The Shallows is an intense movie — half shark attack horror film, half thriller, most of the movie consists of an epic shark versus woman fight, with Blake Lively playing the woman. But the credits of the movie are actually quite nice. Why, you ask? The answer shouldn't surprise you. The end credits song in The Shallows is "Bird Set Free" by Sia, the hottest pop artist in end credits songs right now. The Shallows is just the latest in a long line of films to use Sia as their main soundtrack. So, how does The Shallows ' "Bird Set Free" stack up against Sia's other movie soundtrack songs?
The Shallows is the second movie released this month to feature Sia's haunting vocals over the end credits. Fans can also hear Sia at the end of Finding Dory, coincidentally another movie about ocean creatures. Unlike Sia's song for Finding Dory , "Unforgettable," it should be noted that "Bird Set Free" was not recorded specifically for The Shallows. Still, the song off her newest album, This Is Acting, is a perfect way to end a movie about fighting for survival. The songs lyrics include this particularly direct connection to The Shallows: "Yes, there's a scream inside that we all try to hide/ We hold on so tight, but I don't wanna die, no/ I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die."
In the past few years, Sia has become a Hollywood staple, with music appearing in every other major blockbuster and summer hit. Sometimes she'll lend already existing songs to movie soundtracks, like with "Bird Set Free" in The Shallows, but other times Sia will record special covers or original tracks for movie soundtracks. Here are just a few of the most memorable songs Sia has contributed to movies.
1. "California Dreamin'" — San Andreas
Sia's haunting cover of the classic "California Dreamin'" was the perfect song for San Andreas, an action movie about a massive California earthquake.
2. "Salted Wound" — Fifty Shades of Grey
Sia's contribution to the excellent Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack might not be as sexy as The Weeknd's Oscar-nominated "Earned It," but it's still pretty stellar.
3. "My Love" — The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Sia's addition to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack is probably the single best song on the album, and it will get stuck in your head forever.
4. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" — Annie
Sia was heavily involved in the 2014 Annie remake, recording a cover of the classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" for the movie and contributing three original songs.
5. "Kill and Run" — The Great Gatsby
Sia's dreamy "Kill and Run" is the perfect companion to Baz Lurhmann's glamorous adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
At this rate, Sia could make a career out of recording songs specifically for movie soundtracks. Let's all take a minute and be thankful she hasn't, and instead continues to release some great original albums.
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