Best Original Song 2015

Updated: Sept. 8-9, 2015

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” has succeeded enough on the charts – and pulled enough heartstrings – to be a legitimate threat for the win, assuming it’s eligible. And Lady Gaga’s “Till It Happens to You” (co-written with seven-time nominee Diane Warren) from The Hunting Ground looks like an early front-runner, too.

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.

Predicted Nominees

  1. “Till It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground (more)

  2. “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre (more)

  3. “See You Again” from Furious 7 (more)

  4. “I’ll See You in My Dreams” from I’ll See You in My Dreams (more)

  5. “Cold One” from Ricki and the Flash (snippet)

Next in Line?

  1. “Story to Tell” from He Named Me Malala (blog post)
  2. “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey (more)
  3. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” from Fifty Shades of Grey (more)
  4. “Flashlight” for Pitch Perfect 2 (more)
  5. NEW!!! “The Crazy Ones” from Miss You Already (blog post)

Other Contenders

  1. NEW!!! “What We Leave Behind” from Miss You Already (blog post)
  2. “As Real as You and Me” from Home (more)
  3. “Towards the Sun” from Home (more)
  4. “Mean Ol’ Moon” from Ted 2 (blog post)
  5. “The Mystery of Your Gift” from Boychoir (more)
  6. “Who Can You Trust” from Spy (more)
  7. “The Northern Line” from Infinitely Polar Bear (blog post with press release)
  8. “Feel the Light” from Home (more)
  9. “The Banks” from Grandma (blog post)
  10. “It’s My Turn Now” from Dope (more)
  11. “Crazy Youngsters” for Pitch Perfect 2 (more)
  12. “Fine on the Outside” from When Marnie Was There (more)
  13. “Suis-moi” from The Little Prince (more)
  14. “Phenomenal” from Southpaw (more; blog post)
  15. “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun the Sheep Movie (blog post)

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

Purposefully Excluded

  • “Start Again” from The Age of Adaline (post) – It first plays during the end credits… maybe a little too far in to be eligible.
  • “Drop That” from Home – This virtually instrumental track is, well, virtually instrumental.
  • “Red Balloon” from Home – Charli XCX included this as a bonus track on her album Sucker. Also, she said the following in an interview with Digital Spy: “And ‘Red Balloon’ was something that I wrote when I was writing for another artist, and it is gonna be in a movie and it kind of came from that.”
  • “One Kind of Love” from Love and Mercy – I don’t recall hearing the song in the film itself. It plays during the end credits… but only after a live performance of (what else?) “Love and Mercy” kicks them off.
  • “Lighting Up the Tunnel” from Minions – It was on the IMDb page a few months ago but is noticeably absent from the film.
  • “Look Outside” from Paper Towns – I don’t remember this track from Nat and Alex Wolff popping up in the film.
  • “No Drama Queen” from Paper Towns – Was it in the film?
  • Song(s) from Straight Outta Compton – Nothing from this soundtrack album appeared in the film. Dr. Dre’s “Talking to My Diary” is the first musical cue of the credits… only after they technically kick off with archival footage and previously released music, so it’s ineligible.
  • “Fighting Shadows” from Terminator Genisys – The song appears too far into the end credits – after a post-film scene included only to “legitimize” the seemingly inevitable sequel. Also, this song… yikes.

In Limbo

I regard these songs as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  • “Absolutely Anything and Anything at All” from Absolutely Anything (blog post)
  • “Sugar Hill Mountain” from Ithaca (blog post)
  • “Little Mouth” from Benny & Jolene (more)
  • “Remember Me” from Gold Coast (more)
  • “2 Billion Years Later” from The Good Dinosaur (blog post)
  • Song(s) from Noah’s Ark (more)
  • “All the Way” from Search Party (more)
  • “Du är den ende (You Are the Only)” from Tommy (more)
  • “On the Land Blues” from Tumbledown (more)
  • Song from Waiting for the Miracle to Come (more)

KEEP AN EYE ON…

Disney Films

  • The Good Dinosaur

(Other) Animated Films

  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • The Peanuts Movie

Musicals and Music-Driven Films

  • Jem and the Holograms – This film is (apparently very loosely) based on the music-driven animated series about a popular music artist.
  • Last of the Showmen – This doc centers on song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen.
  • One Shot – Stage-musical actors Taye Diggs and Lesli Margherita star.
  • Rock the Kasbah – I imagine that Barry Levinson’s film about a popular singing competition has some new music.
  • Sing Street – Director John Carney (Once (2007), Begin Again (2014)) helms this musical about a boy in Dublin who forms a band; Bono and The Edge of U2 produce (HitFix).
  • Straight Outta Compton – This film chronicles the rise of iconic rap group N.W.A., whose original members Dr. Dre and rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube produce.
  • Ten Thousand Saints – Three teenagers come together in the straight-edge punk scene in 1980s New York City.

Others

  • Crickets – Green Day’s Mike Dirnt produces this drama (Billboard).
  • Everybody Wants Some
  • Green Room – The film centers on a punk band.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Let It Snow – T Bone Burnett will produce the soundtrack.
  • Trainwreck – Jon Brion scores the Judd Apatow comedy.
  • Vincent-N-Roxxy – One of the romantic leads is a “rebellious punk rocker” (Billboard)

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