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…)
9. “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana
This is your classic Disney princess song. Every princess has one, and the films with the best music often have this exact song. “Belle”; “Part of Your World”; “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”; “Just Around the Riverbend”; “Reflection” — you get the idea. They have that song that tells you their desires and dreams that they hope will come true. And, because it’s Disney, they do come true by the end of the film.
This song ranks among all those others as one of the best the studio has ever written. This tells you everything — “I want to be a good daughter and shepherd to my people… but something’s calling me out there on the ocean. And one day, I’m gonna find out what that is, and nothing’s gonna stop me.” It’s all there. This is classic Disney.