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The Best Original Film Songs in 2016

2016 proved that film and music are inseparable. Songs both original and classic played such a huge part to some of the year’s most memorable cinematic moments. You can’t deny the joy of seeing a gridlocked LA freeway turned into a massive musical theatre opening number in La La Land‘s ‘Another Day of Sun’ or the beautiful rendition of ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ as a proper eulogy in Captain Fantastic. We’re reminded of how Barbara Lewis’ classic ‘Hello Stranger’ in Moonlight will forever be achingly beautiful and Lesley Gore’s hit ‘You Don’t Own Me’ in Suicide Squad always had a sinister streak underneath its angelic verses. Songs will always be cinematic if you pair it with the right elements of filmic storytelling.

Here are my choices for the best original songs written for the screen in 2016, in no particular order.

LA LA LAND (Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment) – “City of Stars”
Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyrics by Benjamin Pasek & Justin Paul

 

MOANA (Walt Disney Pictures) – “How Far I’ll Go”
Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

SING STREET (Weinstein Company) – “Drive It Like You Stole It”
Written by Gary Clark, John Carney and Relish

 

HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox) – “Runnin'”
Music & Lyrics by Pharrell Williams

 

MISS SHARON JONES (Starz Entertainment) – “I’m Still Here”
Written by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

 

RUNNER UPS:
‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ – Trolls
‘Audition’ – La La Land
‘We Know the Way’ – Moana
‘Rules Don’t Apply’ – Rules Don’t Apply
‘Just Like Fire’ – Alice Through the Looking Glass
‘Dance, Rascal, Dance’ – Hello, My Name Is Doris
‘Heathens’ – Suicide Squad
‘The Great Beyond’ – Sausage Party
‘Another Day of Sun’ – La La Land
‘Faith’ – Sing

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