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…)
4. “I’ll Never Love Again,” from A Star Is Born
This is her Whitney moment. This is her ‘I Will Always Love You’. It’s a perfect way to end the film, the musical version of ‘This is Mrs. Norman Maine’. And it’s the moment where she fully comes into her own (hence that last shot). But aside from how amazingly the song is written and how perfect it is for the moment, the vocals are just out of this world great. This is truly her doing that Whitney Houston type vocal (just listen to it and imagine it being Whitney. It’s really not hard to do), and you never hear Gaga do that sort of stuff, which makes the song stand out even more. And what the film does that really just rips your heart out is do that cut to Cooper singing the song with her at home, which, normally I’d get upset that you took Gaga’s vocals away for a moment, but goddamn does that just destroy you when you see it. Honestly, you could make a case that this is the best song in the film and I certainly would not argue that fact.