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…)
3. “Let It Go,” from Frozen
It’s a showstopper. I know we’ve all heard this song to death and some people might not yet be past that threshold of being able to listen to it again. But even so, there’s no denying the strength of this song. I remember watching the film for the first time and almost having to stop watching after this happened because I was so full of emotion after this song. It’s really due to the entire film up to this point, which was just so much better than I ever thought possible, and this moment is a real culmination. It is the showstopper number, where you almost have to go to intermission afterward, because it’s just such an amazing piece of work. Plus, it’s a great moment for the character, finally deciding to be herself and not hide who she is anymore. There’s really not much more I need to add to this one. If you’re ranking the best original songs of the decade and get to this in the top five, most people will go, “I get it.” That’s the kind of song this is.