Rise on the Academy Awards Shortlist

Oscar Best Song Shortlist: Randy Newman, Cher, Jónsi, Pharrell, and More

The Academy recently announced the list of original songs written for film it will be narrowing down next month to choose the final nominees for Best Original Song. Below are the songs and their associated artists. Standard fare includes Randy Newman, Cher, and A.R. Rahman, but there are also some edgier, exciting picks in Jónsi, Pharrell, and Metric. Who do you like?

“Alice” from Alice in Wonderland (Avril Lavigne)

“Forever One Love” and “Freedom Song” from Black Tulip (Natalie Cole)

“Bound to You,” “Welcome to Burlesque,” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque (Christina Aguilera, Cher)

“There’s a Place for Us” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Carrie Underwood)

“Coming Home” and “Me and Tennessee” from Country Strong (Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw)

“Despicable Me” and “Prettiest Girls” from Despicable Me (Pharrell)

“Dear Laughing Doubters” from Dinner for Schmucks (Sondre Lerche)

“Better Days” from Eat Pray Love (Eddie Vedder)

“If You Run” from Going the Distance (Boxer Rebellion)

“Darkness before the Dawn” from Holy Rollers (MJ Mynarski, Paul Comaskey)

“Sticks & Stones” from How to Train Your Dragon (Jónsi)

“Le Gris” from Idiots and Angels (Nicole Renaud)

“Chanson Illusionist” from The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, Joséphine Baker, Les Frères Jacques, Georges Brassens, Charles Trenet, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Serge Gainsbourg)

“Never Say Never” from The Karate Kid (Justin Bieber)

“To the Sky” from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Owl City)

“What If” from Letters to Juliet (Colbie Caillat)

“Life During Wartime” from Life During Wartime (Beck, Devendra Banhart)

“Made in Dagenham” from Made in Dagenham (Sandie Shaw)

“Little One” from Mother and Child (Lucy Schwartz)

“Be the One” from The Next Three Days (Moby)

“If I Rise” from 127 Hours (Dido, A.R. Rahman)

“When You See Forever” from The Perfect Game (Kendra Law)

“I Remain” from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Alanis Morissette)

“Dream Big” from Pure Country 2: The Gift (Katrina Elam)

“How I Love You” from Ramona and Beezus (Rob Laufer)

“Darling I Do” from Shrek Forever After (Lucy Schwartz, Landon Pigg)

“Noka Oi” from Six Days in Paradise (Eddie Wakes)

“This Is a Low” from Tamara Drewe (Swipe)

“I See the Light” from Tangled (Mandy Moore, Alan Menken)

“Rise” from 3 Billion and Counting (Debbie Gibson)

“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Randy Newman)

“Eclipse (All Yours)” from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Metric)

“Nothing” from Why Did I Get Married Too (Janet Jackson)

“A Better Life” from Unbeaten (Clint Black)

“Shine” from Waiting for Superman (John Legend)

“The Reasons Why” from Wretches & Jabberers (J. Ralph)


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