Posts tagged “Favorite Original Songs of the Decade

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (130-121)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #13 – “Always Remember Us This Way,” from A Star Is Born

 

13. “Always Remember Us This Way,” from A Star Is Born

I’m truly in awe of how good all the songs in this movie are. This song in particular is a really important one for the relationship between the two characters. You see her writing the lyrics at one point, and then this is the first time we see it get played. Plus you get the intro of him surprising her and telling he she’s gonna play it, mixed with the first time him telling her he loves her. It’s a huge moment in the film. And visually, as she plays it, it’s the first time her ‘star’ overtakes his. Because “Shallow” is sort of the birth moment where the light goes on. But this is the first time where she really becomes the star and he gets relegated to the sidelines.

Plus, the song is just incredible. It’s just impeccably written and performed. And those vocal runs — my god. I must have said this about a dozen times now for the songs in this movie, but truly… every single one of those songs would probably have been the Best Original Song Oscar winner for the year. I’ve never seen a movie with this many incredible original songs in it.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (140-131)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #14 – “Another Day of Sun,” from La La Land

 

14. “Another Day of Sun,” from La La Land

We’re double dipping on La La Land songs. I’d be derelict in my duties if this didn’t make the top 15. In terms of pure music moments from this past decade, this is one of the five most memorable, if not #1. Starting the film in this traffic jam and suddenly turning it into one of the most vividly choreographed musical numbers in film history is just incredible. Seeing this movie for the first time, having no real idea what I was in for, this number took all the air out of the room. You just couldn’t believe what you were seeing. This is a straight showstopper on its own. If this were just a ten minute short on its own, it would have won an Oscar by itself. It’s that well done. And the song is really good — it’s a chorus of all the dreamers in LA, before we focus on two of them in particular. It’s the perfect way to set the tone for everything that’s to come in this movie.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (150-141)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #15 – “Start a Fire,” from La La Land

 

15. “Start a Fire,” from La La Land

This song is just so fucking good. What’s great about it is, it’s supposed to be the moment in the film where Ryan Gosling has sold out, given up his jazz ambitions for a ‘pop’ group. Problem is, this song is amazing. They stop the film just to give you this number, and it totally works. I know we’re supposed to want him to not make this kind of music, but shit, this song is so good… I’d be fine if he kept going.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (160-151)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #16 – “Never Enough,” from The Greatest Showman

 

16. “Never Enough,” from The Greatest Showman

And we’ve reached our final Greatest Showman song. It’s not the one you’d think it would be, is it? But you know what? This is the most powerful song in the film and the one that’s gonna be able to stand on its own. If someone sang this just at a concert or in another movie, sans the context of this film, it would work. It’s an amazing song. And it’s just a towering vocal performance from Loren Allred. It’s actually a showstopper in the movie. You see this moment happen and you’re just awestruck. I mean, sure, it’s not the kind of song that character would have sung in the moment, but who cares — because the way she sings it and the strength of the lyrics and instrumentation just take your breath away. I can’t even pretend like this isn’t my favorite song from this entire soundtrack. It’s absolutely incredible.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (170-161)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (180-171)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #17 – “Writing’s On the Wall,” from Spectre

 

17. “Writing’s On the Wall,” from Spectre

Honestly, the only negative thing I can say here is that it’s a shame we’ve only had a chance at two Bond songs this decade. But man, that franchise always delivers (well, Madonna…).

Sam Smith was a great choice for this, because his voice fits with the tradition of the opening songs. And even if you had any doubts, once it starts, with those strings and those unmistakably ‘Bond’ chord progressions, you know it’s gonna be good. I love the way they wrote this one, with an almost two part chorus. That first part where it builds and crescendos, and then the second half, where he’s coming back down. It’s really well done. This holds up among the great opening credits songs that are a part of this franchise’s history, and that’s not easy to do.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (190-181)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (200-191)

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…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #18 – “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman

 

18. “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman

I always appreciate a good ‘anthem’ song in a movie. And that’s what this is. This is the song for all the outcasts and those who don’t fit in saying, “I’m not apologizing for who I am, take it or leave it.” And it’s just a wonderful song and a wonderful moment in the film. This is one of those songs where, what it stands for is the driving factor for my ranking. But not really, because it’s also a wonderful song that makes this spot on its own merit anyway. But the fact that it is that anthem that transcends the moment in the film and works as something that represents that feeling in any walk of life is what solidifies its ranking to me.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #19 – “City of Stars,” from La La Land

 

19. “City of Stars,” from La La Land

Oh, what, you thought this would be the top La La Land song? Shame on you. Just because it’s the one everyone associates with the movie doesn’t make it the best and certainly wouldn’t automatically make it my favorite.

It’s a really nice song. It captures the love between the two characters and the love of the city really well. It’s built really well around that little piano riff, and has that repetitive melody to it that really works.

We’re at the point on the list where there’s really not a whole lot to say about the songs. We kinda get why they’re great and that they’re great, and really it’s just, “Yup, here it is. Let’s appreciate how great it is.”


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #20 – “Go Now,” from Sing Street

 

20. “Go Now,” from Sing Street

We’ve entered the top 20. Now’s probably a good time to mention that, despite all the diversity of sources on the rest of this list, the top 20 songs of the decade all come from basically the same sources. There are four Star Is Born songs, four La La Land songs, two Sing Street songs, two Patti Cake$ songs, two Greatest Showman songs, two Bond songs and three songs from Disney. Which leaves only one song unaccounted for there. I’ll leave you all to guess what that is (but I bet nobody can guess it, because it’s a pull). But anyway, let’s get into it–

It’s funny that the second highest-ranked Sing Street song is the one sung by Adam Levine. But you know what? It’s the most beautiful song in the film. It plays over the end, as the characters make their decision to run away together. And it’s just a wonderful song for the moment. And you can hear in the vocals, but it was also co-written by Glen Hansard, from Once. Which is probably why Levine doesn’t go into the falsetto as much as he normally would in another song. But it’s just a transcendent song and moment that I just adore. I couldn’t leave this one out of the top 20.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #21 – “You’re Welcome,” from Moana

 

21. “You’re Welcome,” from Moana

How can you not have this here? Even if you were a bit iffy on Moana and its songs by this point in the movie, it is impossible not to smile and sing along or at least bob your head along to this one. It’s a perfect introduction to the character. You’ve got the great songwriting from Lin-Manuel Miranda and a great vocal performance by Dwayne Johnson to really give one of the best Disney songs of all time. Also, what an amazing premise to a song — the absolute hubris of the character, bragging about his exploits. “You’re welcome,” as a chorus is just perfect. It’s catchy as hell, too. And, even better, it works within the film, because it’s his way of distracting her (and trust me, we all get distracted with that musical number, singing along to it) so he can take her boat and get off the island. It’s a perfect entity, this song. This is one of the few Disney songs you actually don’t mind having to hear endlessly on a loop when the kids want to hear it, because it’s just lovely.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #22 – “Oblivion,” from Oblivion

 

22. “Oblivion,” from Oblivion

This might be the most underrated film score/soundtrack of the decade. The movie’s pretty good, but the score… the score is just incredible. This song — you know how some songs start on the ground and then take flight by the time they get to the chorus? This song starts in the air. You’re in the cosmos at the beginning of this song, and you’re just floating along to the melody and the irresistible lyrics by Susanne Sundfør. Looking at all the songs left on this list, this is the song I’ve listened to the most over the past decade as a pure song. This is just regularly on shuffle for me at all times. It’s just a beautiful piece of music. And if for some reason you completely missed the boat on this one when it came out, well, then you’re welcome for introducing this incredible song into your life.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #23 – “Up,” from Sing Street

 

23. “Up,” from Sing Street

Another Sing Street song. I’m telling you, everything in this movie is perfect. The simplicity of this one is what makes it so amazing to me. It’s just a love song. And once they get to that chorus, it just takes off. I also love how they slowly bring the rest of the band is as the song progresses. This is one of those songs that’s just guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #24 – “A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman

 

24. “A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman

What an incredible song this is. The ‘dreamer’ song, perfectly introducing the character and taking us from him as a child to him as an adult. That chorus is really what drives the song — it captures the spirit of invention and creativity and shows how infectious it can be. Because the song is also a bit of a seduction. The character is talking about all these ideas he has, but also saying, “Come, share this with me, we can do this.” And it’s just a fantastically structured song, too (that again, would be perfect on the stage): the kid talking about his dreams, then inviting his crush to share them with him, then right as we get to another chorus, he’s an adult, which is just a perfect way to bring the main actor into the film/show. And then we get into the duet, as the two characters are now married and are doing this all together. It’s just a really incredible piece of work.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #25 – “To Find You,” from Sing Street

 

25. “To Find You,” from Sing Street

I love this song. What a beautiful little ballad. What is there to say about it? You can just hear the greatness in it as you listen to it.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #26 – “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

 

26. “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2 doesn’t contribute to soundtracks all that often, but when they do, it’s usually something special. The last one I can remember is “The Hands That Built America,” from Gangs of New York, which was just a wonderful song. This one was pretty special for them, as they’d been friends with Mandela for years and stopped work on their album to work on this song for the film. It’s just a really lovely song that is among the best work the band’s put out this decade.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #27 – “Please Mr. Kennedy,” from Inside Llewyn Davis

 

27. “Please Mr. Kennedy,” from Inside Llewyn Davis

What a perfect film moment this song is. You’re watching this movie, and Oscar Isaac is singing folk songs, and then he comes in to do a studio bit with Timberlake and Driver and you’re thinking, “Okay, it’s more of that.” But no, it’s this. A novelty song. And it’s just perfectly written. Adam Driver’s vocals on this are just wonderful. I actually memorized just his part to the song after it came out, just because I loved it so much. But it’s a great moment, because you just see them performing this, and it’s both catchy and also funny (because of Driver) and you see Isaac’s character perfect in this moment — he helps with the song, makes it better, performs it well, and then is like, “This is shit and it’ll never make money.” All around one of the most memorable music moments of the entire decade.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #28 – “For the First Time in Forever,” from Frozen

 

28. “For the First Time in Forever,” from Frozen

Your typical Disney princess song — this is usually the moment where the princess wishes her life could be better, but here it’s more, “Oh wow, change might actually happen.” And it’s her looking forward to all the stuff she’s gonna be able to do that she’s never been able to before. The humor in this one does detract slightly, but the actual serious/emotional moments are quite wonderful. This is pure classic Disney, through and through.