Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Bruce Springsteen: duel of titantes at the Golden Globes for Best Song

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Now, yes! We can already say that Barbie, after having triumphed at the box office in 2023, is on its way to making history in the awards season. And Greta Gerwig’s film is the favorite of the 81st edition of the Golden Globes. This December 11, all the award nominations have come out and the Best Song category is going strong. And half of the nominations are covered in Barbie pink. Literally!

In this new edition of the Golden Globes, three of the six nominated songs belong to the film based on the famous Mattel doll. And is not for less! The film has great musical numbers and has one of the best pop soundtracks of the 21st century. Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Karol G, Billie Eilish, Ava Max and Sam Charlie XCX have participated in it.

But Barbie songs are not going to have it easy. They are going to have to face other songs. Some have been as hits as peaches of Super Mario Bros and others are composed by music legends like Lenny Kravitz or Bruce Sprintsteen. ANDn WECB we review the six songs nominated for this year’s Golden Globes. Which one will win?

What Was I Made For? Billie Eilish and Finneas – Barbie

What Was I Made For? It has become one of the most listened to ballads in 2023. The song composed by Billie Eilish and Finneas was a personal request from Greta Gerwig, as the singer commented in an interview for Apple Music. The artist confessed that she wrote the song with her brother thinking about her own experiences. Furthermore, she remembers the conversation she had with the director when they saw the film:

“I went without thinking what would come of all that. I just wanted to see the movie. It was really great, I felt honored that they thought of me. I really had no idea what to expect, I was honestly very nervous. She gave us 30 or 40 minutes into the movie. There was a minute where Finneas and I were looking at each other thinking… Whoa, this is crazy! Greta would stand in front of us and say, ‘In the next part, I want you to feel like this.’ ‘, he showed us his passion and told us everything. He would get up and walk to the entrance of the cinema to talk to us about the next part and explain it to us. He said: ‘I’m very afraid to show it to someone. It’s like my baby.'”

It should be remembered that Billie Eilish and Finneas already have a Golden Globe for Best Song for No Time To Die for James Bond in 2022. This would be the second award they would win. Will they get it?

Dance the Night by Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt – Barbie

The second song of Barbie nominated for the Golden Globes is Dance The Night. The song, which draws directly from the dance of the eighties, is a hymn to fun. It contrasts with Billie’s theme in every way. And it is that, yes What Was I Made For? It’s perfect for crying, Dance The Night It’s what you need to get a high and go out dancing.

The song has crept into the charts around the world, being one of the most listened to songs of the summer and reaching the top of the WECB list. The topic arose when the film’s director asked Mark Ronson for a song that would be perfect for a musical number. The producer called one of his right-hand men, Dua Lipa, and they got to work. This is how it was born Dance The Night. One of the most remembered songs on the film.

I’m Just Ken by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt – Barbie

Definitely, I’m just Ken It has become one of the most memorable songs in the film Barbie. The song, performed by Ryan Gosling, belongs to one of the funniest moments in the film. In fact, without being released as one of Barbie’s singles, the song managed to sneak into Billboard’s top 20 this summer.

In fact, the musical number in which the actor stars was not easy to film. As Warner Bros showed, they had to record the shots separately from the voices. It also featured several dancers who were perfectly choreographed for the sequence.

peaches by Jack Black, Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, Eric Osmond and John Spiker – The Super Mario Bros

Another of the musical phenomena to come out of the cinema in 2023 has been Peaches. The song that Bowser dedicates to Peach, performed by Jack Black, did not stop playing on the main platforms. The song soon went viral, becoming one of the most shared songs on TikTok of the season.

Addicted To Romance by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa – She Came To Me

A Bruce Springteen pop ballad for a song about a songwriter losing inspiration? Give me two cups. Although the film has gone unnoticed, despite starring Peter Dinklage, Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei, the title song has won the public’s favor. And is not for less. directly touches the little heart. Accompanied by piano, violins and a choir, everything in this song breathes harmony.

Road to freedom by Lenny Kravitz – Rustin

Another of the heavyweights of American music, Lenny Kravitz, competes with Road to Freedom. A great pop rock song where the legend is mixed with trumpets and an incredible gospel choir to provide a soundtrack to the story of Bayard Rustin, leader of black civil rights in the United States during the sixties. A song that perfectly captures the spirit of the Netflix movie, Rustin, and puts music and lyrics to it.

Without a doubt, this new edition of the Golden Globes is going to be complicated. And this category is very close. Who will win?


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