This was probably the list I was most excited to create when I came up with the idea of all these ‘Decade’ lists. It’s the most immediately gratifying. The songs are all right there to listen to and appreciate.
One of my favorite things to do each year (before they tried to take it away from us with that shortlist bullshit) was go through the list of all the eligible songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars and then figure out which ones I liked best. So I already had a giant pool of songs to work from, and then all I had to do was go in and look for any others that may have not been submitted or eligible, etc. And after that it was just making a playlist and figuring out what order they were going in. Which, I’ve gotta tell you, if you’ve never tried it… do it. It’s great. This is now a playlist on my phone that I listen to occasionally because it’s just great songs from movies.
Anyway, this is a list of my 200 favorite original songs from the decade in film. I was pleased that I could get to 200 here because there actually were that many (and more) that I liked enough to deem worthy of one of these lists. We’re gonna post it in chunks of ten, the way we’ve posted all the other lists. Only this one has been slowly been rolled out over the past couple of months, one each day. So really this is just cleaning all that up and putting it all in one place.
So here are my favorite original songs from the films of 2010-2019: (more…)
16. “Never Enough,” from The Greatest Showman
And we’ve reached our final Greatest Showman song. It’s not the one you’d think it would be, is it? But you know what? This is the most powerful song in the film and the one that’s gonna be able to stand on its own. If someone sang this just at a concert or in another movie, sans the context of this film, it would work. It’s an amazing song. And it’s just a towering vocal performance from Loren Allred. It’s actually a showstopper in the movie. You see this moment happen and you’re just awestruck. I mean, sure, it’s not the kind of song that character would have sung in the moment, but who cares — because the way she sings it and the strength of the lyrics and instrumentation just take your breath away. I can’t even pretend like this isn’t my favorite song from this entire soundtrack. It’s absolutely incredible.