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The 7 Best Songs From the Movie Home

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The 2015 animated movie "Home" has an amazing soundtrack, featuring Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

The 2015 animated movie "Home" has an amazing soundtrack, featuring Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

Home the Movie Playlist

Home is one of the most underrated animated films of the past decade. The song choices are particularly commendable, making the overall story-telling that much more exciting.

These are the best songs from the movie soundtrack.

1. "Towards the Sun"

Genres: Pop, R&B

Album: Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Rihanna, Tiago Carvalho, Gary Go, and Robyn Fenty

Facts about “Towards the Sun”

  • Apart from singing the song, Rihanna also provides her voice to the character, Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, who later befriends an alien.
  • Many critics compared this song to Coldplay’s “Princess of China,” where Rihanna had collaborated with the band.
  • Towards the Sun first premiered on February 24, 2015, on BBC Radio 1.
  • The song went on to peak at 22 on the French singles chart and 76 on the UK singles chart.
  • According to Entertainment Weekly, the song is “whispier” and “anthemic” than the previous singles of Rihanna.
  • Rolling Stone opined that Towards the Sun has an optimistic tune and lyrics, thus making it dramatic and empowering.

2. "Run to Me"

Genres: Pop

Album: To Whom It May Concern

Artists: Barry Gibb, Clarence Coffee Jr., Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Charles McCulloch II, Coffee Jr., Robin Gibb, Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb

Facts about “Run to Me”

  • Run to Me is the first track by the Bee Gees. They released it in the group album “To Whom It May Concern” in 1972.
  • Run to Me managed to reach the US Top 20 and the UK Top 10 list.
  • Barry, one of the writers of the song, re-recorded it with Brandi Carlile in 2021.
  • There was also a promotional video of the song filmed in black and white that featured Robin and Barry.
  • Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Lee Towers, Anita Meyer, and Oscar De La Hoya made cover versions of Run to Me later in different languages.
  • The song chronicles the heartfelt wishes of a man who loves someone dearly and wants her to pay attention to him.

3. "Cannonball"

Genres: Folk rock

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Album: O

Artists: Damien Rice, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Kiesa Rae Ellestad, Benjamin Eli Hanna, Emile Haynie

Facts about “Cannonball”

  • Cannonball was Damien Rice’s second single that was released in 2002. Damien decided to re-release the song in 2003, and it finally managed to make an impression in the UK Singles Chart. The song reached 32, 19, and 11 in the years 2003, 2004, and 2011 respectively.
  • Little Mix, the winner of The X Factor, released the song again in 2011. It topped both the Irish and British singles charts within a week after its release.
  • Natalie Imbruglia, an Australian singer, made a cover version of the song, for her album, Male, in 2015.
  • Cannonball received the Gold certification in the United Kingdom.

4. "As Real as You and Me"

Genres: Children’s music

Album: Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Alicia Renee Williams, Rihanna

Facts about “As Real as You and Me”

  • During the release of the album, Rihanna had said that she wants all the songs to be timeless and soulful so that she could perform them even after 15 years.
  • As Real as You and Me is a relatively short song compared to the long songs that Rihanna had penned earlier in her career.
  • Rihanna wanted to focus on soulful songs that children would also enjoy.
  • Rihanna is not just the singer of this song; she is also the executive producer of the movie and also lends her voice to the character called Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci.

5. "Red Balloon"

Genres: Pop

Album: Sucker

Artists: Charli XCX, Stargate, Hermansen, Eriksen, Charlotte Aitchison, Magnus Høiberg

Facts about “Red Balloon”

  • The song was a special bonus track in Charli XCX’s second album, Sucker.
  • It plays right at the beginning of the movie when the opening credits roll out.
  • Stargate, the producer of this song, also produced two more songs in the movie.

6. "Dancing in the Dark"

Genres: R&B

Album: Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Rihanna, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Ester Dean, Maureen Anne McDonald, Robyn Fenty

Facts about “Dancing in the Dark”

  • Dancing in the Dark is an upbeat, island-inspired song.
  • Rihanna is the singer, executive producer of the album, and voices the character of Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci.
  • According to Spin Magazine, it’s a funky song with a wubby bass groove that children love.
  • Dancing in the Song peaked at the number 2 spot on the US Kid Digital Songs billboard.
  • Rihanna and Ester Dean, the iconic duo, have also collaborated in many other songs, such as “What’s My Name” and “Rude Boy.”

7. "Feel the Light"

Genres:

Album: Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artists: Jennifer Lopez, Hermansen, Erikson, Ellestad, Haynie

Facts about “Feel the Light”

  • In addition to singing this song, Jennifer Lopez also lends her voice for the character, Lucy Tucci, in this film.
  • The song is a ballad with an uplifting tune.
  • DreamWorks Animation’s official YouTube channel also came up with a celestial-themed video that features Jennifer Lopez.
  • According to Idolator, the song has a featherlight tune with a mid-tempo that both adults and children can enjoy.
  • Michael Pell from MTV UK said that the song’s video takes the viewers through a magical journey that explores the relationship between a wee girl and her cute little alien friend.
  • Feel the Light became the number one song in the US Kid Digital Songs Billboard chart.
  • Jennifer Lopez made her first live performance of this song in 2015 on American Idol.
  • In the movie, the song plays two times: first, when Tip and his friend, Oh the Boov, find Tip’s mother, and second when the end credits roll out.

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