January 30, 2017 02:07 PM

It’s the battle over which song will get stuck in your head first.

From two of Hollywood’s top leading actors to a proven pop star and a Broadway sensation, the competition for this year’s Oscar for Best Original Song is stiffer than ever.

Listen to the nominees for Best Original Song below and decide for yourself who should take home the prize.

La La Land – “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Scoring a total of 14 record-tying nominations, La La Land managed to nab two nods in the Best Original Song category. Both feature music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In “Audition,” Emma Stone shows off her vocal skills singing the ballad about chasing dreams.


Trolls – “Can’t Stop the Feeling

Justin Timberlake teamed up with hitmaker Max Martin to help write the catchy pop tune. The song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Timberlake’s fifth No. 1 as a solo artist.


La La Land – “City of Stars

The endearing duet between Stone and Ryan Gosling is a top contender to win the Oscar due to its star power and its significance to the film: This unofficial theme song runs throughout the duration of the movie and was featured in the first trailer. There’s even a version of it hummed by Stone, which plays over the film’s closing credits.


Jim: The James Foley Story – “The Empty Chair” 

Sting recorded this piano ballad to pay tribute to James Foley, a journalist killed by ISIS in 2014.

“[J. Ralph] invited me down to his studio in Chinatown and showed me the film, which devastated me, and then he said, ‘Would you write a song with this musical setting I’ve done?’ ” Sting told Deadline. “I said, ‘I don’t think I can. It’s too devastating.’ ”


Moana – “How Far I’ll Go

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the lyrics and melody of the empowering tune sung in the film by Auli’i Cravalho, and in a pop version by Alessia Cara. Miranda’s nomination for the song brings him one step closer to claiming the coveted EGOT title. The elite club of performers features those who have won all four major entertainment awards — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. The acclaimed performer is also on the cusp of history, as he would be the youngest person to earn the title should he clinch an Oscar.


Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Academy Awards. While this will be his first time as Oscars emcee, Kimmel has hosted several major awards shows in the past — including last year’s Emmys.

The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

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