Best Movie Soundtracks Of All Time
Every year around Oscars season, I wonder why there are so many categories. I mean, do we really need Best Original Score AND Best Original Song? Couldn’t Best Sound Editing just get a discreet, pre-show shoutout? How’s a movie fan to grab some shut-eye?
But as anyone who has ever sat through the last two minutes of
can tell you, music is crucial to the magic of films. A good soundtrack is an art — one well worth disrupting your beauty sleep once a year. Star Wars without the rousing theme
Can you imagine
The Sound of Music without Julie Andrews’ delightful interludes? Or Titanic without Celine Dion? And where would Dirty Dancing be without “Time of My Life”? (Nowhere: Take away the music, and all you’re left with is a very awkward Jennifer Grey trying to seduce a very earnest Patrick Swayze.)
So, grab those headphones and join us on a musical journey through some of the best soundtracks in movie history.
VIDEO (2018)One word: A Star Is Born “Shallow.”
VIDEO (1999) Detroit Rock City
The entire movie is basically an ode to the best of 1970s rock.
VIDEO Garden State (2004)
“You gotta hear this one song, it’ll change your life, I swear.”
VIDEO Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Who knew that a movie about star lords and genetically-engineered raccoons could have such a killer soundtrack?
VIDEO Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
No judgments, please.
VIDEO Walk The Line (2005)
If the Johnny Cash soundtrack doesn’t do it for you, Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar-winning performance certainly will.
VIDEO Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
The John Williams theme heralds a new year at Hogwarts for Harry & co., and a couple of magical movie hours for us.
VIDEO (1990) Edward Scissorhands
Danny Elfman’s score is magical enough to melt the iciest of ice-statue hearts.
VIDEO (2003) Pirates of the Caribbean
Just channel Hans Zimmer’s epic buccaneer theme the next time you’re pumping yourself up to ask for a raise.
VIDEO (2006) Marie Antoinette
Bow Wow Wow, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, New Order — basically the sound of your Saturday night pre-game.
VIDEO (1977) Star Wars
Ten bucks says John Williams had an ex in mind when he composed this.
VIDEO Forrest Gump (1994)
This soundtrack is like a box of chocolate. (You know the rest.)
VIDEO (2001) Donnie Darko
Ah, the angsty make-out to the dulcet tones of Joy Division. Classic.
VIDEO (2001) A Beautiful Mind
James Horner’s score is as mind-blowing as John Nash’s equations.
VIDEO (2000) Almost Famous
Next time you read I’m With the Band and want to give it all up to become a groupie, listen to this instead.
VIDEO (2001-2003) Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Come for Aragorn, stay for the rousing musical call to arms, courtesy of Howard Shore.
VIDEO (1998) Titanic
Thanks to Celine Dion, our hearts will go on, and we will never let go.
VIDEO (2001) Amelie
You, plus a baguette, a bicycle, and Paris cobblestones equals this soundtrack.
VIDEO (2000) Gladiator
It’s basic Pavlovian conditioning: hear this music, chant “Maximus!” over and over.
VIDEO (2007) Juno
You don’t have to be 16 and pregnant to enjoy this coming-of-age masterpiece.
VIDEO (2001) Moulin Rouge
Has anything been more worth listening to than Ewan McGregor declaring his love via song?
VIDEO (2009) 500 Days of Summer
Also known as the soundtrack to your budding hipster phase. Don’t deny it.
VIDEO (1994) Pulp Fiction
You know what they call a perfect soundtrack in Paris?
VIDEO (1985) The Breakfast Club
Get in touch with your inner brain, athlete, basket case, princess, and criminal.
VIDEO (1996) Trainspotting
Choose this soundtrack, featuring our drugs of choice: Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Joy Division.
VIDEO (2006) Dreamgirls
It’s not often that Beyoncé has to share the spotlight, but Jennifer Hudson definitely holds her own.
VIDEO (1999) 10 Things I Hate About You
Julia Stiles is an Angry Female. How do we know? She listens to girl bands! (Gasp!)
(1987) Dirty Dancing
Nobody puts this soundtrack in the corner.
What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Sound off in the comments.
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