158. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Ted
I’ll say it every time about Seth MacFarlane… he is committed to music. I don’t know how or why he chose a jazz tune with Norah Jones singing to be the opening credits to his movie, but hey, that’s cool. It’s a fun song. It’s almost too good for the movie. It’s this really pleasant, happy tune, and here we are watching him getting arrested for having mushrooms underneath it. But hey, the song is the song.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #159 – “Memories,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
159. “Memories,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ah, yes, our first Spider-Verse song. Don’t worry, there will be quite a few of these on the list. They did a lot of things right with this movie, but one thing they did very right was this soundtrack. I don’t know whose idea it was to do the old school 90s hip hop soundtrack, but it’s a great idea. This and Black Panther did the same thing, and this one did it better. That one had higher-named talent on it and probably more money, but this one has the higher ration of great songs.
This one in particular is just a smooth ride. This is almost the Lite FM of hip hop songs, the way it washes over you. You could just have this on in the living room and just groove along to it. Or like, in the office. It’s just a nice, easy listen. Which is awesome.
160. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman
It’s just an upbeat, lovely song. Part of the charm is that he wrote it for his own biopic and sings it with the actor who plays him in the movie. It is trading a bit off “I’m Still Standing,” since he’s basically trying to do the same thing in a different way, but hey — a fun song’s a fun song.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #161 – “We Are Sex Bob-Omb,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
161. “We Are Sex Bob-Omb,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
This is the opening credits song and is just perfect. This is exactly what it needed to be and really gets you amped for the rest of this movie. I can still remember seeing these opening credits in the theater for the first time, as the camera pulls all the way back up the living room and behind the couch. It just brings you all in on the movie in the best possibly way.
162. “Ryan’s Song,” from Boyhood
Another song that’s hugely underrated from this decade. People forget that Ethan Hawke writes/sings two songs in this movie, and they’re both wonderful. They’re similar, but they’re definitely separate entities. This is the second song he sings in the movie, after he’s settled down and gotten remarried. And it’s a lovely song, bolstered by the fact that Hawke wrote it and sung it himself.
163. “Strange Love,” from Frankenweenie
I love that Karen O is someone that contributes songs to movies. I have to assume that all started with Spike Jonze having her do the soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are (which is great, by the way), and then she did “Immigrant Song” with Trent Reznor for the opening credits of Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo remake. But then right after that (and before Her, of course) she did this, a really nice little song for Frankenweenie, which I think a lot of us forgot actually came out.
It’s weird that Tim Burton got to turn one of his first shorts into a feature, but hey, we got a pretty decent movie and a really cool song from it that just feels like a nice montage song between a man and his undead dog.
164. “I’ll Fight,” from RBG
You want to make sure your overly earnest, borderline hokey song lands? Give it to Jennifer Hudson to sing. It almost doesn’t matter what the lyrics are, she’ll make it sound great. Move this song about an inch to the right or left, and it’s awful. But this — I’ll take this.