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…)
7. “PBNJ,” from Patti Cake$
This is the big song from the film, and it’s the one that perfectly encapsulates the joy of watching the film. It’s this film’s version of ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp’. You watch these misfits come together to work on music, and this is the song they put together. And you see them slowly put it together, element by element, even using Patti’s grandmother to do the hook. How can you not groove along to this song when it comes on? And Danielle Macdonald’s vocals are really smooth, and then there’s that ’99 Problems’ rock beat behind it that. It’s an incredible song. Definitely one of the catchiest of the decade, and one of those you can listen to as just a song and forget it’s part of a movie.