Music Musings: Golden Globes Ready with Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Beyoncé

By  January 07, 2013

When it comes to music, the right sound is just as important at setting the mood as it is setting up a scene in the film du jour. With the Golden Globes just six days away, it’s an apt occasion to lend an open ear to tunes that have earned the honor to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whether they topped the Billboard charts or not. So what do you get when Adele belts out the title song of a James Bond blockbuster 50 years after the franchise’s inception? How can you explain Gwyneth Paltrow‘s surprising vocal reveal in Country Strong? What happens when Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, and Kate Hudson‘s put their voices center stage in Cadillac Records, Avatar, and Nine? You get not only a round of great songs that anchored some of your favorite films, but music that can soundtrack your Golden Globes viewing party the right way. We’ve looked at the HFPA’s category of Best Original Songs from the past five decade, and came up with a few that you may want to add to your personal music archive today.

Skyfall Adele | “Skyfall” 2012
Safe & Sound Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars | “The Hunger Games” 2012
Suddenly — Hugh Jackman | “Les Miserables” 2012
The Living ProofMary J. Blige | “The Help” 2011
Coming HomeGwyneth Platrow | “Country Strong” 2010
You Haven’t Seen the Last of MeCher | “Burlesque” 2010
Cinema ItalianoKate Hudson | “Nine” 2009
I See You — Leona Lewis | “Avatar” 2009
Once in a LifetimeBeyonce | “Cadillac Records” 2008
The Wrestler Bruce Springsteen | “The Wrestler” 2008
Walk Hard John C. Reilly | “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” 2007
Listen — Beyonce | “Dreamgirls” 2006
A Love That Will Never Grow OldEmmylou Harris | “Brokeback Mountain” 2005
Old Habits Die Hard — Mick Jagger | “Alfie” 2004
Lose Yourself Eminen | “8 Mile” 2002
Die Another Day — Madonna | “Die Another Day” 2002

The 70th annual Golden Globes — hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — will air this Sunday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.