Song of the Day #3,570: ‘Capital Letters’ – Hailee Steinfeld

While I try not to judge anybody’s taste in movies, I’m also happy to report that I have never seen a Fifty Shades film. But I have to give the series credit for producing some interesting pop music.

From Beyonce’s slowed down, dangerously sexy version of ‘Crazy in Love’, Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ (all on the first film’s soundtrack) to contributions by Taylor Swift, Halsey and Sia in the second film, producers have made sure these movies are musical as well as cinematic events.

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Song of the Day #3,569: ‘Flower of the Universe’ – Sade

Ava Duvernay’s much-anticipated film A Wrinkle in Time turned out to pretty much suck, but it is notable for bringing the iconic Nigerian songstress Sade back after an 8-year hiatus.

Sade (which is both lead singer Helen Folasade Adu’s professional name and the name of the band she has fronted for 35 years) contributed the acoustic track ‘Flower of the Universe’ to the film’s soundtrack.

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Song of the Day #3,568: ‘Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)’ – Bleachers

Soundtrack curation is a hip job these days, whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther, Justim Timberlake’s Trolls or Lorde’s Hunger Games. The most recent example of a hit-maker focusing on the big screen is Bleacher’s Jack Antonoff’s work on Love, Simon.

Love, Simon is a charming romantic comedy that has taken on greater meaning because it is, amazingly, the first major studio film to feature a gay teen as its protagonist. And it’s good, not just groundbreaking.

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Song of the Day #3,567: ‘Rewrite the Stars’ – Zac Efron & Zendaya

Surprise hit The Greatest Showman has shown impressive legs both at the box office and on Billboard’s soundtrack chart, where it sits at #2 in its 16th week of release.

Among its songs, the show-stopping celebration of individuality ‘This Is Me’ has earned the most attention (as well as an Oscar nod) but for me the standout track is the love song ‘Rewrite the Stars.’

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Song of the Day #3,566: ‘Pray For Me’ – The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar

The movie soundtrack game isn’t a high-volume business. Currently the #3 album on Billboard’s soundtrack chart is Moana, in its 71st week.

But a handful of recent films have produced soundtracks worth at least a cursory listen.

The current big dog (or cat, I should say) is the Black Panther soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar, who also appears on many of its tracks.

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Song of the Day #3,565: ‘Inside Your Heaven’ – Carrie Underwood

Today’s random track is a paint-by-numbers “God is love” song from Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut, Some Hearts. It would have been more appropriately timed a week ago for Easter Sunday.

But what makes ‘Inside Your Heaven’ interesting isn’t its music or lyrics but rather its Billboard chart history.

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Song of the Day #3,564: ‘Portugal’ – Walk the Moon

After a month-long hiatus, please welcome back Random iTunes Weekends! Now that I’ve switched to a streaming service, the idea of randomly pulling from my meager iTunes library seems a bit quaint, but we’re still looking at more than 13,000 songs.

Even if I could figure out how to pull a random song from the millions accessible through Amazon Music, I don’t think I’d be happy with the results. And I like that Random iTunes Weekends give a little glimpse of where my interests lie.

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