190. “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey
That’s right. A song from Fifty Shades of Grey made the list.
The real question we should be asking is — why did they go all out on this soundtrack? (I guess because they didn’t put the money into actually making the film any good?)
This song is all about the beat, plus you have the Weeknd’s nice vocals over it. It’s a nice juxtaposition and turns into a nice song.
Fun story: the week before the Oscars for this year (where he was nominated), he was on the lot where I used to work (where a lot of musicians tend to come while they’re in town). And I had no idea who he was past the fact that I knew he was nominated for this song. I knew nothing else he’d ever recorded (and still really don’t. Maybe I’ll recognize a title or two, but that’s about it). So I look out the window of my office and say to the other people in it, “Who’s that dude outside with the weird hair?” And the go, “Mike, that’s The Weeknd.” I had no idea.
Anyway, this is a nice song.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #191 – “Fine on the Outside,” from When Marnie Was There
191. “Fine on the Outside,” from When Marnie Was There
You almost expect Bradley Cooper to start singing after those first couple of chords, don’t you?
It’s interesting, this song, because normally Ghibli doesn’t record their songs in English, and they usually all sound like anime end credits songs. So here they have this beautiful little indie ballad that perfectly fits the film. I remember sitting up when I heard it and going, “Whoa, what’s that?” This is one of those songs most people wouldn’t think of for a list like this because it’s a bit out of the way, so I’m glad I got to have it on here for people to listen to.
192. “Big Eyes,” from Big Eyes
Do people know that Tim Burton directed this movie and that it’s by the same guys who wrote Dolemite Is My Name and Ed Wood? I feel like this movie flew totally under the radar when it came out. Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz — it’s a solid movie. And Lana Del Rey doing a song for a Tim Burton movie… how on point is that?
I’ve always enjoyed this song. I love those random Shakira trumpets that blare near the beginning out of nowhere. It almost doesn’t fit the movie at all, but I love the big orchestral splendor of this song. They went all out on it, and I’m here for it. It’s one of those songs I keep thinking I want to rank higher every thirty seconds, but then the next thirty seconds come and I go, “No, it fits right where it is.” It’s a really interesting song, but I like it.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #193 – “When Can I See You Again,” from Wreck-It Ralph
193. “When Can I See You Again,” from Wreck-It Ralph
Ah yes, that song from Wreck-It Ralph from the group that brought us “Fireflies.” I remember hearing this song the first time during the end credits of the movie and thinking, “Owl City… really?” But you know what? It’s a really charming song that perfectly fits the film it’s in. And end credits song, admittedly, but it’s just a very likable song that puts a smile on your face. Slightly concerned that the content is basically what people ask in movie theaters nowadays — “When are they gonna make another one?” — but we’ll just ignore that part and treat it like most bubblegum pop and not actually pay attention to the lyrics.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #194 – “A Million Ways to Die,” from A Million Ways to Die in the West
194. “A Million Ways to Die,” from A Million Ways to Die in the West
One thing (of many) I respect about Seth MacFarlane is his commitment to original music. He did it on his show and he’s done it in the three movies he’s directed to this point. This is a perfect song for his movie. It’s totally trading on “Blazing Saddles,” but the song still has to hold up on its own, which it does. Though while “Blazing Saddles” is a very straightforward song (Mel Brooks tells the story about Frankie Laine singing it and actually crying because he loved the song so much, not knowing what the movie was it was being recorded for), this one is sung straightforward, but all the lyrics are comical. So it’s never gonna hold up over time the way Blazing Saddles is, but it’s still a very nice tune.
195. “So Long,” from Concussion
I love Leon Bridges. And I really like this song. Slight downgrade from me on the list just because the song is completely irrelevant to the movie. It plays over the end credits and really has nothing to do with it whatsoever. Seems like they just got a new song from Leon Bridges and put it in their movie. Which is cool, but this could literally be a song in the Mr. Rogers movie and still fit. So that’s why it’s only #195. But it’s still a very lovely song from one of the very few people making music nowadays whose stuff I actually like and listen to.
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #196 – “Garbage Truck,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
196. “Garbage Truck,” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
This is the most indie garage rock song ever. I love it. A lot of underrated music in this movie, which is wall-to-wall full of music. People forget how good the songs in this movie are.