I’ve seen La La Land twice, and the wait for the film’s soundtrack isn’t getting any easier. There’s not a bad song in the bunch (even John Legend’s “Start A Fire”, which is meant to represent selling out jazz for pop sensibilities, is fun to listen to), and it will be interesting to see what songs Lionsgate wants to promote in what’s looking like an incredibly competitive category this year.
The studio announced that the soundtrack will be available to own on December 9th, and they’ve released the first single, “City of Stars”, which features leads Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It’s a good first track to promote because it doesn’t depend as heavily on the show-stopping choreography you get from the opening number “Another Day of Sun” or the cute chemistry you see in “A Lovely Night”.
However, I’m not sure “City of Stars” is the film’s best bet to earn a Best Song win. La La Land is currently the frontrunner for Best Picture, so it’s almost guaranteed a Best Song nomination, but when it comes to beating out songs from Moana, Sing Street, or Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, it’s got a tough battle. Personally, I think “Another Day of Sun” or “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” are the film’s best bet to pick up a Best Song Oscar, but we’ll have to see how the race shakes out.
In the meantime, here’s “City of Stars” and you can check out the full tracklisting below via Variety. La La Land opens in limited release on December 9th before expanding on December 16th.
- 1. “Another Day Of Sun” (La La Land Cast)
2. “Someone In The Crowd” (Emma Stone, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe)
3. “Mia & Sebastian’s Theme” (Justin Hurwitz)
4. “A Lovely Night” (Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone)
5. “Herman’s Habit” (Justin Hurwitz)
6. “City of Stars” (Ryan Gosling)
7. “Planetarium” (Justin Hurwitz)
8. “Summer Montage / Madeline” (Justin Hurwitz)
9. “City of Stars” (Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone)
10. “Start A Fire” (John Legend)
11. “Engagement Party” (Justin Hurwitz)
12. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (Emma Stone)
13. “Epilogue” (Justin Hurwitz)
14. “The End” (Justin Hurtwitz)
15. “City of Stars (Humming)” (Justin Hurwitz featuring Emma Stone)