Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.
So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)
103. “We Know the Way,” from Moana
This is one of those songs Disney got you to pre-like by using it in their advertising. It was already in your head before you saw this scene. But it also goes to show you the strength of the song that it can do that. It become synonymous with all the music from the film, in a way. It’s really well-written, and I love that the entire first verse is in Samoan. It shows a real respect and inspiration from the culture that’s central to the film, which you don’t always get from Disney. All the songs from this film are beautiful and brilliantly done, and this is central among them.