Forty-nine songs will vie for the best original song at the 81st Academy Awards on February 22.

The original songs and the film in which they appear are listed below
in alphabetical order by song title:

Another Way To Die Quantum Of Solace
Barking At The Moon Bolt
The Boys Are Back High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Broken And Bent Role Models
By The Boab Tree Australia
The Call The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Can I Have This Dance High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Chase The Morning Repo! The Genetic Opera
Chromaggia Repo! The Genetic Opera
The Code Of Life My Dream
Code Of Silence Save Me
Count On Me The Women
Di Notte The Lodger
Djoyigbe Pray The Devil Back To Hell
Down To Earth WALL-E
Dracula's Lament Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Drive Fuel
Forever They Killed Sister Dorothy
High School Musical High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Gran Torino Gran Torino
I Thought I Lost You Bolt
I Want It All High School Musical 3: Senior Year
In Rodanthe Nights In Rodanthe
It Ain't Right Dark Streets
Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire
Just Getting Started High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Just Wanna Be With You High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Little Person Synecdoche, New York
The Little Things Wanted
A Night To Remember High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Nothing But The Truth Nothing But The Truth
Now Or Never High School Musical 3: Senior Year
O Saya Slumdog Millionaire
Once In A Lifetime Cadillac Records
Right Here Right Now High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Right To Dream Tennesee
Rock Me Sexy Jesus Hamlet 2
Scream High School Musical 3: Senior Year
The Story My Blueberry Nights
Sweet Ballad Yes Man
Too Much Juice Dark Streets
The Traveling Song Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Trouble The Water Trouble The Water
Up To Our Nex Rachel Getting Married
Walk Away High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Waterline Pride And Glory
The Wrestler The Wrestler
Yes Man Yes Man
Zydrate Anatomy Repo! The Genetic Opera

On January 6 the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.

A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any film. If more than two songs from a film are in contention, the two songs with the most votes will be the nominees.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.