Starring the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen, Leap! is the kind of wonderfully uplifting, joyously empowering film that could melt even the stoniest heart. Set in 1800’s France, it follows the story of a poor orphan as she follows her dreams of becoming a ballerina. It’s the very definition of heartwarming, with a family-friendly appeal that makes it as enjoyable for parents as for kids. Its message of fighting for your passions is timeless, and one that will resonate with anyone who’s ever bounced back from failure to achieve their dreams. The soundtrack is perfectly suited to the film, featuring Klaus Badelt’s original score together with songs from artists such as Demi Lovato and Carly Rae Jepson. Here’s how we rank all the songs from the Leap f.
14. Ballerina – Klaus Badelt
Beautiful, uplifting, and utterly magical, this piece by Klaud Badel captures the essence of Leap! perfectly.
13. Blood Sweat and Tears – Magical Thinker, Dezi Paige
Dezi Paige might not be a household name, but based on her beautiful performance of this highlight from the Leap! soundtrack, she should be.
12. Escaping the Orphanage – Klaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt’s score might be full of tender gentleness, but it’s not without its moments of high drama either, as the thrilling, nail-biting Escaping the Orphanage illustrates.
11. Dreams and the Music Box – Klaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt’s score has a magical quality to it that’s perfectly suited to the uplifting, empowering message of the film. Dreams and the Music Box gives us yet another moment of joyful, heartwarming listening pleasure.
10. Be Somebody – Chantal Kreviazuk
Three-time Juno Award winner and one-time Grammy Award winner Chantal Kreviazuk has been one of the biggest selling artists in her native Canada for years. Asides from her solo albums, she’s also featured on the soundtrack to dozens of films and TV shows, including Armageddon, The Terminal, The Door in the Floor, Serendipity, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and, of course, Leap!
9. Unstoppable – Camila Mora
If you didn’t think that songs could make you feel empowered but on the verge of tears at the same time, Camila Mora’s Unstoppable might just convince you otherwise.
8. Swan Lake, Op. 20 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
What would a movie about ballet be without a snippet of Swan Lake? Composed by Tchaikovsky between 1975 and 1976, the ballet initially tanked, but eventually, its story about a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer found its audience. Today, it ranks as one of the most popular and well-known ballets of all time.
7. The Liberty Chase – Klaus Badelt
Haunting, a little bit ominous, and utterly thrilling, The Liberty Chase ranks as one of the most exciting moments on Klaus Badelt’s wonderful soundtrack.
6. Shannon Reel – Daniel Darras & Youenn Le Berre
The scene that Daniel Darras and Youenn Le Berre’s Shannon Reel accompanies is one of the most fun in the movie, and the music complements it perfectly. Upbeat and wonderfully melodic, it’s guaranteed to give every flutist something to aspire to and everyone else something to dance to.
5. Runaways – Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen contributed two songs to the Leap! soundtrack, both of which were recorded during the sessions for her 2015 album, Emotion. Speaking about her inspiration for Runaways to W Magazine, Jepson said, ‘I wrote for my best friend, who’s been my best friend since we were 7. She actually just lived up the street and we had like trains going by. It was a very almost journal-entry type song, and maybe even for that reason very sentimental for me.’
4. Suitcase – Sia
Where Sia goes, Maddie Zieglar goes, and vice versa. While Maddie lent her voice to the character of Camille in L Sia lent her voice to the soundtrack with the sensational Suitcase.
3. You Know It’s About You – Magical Thinker & Stephen Wrabel
If you’re looking for some inspiration, You Know It’s About You should do the trick. With lines like “Never let a dream go cold/ Even when you’re losing hope,” it’s the shot of confidence we all need from time to time. Factor in the solid hook and soaring vocals, and it’s easy to see what makes the Leap! soundtrack every bit as popular as the movie.
2. Confident – Demi Lovato
Confident drips in saucy, self-assured swagger. Released as the second single and titular track from Lovato’s fifth studio album, the song became an international hit, charting in the top 30 in Canada, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Scotland and certifying triple platinum in the US.
1. Cut to the Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen
Cut to the Feeling was originally recorded for Carly Rae Jepson’s 2015 album Emotions, but in the end, it got cut after it was deemed too “cinematic and theatrical.” Fortunately, it didn’t disappear completely, popping up two years later as one of the two songs Jepson contributed to Leap! Described by Billboard as “the closest we’ll get to Whitney Houston’s late-’80s dancefloor euphoria in 2017,” it’s a big, bombastic pop confection with the kind of euphoric, monster hook that’s utterly impossible to resist. Released as a single to promote the release of Leap! in May 2017, it became a massive hit in Japan, reaching number 13 on the charts and earning gold certification from the RIAJ.