Your Guide to Oscar Nominated Music

The Oscars are tonight! At last! And while the competition for Best Picture is fierce this year, the nominations for Best Song and Best Original Score are equally formidable. We already looked at the score for Her here at Rock On Philly, so we’re going to give you the low-down on the Best Song nominations:

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone was a limited release in September 2013, so don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. All the same, the title track for the film managed to snatch an Oscar nom. The song itself is supposed to be a family hymn in the historical adventure drama. There’s been some controversy over this particular nomination, but it wouldn’t be the Oscars without controversy.

“Happy” from Despicable Me 2

Pharrell was on fire this year, and his track for the ever-lovable Despicable Me 2 is just as jazzy and sweet as anything else he’s written. It’s catchy, fun, and definitely motown influenced. If this doesn’t have you dancing, it’s hard to say what will.

“Let It Go” from Frozen

Frozen took everyone by surprise with how genuinely good it is. The music alone is fairly fantastic, but what else would you expect from Disney? The favorite song from Frozen is unquestionably “Let It Go”. With its self-empowering lyrics and the goosebump-inducing power of Idina Menzel, it’s a winner in its own right.

“The Moon Song” from Her

It’s hard to know whose rendition of this song is better — ScarJo‘s or Karen O‘s. In the context of the movie, it’s a cute song that fits into the human aspect of the film perfectly. Music obviously plays a big role in Her and “The Moon Song” feels like an old-time classic to be sung at late-night venues.

“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2, ever the powerhouse, created a wonderful song filled with their signature sound. It’s crafted quite cleverly, building up slowly with additions of sound with each verse and chorus, whether it be additional instruments chiming in or background voices. It’s another solid track from U2.

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