Posts tagged “Top Ten

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #9 – “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana

 

9. “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana

This is your classic Disney princess song. Every princess has one, and the films with the best music often have this exact song. “Belle”; “Part of Your World”; “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”; “Just Around the Riverbend”; “Reflection” — you get the idea. They have that song that tells you their desires and dreams that they hope will come true. And, because it’s Disney, they do come true by the end of the film.

This song ranks among all those others as one of the best the studio has ever written. This tells you everything — “I want to be a good daughter and shepherd to my people… but something’s calling me out there on the ocean. And one day, I’m gonna find out what that is, and nothing’s gonna stop me.” It’s all there. This is classic Disney.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (100-91)

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: #10 – “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen

 

10. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen

How could you not begin the top ten with this song? This song is joy personified. The unbridled optimism of childhood. This is the moment in the film where you know it’s special. You know you’re in for an amazing movie. Because the beginning… cutting the ice, the bit about the trolls and the powers, okay, sure. But this song is really the moment you settle in and fall in love with the characters. This song became instantly iconic.

And, even better, it furthers the plot. There are two time lapses over the course of the song. Which, of course, can be one of the knocks against the song, that it’s only small pieces of a song and doesn’t actually do much more than the central ‘chorus’. But you know what? No one really remembers that. Everyone remembers ‘do you wanna build a snowman’. (Plus, shout out to the way they sing it. How can you not feel bad when she says “Okay bye…”?)

But I love the idea that this refrain of her trying to bond with her sister over building a snowman is a thing that highlights their relationship over the years. It’s such economic storytelling. It’s almost the ‘Married Life’ montage from Up in terms of how perfectly it encapsulates an entire relationship in a few minutes. And their parents die during the song! Which gives you that really touching third verse, which is really the reason this song is here. The fact that you have this refrain that you already understand is the thing that unites the two sisters, so now that it’s just them, you have Anna knocking on Elsa’s door, as if to say, “Please, if not now, after this tragedy, when will you talk to me?” And she defaults to the one thing she knows she has in common with her. The half-hearted way Kristen Bell delivers the line, too, is just perfect. It’s hard to have a song do as much for its film as this one does.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (110-101)

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: #11 – “Is That Alright?” from A Star Is Born

 

11. “Is That Alright?” from A Star Is Born

This is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Gaga’s performance here is just towering. The deepness of the love in the lyrics just truly matches how that character feels about Bradley Cooper’s character, and the way she delivers them, voice cracks and all — how can you not be moved by that? This is why we love movies. Songs like this.


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade (120-111)

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: #12 – “Tuff Love (Finale),” from Patti Cake$

 

12. “Tuff Love (Finale),” from Patti Cake$

This song gave me chills the first time I heard it. It’s the finale of the film, taking place at the local battle of the bands, of sorts. Basically, whoever wins is gonna get signed by O-Z, the big local rapper. And it’s that moment in the film where Patti has to both put forth her best performance and make amends with her mother, with whom she’d been fighting for the entire film. And it’s the moment where she finally comes to terms with who she is, where she’s from and just lets it all out there. And of course, her mother shows up during the performance to see it and realize that what she’s doing isn’t just this bullshit lark — she’s actually really talented. And the kicker is that she used her mother’s song (which was also on this list at some point) as the sample. Which is just a beautiful realization to tie all the plot threads together. And the bonus being, in the film, her mother actually sings the last chorus live, providing a wonderful mother-daughter moment. It’s an incredible song, and if you couldn’t tell by how I’m talking about it, one of the most unsung movies of this entire 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 Top 100 Films of the Decade (10-1)

And here we are. The big list. Theoretically the one we’ve been building toward. But really anticlimactic when you get down to it. You think the list of my ‘favorite’ films of an entire decade would be the thing you want. But really it’s just me going back over a lot of the stuff I covered on the other lists and a broad regurgitation of my top ten lists from the ten years. So, rather than treat this like some big holy set of rankings, I’m just gonna do what I did with all the other lists – try to get you to see some of these you haven’t seen before and maybe introduce you to some cool movies.

It’s important to note, as it’s important to note with all my lists – the rankings don’t really matter. The number is only a function of the day I put it together. The only way to truly get a real ranking of my favorite films of the decade is for me to take the pool of films I used and make up this list from scratch at least ten different times and then use some sort of formula to figure out the average position of each movie and then create a ranking. And that’s not the goal here. I don’t care about the numbers. I care about talking up the films I like and trying to get people to see some of them.

So, if you feel like you want to get upset about where something is ranked, know that it’s a broad ranking. For the most part, films are in the general range of the 25-50 where I’d generally rate them next to everything else. Things will change as I revisit stuff and as time goes on. Like I said, this is really just about telling you what I enjoyed most in the hopes that it gets you to check out some of the stuff you either didn’t know about before or never bothered to see (or maybe saw and didn’t fully appreciate at the time). That’s it. It’s really just about celebrating movies. Don’t get so hung up on the numbers.

So, here are my 500 favorite films of 2010-2019: (more…)


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 Top 100 Films of the Decade (20-11)

And here we are. The big list. Theoretically the one we’ve been building toward. But really anticlimactic when you get down to it. You think the list of my ‘favorite’ films of an entire decade would be the thing you want. But really it’s just me going back over a lot of the stuff I covered on the other lists and a broad regurgitation of my top ten lists from the ten years. So, rather than treat this like some big holy set of rankings, I’m just gonna do what I did with all the other lists – try to get you to see some of these you haven’t seen before and maybe introduce you to some cool movies.

It’s important to note, as it’s important to note with all my lists – the rankings don’t really matter. The number is only a function of the day I put it together. The only way to truly get a real ranking of my favorite films of the decade is for me to take the pool of films I used and make up this list from scratch at least ten different times and then use some sort of formula to figure out the average position of each movie and then create a ranking. And that’s not the goal here. I don’t care about the numbers. I care about talking up the films I like and trying to get people to see some of them.

So, if you feel like you want to get upset about where something is ranked, know that it’s a broad ranking. For the most part, films are in the general range of the 25-50 where I’d generally rate them next to everything else. Things will change as I revisit stuff and as time goes on. Like I said, this is really just about telling you what I enjoyed most in the hopes that it gets you to check out some of the stuff you either didn’t know about before or never bothered to see (or maybe saw and didn’t fully appreciate at the time). That’s it. It’s really just about celebrating movies. Don’t get so hung up on the numbers.

So, here are my 500 favorite films of 2010-2019: (more…)