Best Original Song 2016

Updated: Aug. 31, 2016

Hamilton goodwill may help Lin-Manuel Miranda win for one of his Moana tracks. Of course, hype for Damien Chazelle’s Venice sensation La La Land should push at least one of the musical’s tunes into the mix – and maybe even to Oscar gold.

I will include links to songs that have been released as they appear on sites like YouTube and Soundcloud; I will attach these links to the songs’ titles. I will also include links for the songs’ pages as I post them; I will attach these links at the end of the songs’ listings.

PREDICTIONS

Remember, my official predictions include only songs from films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing what will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns.

My Guesses

  1. Song from Moana (more)

  2. NEW!!! “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (more)

  3. “Go Now” from Sing Street (more)

  4. “To Find You” from Sing Street (more)

  5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls (more)

Next in Line?

  1. NEW!!! “Back to Life” from Queen of Katwe (more)
  2. NEW!!! “Start” from Southside with You (more)
  3. “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street (more)
  4. NEW!!! “Wish That You Were Here” from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (more)
  5. NEW!!! “Something on Your Mind” from Pete’s Dragon (more)

THE SONG LISTS

As anyone who pays attention to this race (before the unveiling of the shortlist in December) knows, we have a difficult time figuring out which songs are (in)eligible, so some of the songs listed might be ineligible when all is said and done. Additionally, I imagine that the shortlist will include songs I’ve missed. In other words, these lists function as an unofficial guide to the possible contenders, not a final word on songs’ eligibility or lack thereof.

Seemingly Eligible

  • “Just Like Fire” from Alice Through the Looking Glass (more)
  • NEW!!! “Flicker” from Audrie & Daisy (more)
  • NEW!!! “Angel by the Wings” from The Eagle Huntress (more)
  • “Good Girls” from Ghostbusters (more)
  • “No Dames” from Hail, Caesar! (more)
  • “Baby You’re Gone” from The Invitation (more)
  • “O My Child” from The Invitation (more)
  • NEW!!! “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (more)
  • Song(s) from La La Land
  • NEW!!! “Better Love” from The Legend of Tarzan (more)
  • “Not Today” from Me Before You (more)
  • NEW!!! “Wish That You Were Here” from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (more)
  • Song(s) from Moana
  • “The Demon Dance” from The Neon Demon (blog post)
  • “Mine” from The Neon Demon (blog post)
  • “Waving Goodbye” from The Neon Demon (blog post)
  • NEW!!! “(Nobody Knows) How to Say Goodbye” from Pete’s Dragon (more)
  • NEW!!! “Something on Your Mind” from Pete’s Dragon (more)
  • “Equal Rights” from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (more)
  • “Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)” from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (more)
  • “Mona Lisa” from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (more)
  • NEW!!! “Back to Life” from Queen of Katwe (more)
  • NEW!!! “Start” from Southside with You (more)
  • NEW!!! “Sledgehammer” from Star Trek Beyond (more)
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls (more)
  • NEW!!! “Heathens” from Suicide Squad (more)
  • “Montage” from Swiss Army Man (more)

Purposefully Excluded

In Limbo

I currently regard these songs as ineligible, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules, b) the films may not be finished and distributed in time, or c) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. Some films fit under all three categories.

Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.


KEEP AN EYE ON…

Disney Films

 

(Other) Animated Films

Musicals and Music-Driven Films

Others

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