We’re still not over the beautiful things that last year has given us, so let’s do another list from it before moving onto 2019, shall we? 2018 is not only a big year for movies, but it’s also big for the music scene! A lot of music-filled movies have been shown such as the Bohemian Rhapsody, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, A Star is Born and more. Films and music always go with each other and often times we associate one from the other. This year, film soundtracks have introduced a lot of new music and artists to a bigger audience that soon made its way to our hearts. There are honestly thousands of it but we’ll just run down the seven that are most noteworthy to mention in our opinion. Here we go!
1. Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) – Bleachers from Love, Simon
Everything about this combination is truly far from typical. Love, Simon is not your usual teen flick about a boy and a girl falling in love with each other. No. It’s the first film by a major Hollywood studio to focus on an LGBT teen romance. It specifically explores the complexity of being a closeted gay and falling in love and accepting people for who they really are. Alfie’s Song is the same. This track co-written by none other than Harry Styles, Jack Antonoff and Ilsey Juber, represents what people like the lead character Simon goes through, with so much honesty. The Bleachers also released a weirdly fun music video for the song that features lead singer Antonoff recreating a scene from the 1989 classic film When Harry Met Sally, but with a twist. Now tell me, is there anything ordinary from all of these? We’re glad there’s none.
2. Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born
This chart-topping film soundtrack received many praises from critics upon its release for its striking harmony, strong vocals and beautiful message of filling the void in one’s life. The song kind of serves as a dialogue between the troubled characters of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the film. The sheer beauty and comfort of that moment reach to anyone who listens to the song and indeed, it’s not hard to see why Shallow is everyone’s favourite to win Oscars 2019 Best Original Song.
3. All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar and SZA from Black Panther
All the Stars is rich in culture and identity which makes it a perfect fit for Black Panther’s end credits song. This pop-rap track features incredible beats and verses and it adds a unique sound and atmosphere to the phenomenal film. It’s a rare film soundtrack feat and to complete one line from the song, “This may be the night that my dreams might let me know,” let’s add to it the words, “That this would be a game-changer and a massive commercial hit.” Because, duh, it is!
4. Cool Out – Matthew E. White feat. Natalie Prass from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Who wouldn’t remember the tune that plays at the end of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before just before Peter Kavinsky kissed Lara Jean Covey. But no worries if you didn’t actually know what the song was because that’s what this list is for! Cool Out is the name for it and it’s a perfect background to just anything you’d do. Blast it out even when you’re just cleaning your room or having your first date with your crush……whatever…..just sway with it baby! By the way, Netflix announced that the film is having a sequel so you can definitely expect more cool songs like this.
5. Yellow – Katherine Ho from Crazy Rich Asians
Okay, I know pretty much a lot of people already knows this song because of course, it’s an original hit of our fave band, Coldplay! But this is a Mandarin version and still, a lot of the younger generation is not aware of this song and it’s so important especially for kids with Asian blood to get acquainted with its beautiful message. Many older Asians living in Western countries have testified that this song made them feel good about their skin while being surrounded by white supremacy and so let’s give props to the Crazy Rich Asians team for bringing this new rendition of the song to send a powerful message of acceptance and self-love to the new Asian generation.
6. Two Hearts (Dwa Serduszka) – Joanna Kulig from Cold War
Those who were lucky enough to catch Cold War in cinemas would know the pleasure of hearing this precious Polish folk song which was repeated numerous times throughout the film by different singers. The most notable performance of this song Joanna Kulig’s. She delivered a melancholic but tender singing of this song during one of the later scenes in the film. It’s difficult to imagine Cold War without this song as it has fittingly embodied the love story of the two main characters and the time periods that went along with it. Watch the short scene below.
That’s it, folks! Now, it’s time for a listening party!