Prepare for the 2016 Oscars by Listening to the Best Original Song Nominees

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When you think “Oscars,” the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t “music,” which makes sense — until you really think about it.

Imagine, your favorite movie without the epic soundtrack that helps add emotion, depth and reality to the storyline — it would probably be pretty boring and wildly unmoving.

Music is a huge (but often forgotten) part of good, moving, ground-breaking movies, which is why the Oscars, an exclusively movie-focused awards show that honors excellence in cinema, pay tribute to music in movies by awarding an Oscar to the Best Original Song — and, let us tell you, the 2016 nominees are stacked.

This year, unlike some others, most of the songs that are nominated have made it to radio — which is a big deal — and three of the five nominated songs are sung by GRAMMY-winning musicians, The Weeknd, Sam Smith and Lady Gaga, who is also a Golden Globe-winner.

So, basically, the competition this year is damn stiff.

Prepare for the 2016 Oscars by Listening to the Best Original Song Nominees:

“Earned It” // The Weeknd // “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“Manta Ray” // J. Ralph & Antony // “Racing Extinction”

“Simple Song #3″// La giovinezza // “Youth”

“‘Til it Happens to You”// Lady Gaga // “The Hunting Ground”

Writing’s On The Wall” // Sam Smith // “Spectre”

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