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Thursday, January 2, 2020

MD Top 40: The Best Movie Music of 2019



From Elton John and Judy Garland biopics to animated sequels and live action remakes to the (now infamous) big screen debut of a certain long-running Broadway sensation, there was plenty of songs sung, classics covered and dances danced in the movies of 2019, and Movie Dearest is here to name the best (plus the five worst)... and you can listen to (almost) all of them in the YouTube playlist below!



Best Oscar Winning Song:
"Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg) in Judy, performed by Renée Zellweger

"Glasgow"
Next Oscar Winning Song:
"Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" (Caitlyn Smith, Kate York & Mary Steenburgen) in Wild Rose, performed by Jessie Buckley

Best Oscar Nominated Song Cover:
"Everything Is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix)" (Shawn Patterson, Riki Lindhome & Kate Micucci) in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, performed by Garfunkel & Oates with Eban Schletter

"Speechless"

Best Title Song:
"The Dead Don't Die" (Sturgill Simpson) in The Dead Don't Die, performed by Sturgill Simpson

Best Main Title Song:
"Komm, gib mir deine hand" (John Lennon & Paul McCartney) in Jojo Rabbit, performed by The Beatles

"Not Evil"
Best Original End Title Song:
"Stand Up" (Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo) in Harriet, performed by Cynthia Erivo

Best Classic End Title Song:
"See You Later, Alligator" (Robert Guidry) in Crawl, performed by Bill Haley & His Comets

Best End Title Cover:
"Into the Unknown" (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez) in Frozen II, performed by Panic! at the Disco

"Criminal"
Best Visualized End Title Song:
"One Little Soldier" (Regina Spektor) in Bombshell, performed by Regina Spektor

Best "I Want" Song:
"Speechless" (Alan Menken, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul) in Aladdin, performed by Naomi Scott

Best "Villain" Song:
"Not Evil" (Jon Lajoie) in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, performed by Tiffany Haddish

"Express Yourself"
Best Group Dance Number:
"Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" (Elton John & Bernie Taupin) in Rocketman, performed by Kit Connor & Taron Egerton

Best Solo Dance Number:
"Criminal" (Fiona Apple) in Hustlers, performed by Jennifer Lopez

Best Fantasy Musical Number:
"Express Yourself" (Madonna & Stephen Bray) in Isn't It Romantic, performed by Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin & Brandon Scott Jones

"Being Alive"
Best Show Tune:
"Being Alive" (Stephen Sondheim) in Marriage Story, performed by Adam Driver

Best 11 O'Clock Number:
"Show Yourself" (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez) in Frozen II, performed by Idina Menzel

Best Song Sung by a Cat:
"Gus: The Theatre Cat" (T.S. Eliot & Andrew Lloyd Webber) in Cats, performed by Ian McKellen

"Show Yourself"
Best Re-imagined Song:
"Pink Elephants on Parade" (Ned Washington & Oliver Wallace) in Dumbo, performed by Studio Orchestra

Best Instrumental Performance:
"The Magic Violin" (Rupert Gregson-Williams) in Abominable, performed by Mark Berrow

Best Theme Music:
"Downton Abbey Theme" (John Lunn) in Downton Abbey, performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London

"Gus: The Theatre Cat"
Best Theme Song:
"Dolemite" (Benjamin Taylor) in Dolemite Is My Name, performed by Craig Robinson

Best Mood Establishing Song:
"Treat Her Right" (Gene Kurtz & Roy Head) in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, performed by Roy Head & The Traits

Best Group Sing Along:
"Won't You Be My Neighbor" (Fred Rogers) in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, performed by Ensemble

"The Magic Violin"
Best Duet:
"(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" (Elton John & Bernie Taupin) in Rocketman, performed by Elton John & Taron Egerton

Best Trio:
"You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (Stephen Sondheim) in Marriage Story, performed by Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson & Merritt Wever



"You Can't Pray the Gay Away"
Best Lip Sync:
"You Can't Pray the Gay Away" (Laura Bell Bundy) in The Gospel of Eureka, performed by Laura Bell Bundy

Best Karaoke:
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam) in Isn't It Romantic, performed by Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine & Priyanka Chopra

Best Ukulele Cover:
"Baby Mine" (Frank Churchill & Ned Washington) in Dumbo, performed by Sharon Rooney

"By Myself"
Best American Folk Song:
"Wayfaring Stranger" (Traditional) in 1917, performed by Jos Slovick (video not available)

Best Standard:
"It's Been a Long, Long Time" (Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne) in Avengers: Endgame, performed by Harry James & His Orchestra

Best Torch Song:
"By Myself" (Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz) in Judy, performed by Renée Zellweger

"Shake It Off'
Best Novelty Song:
"The Hide & Seek Song" (James Bairian, Louis Castle, Daniel Iannantuono & Darren Howard) in Ready or Not, performed by Headquarters Music

Best Oldie:
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" (John Phillips) in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, performed by Mike Marshall

Best Power Ballad:
"Lost in the Woods" (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez) in Frozen II, performed by Jonathan Groff

"I'm Still Standing"
Best Hip Hop Song:
"F*ck Tha Police" (O'Shea Jackson, Lorenzo Patterson, Harry Whitaker & Andre Young) in Us, performed by N.W.A.

Best Pop Song Cover:
"Shake It Off" (Taylor Swift, Max Martin & Shellback) in Little Monsters, performed by Lupita Nyong'o (video not available)



"Rock 'n' Roll (Part 2)"
Best Ear Worm:
"Catchy Song" (Jon Lajoie & Alaya High) in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, performed by Dillon Francis, T-Pain & Lay Lay

Best Music Video:
"I'm Still Standing" (Elton John & Bernie Taupin) in Rocketman, performed by Taron Egerton

Most Endless Song:
"Mademoiselle from Armentières" (Harry Carlton & J.A. Tunbridge) in They Shall Not Grow Old, performed by Ensemble

"Be Prepared"
Most Controversial Song:
"Rock 'n' Roll (Part 2)" (Gary Glitter & Mike Leander) in Joker, performed by Gary Glitter

The Worst:
"One Jump Ahead (Reprise 2)" in Aladdin, croaked by Mena Massoud

"Friend Like Me (End Title)" in Aladdin, massacred by Will Smith & DJ Khaled



"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away"
"The Old Gumbie Cat" in Cats, performed by Robbie Fairchild, Rebel Wilson and a cockroach kickline

"Be Prepared" in The Lion King, spoke-sung by Chiwetel Ejiofor

"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" in Toy Story 4, seemingly made up on the spot by Randy Newman



By Kirby Holt, Movie Dearest creator, editor and head writer.

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