Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #110 – “Why Did You Do That?” from A Star Is Born


110. “Why Did You Do That?” from A Star Is Born

Ah, there it is. I feel like at least a couple of people were wondering when/if this song would appear on this list. And I’ll be honest… I was one of those people. I didn’t know if it was gonna make it on. But you know what? This song accomplishes exactly what it needs to. In the film, it’s the moment where the audience (and Bradley Cooper) realizes, “Oh, she’s sold out her talent just to be famous.” Not that it’s a bad song… it’s just that kind of song. And we all get that in the moment. The lyrics are so immediately on point and memorable that even later in the bathtub scene when he goes, “Why’d you come around me with an ass like that” you know exactly what he’s saying and what he means by it. And that’s the beauty of this song. Because it’s catchy. I had the hook stuck in my head for like a month after I saw the movie. And as much as the song represents the part of the character we don’t want (well… maybe some people do), it’s a great song. There’s really not a single bad song in this entire movie.

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