**CAUTION: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM A STAR IS BORN.**
“Shallow” from A Star Is Bornis one of the most iconic songs of last year. No matter if you’ve seen the movie, it’s hard to say that it didn’t deserve Best Original Song from the Oscars.
Not only is it extremely popular but it showcases the talent and voices of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. This song debuted on September 27th, just a week before the premiere of A Star Is Born.
No one really knew how Cooper’s voice would be and if their songs would compliment each other, but they did!
“Shallow” became popular fast and it was sung at every major award show the song was nominated for. So many people on the internet covered it and when Bradley showed up for an impromptu performance at her Las Vegas residency it boosted its popularity.
According to Billboard, “Shallow” was Lady Gaga’s longest running number one song on the charts, dethroning “Bad Romance.”
However, no disrespect to the incredibly iconic song, but months later, this song got overplayed. I adore this song and appreciate all the accolades its received but now it’s time to shine some light on other songs from the critically acclaimed film.
Narrowing down this soundtrack to five really great songs was tough because there’s so many great ones!
The soundtrack to A Star Is Born is simply amazing but it’s best to listen to it after you’ve seen the movie since it’s intertwined with audio dialogue from the movie.
Diggin’ My Grave
I love this song so much because it’s one of the many songs that shows Lady Gaga’s versatility as a musician and it also shows Bradley Cooper’s versatility as an actor.
They both sound like rockstars and I just love the rawness of this song. Lady Gaga’s raspy voice really comes out during this song and I just really love it. It’s also not featured in the movie but it’s definitely worth listening to.
Before I Cry
Having this song in my top five may be an unpopular opinion, but this song really hits home.
Given the circumstances of Jackson’s troubles, Ally Maine is on edge about how things are going to play out for him.
Things with him got a lot worse and she usually would put him in his place when he became messy.
This song also isn’t in the movie but if you listen to the soundtrack, it comes on after they had a big fight.
“Hurry up, hurry up, before I lose you”
Hurry up, hurry up, before you lose me too”
I can feel the urgency and worry Gaga feels of losing her lover as she begs him to tell her he loves her before she cries.
Look What I Found
“Look What I Found” is one of the more upbeat songs on this soundtrack, and it’s one of the first songs Ally wrote just after she got a taste of the limelight after performing shallow.
She discusses it with Jackson at a diner in his hometown where he asks, “how do you hear it,” a line that is repeated throughout the film when they discuss songwriting.
This song is also important because when she tries to record it in the studio, it’s a little rough as she keeps missing the starting queue and the producers are getting annoyed. Then Jackson comes in to help her by suggesting her playing the piano while she sings it.
This is an important moment in their relationship because while Jackson fears that her manager is trying to change her, he steps in by knowing what works for her and what doesn’t.
Is That Alright?
This song is truly the perfect wedding song. It’s sung by just Ally Maine and is clearly about falling in love with Jackson and wanting to spend her life with him.
This song was written and produced by Lady Gaga, Mark Nilan Jr., Nick Monson and Paul “DJWS” Blair.
“Is That Alright?” isn’t actually in the movie but it does play when the credits start rolling. Even though this song isn’t intertwined with the storyline like other songs, it doesn’t make it any less emotional nor powerful.
This song kills me, especially listening to it knowing how their story ends.
I’ll Never Love Again
This is the song everyone thought would be the “I Will Always Love You” of this generation before “Shallow” dominated the charts.
This heartbreaking ballad is the last song of A Star Is Born and is sung in dedication to Jackson Maine after he commited suicide.
What makes this song so great is that it was used as a plot device to end the story. Ally comes across the lyrics written down on a piece of paper while Jackson is in rehab. They talk about it briefly when she visits him.
When he’s back home, Ally asks him, “how do you hear it?”
He plays it for her and Ally is visibly overwhelmed with love. The audio of this scene is included in the end of the track, when Jackson is serenading Ally.
That detail ends the song beautifully and literally makes me cry every time I hear it. This song also ends the story of Jackson and Ally and deserves way more praise than it got. However, I do understand why it wasn’t pushed so hard as it contains a potential spoiler.