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15 Best Songs From "Sing"

Carson suffers from a serious case of melophilia. Geeking out on her favorite music artists is her guilty pleasure.

There are plenty of iconic songs from the blockbuster film "Sing." Let's see which ones are the best.

There are plenty of iconic songs from the blockbuster film "Sing." Let's see which ones are the best.

1. I’m Still Standing

Genres: Synthpop, new wave

Album: Too Low for Zero

Artists: Taron Egerton, Elton John, and Bernie Taupin

Facts about “I’m Still Standing”

  • The song first came out in 1983 in Elton John’s premium-certified album called Too Low for Zero.
  • It topped the charts in Canada's Top Singles and Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade).
  • Taron Egerton, playing Johnny HD in Sing, recorded the song two times for different occasions. He used the first version in the animated movie, Sing, while the second version was used in Elton John’s biopic, Rocketman in 2019.
  • The song has got a gold certification in the United States, platinum certification (digital) in the United Kingdom, silver certification (physical) in the United Kingdom, platinum certification in Denmark, and a double-platinum certification in Australia.
  • It’s a song about a former lover and how despite the heartbreak, Elton still stands strong. With reference to Johnny, the gorilla in Sing, it conveys the universal theme of believing in himself and finding the confidence to deal with situations after a breakup.

2. Set It All Free

Genres: Rock

Album: Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Dave Bassett and Scarlett Johansson

Facts about “Set It All Free”

  • Scarlett Johansson is the voice behind Ash, the precocious porcupine that dreams to become a superstar one day in Sing.
  • Ash wrote the song after her breakup with Lance.
  • The song not only appears in the animated movie, Sing but also in Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Sing on Tour.
  • The energetic anthem is about not letting anything restrain you and living life to the fullest whenever you get the opportunity.

3. Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing

Genres: Acid, jazz, soulhouse

Album: Innervisions

Artists: Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly

Facts about “Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing”

  • It’s the last of the singing competition in the movie, “Sing.”
  • The song ranked second on the R&B Chart, 10th on the Cash Box chart, and 16th on Billboard Pop Singles chart.
  • It talks about focusing on your tasks one at a time.
  • According to AllMusic’s Paula Edelstein, this was a “killer song.”
  • Billboard Pop Singles chart calls this song a strong ballad that has gentle arrangements.
  • Incognito, a British band, made a cover version of this song in their album, Tribes, Vibes, and Scribes.
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4. My Way

Genres: Traditional pop

Album: My Way

Artists: Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Seth MacFarlane

Facts about “My Way”

  • My Way is an iconic song from Frank Sinatra that he released in 1969.
  • His album, My Way, consisted of the then-contemporary songs, such as Yesterday by The Beatles, Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel, the French song “If You Go Away,” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
  • My Way later became the theme song of Frank’s Sinatra’s stage performances.
  • It has a 3x platinum certification in Australia, platinum certification in Canada, and gold certification in the UK, and Italy.
  • Many other artists became popular after singing this song, like Sid Vicious and Elvis Presley.
  • Apart from Sing, the song has also been used in other movies, such as Sid and Nancy and GoodFellas.

5. The Way I Feel Inside

Genres: Rock, Beat music, Rhythm and blues

Album: Begin Here

Artists: Rod Argent, Taron Egerton, The Zombies

Facts about “The Way I Feel Inside”

  • Rod Argent, the vocalist and keyboardist of the band, The Zombies, wrote the song in 1964.
  • Chris White, another band member, said that Rod wrote the song when he was in the toilet during the Isley Brothers tour.
  • The song also features in the 2004-movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
  • It is also available in the Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album.
  • In the movie, Sing, Johnny sings this song while he waits for his father and other gang members before completing a heist.

6. Shake It Off

Genres: Dance-pop

Album: 1989

Artists: Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback

Facts about “Shake It Off”

  • Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll gave voice to this Taylor Swift song.
  • The song is about the indifferent attitude towards negativity and detractors.
  • It features in Taylor Swift’s first pop album, 1989.
  • It’s an uptempo dance-pop song with a saxophone line.
  • It topped the charts in countries like Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the United States.
  • The song has the following certifications in different countries: 13x Platinum in Australia, Gold in Austria, Gold in Belgium, 6x Platinum in Canada, Platinum in Denmark, Gold in Germany, Platinum in Italy, 3x Platinum in Japan, Gold in Mexico, 3x Platinum in New Zealand, 2x Platinum in Norway, Gold in Portugal, Platinum in Sweden, Platinum in Switzerland, 3x Platinum in the United States, and Diamond in the United Kingdom.

7. Under Pressure

Genres: Rock

Album: Hot Space

Artists: Queen, David Bowie

Facts about “Under Pressure”

  • The song is available both on the album, Hot Space, and Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • It achieved the number-one spot on the UK Singles Chart.
  • The song was first released as a single in 1981. Queen later decided to include it in their album, Hot Space, in 1982.
  • Music lovers consider it as a “monster rock” and “incredibly power yet poignant pop song.”
  • In Sing, Shake It Off plays during the construction of an outdoor stage with the remains of the Moon Theatre.

8. Faith

Genres: R&B, funk, soul

Album: Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, and Francis Farewell Starlite

Facts about “Faith”

  • Ariana Grande disclosed her collaboration with Stevie Wonder for this song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • This is one of the three original songs used in the movie, Sing.
  • The song was released as a lead single in 2016.
  • Faith plays right at the beginning of the movie when the credits start rolling in.
  • Actors perform Faith live on Sing on Tour by portraying as Buster Moon’s performers.
  • The song got a nomination at the 74th Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song.
  • The music video features both Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder.
  • The song received a gold certification in Italy.

9. I Don’t Wanna

Genres: Rock

Album: Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Beck Bennett, Scarlett Johansson, Garth Jennings, and Dave Bassett

Facts about “I Don’t Wanna”

  • I Don’t Wanna is another original song from the album, Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • In the movie, Ash and Lance (Scarlett Johansson and Beck Bennett) sing this song. They sing it in Harry’s Bar.
  • The song plays for the second time when the duo performs in the audition for the singing competition called, Buster Moon’s.
  • I Don’t Wanna didn’t make it to the “Auditions” track available in the soundtrack.

10. Golden Slumbers

Genres: Ballad

Album: Abbey Road

Artists: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Hudson

Facts about “Golden Slumbers”

  • You will hear a medley of two of Beatles’ classic songs, Golden Slumbers and Carry That Weight in the movie, Sing.
  • Jennifer Hudson sings the song. She plays Young Nana Noodleman.
  • You can listen to the song on the album, Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • The song plays three times in the movie: first, during Epiphany. It was the performance that sparked an interest in Buster Moon right at the opening scene of the movie. Second, after the Moon Theatre was destroyed and during the sulking of the performers on the stage. Finally, during the reconstruction of the Moon Theatre and its grand reopening towards the end of the movie.

11. Oh.My.Gosh

Genres: Hip-hop

Album: Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (deluxe edition)

Artists: The bunnies, Onika Minaj, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark, Jonathan "AnonXmous" Solone-Myvett, Jamal Jones

Facts about “Oh.My.Gosh”

  • The song is only available in the deluxe edition of the Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • It is a shortened version of the song, Anaconda, sung by Nicki Minaj.

12. Around The World

Genres: Rumba

Album: Homework

Artists: Guy Manuel De Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Señor Coconut and his Orchestra

Facts about “Around The World”

  • The song is written by Guy Manuel De Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, the electronic music duo that also has a band named Daft Punk.
  • In the movie, the song has been performed by Señor Coconut and his Orchestra.
  • The song is only available in the deluxe edition of the movie’s album, Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • In Sing, Meena and Buster Moon sing this song as they set up the brand-new squid-powered stage in the Moon Theatre.
  • The song topped the charts in the US Dance Club Songs, UK Dance, Italy, Iceland, and Canada.

13. Gimme Some Lovin’

Genres: R&B, Blue-eyed soul

Album: Welcome to the Canteen

Artists: Scarlett Johansson, Beck Bennett, Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood

Facts about “Gimme Some Lovin’”

  • It took just thirty minutes to conceive, arrange, and rehearse the entire song.
  • The Spencer Davis Group had recently released a single called, “When I Come Home.” It was not a big hit as the group had imagined. As a result, the group’s manager, Chris Blackwell, had to take the performers backstage and ordered them to write a new song and perform it within a few minutes.
  • In the movie, you can hear this song when Buster Moon takes a ride on his bicycle and takes a tour of the city.

14. Let's Face the Music and Dance

Genres: Jazz, Pop Vocal

Album: Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Irving Berlin, Seth MacFarlane

Facts about “Let's Face the Music and Dance”

  • Irving Berlin wrote the song, Let's Face the Music and Dance, for a film called, Follow the Fleet.
  • Many other artists, such as Todd Gordon, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and many more have come up with cover versions of this song.
  • In the movie, Mike sings Let's Face the Music and Dance while rehearsing at the Moon Theatre.

15. Venus

Genres: Country rock

Album: Single

Artists: Robbie van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue, Reese Witherspoon, and Nick Kroll

Facts about “Venus”

  • Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll, who play, Rosita and Gunter, respectively, perform this song in Sing.
  • In the movie, Rosita practices her dance steps as the song plays backstage.
  • Robbie van Leeuwen wrote the song in 1969. It was sung by Shocking Blue, a Dutch rock band.
  • The song went on to top the charts in as many as nine countries twelve years later in 1981.

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