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…)
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #8 – “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” from La La Land
8. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” from La La Land
This is the most striking song in the film. Because it’s pure performance, and acts as the climactic moment for this character fully coming into her own. But what I love is that Chazelle does these amazing things with the other songs — the dancing on the freeway, the crazy party stuff, the early morning horizon dancing, the observatory stuff, the finale fantasy sequence — but here, he strips it all down and simply turns down the lights and lets Emma Stone shine. And while “City of Stars” is the signature song for the film and is rightly the one that won all the awards, this is the song that is the best in the film. It’s also a song that stands for all the themes in the film. “Here’s to the one’s who dream” — it’s a song for anyone who has these crazy ideas and notions and wants to follow them. It’s an amazing film moment and an amazing piece of songwriting that perfectly captures all the magic inside this film. Though admittedly — that has to be the weirdest audition ever. Someone just breaking into song and manipulating the power in the room like that. Crazy that she still got the part after all that.