After years of patiently waiting, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born has finally arrived in theaters. The third remake of its kind, Copper's directorial debut is a romantic and visceral romance that is often told through music. Ally and Jackson Maine's songwriting often reflected their lives, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper helping to craft the music themselves.
There's a ton of great music in A Star Is Born, but some of the songs stood out in the film's catalogue. Here's a list of the biggest songs, and why they stood out among the rest.
10. Why Did You Do That?
While an obvious Lady Gaga bop, "Why Did You Do That?" feels a bit out of place among the rest of the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Ally is singing mostly folk and rock music up until this point, so her Saturday Night Live performance is certainly surprising. She transforms into a full on pop singer, re-hiring backup singers and writing lyrics about jeans and texting guys. And while the verses are extremely catchy and have a refreshing taste of hip hop, the chorus is a bit repetitive.
"Why Did You Do That?" has the signature Lady Gaga vocals and style in it, but for the purpose of A Star Is Born, it makes her character's priorities and musical sensibility unclear.
9. I'll Never Love Again
Hear me out on this one. While "I'll Never Love Again" is the big eleven o'clock number of A Star Is Born, I didn't think the song itself did the plot or actress justice. There's some obvious inspiration taken from Whitney Houston, and it sounds almost as if "The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You" had a baby, all sung with Gaga's stunning instrument.
The song is at its best when it shockingly cuts back to Jackson, who is playing the song for Ally in their home. The audience is reminded why the couple's love was so powerful, and how much music connected them. But while "I'll Never Love Again" is the moment Ally's star is born, the song itself left a little to be desired.