There is an art to creating a superb film soundtrack that guarantees the music is as deeply buried in one’s memory as the film’s storyline or characters are. Crazy Heart is a drama film released in 2009 and was written and composed by Scott Cooper. The film was influenced by the 1987 novel of the same name, written by Thomas Cobb. The movie’s storyline revolves around a country music singer and songwriter who attempts to change his entire life after falling in love with a beautiful journalist. Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released in 2010 to accompany Crazy Heart. The film’s soundtrack album is made up of 16 tracks. The tracks were composed by different individuals, including Stephen Bruton, T-Bone Burnett, John Goodwin, Gary Nicholson, Ryan Bingham, Billy Joe Shaver, Sam Hopkins, and Eddy Shaver. The tracks are performed by various artists, including Robert Duvall and Jeff Bridges. In 2010, the single “The Weary Kind” received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. Here is the ranking of all the songs from the Crazy Heart soundtrack.
15. Brand New Angel – Jeff Bridges
“Brand New Angel” was released in 2010 and is contained in the Crazy Heart soundtrack. The track was written and performed by one of the most talented American actors, Jeffrey Leon Bridges, popularly known as “Jeff Bridges.”
14. Live Forever – Robert Duvall
“Live Forever” is one of the tracks on the Crazy Heart soundtrack, composed by Billy Joe Shaver and Eddy Shaver in 2010. Robert Duvall performs the song. “Live Forever” features folk, blues, and country styles. Different artists, like Cory Morrow, record various versions of the song.
13. Reflecting Light – Sam Phillips
“Reflecting Light” was released in 2004 and was written by Sam Phillips. The track is contained in the album, A Boot and a Shoe. The song is about someone going through a hard time but is hopeful that things will get better as he says, “But I’m reflecting light.”
12. If I Needed You – Townes Van Zandt
“If I Needed You” was released in 1972 and was composed by Townes Van Zandt. This track is also featured in the movie, Be Here to Love Me. Emmylou Harris is one of the artists who released other versions of this great track.
11. Gone, Gone, Gone – Jeff Bridges & Colin Farrell
Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell composed this track in 2010 for the Crazy Heart soundtrack. This song is about someone making bad choices in their life, despite the fact that something inside of them told them what they were doing was wrong, yet they still did it anyway. The track is some form of regret.
10. Fallin’ & Flying – Jeff Bridges & Colin Farrell
“Fallin’ & Flying” was written by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell. This track was released in 2010 on the Crazy Heart soundtrack album. It is a wonderful piece of music for wounded souls. “Fallin’ & Flying” is known for its amazing, encouraging lyrics.
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Waylon Jennings
“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” is a legendary song that is greatly appreciated by many. The track was composed by Waylon Jennings. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” is an old classic tune with a beautiful melody that is greatly loved by the fans.
8. Once A Gambler – Lightnin’ Hopkins
“Once A Gambler” was written and performed by Lightnin’ Hopkins. Lightnin’ Hopkins is a blues guitarist from Houston, Texas, who achieved massive success in the industry during the blues revival of the 1960s. The track features folk, blues, and country styles.
7. I Don’t Know – Jeff Bridges
“I Don’t Know” was written and performed by Jeff Bridges. It was released in 2010 in the Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In the same year, Ryan Bingham recorded another version of this track.
6. Fallin’ & Flying – Jeff Bridges
“Fallin’ & Flying” is an amazing track that Jeff Bridges performs. Jeff Bridges sounds amazing in this track’s performance, especially for the country sound. This song will have you listening to it over and over.
5. I Don’t Know – Ryan Bingham
This masterpiece was by Ryan Bingham. The Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features two versions of this track: one by Jeff Bridges and this particular one by Ryan Bingham. This is a heavy track with catchy lyrics.
4. Somebody Else – Jeff Bridges
“Somebody Else” was written and composed by Jeff Bridges. Through this track, Bridges delivers some straightforward, beer-hall existentialism, “I used to be somebody, but now I am somebody else.”
3. My Baby’s Gone – Louvin brothers
Hazel Houser composed and recorded this song in 1962. She wrote a series of gospel songs for the Louvin brothers between 1958 and 1962, but this is the only secular tune she wrote for them. The Louvin brothers later performed this song on the Crazy Heart soundtrack.
2. Hello Trouble – Buck Owens
“Hello Trouble” is one of the great tracks on the film’s soundtrack that Buck Owens performed. This track is an old classic that follows up right after the wonderful opening track of the film’s soundtrack.
1. Hold On You – Jeff Bridges
The soundtrack to Crazy Heart opens up with this wonderful track. “Hold On You” was also performed by Jeff Bridges. The song is about the writer’s various stages of life, but they seem to have found the one they love, and he swears to keep holding on to her no matter where he may be.