Here is a trio of Best Original Song nominees for Sunday’s Oscar Awards that we recommend for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your iPod, iPad, iPhone or other personal media device.
"Skyfall" by Adele
The title theme of James Bond films are a mixed bag. Sometimes the best or most popular performers can produce a dud – Madonna’s “Die Another Day,” Sheryl Crow’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” and A-ha’s “The Living Daylights” all come to mind. Then, you have the iconic – Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” “Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill,” just to name a few. Why not give Britain’s favorite pop star a shot? Adele is the rare R&B singer who can take the usually quaint corner of retro soul and make it sound big. Her take on the 007 theme is a classic/epic one and her powerhouse vocals have already won her a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
"Everybody Needs a Friend" by Norah Jones
Seth MacFarlane is not only hosting the Oscars, he’s nominated. But not for his performance as a foul-mouth teddy bear, his nod comes from co-writing the “Ted” theme song. Jones’ voice sounds tailor-made for this homage to the theme song for “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” Jones also did a cameo in the film and has shown through the years that she is down for any collaboration. If Adele doesn’t nab this thing, our money is on MacFarlane and Jones because both of them are sort of badasses.
"Suddenly" by Hugh Jackman
From “Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack” this song was nominated, despite Adam Lambert’s tweets saying, “The score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” So Oscar said, “Suck it, American Idols!” This song, along with the rest of the score, takes the scars-and-all approach at the music. The actors sang the songs on set and the voices sound rusty and tired, it’s all very cinematic. This one won’t win but it’s an essential listen for the theatrephiles out there. Plus, it’s cool to hear Wolverine getting his Broadway sap on.
Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge