11 Ryan Gosling Songs You Didn't Know Existed
While Ryan Gosling doesn't need to give the adoring public any other reasons to love him, when the La La Land trailer was released on July 13, anyone with a pulse should have been ecstatic to hear Ryan Gosling's singing voice on the featured song "City of Stars." The dreamy actor who is beloved by any who have seen his films — or his feminist and hilarious Hey Girl memes — stars opposite Emma Stone for the third time in La La Land and based on the trailer, he is going to make you swoon as jazz musician Sebastian. If the trailer inspired you to want more of Gosling whistling and singing to warm your heart, you're in luck because there is a treasure trove of songs sung by Gosling out there in the world for you to enjoy.
Any true Gosling fan knows that the movie star got his start on the Disney Channel's reincarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club. Considering he used to work alongside musicians like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, Gosling's singing in the La La Land trailer shouldn't really have come as a surprise. Still, even with knowing that Gosling was once a member of the MMC, the actor has lent his vocal talents to a decent amount of songs. And in honor of the La La Land trailer, I have dug them up.
Although I'm truly sad to report that his singing voice is not heard on the Young Hercules soundtrack, get ready to be crushing hard as you listen to these 11 songs by Gosling.
1. "Cry For You"
No offense to JC Chasez or Timberlake, but you've heard them sing enough. Jump to 1:32 in the above video from the Mickey Mouse Club for Gosling's solo during their rendition of Jodeci's "Cry for You." Oh, who am I kidding? It's only three minutes long, so you should probably just watch the whole thing — it's worth it.
More MMC? Yes, please. Gosling is one of the leads on this version of the '90stastic song "Faithful" by Go West.
3. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
This one may be cheating a little bit since he only sings for a bit and it's along with the recording, but if you jump to 2:51, you can hear Gosling sing in the 2000 film Remember the Titans.
In 2004 — yes, the same year that Gosling was in The Notebook — IMDb has it listed that Gosling released a few songs for the soundtrack of Wild Roomies. Let's be honest, you've probably never heard of that movie before, but listen to Gosling get melancholy on "Wake" and if you're a die-hard Gosling fan, get your hands on Wild Roomies to try to hear his two other songs for the film, "The Pickup Song" and "Touch Me."
5. "Put Me In The Car"
It's difficult to find any reputable information on this Gosling-recorded solo song with Wikipedia noting he recorded it in 2007 and with the page for "Put Me in the Car" on the lyrics site LetsSingIt being last modified in 2004. Even the blog Ryan Gosling Addicted is unsure of the real recording date, but regardless of what year he recorded this single, it gives you a glimpse of what Gosling as a pop star could have been like.
Somehow Gosling managed to still be charming even when he was wooing a blow-up doll with this Nat King Cole classic in the fascinating indie film Lars and the Real Girl.
7. "In The Room Where You Sleep"
Now commences the Dead Man's Bones portion of the list. Dead Man's Bones is a band formed by Gosling and Zach Shields and they released their album Dead Man's Bones in 2009, which included the above song "In the Room Where You Sleep." This song was also on the soundtrack for The Conjuring.
8. "Name In Stone"
Bizarrely (just like their music), this Dead Man's Bones single — "Name in Stone" — wasn't on the band's first (and only) album, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a listen.
9. "Dead Hearts"
The music video for "Dead Hearts" definitely fits the ghostly and eerie vibe that Gosling and Shields were going for. And hey did I mention that you can buy the Dead Man's Bones album for $7 on Bandcamp so you can always listen to Gosling's beautiful voice creeping you out?
10. "Pa Pa Power"
Dead Man's Bones was also recorded with the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir and the kids' voices are very prominent on the song "Pa Pa Power." Cross your fingers Gosling and Shields will reunite for another album someday.
11. "You Always Hurt The One You Love"
In the heartbreaking film Blue Valentine, Gosling's character Dean tells Michelle Williams' Cindy that he "can't really sing" before breaking into his version of the song "You Always Hurt the One You Love." But based on this list, you and I both know that's nowhere near the truth.
Gosling will continue seducing audiences with or without his singing voice, but I'm fully prepared to fall in love with the talented actor all over again once La La Land comes out in theaters in December 2016.