Many weeks ago, friend of the site, Lyz, recommended that I do a list of my favorite movie soundtracks. It took me a while, but I’ve finally gotten there. At some point, Micah is going to do an addendum to this list because he’s annoyed with some of my choices. That’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. These are my favorites, after all. That said, if you have suggestions or complaints, there’s a whole comment section below just waiting for your opinions. Have at it! For now, here’s my list in no particular order.
The soundtrack for The Crow is one of my all-time favorites. It’s got the perfect blend of goth and grit. Separated from the film, it’s a fantastic album just for everyday listening. Put in the context of the film? It’s fantastic. “Burn” by The Cure gets me every time. This film and the death of Brandon Lee are a couple of the reasons why they never play this song in concert.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
As I type this, I’m watching the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time since it was in theaters. Once again, I’m struck by how perfectly the songs chosen for Awesome Mix Vol. 1 fit in with the action of the film. From the opening of the movie with “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone to the much-maligned inclusion of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes, there’s just so much on this soundtrack to love and enjoy.
American Hustle (2013)
I’m going to admit this right off the bat: I have yet to see American Hustle. It is currently streaming somewhere on the internet, but I haven’t yet gotten around to it. That said, I happen to have a copy of the soundtrack in my collection. If anything, this soundtrack has made me even more inclined to see this movie. With that stellar cast, this is certainly saying a lot.
For some reason, Trainspotting really resonated with my group of friends for a while there. No, we’re not into drugs or anything, but there was something about this movie’s message that hit home. We chose life and this soundtrack full of fantastic songs by Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Joy Division, and others. Seriously. It’s a great album with even greater songs.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
While I was at work today, I decided to listen to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack just to refresh my memory. I can’t believe that I’d nearly forgotten how much fun it was. You can thank Quentin Tarantino for bringing “Misirlou” back from its surf rock prison. That’s not the only awesome song on this soundtrack. There’s Dusty Springfield with “Son of a Preacher Man” and Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.” Admittedly, that last song is super problematic, but it’s still entertaining.
I can’t believe that I almost forgot to include the fantastically fun soundtrack to Footloose. Thankfully, a coworker reminded me of it while we were at our company holiday party tonight. It’s got some great pop songs of its era and really captures the spirit of that generation’s youth. Furthermore, this soundtrack makes me want to dance and I don’t even like dancing. What’s up with that?
City of Angels (1998)
City of Angels was an awful movie. It was frustrating, stalkery, and irritating. Seriously, what kind of neurosurgeon goes out on a bicycle without wearing a helmet? Meg Ryan should know better! Argh! Anyway, I love the soundtrack. My particular favorite song from it is “Uninvited” by Alanis Morisette. I love singing along with that melancholy track. I even have the trumpet sheet music for it. If I practiced that instrument more, I could even make it sound good.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Adam Sandler is one of my least favorite actors of all time. Sure, he was amusing the first couple of times, but he was overplayed like a lot of popular songs on the radio. That said, I enjoyed the heck out of The Wedding Singer. Want to know what I enjoyed even more than that movie? Its soundtrack. See, I may not have been aware for most of that decade, but the 80’s produced a ton of music that I loved and so many great songs from that decade are on this soundtrack.
Latter Days (2003)
I think I have Netflix to thank for my my love for Latter Days and, subsequently, its soundtrack. The movie’s about this Mormon missionary and the gay man who falls in love with him. The soundtrack is filled with the poignant and perfect songs that tell their stories. “Tuesday 3:00 a.m.” and “Another Beautiful Day” sung by Rebekah Jordan are easily my favorite songs on this album. Well, I think I know what I’m going to be listening to tomorrow.
The Bodyguard (1992)
All right. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes a bit as Whitney Houston’s voice fills your mind. Sure, the soundtrack for The Bodyguard is mostly remembered for her rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” but there are some other amazing songs on it like “Queen of the Night.” I mention that song in particular because this movie came out when I was in elementary school and I was so fascinated by the use of “damn” in this song. It was super edgy to my young mind.
Batman Forever (1995)
I’m just going to give you one word to tell you why the Batman Forever soundtrack is included on this list: Seal. Yes, folks, “Kiss From a Rose” is such an amazing song that I kind of have to include it. Also, it has my favorite version of “The Passenger.” Sure, Iggy Pop’s version is the original and theoretically the best, but I love what Michael Hutchence does with it. Furthermore, I also love U2’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” I love to sing along to that.