Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #4 – “I’ll Never Love Again,” from A Star Is Born


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.

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