Simple Song Number 3

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"Simple Song#3"
Single by Sumi Jo
from the album Youth
Released20 May 2015
FormatDigital download
  • 6:28
LabelMilan Records
Songwriter(s)David Lang
  • Nicola Giuliano
  • Francesca Cima
  • Carlotta Calori

"Simple Song #3" or "Simple Song Number 3" is an original song sung by South Korean singer Sumi Jo. The song was released as the lead single from the soundtrack album of 2015 film Youth written and composed by American composer David Lang.[1]

"Simple Song #3" was nominated for the 2016 Academy Award,[2] Golden Globe Award[3] and Critics Choice Award[4] for best original song.[5]


American composer David Lang wrote the music, including the piece "Simple Songs" that is fictionally performed for Queen Elizabeth at the end. The scene was shot with soprano Sumi Jo, violinist Viktoria Mullova, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Berlin Radio Choir.[6][7]


Award Category Recipient Result Ref(s)
88th Academy Awards Best Original Song David Lang Nominated [2]
21st Critics' Choice Awards Best Original Song Nominated [4]
73rd Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song Nominated [3]
2015 Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Nominated [8]


  1. ^ Donadio, Rachel (30 November 2015). "For Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth,' David Lang Strives for an Unusually Emotional Melody". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Newman, Melinda (14 January 2016). "David Lang on His Best Original Song Oscar Nom: 'I Spilled Coffee All Over Myself'". Billboard. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Golden Globes 2016: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Grat, Tim (14 December 2015). "Critics' Choice Award Nominations Led by 'Mad Max,' 'Fargo'". Variety. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  5. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (24 August 2015). "2015-2016 Oscar Predictions". Variety. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  6. ^ Roddy, Michael (20 May 2015). ""Candy-wrapper music" hits sweet spot in Cannes Youth movie". Reuters. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  7. ^ "David Lang". Red Poppy Music. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  8. ^ Adams, Ryan (13 December 2015). "Houston Film Critics Society Nominations". Awards Daily. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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