away" by Nelly]] in ''Film/TheLongestYard'' remake.
* The UrExample for films is likely "Over The Rainbow" from 1939's ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'' features a new song, "Suddenly", which was written specifically for the film and which fits this trope to a T.
* "My Immortal" by Music/{{Evanescence}}, featured in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHkvan-NFnM A Thousand Years]]" from ''The Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am9rvhUTrpA The duet version]] from ''Part 2'' turns it UpToEleven.
* "Almost Home" from ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', performed by Music/MariahCarey.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwfmzsSzGNo "Anyone Can Be a Hero"]] from Blankman, preformed by Lalah Hathaway.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8iIVn2Kqbo "The Day I Fall In Love"]] from Beethoven's 2nd, performed by James Ingram and Dolly Parton, was actually nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for Best Song from a Motion Picture.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te11UaHOHMQ "Young And Beautiful"]] by Music/LanaDelRey and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AllYPIBbhw "Over The Love"]] by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine from ''Film/TheGreatGatsby.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLWmGhD6l0k "Calling For Your Love"]] from ''Film/CirqueDuSoleilWorldsAway.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OKBZ-rL2K4 "Love Song for a Vampire"]] from ''Film/BramStokersDracula.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DD7VIKZnGA "Suddenly Seymor"]] from ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''. One interesting trait it averts from the standard list is the "not being directly about the story but about vaguer themes" one--the music writers of the musical they knew they could write a vaguer version of the song ("Suddenly Someone") and sell it as a pop hit, but they refused because they knew it wasn't true to the characters.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x-j9Zs3YlA "As the World Falls Down"]] from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}.'' Although the song itself fits the criteria, including the ballroom dance, its actual ''meaning'' in the movie is [[SubvertedTrope more subversive]]--it's the song that plays to show that [[BigBad Jareth]] has fallen for [[PluckyGirl Sarah]], and is attempting to seduce her into giving up her quest. She realizes she's fallen into a trap, and shatters the illusion to prove the Goblin King has no power over her.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2'' brings us Music/KellyClarkson's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3vPxKdj6o Breakaway]]", co-written by Music/AvrilLavigne.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1YkHJJi-tc "Forbidden Colours"]] by Ryuichi Sakomoto and David Sylvian, from ''MerryChristmasMrLawrence''.
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijFR0JRT8ts If We Could Remember]] by Yolanda Adams.
* ''[[Film/MadMax Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome]]'' has "We Don't Need Another Hero".
* ''TheWrestler'' has, appropriately enough, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OSvJvSwmd4 The Wrestler]]'' by Bruce Springsteen.
* Not to be confused with the later ''Mannequin'' song, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o7VEwwQd-E "Nothing Can Stop Us Now"]] from ''Film/StirCrazy'', performed by Kiki Dee.
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[[folder:Fan Work]]
* ''AVeryPotterMusical'' has the affectionate parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n_2uL2YjN8&feature=SeriesPlayList&p=C76BE906C9D83A3A&index=18 "Not Alone".]]
--> "Now that we're finished that four-part harmony..."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-as6Kbcj4c Aerith's Theme]], a tribute to Aerith from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII, also deserves to be mentioned.
* TeamStarkid's [[TwistedTheUntoldStoryOfAGrandVizier Twisted]] parodies this with a slowed down pop-version of the main love duet over the end credits, which sounds exactly like every Disney credits song of the 90s.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrRRaQpdOqY Twilight's Journey]] by Ponyphonic; a song about [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]]'s transformation into an alicorn princess.
** Forest Rain and Decibelle's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUC_AwTKLic Great to Be Different]], a duet ballad dedicated to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' parodied this in "Once More with Feeling", when Anya complained that her song with Xander would "never be a BreakawayPopHit". That would be reserved for Tara's "I'm Under Your Spell".
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' usually just does covers, but they also churned out a few original songs that qualify as award baity.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb7dyVtdRlg&ob=av3e Get It Right]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqlrWLG5fIg Pretending]]'', and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEwTe8LMCyI As Long As You're There]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOY6wgD8VEc Three Wishes]] from ''Hi 5''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qvwq8ecDwM Don't Forget Me]], the finale song to ''Series/{{Smash}}''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* If you don't think Music/WeirdAlYankovic has parodied this, you... must not know Weird Al very well. Peep your ears at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht7jyza6zSQ "I Need a Nap".]] "Sparkle synth?" Check. Soulful duet? [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] TruckDriversGearChange? Check. [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong Passing melodic resemblance to]] [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Part of Your World?"]] Check!
** Also "Don't Download This Song", a style parody of the forementioned "We are the World".
* ''#1 Radio Single by'' by Psychostick describes how to write just such a song.
--> ''Whoooa yeah. whooooie oh, oh yeah. Whooooa yeah. Whoa whoa yeah, whoooa yeah''
--> ''This is the part of the song where I talk about emotions.''
--> ''This is the part of the song where [[TrueArtIsAngsty I sing about how I feel so cold inside]].''
--> ''And this is where my producer told me to say, "Yeah!"''
* Music/{{Cascada}} - "Everytime We Touch" (candlelight version) and "Another You"
* USA for Africa's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne7fPpxAnuM We Are The World]]''
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5cX_ncZLls Do They Know It's Christmas]]'' by Band Aid, with excessive amounts of Sparkle Synth.
* Heart's "Alone", Carrie Underwood's version even more so.
* Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is", and Mariah Carey's cover of it, which includes a TruckDriversGearChange.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0tg0ixFtZc Fly on the Wings of Love]] by the Olsen Brothers.
* DHT - "Listen To Your Heart" ([[SofterAndSlowerCover unplugged version]]), and for an original song, there's "My Dream".
* "Sea of Stars", "Town Circus", and [[http://www.spacesynth.de/musics/shining_christmas_star.mp3 "Shining Christmas Star"]] by [=mindXpander=] are of the instrumental type.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxrX42WcjQ&ob=av3e ''You Raise Me Up'']], no matter who is singing it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96aAx0kxVSA&ob=av3n "One Moment In Time"]] by Whitney Houston
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAeIOhGfZV0 "Can't We Try"]], anyone?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXOgn8-aEaA "From A Distance"]].
* Halfway through ''Hadestown'' is "Why We Build The Wall," a sequence of Hades brainwashing the dead into thinking the wall is keeping them free... by explaining that the impoverished living are trying to get in. You know, the living who can get in at any time. Even for brainwashing, it makes little sense, but ''perfect'' sense played out of context as a commentary on capitalist ethics... especially since it doesn't contain a single mention of the album's mythological elements other than the unidentified wall.
* KellyClarkson - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt8p9nEepT8 "A Moment Like This"]], winner of the first season of ''Series/AmericanIdol''.
** Arguably, all the American Idol coronation songs qualify as award bait.
* Music/TheAlanParsonsProject has a number of songs that could be considered baitworthy. A few notable examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J753jKeUCYg "The Same Old Sun"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgmzzDWUJ94 "Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ADVgYfcY_Y "Time"]], just to name a few.
* "Winner" by the Music/PetShopBoys.
* "After the Fall" and "This Is Who You Are" from TransSiberianOrchestra's RockOpera ''BeethovensLastNight'' are hard-rock takes on the AwardBaitSong.
* TheBangles' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNDifMyQuv8 Eternal Flame]].
* Parodied in Music/{{Ylvis}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaEnaoydUUo "Someone Like Me"]], which alternates between a Disney-style romance ballad and a dubstep breakdown.
* Music/PinkFloyd of all bands did a few of these later: "On the Turning Away" is a very straight example, while "Lost for Words" subverts this with award bait music but LyricalDissonance, including a PrecisionFStrike.
* "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJy_2cMl5iU theme]], true to his film-obsessed gimmick, sounds like an instrumental mashup between an AwardBaitSong and a more traditional symphonic score.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels was injured at one point in a real life altercation in which he suffered a concussion in the mid-90s. He ''collapsed'' mid-match a few weeks later and when the medical report on why it happened came out, it was revealed that he was suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Apparently the doctors (and for that matter pretty much ''everyone'') FailedASpotCheck, since nobody knew about this at the time, and even Shawn thought he was back to full health at the time. Anyway, it was briefly feared that Shawn would be forced to retire due to the incident both in-universe and out. To really drive home the point that Shawn's career might be in jeopardy, they aired a special tribute video set to an AwardBaitSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elBGHdvlYgk "Tell Me a Lie"]].
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[[folder:Sports]]
* CBS has "One Shining Moment", which is traditionally played over a final montage at the end of the NCAA basketball tournament. It was originally intended as a closing theme for Super Bowl XXI, but their coverage of the game was running too long, so it got sent to the cutting room floor. That is, until it got re-purposed (with amended lyrics) for March Madness a few months later.
* Creator/{{CTV}} had one for its OlympicGames coverage, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIyUBdukE0M I Believe]]", which was its official "anthem" for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. So much so that it was played in every other commercial leading up to the Games, the main theme for the coverage was based on it (although thankfully in a more orchestral style), and then, yes, it got used on montages and as the sappy credits music after the Closing Ceremonies in both Vancouver and London. It quickly became the MostAnnoyingSound for many viewers, particularly the ones who wished Creator/{{CBC}} hadn't had the Olympics swiped from under them as quickly as CTV did with the ''HockeyNightInCanada'' song.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* "The Song That Goes Like This" from ''{{Spamalot}}'' is largely a spoof of this type of song, as well as AndrewLloydWebber ballads (there's some overlap between them stylistically); "Find Your Grail," meanwhile, plays it 100% straight.
* Most of the ballads in ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'', in particular "This Is the Moment" and "A New Life", seem written ''only'' to be showstopping applause getters.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMBcTGJ4YM "Defying Gravity"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJaZO2nfGg "For Good"]] from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Idina Menzel also recorded a [[RewrittenPopVersion pop single version]] of the former.
* "Say It Somehow" from ''The Light in the Piazza''.
* "Seasons of Love" from ''{{Rent}}'', to the point where the original cast album has, after the show's finale, a version of the song "featuring Stevie Wonder and the cast of ''Rent''."
** Also, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvfsWj__G8M Your Eyes]]", and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9vaiIkFA5I reprise of "I'll Cover You"]], which overlays the chorus of "Seasons of Love" in its last part.
* The incarnation of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YUta_xksiY "Chase The Morning"]] from the 2002 stage play version of ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''. It had to be changed drastically for the film ''because'' it was too much of an Award Bait Song.
* If ever there was a theatrical analogue to Disney, it's AndrewLloydWebber:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-L6rEm0rnY "Memory"]], from ''{{Cats}}''.
** ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has two: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imv-7F8zHy4 "Music of the Night"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2GuK0kshNo "All I Ask of You"]]. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" comes in as a close runner-up, but it stands alone without reprise, whereas the former two are not only called back several times, but run together in the finale.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3JLQXvbApA "Close Every Door"]] from ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat''.
*** Not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpuc2-RUf4s "Any Dream Will Do"]] which even gets a big-finale reprise.
** ''StarlightExpress'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7pBJVAQWYI the Starlight Sequence]] and its titular song, which was turned UpToEleven with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4ZE0rt0YXc the El [=DeBarge=] cover]].
** ''{{Evita}}'' (and {{Madonna}}) give us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Spy3Nd2D6w "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina"]].
* ''Vanities: The Musical'' has three potential candidates: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=317uQH1YoC0 "Looking Good"]], the closing jazz ballad of the Theatreworks and Second Stage productions, as well as the original cast album, includes ThePowerOfFriendship, CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and a triumphant last verse and chorus following a TruckDriversGearChange. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoMAgYmNh0 "Friendship Isn't What It Used To Be"]], although [[LyricalDissonance lyrically darker]], also qualifies. And of course, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwM-toAsrvs Cute Boys with Short Haircuts]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reGP8h5JD-o "The Letter"]] from the elementary school musical ''Freedom Bound'' by Jill and Michael Gallina.
* "Fantasies Come True" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', also doubling as a major TearJerker.
* "Tomorrow" from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
* ''First Date'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0ZdVsBdzc "Things I Never Said"]]; a [[PosthumousCharacter posthumous duet]] with Aaron's late mother, and "Something That Will Last"; Aaron and Casey's romantic finale duet.
* "Somewhere" from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* "Last Midnight" in ''IntoTheWoods'' is a possible example, though it does forward the plot.
* "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Stars" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. The 2012 film versions are especially {{tear jerker}}s.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil has these occasionally, including:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikVL5NV-XfY "Kalimando"]] from ''Mystere'', later [[RecycledSoundtrack reused]] in the film ''Bogus''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhp3lH8u9v8 "Let Me Fall"]] from ''Theatre/{{Quidam}}''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3bNRkl8pJc "Reve Rouge"]] from ''Theatre/LaNouba''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Vxjgjp4HA "Alegria"]] from ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5rWZtI7BMg "Vocea"]] from ''Theatre/{{Varekai}}''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjFT34EtJ-Q "Hope"]] from ''Amaluna''.]
* ''{{Flashdance}}: TheMusical'' has a romance duet of this style titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BCexQVW_xQ "Here And Now"]], which also incorporates a reprise of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48nz3P50BGw "Don't Stop"]]. The BetaCouple also gets one with "Remember Me".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjZo4wTHJUI "You Have Brought Me Love"]], from the [[ScreenToStageAdaptation stage musical adaptation]] of ''SecondhandLions''.
* "Something To Believe In" from Disney's [[ScreenToStageAdaptation stage musical adaptation]] of ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' hits all the major stylistic points, including calm piano opening, synth sparkles and dramatic modulations.
* "Somewhere That's Green" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze2TmFy0bm0 Just One Person]], originating in [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy: The Musical]]. Creator/JimHenson had stated it to be his all time favorite song, so much so, it would eventually go on to be used at [[TearJerker his funeral]].
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* Many SquareEnix games, in a bid to prove that VideoGames are the new movies, have a song like this.
** [[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Simple+And+Clean/2T6fB2?src=5 "Simple and Clean"]] / [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOSNIIx5u_U "Hikari"]] and "[[http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Sanctuary/3WCOf4?src=5 Sanctuary]]" / [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWoJLdXJt0E "Passion"]] (the Japanese versions have different names as well as the entirely different lyrics) from ''KingdomHearts''. Both play in the openings of their respective games ("Simple and Clean" / "Hikari" also appear in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Birth by Sleep''), then have a longer, slower version that plays over the end credits.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuvSDedrtKM "Aria Di Mezzo Carattere"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. It starts as Celes' show-stopping number in the Opera House performance, and then becomes Locke and Celes' love theme, and only grows more and more into award bait along the way.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8uXWMNriio "Eyes on Me"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the TropeCodifier for VideoGames.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77T8CR5arXs "Melodies of Life"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJVvyN3D04 Suteki da ne]]" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4voJjkJevs "1000 Words"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZGriywr8Mg "Kiss Me Good-Bye"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8qtteb9FBY "My Hands"]] from the US version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Performed by the very same Leona Lewis that performed the song "I See You" that was in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The Japanese version got an equally powerful award bait song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TauG36TbeSc Kimi ga Iru Kara]]".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1vd0z3SLYo "New World"]] by Charice, from the English-language version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. The Japanese version of the game got the epic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VoVj_CnfL4 "Yakusoku no Bashou"]] by Mai Fukui.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0KfQmVXbk4 "Lullaby for You"]] from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zRLySWfCAU "Tobikata wo Wasureta Chiisana Tori"]] from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7D0U_RhH-I Small Two of Pieces]]" from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''; which was released a year before VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII and its famous "Eyes on Me".
** The concept reaches its logical conclusion with the albums "Pray" and "Love Will Grow" which consist of nothing but attempts to adapt Final Fantasy songs into this style. Though some of them have little to no connection to the source, such as Matoya's Theme from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' becoming a French song about prince traveling the galaxy...
** Even the MMO isn't immune. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVYhcXmXSB0 Distant Worlds]]'' the end theme from the Chains of Promathia expansion of VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8mmrRl7IQ Why]]" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII CrisisCore''.
** VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV's Love Theme was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5UMohX62kw adapted into this style]] for the game's DS remake.
** ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNGKlkxz968 Somnia Memorias]], a bilingual (spanish and latin) ending song.
** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkKMUrEOnwc Radical Dreamers~ Unstolen Jewel]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYPWuy3SPMY&feature=related Moonless, Starry Night]] from FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles is a nice soft tune about coming home after a long journey with friends.
* ''Crystal Letter'' from ''VideoGame/WildArms5'', and to a lesser extent, ''Wings'' from ''VideoGame/WildArms3''. The latter is less soft and more awesome than most of these songs tend to be.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EerJ5B1IQmQ "Thank You"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG3507ZouB8 "Let's Go On"]] from RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure.
* Even a series like ''AceCombat'' has a few to its credit:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJEpFRCKINU Blue Skies]] from "AceCombat04ShatteredSkies".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrQrkZtg-mo "The Journey Home"]] from ''AceCombat5''.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VELpIlgVDGQ Gravity]]" from ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy''. Although [[http://www.facebook.com/worldofnoel/posts/10150448185273276 the lyrics]] are about the PlayerCharacter's [[LyricalDissonance status as an invincible ace pilot]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYpiZVNggNk A Brand New Day]] from "AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLyKMa3k818 "Dreams Dreams"]], from ''VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams'', qualifies--especially in its remake in the sequel, ''[=NiGHTS=]: Journey of Dreams''.
* FatalFrame has this going for it as well, starting with the second game and the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t28DUfNqTbU 'Chou']] by Amano Tsukiko. This was followed with the rather hauntingly beautiful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOI9Jq8NH9Q&feature=related 'Koe']] from the third game, again performed by Amano; and then the fourth game had TWO of these songs: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Av3xJ5N30&feature=related 'NOISE']] which plays over the end credits on easy/normal difficulty, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OwORC7OArk 'Zero no Chouritsu']] which is the actual 'theme song' of the game.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imgbDRujKlE Tonari Ni...]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnPbLGa7J80 ALIVE]] from [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster iDOLM@STER]] are written in the style of Award Bait Songs.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3DxQ84shnE "I Am the Wind"]] from the end credits of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. It was rather jarring, playing through a gothic-horror-themed {{Metroidvania}} game set in the Victorian era, only to be greeted with a Celine Dion-styled ballad at the end of the game...
** Apparently, the reason that song is in the game is because Yamane had made a friendly bet with Rika Muranaka in 1996 and ''lost''. It's actually pretty funny.
** A patch for the Xbox Live version replaces the song with "Admiration Towards the Clan" from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Lament of Innocence]]'', while the PSP version uses a new song called "Serenade of Sympathy".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmnzrGRxnE4 This song]] from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', especially towards the end. (warning: major spoilers). Its resemblance to 90's Disneyesque ballads was uncanny.
** It packs heavier punch in the original version, since it's more child-like and less like CelineDion. Fitting, since it's mostly about Isara, a little girl who must face the horrors of war.
** Realizing that overuse of this kind of song can quickly lead to {{Narm}}, the ending theme in the sequels are closer to ballads and pops.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDpowHy2QPI "Pollyanna"]] from ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'' is a bit peppier than most {{Award Bait Song}}s, but has perfectly fitting lyrics for the song type. [[http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01545/ This fan-made remix]] only tackles the first bit of the song, but puts it in "true" Award Bait Song mode, complete with synth sparkle.
** It also predates ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' by ''[[OlderThanTheyThink 5 years]]''.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Ih-voTZPA Theme of Love]] also qualifies, especially the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXF0DincgFc vocal version]].
** ''Smiles and Tears'' from VideoGame/EarthBound counts as well, of course, though it didn't have an official vocal version until over a decade after the game's release.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkUBGY5pU3M "Girl in the Tower"]], from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI''. Geez. Were Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle not available, {{Sierra}}? (Note: Video contains lots of Alex and Luna, and no Alexander and Cassima.)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII'' tried again with "Land Beyond Dreams". The FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' got into the act with [[http://www.queststudios.com/quest/kq2rts/wisy.html "When I Saw You".]] Infamous Adventures' FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl2dp0-xTMI "My Way Home"]], while AGDInteractive's remake has "Coming Home". TFhe FanSequel ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'' even throws in with one called "I Will Remember".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6bYHxwJv24 "Sweet Dream"]] / [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1hB8jFRpDc "Sweet Sweet Sweet"]], from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', written by Dreams Come True. Showed up in instrumental chiptune form in the game, then was released on one of DCT's albums with lyrics and live instruments. This latter version was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t36agO2H-ZU remixed]] for the credits of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
** The Sonic series has plenty of examples. Some others include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaUGQ673VbU "My Destiny"]] from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKywKqzp5jM "Worth a Chance"]] from ''SonicAndTheSecretRings'', and, to some extent, "You're My Hero" from the Sega Saturn version of ''Sonic3DBlast'' (the Genesis version just has standard end credits music).
** The verse of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyZAuEG4yho Kusuriyubi no Kesshin]], also by Dreams Come True, is the Star Light Zone theme WithLyrics.
** ''SonicR''[='=]s soundtrack was ''made'' of Award Bait Songs. While they were techno-style, the songs generally fit the mold of this type.
** To an extent, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9zZus_1_ag "Live and Learn"]] from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' would count as well. It's usually counted as one of the best (if not THE best) Crush40 (let alone Sonic) tracks of all time, and, while not particularly "sad" in tone, the lyrics and placement of the song work within [[HeroicSacrifice the context]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath of the ending credits]]
** While not related to the games themselves, the now extinct indoor theme park Sega World Sydney had a horribly cheesy stage show called "Sonic Live In Sydney", obviously geared towards younger children. Of all the songs in that show, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doj5AXP_ULQ "Sonic, Thank You For Being You"]] stands out the most, and has even been used in countless SonicXSally fanvids.
* Although Princess Daisy's theme was short and, well... 8-bit, the official ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' soundtrack expanded it and turned it into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fclon6saw4I an instrumental example of this trope]].
* The credits music from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Super Star'' lacks vocals (obviously, given the SNES's sound limitations), and is about twice the tempo of your average Award Bait Song, but hits pretty much every other aspect on the list.
* "Kokoro" from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkFUrLpd1DM Beyond the Sky]] from ''Xenoblade''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxLbsfXTab4 "Song of Mana"]] from ''LegendOfMana''. A bit more folksy and energetic than most of the songs in this trope, but pulls it off with considerable grace and feasibility. As a song about love, longing and life passion, it avoids being merely an IWantSong by capturing both the motivation and the happy ending of the story. This song is notable for being sung entirely [[GratuitousForeignLanguage in Swedish]] by native Swedish vocalist Annika Ljungberg, but as the crowning song of a game [[NoExportForYou never published in Swedish]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXjaKhGLkXw "The Fate~Cluster Amaryllis"]] from ''ShadowHearts Covenant''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz-jFRuvA2o Le Ali Del Principio]] from ''BatenKaitos Origins''. Notable for being used in not only the end credits, but the incredibly well-done Heart-to-Heart scene and the TrueFinalBoss, yet somehow NOT being an example of SoundtrackDissonance.
** Can be considered a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, as the composer Motoi Sakuraba's then-nine-year-old daughter sung the vocals, making it one of his most personal works.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyCcjWgVX2E&feature=related "Guide You Home"]], from ''[[SpyroTheDragon The Legend of Spyro:]] Dawn of the Dragon''.
** Then there's a darker version of this trope with the ending ballad of ''The Eternal Night'''s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UuezAeuPy0 This Broken Soul]]".
* ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'' ends on the haunting "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FQ-0vqHAro You Were There.]]"
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' has lots of them.
** The Original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6miaTf1gF4g The Best Is Yet to Come.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' has "Can't Say Goodbye To Yesterday".
** ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|Snake Eater}}'' has Star Sailor's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdX7j0w5zj4 Way to Fall]]".
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' has "Here's To You".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBEEKdUYNDw Calling to the Night]]", the ending theme to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps''.
*** The song reappears in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' as one of the background music tracks for Snake's stage, [[SoundtrackDissonance so you can listen to all its heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, sparkly goodness while watching Snake and Pikachu beat the hell out of each other.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQzgI6xJEH0 Heaven's Divide]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI "Still Alive"]] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
** Similarly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVVZaZ8yO6o Want You Gone]] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERyxFfMqDk "Still Alive"]] from ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has "Deadman's Gun" poignantly playing in the end.
* Although ''VideoGame/SimCity'' isn't really much of an emotionally driven game, ''Sim City 4 Rush Hour'' gives us an orchestral version of this trope with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BBEZ_T_3OY ''The Morning Commute'']]. Considering most of the music in the series is either jazz or jazz-inspired, this piece stands out greatly.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', and its sequel, ''Radiant Dawn'', both have songs like this sung over their credits, each representing one of the heron galdrs plot important to the game in question. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_0JfNkcClU Life Returns]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C39CUQtWIzA&feature=related Dawn Awakens]]'', respectively.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' did this as well. Certainly a unique use of this trope, given that the song in question, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoNnx1ttotc Fly With the Breeze]], ''lacks vocals'' - but it hits every other aspect spot-on.
* ''RogueGalaxy'' provides delicious award bait with the end credit song Dreaming My Way Home. Combine it with the scene it first appears in and there won't be a dry eye in the house.
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' plays the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pAb68IUR3E Never More]] over the end credits.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has probably the best example in the series with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhXXJRRHKGw Memories of You]]. Bonus points for the lyrics actually having something to do with the ending.
** {{Persona 2}} is also a possible contender for the best example in the series with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqrAwbK3bU Change Your Way]], the ending song for Eternal Punishment which has lyrics relating to the themes of the game.
* Because the 2009 ''ABoyAndHisBlob'' deliberately set out to emulate a Disney-esque feel, they couldn't let the end credits go without one of these. The ending song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3dXDRqWTKI "Everything to Me"]], is exactly the sort of friendship song that fits best--though a sad sort of one.
* [[RobotUnicornAttack "Always, I wanna be with you, and make believe with you,]] [[{{Erasure}} and live in harmony harmony, oh love..."]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1swdaCuam4 Reset]]" by Ayaka Hirahara from {{Okami}} counts as one. [[TearJerker Oh it does indeed.]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTaZ6jKR2V4 One World]]" From Endless Ocean: Blue World fits this trope perfectly.
* The song "Further" at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is basically this.
* ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'' had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ripBa8Ga8 ''Tsu-ba-sa/Wings'']] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azmm2pN0sfA ''Wind's Nocturne'']], which both falls squarely into this trope. The lyrics of the North American PSX version was even [[{{Woolseyism}} Woolseyised]] to sound like something that was created at Disney. However the North American PSP version was retranslated to keep with the original meaning of the Japanese lyrics. The PSP version also added the obligatory sparkles to Wings.
** The [[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue sequel]] has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYeivB9FMYQ Lucia's Theme]].
* "Fly Me to the Moon" from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''.
* On the topic of Moons, ''Everything's Alright'' from ToTheMoon squarely fits this trope.
* A somewhat odd example from ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. The music piece itself was not written ''for'' the game, but plays at key moments. I am of course referring to Agnus Dei. To re-iterate: It is first played during the epic launch of the Mothership. The second time it accompanies when the player first returns to Kharak and witnesses their burning home (TearJerker right there.). The third and final it plays during the final montage showing the Kushan people returning to their homeworld Hiigara after millennia of exile. After this final piece, progressive rock band Yes' song Homeworld (The Ladder) plays.
* The closing song to the first ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' games as well as the third game closer.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqMk4aollgk You Smiled Kindly]] by the Singer of In Your Belief down below.
* From .hack//LINK ''Stairs of Time'', and ''Deepest Memories'' also qualify.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOnajfUPsL8 Maybe Tomorrow]] from ''Xenosaga III''
* Bizarrely enough, MrDriller: [[NoExportForYou Drill Land]] has one in the form of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFDR9U3SOF4 "Days"]].
* "If you Still Believe" from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''.
* [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia There is a place, made of sweet childhood memories...]]
* For a game built around a soundtrack, VideoGame/HeavyRain did well to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHsk7WPSDu4 "Before the Storm"]] stand out quite as well as it did, introducing a theme to be repeated no end throughout the game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJiHDmyhE1A "Baba Yetu"]], the opening music from [[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization 4]]. Literally Award Bait, as it's the only video game music to have ever been considered for and given a Grammy Award.
* L.A. Noire had "(I Always Kill) The Things I Love" playing in the end credits. This extraordinary piece of jazz fits the game like a glove, and it's a tearjerker too.
* GodsEaterBurst has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLUeowS8VNk "God and Man"]], which played during both end credit sequences, the first without vocals and the second with them.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipdun18P9Mo "The Songless Nightingale"]] from ''MedalOfHonor: Frontline'''s OST doesn't actually appear in the game, although the German drinking song in the Golden Lion pub uses its tune.
* For my money, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_2lcU_dt2E "Fade Away"]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Infamous}} InFamous 2]]'' is a pretty good example, especially given the endings.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvbKNmHEF8 "Heavenly Star"]] by the Genki Rockets, featured in ''{{Lumines}} II'', ''NoMoreHeroes'', and most recently ''ChildOfEden''. Nominated for Best Song at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards.
** Better yet, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYH4JygIioI "Flow"]], the ending credits song to ''ChildOfEden'', although it hasn't won any awards yet. Also somewhat of a TearJerker.
* The Japanese version of ''[[VideoGame/RType R-Type FINAL]]'' had an Award Bait version of Creator/HekiruShiina's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAsQ1OZ7TE "Proud of You."]] The original song is a lot more upbeat and happy, but the one used in ''FINAL'' is a downright TearJerker.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTzBopI2TjE "You and I"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvfhdRVIpx0 "Love Forever"]], both from ''RagnarokOnline''. You won't hear either song anywhere in the game, but they're part of the official soundtrack and have been part of its promotional campaign during the early years.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loTcZHoIYfQ In Your Belief]]" From ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. A beautiful somber song by the singer of Aura's Theme from ''Franchise/DotHack'', Tomoyo Mitani, it manages to be used both for the epic beginning in episode 1, [[spoiler: The [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] second half of episode 12]] and the credits for the end of the final act. [[spoiler: Both of them.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgLBligLJPU Sayonara]], from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', is an instrumental version of this. It plays at the end when N says goodbye to you.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLLAHb4mlgE KISEKI]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has a similar melody to "Sayonara"; even if the lyrics aren't actually sung, they are still shown as what the lyrics would be if you sang along to its melody.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obELLqq-hQo The Look of That Day]], the song that plays over the credits of VideoGame/TalesoftheAbyss, could be considered an instrumental version of this. The song starts with calming piano, but has a buildup into an orchestral end.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oCTru2Uim0 "Remember You"]] from ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution 5th Mix'' (and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YINqotRPQng&feature=related acoustic version]] from ''Extreme PSX JP''), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQl_6Zy3y1s "Be in My Paradise"]] from ''DDR Club Mix'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqHQRX_NQX8 "Graduation"]] from ''DDR Extreme''.
* The ending music from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} 1'' (excluding the PCEngine / TurboGrafx16 CD version), "The Morning Glow", has an award-baiting [[WithLyrics vocal remix]] titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtkolB8D0zI "Endless History"]], that was used for the credits music of the anime adaptation.
* The ending theme of ''DeathSmiles'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-YCA1WXI2s Period]]. The song could be considered [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] or a TearJerker.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has a lot of amazing music, but the "Ballad of the Windfish" from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Ofmt3ZazA sounds magnificent]], especially once you've collected [[PlotCoupon all of the Siren's instruments]].
** Though in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N21htq8lXQ Final Duet with Zelda which contains reprises from all the Lokomos you've met]] leads into the FinalBoss Climax Music. And it's gorgeous.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ReyoNpyrM Ballad of the Goddess]] from ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' could also count.
* ''{{Raiden}} III'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckSWmk_tzpg Fairy]] during its credits, which also recieved a remix on the ''Raiden IV '' OST.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcHXIS-Ij7g Protoman's Theme]] from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'', which was also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NItzNZgBS04 remixed]] for his ending in ''Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters''. Unfortunately, in the former game, the cutscene [[LongSongShortScene ends before the song completes its loop]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMPIo9jo0M Freesia]] from the album ''Remastered Tracks [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Rockman Zero]] Physis'', a remix of the ending of ''Zero 4''.
** Likewise for the ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kduzi0ZyKjY ending theme]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e4Crth_Hb8 Will The Circle Be Unbroken]] from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''. [[spoiler: Especially when one takes the ending into consideration.]] The ''Burial At Sea'' DLC features Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth's VA) singing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka6YEHBtMhc You Belong To Me]] over Episode 2's closing credits.
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' series, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg6wQU1QrKQ Stardust Memory - Place Of Promise]] by Kanako Kondou, the voice actress for the main heroine Noel Vermillion.
* ''TheLastStory'' has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wm4MrwujFU The Flying One]],'' the vocal version of its main theme, which plays over the end credits. It shares a number of stylistic similarities with the end credits songs favored by StudioGhibli, but it's still distinctly Award Bait-y.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCkwAgTcDBw Begin Again]].
* From ''VideoGame/DuckTales'' ''Remastered'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wBtsLditgY The credits version of the Moon theme]] is an intrumental example.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_wkJ377LzU I was born for this]] from ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}''
* ''MaxPayne 2'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLn4_Wz3Tc0 Late Goodbye]] by PoetsOfTheFall.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv8Mde-LXNE I Just Smile]] from ''VideoGame/BurningRangers''.
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou]]'' has Heading For Tomorrow from Zwei.
* ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' has Someday, Under the Moon while the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' has Galaxy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuy_FRk7LNQ "Off to Sleep"]] from ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight.''
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[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* All the ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' games have memorable Ending Songs, but the one that fits the trope out them all is "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9ywNk6Z9GQ Kisetsu o Dakishimete]]", from the [[VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete game of the same name]]. A love ballad sung by Oto Fumi in 1998, it's the only song in the ''Yarudora'' games to have entered the Japanese weekly Oricon charts, reaching the #64 rank and being charted for four weeks.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shclq-bVBwo narcissu ~eon~]]'' has all the trappings of one, despite being the theme for the comparatively small-time VN VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}} 2. Power ballad, check. Sparkly synth, check. Covering a [[RageAgainstTheHeavens theme]] of the game itself, check. Being a TearJerker song [[LyricalDissonance despite the seemingly-hopeful tune]], check.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
!! Disney
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pmps3d6Kiw Beauty and the Beast]]" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''
** "A Change in Me" from the later runs of the Broadway adaptation.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRt5TPszdLc As Long As There's Christmas]] from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'', sung by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack. Was also nominated for an award at the 1998 Annie Awards.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiLduYQ1rsI A Whole New World]]" from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kYo7-iqjxg A Million Miles Away]]", a new addition to the stage musical.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG_0HRYUqyM "Proud of Your Boy"]], a CutSong prior to the musical.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1hcc1QvM2Q Can You Feel the Love Tonight]]" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' continues to recieve radio airplay even to this day.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QVuqxMvpyQ Alternate version]] from a Disney Sing-Along Songs video that was performed in the standard "90s Disney movie duet credits pop song" style, so far it has not shown up on any albums.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ZnCT14nRc Circle of Life]], as well, which still also gets occasional radio airplay.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBa9QlzEWA4 Part Of Your World]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Which almost became a CutSong because ONE boy yawned during the test screening. The director and Howard Ashmen(Executive Producer and Lyricist) fought tooth and nail to keep the sequence, saying it was a bad idea to cut it because of "one snot-nosed brat".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asETg3aAVE0 "If I Never Knew You"]] from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''. Curiously, in the original theatrical version it was only featured during the end credits (the animated sequence didn't perform well with the test audiences); another insert song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbuzskVs6rc Colors of the Wind]] took the Oscar.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxt7rKV3z9c "Someday"]] from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''
** Some would argue that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEEpavnk7Uw&feature=related "God Help The Outcasts"]] is the better AwardBaitSong example even if it didn't get end credit billing. The music got "Best Score" Golden Globe and Oscar nominations but no "Best Song" nods.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6v_gOmVJ4I "Go the Distance"]] from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIVaUcE4kAM You'll Be In My Heart]]" from ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', courtesy of PhilCollins.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bawPIjdGCKo "Reflection"]] from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Although not featured during the credits, the soundtrack album has a cover version by ChristinaAguilera.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpoW0fD60CU&feature=related "Can Somebody Tell Me Who I Am"]] from ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KABHbXaccmI My Funny Friend and Me]]", from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. It's also one of the [[CutSong few songs that actually remains in the movie in some fashion]], being used as the {{Leitmotif}} for the "good" side of Kuzco.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC3PidaLO08 I'm Still Here]]" from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
* Even earlier than the TropeMaker "Somewhere Out There" is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBZ2mV1GwuQ "Candle on the Water"]] from the 1977 Disney film ''Disney/PetesDragon''. It even got an Oscar nomination, but lost to the Award-Bait title tune from ''You Light Up My Life''.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H93uiSYOeOk&feature=channel Never Knew I Needed]]" by Ne-Yo. It's a little more R&B than other examples, but then you hear that ''synthy sparkle''. Ahhh...
* There's no cover of it during the credits, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJFxFZgc_8 "I See The Light"]] from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' certainly counts.
** The UK release ''did'' include a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCadsU20gkI cover of "I See The Light.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq47keWS-TU "I Still Believe"]] from Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistinTime.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZad3r63wAI "Where The Dream Takes You"]] from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0TvoCZJAJI "Look Through My Eyes"]] from ''Disney/BrotherBear''.
* [[http://youtu.be/LqxC0SkKxwI "I Thought I Lost You"]] from ''Disney/{{Bolt}}.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNxXyKjiyoQ "Anytime You Need a Friend"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyfaKhQoq9I "Wherever The Trail May Lead"]] from ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange.''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4NNiTrcizg "When Can I See You Again?"]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', performed by OwlCity. It's a bit more upbeat than most examples, but it's still got plenty of synth...
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk Let It Go"]] from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. The movie version is performed by IdinaMenzel, while the end credits version is sung by Demi Lovato.
* And [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs]], the film that started it all, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bFQUpbNi4M this]].
* "When You Wish Upon A Star" (''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'') was the first Disney song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFN9dFVG2bc&feature=channel_video_title "Someone Like Me"]] from ''[[{{Doug}} Doug's 1st Movie]]'' and ''Theatre/DougLive''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XhufW7-c_k Love Will Find A Way]]" from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''
* ''TheTiggerMovie'' gave us the [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] but still [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming wonderfully beautiful]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3e-cbGEAhg&feature=related "Your Heart Will Lead You Home"]].
** Additionally, ''PoohsGrandAdventure: The Search for Christopher Robin'' gave us "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmLRuAXYHWE Wherever You Are]]".
** And "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKlNAl4ncrE The More I Look Inside]]" from Piglet's Big Movie.
* The Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es, given their origin, actually have a ''whole Award Bait Song of their own''. It's called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtXNNAs9u0M "If You Can Dream"]], and it features the original Princess' voice actors returning to reprise their roles.
** Their new theme song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDUwls5lbf4 "The Glow,"]] is just as award-baity, if not more.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcfbF2qfsxk A Boy Needs a Dog]]" from the feature film of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' is more or less a parody of these types of numbers. Though the mood ''is'' played straight in the reprise (which is not played in the credits, nor nominated for any awards).
* Despite not being a credits song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHrRxQVUFN4 Feed The Birds]] from ''Film/MaryPoppins'' definitely feels like one. Walt Disney's favorite song, he had the Sherman Bro's perform it as much as possible, and [[TearJerker it was even played at his funeral]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6n-eLrth8 Someone's Waiting For You]] from ''Disney/TheRescuers''.

!!Other Examples
Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', another Creator/DonBluth film, had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Z3uT-gGiI "Let me be your wings"]], sung by Barry Manilow and Debra Byrd.
* Barry Manilow does another end-credits cover of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BopT6EmS8k "Now and Forever"]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' with Sheena Easton.
* The awesome songs didn't start with Don Bluth with ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', but rather with his CultClassic gem ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' and the song "Flying Dreams" sung by Music/PaulWilliams. Can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTlRrgE8wWM here]]
* Another Creator/DonBluth example: ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' showed us how to do this right with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGVQJKgqgY8 If We Hold On Together]]". Throughout the film, the song appears as a by-turns plaintive, hopeful, and triumphant instrumental, finally building to Diana Ross' vocal version - over the end credits, naturally.
* Music/MariahCarey and Whitney Houston's "Dueling Divas" collaboration, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxIN79n4jVo "When You Believe"]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''. (The original version of the song that's featured in the movie, is performed by Michelle Pfeiffer and Sally Dworsky.) It won the Oscar over two other examples in the page, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" and "The Prayer".
* Creator/{{Pixar}}, which broke early on from the Disney musical formula and tends to have few (if any) songs in their movies, save for the credits song, often written by Music/RandyNewman:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px0j1EHF8Y0 ''When Somebody Loved Me'']] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', sung by Music/SarahMcLachlan.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd_A2Owv92U ''Our Town'']] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', sung by James Taylor (one of the few songs in the soundtrack that's not a cover).
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTQD0weUTF8 Down To Earth]]'', by Peter Gabriel, from ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''. (lost to ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'', whose two songs surprisingly didn't cancel each other out like ''Enchanted'''s three)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtT3xSSKmMQ ''Father and Daughter'']] from ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys [[TheMovie Movie]]'' by Paul Simon. Yes, ''[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel that]]'' Paul Simon.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV1K3FE1f8c A Dream Worth Keeping]]" from ''WesternAnimation/FernGully: The Last Rainforest''. A little unusual in that it appeared during a lovey-dovey sequence in the movie and was ''not'' reprised over the end credits.
* Played painfully straight by "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_yL1apnKE Far Longer Than Forever]]" from ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', which rips off "Beauty and the Beast" to the point that they almost have the same melody on their respective title lines. There's another award bait song over the end credits, "Eternity", performed (in English) by the Japanese group Dreams Come True.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDNLaBDivo&feature=related Magic of Love]]" from ''The Swan Princess 2.''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' has two: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDbvjqRuMTA Journey to the Past]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLfFOCfAlIc At The Beginning]]". And, arguably, a third: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wg22bwH0WU Once Upon a December]]" (though some would argue that's more of a bonus IWantSong).
* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' took this one on with Satan's big ballad, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnjmykNSF6g&feature=relmfu "Up There"]], which specifically lampoons "Part of Your World" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and "Out There" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** A more traditional example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RDawsvEh_Q "Through the Eyes of a Child"]], played over the end credits. It's performed by Michael [=McDonald=] (of the Doobie Brothers) for an extra parody kick. ("Sure, life is kinda gay/But it doesn't seem that way/Through the eyes of a child...")
** Ironically, it was "Blame Canada" that was nominated for the Oscar... and it lost to the aforementioned "You'll Be In My Heart". [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Matt and Trey]] did not react to this well...
*** The nomination of "Blame Canada" over the more normal OscarBait option of "Up There" is even funnier given that the latter is about the only song in the entire movie lacking profanity. The idea of "Blame Canada" even being performed at the Oscars was a bit controversial back in 2000 with some of the content. And Creator/RobinWilliams was equally awesome and hilarious singing it!
-->'''Creator/RobinWilliams:''' ''Because when Canada is gone, there'll be no more Music/CelineDion!''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82oVuAZIZUs Dreams To Dream"]] from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West''.
* Even earlier than most of these examples--in fact, even earlier than the TropeMaker--is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teQsl2CQAOw&feature=related "We've Made It To the Top"]] from the 1980 animated movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}''.
* While not an original song (and thus ineligible for Award Bait), the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' uses Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (as performed by John Cale) as its AwardBaitSong.
** That said, ''Shrek'' actually ''does'' have an original AwardBaitSong, it's just mostly on the soundtrack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmizRH3hfYQ "It Is You"]], which also uses the tune of the movie's instrumental theme, TrueLovesKiss.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJJxbQVnVe8 "I Never Even Told You"]] is really quite good.
* Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK5VulNn3so The Prayer]] from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''. Nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe.
* Renée Fleming's beautiful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTy0sOb3nsI "Still Dream"]] from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi6UwjKh71M "Reach For The Light"]] by Steve Winwood.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' arguably has several of these, but there are two that fit best- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkDohByYhIw "Here I Am"]], which is both the opening song as well as playing over the credits, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8bH1WjhekU "I Will Always Return"]], which plays as the finale of the movie. And to top it off, BOTH are sung by Bryan Adams.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM_k3XU65Rs Still]]" from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dqMP3ao83g Whatever You Imagine]]" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster''.
** What? No mention of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnCM1lcV_m4 Dream Away]]", the song that played before it in the end credits?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnJPUThNfq8 "Once Upon a Time With Me"]] from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' ended on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq3-njhxFKI "Love Survives".]] While the song is a TearJerker on its own, it's even ''worse'' if you know the RealitySubtext: It was dedicated to Judith "[[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Ducky]]" Barsi, who was murdered by her father.
** From it's sequel, ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven 2'', there's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKTisJ0guJc&feature=related I Will Always Be With You]]."
* The first ''Rugrats'' lacked this, but not the [[WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis second film]], giving us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C-v1BxkIW4 "When you love"]] by Sinead O'Connor! (Didn't get nominated, and at least one newspaper review even expected it to be [[AwardSnub snubbed]] for the above mentioned ''Grinch'' song, which also wasn't nommed either.)
** Music/DavidBowie had actually written ''Safe'' (the B-side for his 2002 single ''Everyone Says 'Hi' '') for the first movie, but its removal (presumably) resulted in the first movie's lack of an AwardBaitSong.
*** Seriously? Does nobody remember [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwcYgnzjgM "Take me there"!?]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MODq81_cDKI Bright Eyes]]", from ''Literature/WatershipDown'', sung by [[SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]]. Also a TearJerker on several levels (it was originally written for a cancer patient), and in the actual film sequence the DisneyAcidSequence.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inrfvsVGMGg&feature=related If]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBZLrf2LxZE&NR=1 Only]]" from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Mayhem Of The Music Meister!".
* The upcoming ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' movie seems to be an AffectionateParody of the Disney animated musical. So far we've seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcbazH6aE2g "Part Of Your World"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFdLtoKQ7HU&feature=channel "A Whole New World"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-sC33vB5M "Believe"]], from ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-0KqJ5-85E What If]]" from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol: The Movie'', sung by Creator/KateWinslet.
* [[WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn The notorious Titanic cartoon]] just wouldn't be a complete knockoff of the James Cameron hit without its own sappy ballad, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_OgED1oipQ Holding Me]] delivers.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozdXAw-FO-c&feature=related Always Come Back To You]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheNutcrackerPrince''.
* Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling that insisted on [[{{Disneyfication}} shoehorning the movie into a Disney formula]], the theatrical cuts of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' contain not one but two of these: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnGAkNH5aVs&feature=relmfu "Am I Feeling Love?"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvnXY7OICQE&feature=related "It's So Amazing"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itOZsFQ7qds Do I Miss You?]]" which is on par with the rest of the movie (i.e., not good).
** " [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jPuqczIrg0 All In How Much We Give]]" is a closer example of this, and significantly better the aforementioned song
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75rrBWmbGh4 "Show Me the Light"]] from ''Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie''. Sung by the team from ''Film/DirtyDancing'' (Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes).
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQvbJ-spKuU There's Always Tomorrow]]" from the [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer original 1964 stop-motion TV special]].
* The theme song to the English dub of ''WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM5QmwbmwL8&feature=related Love Is The Reason]]" from ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5p5dDY5rMM My Kingdom of The Heart]]" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea.''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry1DdghJkD4&feature=related In Your Arms]]" from ''The Scarecrow.''
* Hell, '''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''' had one. [[note]] Or at least a parody.[[/note]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxiaB2YTrs This Grill is Not a Home]]".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggi2NgyHS8o "All You Need Is Friendship"]] is a straight example.
* This trope is also parodied in the Mexican animated movie ''[[Franchise/ElSantos El Santos Contra La Tetona Mendoza]]'' with the theme song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vnFjWs9Qks&feature=channel&list=UL Zombilaridad]], (Zombie-larity, in Spanish), who is a parody of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc4_t9eRNn8 Solidaridad]], a propaganda song used by the PRI (the political party who ruled Mexico for 70 years) in the 90s.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' has two, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzzkrwWbVHU Our Time Has Come]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9vZYYRarQ0 I Do Believe]]", the former being a reprise of an upbeat version appearing in the opening credits.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNd7YCB0E7o Shine]]" from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIr2GlNoGGA "Love Is in Bloom,"]] from the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' Appropriately, a Disneyish season finale ends with a Disneyish song.
** The Season 3 finale, which is also a MusicalEpisode, has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3gWWDajE34 "I've Got to Find A Way"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-xZ1gp9X84 "Celestia's Ballad"]].
** Season 4's finale does it again with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fphUZV7dKUw "You'll Play Your Part"]] in Part 1, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoBdr2JBjxs "Let The Rainbow Remind You"]] in Part 2. Especially the former, with its Disney-esque instrumentation and lyrics.
** The tie-in movie ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'' has the end credits song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr6cDsySlEc&feature=kp "A Friend For Life"]], sung by ''Canadian Idol'' Season 2 semifinalist Jerrica Santos, who later sang as Torch Song in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXw6T-Nlstc "Find the Music In You"]] from ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli Filli Vanilli]]''.
* Celine Dion's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn-NDxxPJuU Let your heart decide]]" from ''Astérix and the Vikings''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3gRigF1TIA Heaven Is]]" by Al Jarreau from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage''.
* The German version of ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' has the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XwBtvPoZ1o "Something More Than Friends"]] sung by an unknown duet.
* In America, ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' doesn't have an awards bait song but in Japan they have [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5mhho_yy-hitoshizuku-zone-lyrics_music?search_algo=2 Hitoshizuku]] by Zone.
* Also, in Britain, ''Ice Age 2'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77qeVPIYZmY Real Love]] by Lee Ryan.
* "It's All Too Much," which caps off the animated part of ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. While the song itself didn't get any Grammy nods, the movie's soundtrack did get nominated for Outstanding Original Score for Motion Picture or Television.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-MUYfx6QN0 Somewhere Out of the Blue]]
* "What We Gonna Do?" and "Do the Right Thing" from ''The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Movie''. They both are very upbeat and catchy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes Secretly"]] from ''TheBFG: TheMovie''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcWxiSUf6tw "Nothing Can Stop Us Now"]] from the 1991 animated adaptation of ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q6rwP8u8EM "Touch The Sky"]] by Wonderwall, from the 2004 film ''Animation/LaurasStar''. On a ''somewhat'' lesser scale, the song that plays over the GoodTimesMontage, "Stay."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_d0blzaSHI "Don't You Worry,"]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuC31QR1zvo It was also dubbed into English,]] performed by James Ingram and Oleta Adams.
** The original German version also had an AwardBait cover of an earlier song,[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=468ROeIf9Yw "What Can Go Wrong?"]]
* The ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' 2006 movie has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqUdI4AIDF0 "Upside Down,"]] by Jack Johnson.
* ''TheWildThornberrys Movie'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQPSoRFdwg "Father and Daughter"]]. Which was nominated for best original song, but it didn't win.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0315000/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4 El Cid: La Leyenda]]'', a Spanish animated movie, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3odaFE7vXI "The Power of a Broken Heart"]] (there are versions in both Spanish and English).
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419704/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Donkey Xote]]'', more Spanish fare, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fcq2dpPuKM "Dónde Están Mis Sueńos"]], a more energetic example of this trope.
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* Disney loves this trope ''soooooo'' much, that they finish [[DisneyThemeParks EPCOTs]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Big Damn Pyrotechnics Show]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB36HWWsePY Illuminations: Reflections of Earth]]'' with one of these.
** This trope extends into the other parks, at the Magic Kindgom its in the form of a duet reprise of the song Wishes played after the fireworks show of the same name, and at the Beauty and the Beast Show at Disneys Hollywood Studios guests exit the show while the Celine Dion version plays.
** If you visit a Disney Theme Park during a MilestoneCelebration, and decide to buy one of the soundtracks the gift shops are selling, expect it to include a brand-new Award Bait Song. One example includes "Remember the Magic", sung by Brian [=McKnight=] and written for Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary. A rewritten version now plays during the "Believe...in Holiday Magic" fireworks show. Disneyland's 50th brought "Remember When", sung by [=LeAnn=] Rimes and written by Richard Marx. The latter song plays after the "Remember...Dreams Come True" fireworks show, and was sung live at the park by Rimes on May 5th, 2005.
** Naturally, World of Color has its own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqCaZbZjoA song]] with all sugary-sweetness we expect and love from Disney. (Although the portion played during the finale sounds less like an Award Bait Song.)
** Hell, Disney is so in love with this trope that for a while ''Space ''Mountain'''' had its own Big Damn Bronze-Age Disney Style Award-Baiting Exit Tunnel Power Ballad. Something surprisingly moving about believing in dreams and reaching for the stars. Not to be outdone, Mission: Space has a similar theme song, entitled "Destiny", about courage and hope and whatnot.
* Award Bait Songs were so pervasive that in 2003, the Academy revised the rules. Nominees must be written specifically for the film and occur during the main action or as the first song in the credits. A later revision is that only two songs are eligible per movie (''Beauty and the Beast'', ''The Lion King'', ''Dreamgirls'', and ''Enchanted'' had hogged the categories with three nominations each prior to this; the last two actually ''lost'' the category presumably due to vote splitting).
* In the '90s, a pair of artists and a composer created an internet poll to gauge people's opinions of various musical elements. Then, based on the data gathered, they created [[http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/04/a-scientific-at/ "The Most Unwanted Song"]], filled with the most unpopular elements on the survey, and [[http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/05/survey-produced/ "The Most Wanted Song"]], filled with the most popular. The latter is total award bait.
* ''JustForFun/DisneysAnneFrank'' has "Living Free (Until the Nazis Find Us Again)" and "The World I See (from My Secret Window)". However, the songs haven't been recorded since its release [[NoExportForYou so you can't hear it]] [[note]]because this is an imaginary film[[/note]].\

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