190. “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey
That’s right. A song from Fifty Shades of Grey made the list.
The real question we should be asking is — why did they go all out on this soundtrack? (I guess because they didn’t put the money into actually making the film any good?)
This song is all about the beat, plus you have the Weeknd’s nice vocals over it. It’s a nice juxtaposition and turns into a nice song.
Fun story: the week before the Oscars for this year (where he was nominated), he was on the lot where I used to work (where a lot of musicians tend to come while they’re in town). And I had no idea who he was past the fact that I knew he was nominated for this song. I knew nothing else he’d ever recorded (and still really don’t. Maybe I’ll recognize a title or two, but that’s about it). So I look out the window of my office and say to the other people in it, “Who’s that dude outside with the weird hair?” And the go, “Mike, that’s The Weeknd.” I had no idea.
Anyway, this is a nice song.