How Many Famous Oscar Songs from the 2010s Do You Remember?
The 2010s just ended and they were certainly something. To look back at the music and movies of the era, here is a list of all the songs which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song during the decade. Let’s see how many Oscar songs you remember.
‘The Weary Kind’ from Crazy Heart
According to Spin, this number managed to become the first of the decade’s Oscar songs. Crazy Heart is much like its theme song: respectable, competent, and far from extraordinary. “The Weary Kind” is a faux Bob Dylan number, and it’s not even the 179th best faux Dylan number out there. The most extraordinary thing about this song is it makes the list due to a technicality: “The Weary Kind” was released in 2009 but won an Oscar the following year.
‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3
Not to be confused with the Mariah Carey hit of the name, “We Belong Together” is a cutesy number from the surprisingly dark Toy Story 3. The song sees composer Randy Newman incorporating big band music into his work, and the results are hackneyed. “We Belong Together” is the biggest blight in an exceptional film.
‘Man or Muppet’ from The Muppets
“Man or Muppet” has a lot of emotional resonance for a Muppet song. It also has a lot of emotional resonance for a Jason Segel song, as the musical moments from his hit show How I Met Your Mother were generally comedic. “Man or Muppet” might be the best Muppet song ever if it weren’t for “Rainbow Connection.”
‘Skyfall’ from Skyfall
Does this song even need an introduction? It was a radio smash, and deservedly so. Adele brought the James Bond franchise the musical gravitas it deserved. If only Sam Smith had done the same.
‘Let It Go’ from Frozen
If “Skyfall” needs no introduction, “Let It Go” needs some kind of antimatter version of an introduction. It’s so ubiquitous. Depending on who you ask, this song is either a moving statement of independence or sentiment at its worse. Regardless, you’ll never get it out of your head.
‘Glory’ from Selma
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired countless musical tributes over the years. Alongside U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Glory” is one of the best. John Legend and Common were the perfect duo for this gospel/rap hybrid.
‘Writing’s on the Wall’ from Spectre
Sam Smith is often accused of being an Adele wannabe. His decision to write a soul power ballad for a 007 film didn’t shake that impression. There’s been some bad Bond themes over the years, but this is the first one to be flat-out boring. The most interesting this about the song is the speech Sam Smith gave at the Oscars, which Variety reports was factually inaccurate.
‘City of Stars’ from La La Land
La La Land is very good. “City of Stars” is very good. It’s just not as good as “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” another song from La La Land which was much more deserving of an Oscar. However, “City of Stars” won, reports Vox, a feat which almost mirrors the underdog elements of the film’s plot.
‘Remember Me’ from Coco
“Remember Me” is the sort of song which could’ve been written by a 12 year-old learning to play guitar. Disney is acclaimed for its music. Pixar, not so much. How did this become an Oscar song? According to Variety, the writers of this song already had Oscars. Did they absolutely need more?
‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born
“Shallow” has an ironic name, because it’s a tidal wave of emotion. Lady Gaga helped this Oscar category to end the decade on a (pun intended) high note. According to Spin, “Shallow” won over against several Disney songs, which is quite impressive given the studio’s track-record.