96. “OYAHYTT,” from Sorry to Bother You
I’m pretty sure everyone is at least partially aware of this one. It was all over the advertising for this movie, which felt like it was everywhere around the time the film came out. It’s catchy as shit, this song. And yes, in case you didn’t realize it, the title is short for “Oh yeah, alright, hell yeah, that’s tight.” It’s all about the instrumentation for this one, but also… it fits the film. It just sort of encapsulates the entire film in my mind. It’s a pretty unforgettable melody that makes you want to get up and party. Hard not to put it on this list.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #97 – “Hollywood Ending,” from Anna and the Apocalypse
97. “Hollywood Ending,” from Anna and the Apocalypse
Aww yeah, baby. Our first Anna and the Apocalypse song. For those who don’t know what it is, the simplest way to put it is — Shaun of the Dead with show tunes. That’s the film. It’s a zombie musical. In fact, it’s based on a short film called… Zombie Musical. And it’s so much fun. This song is sort of the refrain throughout the film. It shows up near the beginning and then closes out the film in a reprise. It’s the song, if you will. Every musical sort of has their one ‘big’ song. This is the one for this film. It’s basically their way of saying, “Look, things don’t always work out well,” which allows for the characters to be eaten by zombies throughout it. But the songs in it are really good. And it’s one of those nice little gems that’s just out there for those who like a little song and dance with their flesh-eating zombies.
98. “Moonfog,” from The Beach Bum
Oh god, do I love this song. I got so happy in the theater when Jimmy Buffet was on Snoop Dogg’s — I’m sorry… Lingerie’s — boat and improvising/writing this song about Moondog. And then for the full song to be the end credits song — it’s really the best payoff you can get in a movie like this. It’s so perfect for everything this movie is and what it aspires to be. I know not everyone’s into the whole Jimmy Buffet, Parrothead thing (they’re like Juggalos but in khakis and Hawaiian shirts, for those of you who don’t know what that means), but man, isn’t this just such a great song to groove along to? The man definitely knows how to give you that lazy beach feeling, doesn’t he?
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #99 – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
99. “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ah, yes. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Sneaky choice, I know. But also… how many more memorable songs out there are there than this one? You start this movie that you thought was gonna be a miniseries but instead becomes an anthology film, and then here we are with this opening segment that’s just hilarious. And then all of a sudden, after a shootout, this dude just starts singing. And it’s completely ridiculous and hilarious. But then the movie goes all in on the song, which makes the whole thing even better. The beautiful thing about this song is how completely straight the whole thing is played, even though they’re dragging one guy’s corpse out of the street as his soul floats away into heaven, singing this song. It’s incredible.
100. “Remember Me,” from Coco
This is the flashy version of the song, but I much prefer the later version, that Miguel sings to his grandmother at the end of the film. Still, it’s a very well-written song and my only real gripe with it is that it’s so short. I kinda wish there were more to it. But still, as it stands, it’s a very great song that serves a very important function within its film, which you can’t say for a lot of original film songs out there.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #101 – “Feels Like Summer,” from Shaun the Sheep Movie
101. “Feels Like Summer,” from Shaun the Sheep Movie
I don’t remember much about the actual film — like most Aardman movies, I forget a lot of the plots and think they’re generally just kind of pleasant without loving them all that much — but I do remember this song. This plays a couple of times throughout the film, and each time I head it, my ears perked up, because it’s just a catchy, lovely song. It’s like a later Beach Boys song, or like a That Thing You Do kinda one-hit wonder song. It’s quite literally a song that feels like summer, and it’s really well done.
And also, how fitting that today, for a lot of people, is the actual beginning of their summer.
103. “We Know the Way,” from Moana
This is one of those songs Disney got you to pre-like by using it in their advertising. It was already in your head before you saw this scene. But it also goes to show you the strength of the song that it can do that. It become synonymous with all the music from the film, in a way. It’s really well-written, and I love that the entire first verse is in Samoan. It shows a real respect and inspiration from the culture that’s central to the film, which you don’t always get from Disney. All the songs from this film are beautiful and brilliantly done, and this is central among them.