“Me Before You” has captured our hearts in many ways. We loved the book, we loved the movie, and we loved Emilia Clarke’s goofy Louisa and Sam Claflin’s charming Will Traynor.
Based on Jojo Moyes’ best-selling book, “Me Before You” tells the story of a small-town 26-year-old British woman named Louisa “Lou” Clark (played by Emilia Clarke) who is struggling to find the right job after failing as a beautician and chicken factory worker. She then lands a position as a caretaker to a quadriplegic named Will Traynor (played by Sam Claflin).
But as movie junkies would know best, music can make or break a film. In this case, we think that whoever chose the soundtrack for the latest romance novel-turned-movie deserves an Oscar!
So put on your headphones and treat your ears to this beautiful movie playlist. You won’t regret it:
1. Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Taken from Ed Sheeran’s 2014 album “x” (read as multiply), “Photographer” is a slow acoustic track that the singer-songwriter wrote in 2012 alongside Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid.
Apparently, the song’s lyrics were inspired by the young singer’s own experience of long-distance relationship when he dated Scottish singer, Nina Nesbitt. They dated for more than a year but Sheeran spent 5 months on concert tours.
Don’t lie, we know that “Photograph” stole your heart away too.
2. Max Jury – Numb
Written by Iowa singer Max Jury, “Numb” is no Linkin Park cover. The soulful track features the artiste’s fragile effortless voice, humming Gospel chant, the sound of an electric guitar, and some beautiful piano chords.
The singer-songwriter is relatively unknown as he’s still new to the mainstream music scene. Jury just released his debut album, titled “Out Now”, on Friday (3rd June) and it’s definitely worth listening to.
3. HOLYCHILD – Happy With Me
“Why can’t you be happy with me?”
“Happy With Me” by American indie-pop duo HOLYCHILD is an upbeat and fun song about a couple’s struggle to be happy. Thanks to member and multi-instrumentalist Louie Diller, the composition of the song is brilliantly done and it is mind-blowingly addictive.
4. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)
If you listened to X Ambassador’s “Unsteady” closely, the song lyrics describe a child stuck in between fighting parents who are about to separate. For some reason, the divorce-themed track fits the film so well, and we just want to cry our eyes out.
More tissues, please :(
5. Jessie Ware – Till The End
Like many others, English musician Jessie Ware is also a fan of Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel “Me Before You” and her latest song, titled “Till The End”, is actually based on the love story between Louisa and Will. The soft romantic ballad is about a pair of lovers staying together no matter what happens. Aww :)
6. The 1975 – The Sound
“Well I know when you’re around cause I know the sound, I know the sound, of your heart.”
“The Sound” by English alternative rock band The 1975 is a fast-tempo light-hearted song taken from their sophomore album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it”. The track is the band’s highest charting single in the UK and it was streamed over 15 million times on Spotify.
7. Jack Garratt – Surprise Yourself
24-year-old Jack Garratt is a musical genius and multi-instrumentalist. The young English singer-songwriter wrote “Surprise Yourself” 3 years ago for a friend who once took the wrong train home. The song is about doing the unimaginable because you might just “surprise yourself”.
Now, doesn’t that remind you of Louisa?
8. Cloves – Don’t Forget About Me
Australian singer Kaity Dunstan aka Cloves is not just another hot young thing. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter’s “Don’t Forget About Me” is a tearful ballad about hoping that the one you used to love won’t ever forget you. Though the lyrics are simple, the track also features Dunstan’s deep yet soothing voice.
9. Imagine Dragons – Not Today
Remember how excited you were when you watched the 2nd trailer for “Me Before You”? In case you didn’t know, American rock band Imagine Dragons’ slow ballad titled, “Not Today”, was featured in it. The song tells the tale about love confronting life’s obstacles.
We think that this beautiful song matches our leads’ heartbreaking romance really well, don’t you?
10. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Last but not least, we have Ed Sheeran’s mega hit “Thinking Out Loud” – that’s 2 songs from our favourite English singer!
Although the tear-jerker wasn’t included in the official soundtrack album, it appeared briefly in the movie. Thus, we hereby conclude that “Me Before You” was definitely a movie made for Ed Sheeran songs.
Directed by Thea Sharrock, “Me Before You” also stars Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis, and Brendan Coyle. If you haven’t seen the film, here are some fun facts to prep yourself for the movie :)