Life in a Year is a 2020 American romantic drama film released on November 27, 2020, Sony Pictures Releasing. The movie’s story follows Daryn, who is being groomed to get into Harvard by his father, Xavier. Daryn meets Isabelle one day and falls for her instantly, but when he confesses his love, she reveals she has cancer and doesn’t have much time left. Daryn then plans to live a life in a year with Isabelle. Throughout the movie, many songs are featured. Here is a ranking of all the songs from the Life in a Year soundtrack.
24. In This World by David Hodges (2020)
The list starts with In This World by David Hodge. The song is featured at the movie’s beginning when Daryn and his friends are trying to sneak into a rapper’s concert. It is a relatively calm and mellow song that sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
23. I Got This by Jaden Smith (2020)
Next, we have a piece by young talent, Jaden Smith. “I Got This” is a positive track that gives listeners a taste of what Jaden Smith is capable of. The inclusion of Jaden Smith on this list is proof that age is nothing but a number when it comes to producing great music.
22. Life in a Year by Jaden Smith (2020)
Here is another one from Jaden Smith, “Life in a Year.” This song is included because of its optimistic message and Jaden Smith’s impressive vocal performance. The track and the film’s theme introduce the idea of living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment.
21. Here It Comes by The Math Club, Chubb Rock (2020)
Next up is a song that will get your head nodding and your feet tapping. “Here It Comes” by The Math Club is a catchy, funky track, a collaboration between Chubb Rock and the band. It brings out the best in both artists, with Chubb Rock’s smooth flows and the band’s tight musicianship.
20. Move Ur Body by V12 (2020)
This upbeat track comes as a surprise to many critics as it’s surprisingly refreshing and carefree. It’s one of those songs that make you want to get up and dance, no matter where you are. The lyrics are encouraging and motivating, perfect for getting people moving.
19. I’m a Giant by Chief Wakil (2020)
Chief Wakil’s “I’m a Giant” is another piece most people feel comfortable with. It is about a person who is struggling with their size. This can be very relatable for people of all sizes and fits quite well into the “Life in a Year” theme.
18. That’s What I Like by Pigeon John (2016)
Feel-good and soulful, “That’s What I Like” is the perfect addition to any feel-good playlist. Pigeon John brings his signature style and charisma to the track, making it an instant classic. It’s a piece highly praised by the film’s fans, and for a good reason.
17. Moonlight Mood by Ed Smith (2020)
“Moonlight Mood” is a beautiful ballad done by a little-known artist. The song is used in a key scene of the film, and it perfectly encapsulates the emotions of the moment. It’s a song about a young man in love with a girl, and he wants to spend his time with her and enjoy every moment.
16. Flaws by Bernie and the Wolf (2012)
Here is another Life in a Year soundtrack that received critical acclaim for its inventive and catchy melodies. Released in 2012, “Flaws” is a hauntingly beautiful track that tells the story of a relationship on the verge.
15. Bounce Back by Big Sean (2017)
Big Sean has never shied away from speaking his mind, and “Bounce Back” is no different. The track finds the rapper reflecting on several struggles in his life, including relationship problems and financial troubles. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the soundtrack, full of songs about overcoming adversity.
14. All Night Long by Dan Walker (2020)
When you listen to this next song, it will be easy to get lost in the feel-good nature and think about dancing the night away with your friends. Dan Walker’s sound captures the carefree and fun spirit of “All Night Long.” The lyrics also reflect some of the more mundane aspects of life that can often be forgotten at the moment but ultimately remind us that living in the present is what truly matters.
13. Crazy by Juliet Roberts (2016)
As dramatic as the movie is, this song brings the feels. It’s a great mix of R&B and pop, with Roberts’ gorgeous voice. It has that perfect balance of being both a ballad and an anthem.
12. Glorious (feat. Skylar Grey) by Macklemore (2017)
Glorious is one of those songs that makes you feel good. It’s impossible to listen to it without smiling. The track is all about Macklemore’s come-up in the rap game, and it features a chorus from Skylar Grey that will stay stuck in your head for days.
11. Weirdo Freak by Nutso Bonkers
If you have listened to Nutso Bonker’s songs, you can agree on this next son; Weirdo Freak deserved a spot on this list. It is a song about being an outcast and how that doesn’t make you any less of a person. You can feel the emotion in his voice as he raps about how misunderstood he is.
10. Deck the Halls by John Swanson (2020)
Next up is this rendition of Deck the Halls is a bit more upbeat and peppy than the traditional version, with a substantial brass section that gives it a lively sound. It’s an excellent choice for a Christmas movie soundtrack and would fit well at a holiday party.
9. Tell Me Where You’ve Been by M. Bronx (2020)
This song might bring back some intense feelings for someone who has watched the film. The lyrics are all about a relationship that ended suddenly and painfully, which is something that can happen in real life. The song is haunting and beautiful and deserves a spot on this list.
8. You by Fortnite (2020)
The next song on the list is a piece by Fortnite, a talented musician who produced the music for the game of the same name. “You” has a haunting, otherworldly quality that makes it perfect for a film like Life in a Year. The lyrics are also incredibly moving, making this one of the most emotionally powerful songs on the soundtrack.
7. All My Life by Chief Wakil (2013)
Chief Wakil’s soulful voice and the acoustic guitar in the background make this song an excellent choice for the soundtrack of The Life in a Year. The lyrics are about a man who is grateful for all the good things he has in his Life, and Daryn would likely agree with them as he falls in love with Isabelle.
6. Watch Me by Jaden Smith (2017)
Another masterfully produced track by Jaden Smith, “Watch Me,” is a cheerful song perfect for a film like The Life in a Year. The lyrics are all about living in the present and enjoying every moment, which Daryn and Isabelle try to do.
5. Hey Lonely by BOOTS (2020)
The song starts with a powerful and soulful message that sets the tone for the rest of the album. BOOTS brings raw emotion and an intense delivery to his lyrics, which helps make this song one of the soundtrack highlights.
4. Can’t Stop the Motion by Desi Valentine (2020)
Another song that fits so well with the film’s themes, “Can’t Stop the Motion,” is about living life to the fullest and not letting anything hold you back. The song’s lyrics are extremely inspiring, and the chorus is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
3. Music Got Me Started by Ross Rebel Baker (2015)
This catchy song is about how music has always been a part of the singer’s life. It talks about how music can make you feel happy, sad, or loved and how it can be a great way to connect with people. This song is perfect for The Life in a Year as it talks about how music can be a part of your life no matter what and how it can help you through tough times.
2. Word Up by Larry Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins (1986)
In the second place is the classic hit “Word Up” by Larry Blackmon, and Tomi Jenkins is coming in at number two on our list. Released in 1986, this song was a chart-topper and has been widely recognized ever since.
1. All The Time by Imaginary Cities (2013)
And now, we’ve come to our number one pick. “All The Time” by Imaginary Cities is a beautifully written and performed song that perfectly captures the feeling of falling in love. The lyrics are incredibly romantic, and the chorus is guaranteed to give you goosebumps.