154. “Ancora Qui,” from Django Unchained
Ah yes, the song Ennio Morricone wrote for Django that Quentin put during a scene of Leo’s slaves setting the table for his dinner with Waltz and Foxx. And I think Morricone came out and was like, “What the fuck is that about? You ruined my beautiful song!” But anyway, the song’s really great.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #155 – “Love Me Like You Do,” from Fifty Shades of Grey
155. “Love Me Like You Do,” from Fifty Shades of Grey
What is it with Fifty Shades of Grey having actually passable music? It’s really only the first one. I think they realized the bubble had burst after that and threw the rest of them together. But here, they actually went all out on the music. This is just a very nice song. It’s a nice romantic ballad that is way too good for the film for which it was written. I’m not gonna pretend like it can hold a candle to any of the love ballads from 80s movies, but hey, in terms of the state of pop music nowadays, this is actually a very passable excuse for a love theme.
156. “Alive,” from Vox Lux
I’m telling you, this Vox Lux soundtrack has some bangers. This one’s sung by Raffey Cassidy, who plays young Natalie Portman in the first half of the film and Natalie’s daughter in the second half. Her voice in this is really impressive (you may have heard her sing a cappella in The Killing of a Sacred Deer). It’s also a very Sia song, which means it’s a very catchy pop tune, and the kind of song that you could have heard on the radio if she gave it to an artist for the radio. Which is exactly what this character would be singing.
157. “Love Is a Drip,” from Band Aid
Our second song from Band Aid, and another song I keep wanting to rank higher every time I listen to it. The songs from this movie are so good.
As a refresher — this is a very underrated movie from Zoe Lister-Jones (she writes, directs, stars and produces) about a couple whose marriage is falling apart, so they decide to start a band, which helps them get all their angst and anger out in the music. It’s pretty awesome, and the songs are great.
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.