Sleek, cool, and minimalist — College and Electric Youth succeeded at delivering a track that epitomized Ryan Gosling’s infamous Drive character (or at least his scorpion jacket). And there are few scenes more uplifting than the one in Almost Famous where, having retrieved guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) from a drugs and alcohol-fuelled party, the fictional band Stillwater and their crew take up a rowdy singalong to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. Yet it was the slightly more unassuming song “Bellbottoms” from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album Orange that initially inspired the film. Flashdance, the first collaboration between producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is important because it actually changed how some of the most popular films of the Eighties were shot. The best soundtrack songs bring the popularity of a film to another level and keep it etched in our minds long after the credits roll. Before The Greatest Showman or A Star is Born, there have been scores that have become etched into the cultural zeitgeist because they captured moments that spoke to us long after the final credits roll, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. In making this list, we included soundtrack albums built around original songs (hey, Superfly) as well as expertly curated compilations (we see … Like the soundtracks for Kill Bill, Trainspotting and Marie Antoinette, it’s the vast eclecticism of the songs featured in Romeo + Juliet that make you remember each one, and the scene where each is used, for years after first seeing the film. It scored Grammy wins for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and was arguably the best thing to happen because of Batman, minus Tom Hardy helping to reignite the demand for shearling coats. When it comes to soundtracking your movie, it helps if the director is a massive music nerd. Sometimes the closing credits are just the beginning... By Christina Capatides September 16, 2015 ... and his determination to break free from it all with his music. Working with composers Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries, he beta-tested many of the tracks that ended up on the album by playing them at 5am to afterparty guests at his house in London. This was a powerful message in 1993 (and in 1994, when it was released as its own single), when mainstream discourse about HIV/AIDS was limited to dialogue in movies like this one. The best example of this is in the shopping scene – set to the song “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow – that famously included a pair of purple Converse: one of the most defining fashion items of Nineties teen culture. “That’s when I thought of Sufjan Stevens.” Other tracks, like the buoyant “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs, captured the wistful, heady nature of hot, endless summers in Italy during the Eighties. ), it’s a testament to the staying power of Eminem’s Oscar-winning song. Curtis Mayfield’s third studio album was released as the soundtrack to the Blaxploitation film of the same name. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time "Check On It" - Beyoncé Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (five weeks), Peak Date 2/4/2006. Neither Cameron Crowe nor his music coordinator Danny Bramson wanted to pander to the charts for this story based on the director’s years as a teenage rock journalist. So where most soundtracks become the platform for burgeoning indie acts, it was Once itself that brought legitimacy to a band that actually existed before its leads sought to tell a story. (Which, as we glean from Trainspotting 2, isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Plus, the song avoided any real references to the movie or its characters, which helped it appeal to anyone put off by musicals in a pre-Hamilton era. A particularly disgusting toilet scene is set to Brian Eno’s “Deep Blue Day” and French composer Georges Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No.2”. Of course, any biopic about the rise and fall of gangsta rap collective NWA had to have a killer soundtrack – especially if its former members were involved in its production. Music is what first drew characters Summer (Zoe Deschanel) and Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) together (they start talking after Summer overhears The Smiths playing on Tom’s MP3 player). In between, you have Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails and, of course, This Mortal Coil’s “Song to the Siren” – a track that caught Lynch’s attention and inspired him to co-write two albums for Twin Peaks chanteuse Julee Cruise. Céline Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic (1997). As the title song from Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen’s single paralleled the feelings that defined Tom Hanks’s character, Andy: feelings of sadness, of grief, and of quiet acceptance. “The music and the Earth stuff is one of those touchstones that we have to remind us that, yeah, Quill is a real person from planet Earth who’s just like you and me," Gunn explained. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? And, for added authenticity, the smackhead anthem Perfect Day by … The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA worked with director Quentin Tarantino on the collection of music that would accompany Uma Thurman’s character The Bride on her bloody quest for revenge. Few films offer as comprehensive a look at hip-hop stars during the heights of their creative powers – even though the movie itself was a clumsily written crime drama. This mix of credible and corny mirrors a typical experience we go through as adolescents, discovering individuality via the music we listen to and trying to leave the theatrics behind. Dazed and Confused was relatable even if you didn’t happen to spend your teenage years riding shotgun in a 1975 Chevy El Camino. In the summer of 1992, the soundtrack to a film that flopped at the box office offered the masses the gateway they needed into the Seattle grunge scene. The thing is, the songs came before the film. ), but she also deserves credit as half of the duo who closed out Garden State, a movie about a sad man. Despite Coolio having released an album of the same name that year, mainstream pop culture has intertwined “Gangsta’s Paradise” almost exclusively with the Michelle Pfeiffer drama Dangerous Minds, especially after it won an MTV Movie Award for Best Rap Video in 1995. And yes, the sequel (essentially a remake set in Cuba during the 1950s), starring Romola Garai and future Rogue One star Diego Luna, suffered from a plot loaded with clichés and lack of chemistry between its two lead actors. This may seem like sacrilege given that the first Dirty Dancing soundtrack is indisputably the more iconic of the two. But okay, fine: A cover of Dolly Parton’s 1974 original, the song is a take on a breakup. When you watch the film today, it only serves to fuel that feeling of nostalgia and add to its ever-growing cult status. 1 in 16 countries (U.S. included), was named Billboard’s No. Similar to the ending of The Bodyguard itself (spoiler), Whitney Houston sings from the perspective of a woman who’s still in love, but knows the relationship also has to end. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Daft Punk’s “Veridis Quo” signals a mood-change at a celebratory dinner, while “Happy Song” by Charles Dockins conveys Paul’s euphoria as his hero Tony Humphries works the decks in a New York club. Sometimes, true power exists in a song’s ability to permeate the cultural sphere and haunt everybody on the planet until we learn to accept its place among us. Its soundtrack offers a comprehensive look at the house, jungle and garage music that was the lifeblood of Paris youth culture in the Nineties, but is also carefully chosen to match the situation of the film’s characters. Five of the songs performed by Houston were hits: "I Will Always Love You", "I'm Every Woman", "I Have Nothing", "Run to You" (both Oscar-nominated), and "Queen of the Night". Throughout film history, songs have added glory to struggle, majesty to landscapes, depth to heroes and villains alike. And while many of us would’ve loved Winona and Ethan not to end up together, their beginning ultimately sparks the demise of the friend group. Director Sofia Coppola took a similar approach with the music as James Gunn did for Guardians of the Galaxy, mixing new wave and post-punk – including The Strokes, New Order, Adam and the Ants and The Cure – with period music by Baroque composers Vivaldi and Couperin. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The way the music progresses mirrors the grit and darkness that begin to emerge out of paradise. Spike Lee’s Brooklyn-based masterpiece is set to a breathtaking jazz score conducted and composed by his father, Bill Lee. Each song mirrors the various highs and lows the characters go through, helped by director Marc Webb’s background making music videos for indie pop artists. “My Heart Will Go On” garners no lukewarm responses, because it is a song of extremes. Only the title track was an original recorded by Cliff for the movie; the rest were singles released in Jamaica between 1967 and 1972, including Cliff’s superb “You Can Get it if You Really Want”, plus songs from seminal artists like Toots and the Maytals and Desmond Dekker. But tied to the film — a movie in which three women operated as an unfuckwithable team while respecting and championing each other’s individuality — “Independent Woman” held even more currency. Add that to a wall-to-wall disco soundtrack and you’ve got an intoxicating film, set 20 years after the genre’s heyday, with classic dancefloor anthems from Chic, Diana Ross, and Sister Sledge belted out one after the other. So ultimately, listening to “My Heart Will Go On” was like rewatching the James Cameron masterpiece in four-minute increments — moreso if you were technologically inclined to tape the video off TV and watch a full VHS of Céline, Kate, and Leo on repeat while telling yourself it was just as good as watching the real thing again in theaters. 50 tracks (191:43). A veritable smorgasbord for any self-respecting music nerd: Baby Driver took movie soundtracks to a whole other plane. One of the most eclectic compilations to grace cinema-goers’ ears in recent years: the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack wins for those three songs by Sufjan Stevens alone. While we know stars – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – went on to fall in love and form the two-piece folk band, the indie hit Once offered a realish glimpse into the makings of their music and of their then-relationship. Preview Editors’ Notes The year 2020 was unlike any other, to say the least—so it makes sense that new faces had an unusually outsized impact across the world. The cult status of both the featured music and the film itself suggests we can never let the drama go completely. It is a brilliant yet subtle alignment of modern Western consumerism and the outrageous decadence at Versailles during the 18th century. A veritable masterpiece: The Beach soundtrack is what gives this film starring a fresh-faced Leonardo DiCaprio its vitality, capturing the essence of the trance music heard during Thai beach parties during the Nineties. And while few of us will ever get tired of making fun of and/or overanalyzing that line (why not just take off the sweater, man? But what made Seal’s track unique was the fact that it was tied to the Batman franchise at all — particularly one of its more ridiculous movies. John Hughes virtually pioneered the formula for teen movies soundtracked by angsty British post-punk rock. Stand by Me(1986) R|89 min|Adventure, Drama. While “My Heart Will Go On” is obviously recognizable to most Western-pop-culture-consuming people on the planet, it’s also as divisive as the movie itself. Already a subscriber? Dirty Dancing 2 didn’t really deserve such a soundtrack, but it adds some actual heat to a film that, asides from the superb dance routines, leaves you cold. Since the movie deals with the sacrifice of one man (Liv Tyler’s onscreen dad, played by Bruce Willis) to save another (Liv Tyler’s onscreen boyfriend, played by Ben Affleck), the video played on the final heart-wrenching moment between Liv and Bruce by placing Tyler’s real Dad (Steven) into the good-bye scene. It’s finally time for the first elimination of the season, but first we must endure the first acting challenge of the season. The music is essentially a whole other character – a narrator who offers running commentary on the scenarios the others find themselves in. Whether it's moody guitars of Seattle's grunge scene that served as the backdrop for Cameron Crowe's Singles, the euphoric trance in The Beach, or the teenage angst of British post-punk rock on Pretty in Pink: so many films would be nowhere near as good without the music that accompanied them. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. These are some of the most iconic movie songs of all time, from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "Batman Forever." Couple this with Loeb’s soft vocals, and “Stay” beautifully and effectively succeeds at capturing the quiet turbulence the film’s characters choose to keep themselves in. But it’s worth mentioning that “I Believe I Can Fly,” an oddly dramatic song for a movie about a basketball game in space populated by Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan, was also Kelly’s most successful single. It was supervised by Pete Tong, who said the songs, including Moby’s “Porcelain” and Dario G’s “Voices”, are what make the film “watchable time and time again”. soundtrack was defined by theatrics, sorrow, drama, and sensational covers of pop classics, “Lady Marmalade” played on the campier side of the movie by featuring the singers and rappers as Moulin Rouge performers, thereby inspiring countless Halloween costumes. He wanted the music to give the film a “precise identity” that would act as a “voice” in the movie, he told Billboard. The latter, written by Italian composer Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (who performed the track), became the singer’s first and only number one hit. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ ( Blue Hawaii , 1961) Leading this group is Lamar himself, undoubtedly the best choice of artist for a film that explores responsibility, black power, family dynamics and loyalty. Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s quirky dramedy about a misfit teenager who finds herself two months pregnant and decides to have and adopt out her baby gets a lot of things right. Even so, the meticulous care with which the soundtrack for Straight Outta Compton was assembled is impressive, and provides backdrop for an origin story about some of the most influential and important records – and artists – of the Eighties and Nineties. The song was first used in the 1973 martial arts film Lady Snowblood, in which Kaji starred. But before The Greatest Showman and A Star is Born, there have been scores that have become etched into the cultural zeitgeist because they captured moments that spoke to us long after the final credits roll. Serving as a loose recap of 8 Mile, while encompassing the feelings associated with performance, “Lose Yourself” was not just a testament to Eminem’s own experiences, but to what it feels like to pour one’s self entirely into a dream or opportunity. As a 1960s scientist turned cooking-show host. Seems like a hard ask during quarantine, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled. But if you're hitting the road or track with Beyonce, Lizzo, and Sia in your ears, it might not even feel that hard. The whole soundtrack is spiritually—and sartorially—aligned with the best of what early-2000s R&B and hip-hop had to offer. In retrospect, Aerosmith performing the song for 1998’s second asteroid film makes as much sense as the film itself, but the world looked different in 1998. From Eminem … “It was almost like the closest thing to having action-movie synesthesia, [where] I would listen to that song and imagine this car chase.” he said. 100 Best Songs of the 1960s. The soundtrack’s best quality though is showcasing punk’s nascent role in the origin of acid house, helping to bridge the gap between these two wildly different sounds. While Half Nelson isn’t as highly regarded as Lars and the Real Girl or Drive, it’s the one that helped Ryan Gosling break away from his status as the heartthrob from The Notebook. (Mainly, it was a world conducive to the release of two asteroid films, but I digress.) This is largely due to director Richard Linklater highlighting an era of raucous butt-rock anthems and stoner jams, from Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” to Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold”. As the New Laney Boggs™ (not improved, but different) makes her glasses-free debut, we’re treated to the sweet sounds of Sixpence None the Richer, who accompany Freddie Prinze Jr.’s disbelief that a young woman who was objectively beautiful before, could, in fact, still be beautiful. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. Cameron Crowe wanted the Singles soundtrack to be “more like a simple mixtape of Seattle’s finest”, and ended up with a veritable who’s-who of every important band from that moment in music history: Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Mudhoney… everyone apart from Nirvana. As well as making a star of reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, both the film and soundtrack for The Harder They Come exposed mainstream audiences to the emerging Kingston recording industry, helping bring the genre to the US and beyond. 1 in 19 countries, and became the best-selling single in 2014 (on top of cleaning up at the Grammys and MTV Movie Awards). That a song so rooted in romance and vulnerability could be connected to a something so opposite is a testament to Seal’s songwriting. Behold, Céline! If you need me to explain why “I Will Always Love You” is one of the biggest and most important movie songs of the last 25 years, there is no hope for you, or those whose lives you’re a part of. The track was suggested to Tarantino by musician Boyd Rice, via their mutual friend Allison Anders. By doing so, Coppola gave her audience something to relate to, and a soundtrack that suited Marie Antoinette’s rebellious teenage spirit. Chuck Berry’s song “You Never Can Tell”, also known as “C’est la Vie”, also enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to its use in the famous dance scene with Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta). Of course, music was always going to play a huge part in a film about a boy in a band and his video game quest to win the girl of his dreams. It’s true: “Stay” doesn’t appear in Reality Bites, despite it being forever linked to one of the greatest onscreen representations of the most conflicted and privileged sects of Generation X. And really, what more can any of us ask for? Mainly, it evolved from a pop song into a vehicle through which to channel Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz in some of their funniest (and arguably best) roles. By using a set of mostly female vocalists, all of whom sing over dry electronic beats, Martinez achieved a sonic portrayal of Drive’s startling juxtaposition between beauty and violence. We turn it up to soundtrack our arguments that Jack could’ve fit on that godforsaken wardrobe door, or we switch it off and recoil, haunted by our pasts. Arguably the best moment is right at the beginning of the movie, where Quill [Chris Pratt] dances through a deserted temple on a post-apocalyptic planet to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love”, using a very angry lizard like you would a hairbrush for lip-syncing in front of the mirror. One of those is a soundtrack that almost acts as an interior monologue for the title character. Get Into This Lip Sync Even If You Don’t Watch, We’ve got ourselves a bona fide lip-sync assassin on season 13, and her latest performance was the, Kenneth Branagh Will Play Boris Johnson in COVID Miniseries, Wolf Blitzer, Bill Clinton, More Stars and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Larry King. All the Live Events, Movie Releases, and Productions Affected by the Coronavirus, Here Are All the Movies Delayed Because of the Coronavirus. A great soundtrack often transcends the film it first appeared in, whether it was comprised of pre-recorded songs by known artists, or original tracks that went on to become long-lasting hits. In retrospect, Aerosmith performing the song for 1998’s... 3. 27 Best Ever Songs From Movie Soundtracks. Most of us can admit that the further we keep R. Kelly away from everything, the better it will be for all. Regina Spektor’s song “Hero” is the perfect backdrop for the scene where Tom realises his hopes of getting back with Summer are futile; the track closes on the lyric “no one’s got it all”, as if to point out that not everyone gets the fairytale ending they hope for. If you enjoyed listening to this one, maybe you will like: 1. And if that doesn’t make it deserving of the top spot, then heaven help you. But "Two Hearts" was the tune... "Cradle of Love" - … Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. One of the most unforgettable moments is when Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” plays as the Wise Guys cook dinner, which was “always a big thing” in prison. (And it landed Lisa Loeb on the charts before she even signed to a major label.) LDR asks, “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?” To which the film itself answers, “As long as you look like Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio, yes.”. It’s also punctuated by summer jams and blissful ballads, or the urgent demands of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”, which is played from Radio Raheem’s boombox a number of times through the film. But that’s just one reason why the oral history is very much worth reading. But look: Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” may have gone on to soundtrack one of the biggest moments in television history (see: when Marissa shot Trey on The O.C. She sings: “I’m a woman who walks at the brink of life and death/ Who emptied my tears many moons ago” and then: “I’ve immersed my body in the river of vengeance.” It's as though the song was written with The Bride in mind. Before Garden State and 500 Days of Summer, the team behind the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel compiled 15 tracks like a mixtape. Few songs embody a film — nay, life experience — like the ballad... 2. The music that features in a film can be as moving, essential or memorable as any line of dialogue or actor's performance. Performed by Céline Dion, the single went to No. If Pretty in Pink captured teenage angst in the Eighties, 10 Things I Hate About You achieved it for the decade that followed. Best Film Scores and Movie Soundtracks: See below AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores, a selection of the top 25 Film Scores voted upon in 2005.Also below, Entertainment Weekly selected their definitive list of 100 Best Movie Soundtracks, dubbed their "guide to the movie soundtracks that move us most." Where A Hard Day’s Night, Yellow Submarine and Help were undoubtedly more influential on popular culture, Magical Mystery Tour is the most fun to listen to – regardless of how much effort is required to watch. © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. As an aside, it is especially an especially great song to play during any awkward silence. The prolific interviewer worked on his Ora TV series up until his death. The House of the Rising Sun - The AnimalsFleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling StonesNights In White Satin - The Moody BluesWalk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith. Quentin Tarantino didn’t commission a traditional film score for what is arguably his most adored film, 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at An important part of Selma’s message of hope and of power. Where Jay-Z failed to step aside on the Great Gatsby soundtrack and let other artists do their thing, Lamar is more interested in highlighting the skills of his fellow artists, like South African singer Babes Wodumo, or Jorja Smith. Enter: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” a single written and produced by Babyface with a strong message about growing up, letting go, and the liberation that comes with both.