Leave it to Sia—the sexually fluid songstress who published a love letter to the LGBT community in honor of Pride month—to give our Wonder Woman a brand new anthem. "To Be Human" (featuring Labrinth) is the introspective song that plays over the film's end credits and perfectly captures Diana's interpersonal journey. The duet is by turns brooding and playful, much like Sia's overall catalogue. For every club-thumping "Cheap Thrills," there's a haunting ballad like "Distractions" (one of her many early collaborations with trip hop band Zero 7). But this isn't the first time Sia has contributed to a soundtrack. Here are five more of her outstanding movie songs.
"My Love" for Eclipse
Whatever your feelings about The Twilight Saga, you're bound to appreciate this gorgeous slice of romanticism. Its eerie tone and mournful wailings are the perfect accompaniment to a star struck pairing.
"Elastic Heart" (featuring the Weeknd) for Catching Fire
Too bad this cut was relegated to "inspired by" status on the second Hunger Games compilation. Its pulse-pounding beat would sync wonderfully with an action sequence, as evidenced by this kinetic video (with Shia LaBeouf and Sia avatar Maddie Ziegler locked in a cage match). The inclusion of a pre-"Can't Feel My Face" the Weeknd was particularly inspired. Sia's voice is already supernaturally expressive, and adding his delectable falsetto is pure ear candy.
"Kill and Run" for The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrman's underrated Gatsby had some thumping tracks, but Sia went in a darker, more downbeat direction, evoking the tragedy inherent in the story. The lyrics are also appropriately literary for an F. Scott Fitzgerald joint, i.e. "Should I cry? Should I lie? Your poor lashes blow / Victim of sensory love."
"Little Man" for National Lampoon's Van Wilder
And you thought this movie's only redeeming characteristic was Ryan Reynolds's physique. It also boasted a terrific, good-natured declaration of love from a pre-dance diva Sia (here, as on The Great Gatsby, she’s credited as “Sia Furler”). This is actually one of my favorite early Sia songs, and the fact that it comes from such an unexpected source is just the icing on the cake.
"Breathe Me" for Six Feet Under
This one's a bit of a cheat, as it first appeared on Sia's 2004 EP Colour the Small One. But it has been indelibly associated with Alan Ball's funeral home odyssey ever since it scored the series finale’'s iconic "death of everybody" montage. Before "Chandelier," this was also the Sia's signature song. When I attended the Miss Lez Pageant in the summer of 2008, where Sia was an honored guest, a fangirl in the audience shouted "sing 'Breathe Me!'" That was also the night I had an unforgettable chat with the chanteuse regarding her then recent entry into the girl/girl dating scene. She had just learned some new terms—"Bossy bottom," she said to me, wrinkling her nose. "I don’t like that." All right, Sia. How about "Beloved Queen?"