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My Favourite film soundtracks
One of the main components to a film becoming epic or memorable is the soundtrack. Music added to a dramatic scene can make your hairs stand on end, or it can define a scene and make it a classic. Music in a film can be the stitching that makes it all neatly tie together. This is a list of my very own favourite film soundtracks. I based the list on soundtracks that I personally remember and that have stood out in my mind. So these are not necessarily the best films or the best soundtracks just my own personal opinion.
'Lord of the Rings'
This is one of my favourite movie franchises of all time and the soundtrack can only be described as epic. Howard Shore created a score that made the incredible battle scenes even more incredible. Even though I have watched all three films over many times, the music still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
Key Track- "Forth Eorlingas"
My other favourite film franchise also has an absolutely terrific soundtrack. The intro song to each film has become synonymous with it, and I’m sure with some people when someone mentions Harry Potter they play the opening song in their head (I certainly do). There are eight films in the Harry Potter franchise.
Key Track- "Prologue"
'500 Days of Summer'
A film that is an emotional roller coaster for me. A Rom-Com with a twist that makes me feel all sorts of emotions that I can’t really express within a couple of paragraphs. One thing that I can happily talk about with this film is the brilliant soundtrack. One thing people always say when they talk about 500 Days of Summer is, “The soundtrack is brilliant too.” Every Song that is played in the film perfectly sums up the feeling at the time. Every time "You Make my Dreams" by Hall and Oates comes on I think of 500 Days of Summer.
Key tracks - "You Make my Dreams" by Hall and Oates, "Sweet Disposition" by Temper Trap
An iconic film growing up in Britain in the 90’s, Trainspotting was a huge phenomenon and put one of Britain's best directors, Danny Boyle, on the map. The soundtrack itself was a huge hit and garnered big praise from critics and is often mentioned in the list of best soundtracks of all time. It features a number of iconic artists such Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Blur and the list goes on. A lot of the music featured on the album is identified with iconic British artists and the Britpop era.
Key tracks - "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop, "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" by Underworld
'Men in Black'
Now, this one may not be on everyone's list but for myself this is for nostalgic purposes. For a 90’s kid like myself Will Smith’s early career was a big part of my childhood and his music career is on a lot of 90’s playlists. This was actually the first album I ever had and this film and soundtrack gives me happy memories of being a kid and trying (and failing) to rap along to the words.
Key track- "Men in Black" by Will Smith (Obvious choice)
'This is England'
Whenever the question of favourite film comes about I always find it incredibly difficult to name one but This is England is always in the frame and sticks in my mind. This film is a big part of my life and, like many others, it opened my eyes to different parts of British culture. The soundtrack is brilliant. It consists of a lot of ska and reggae music. It opened my eyes to a whole different genre of music and plays a big part in the theme and style of the film.
Key track- "54-46 Was my Number" and "Louie Louie" by Toots & The Maytals
'About a Boy'
This soundtrack is impressive because it is written and composed solely by the artist Badly Drawn Boy. The film is funny, warm, sweet, and the music perfectly sums it up. If there is a funny scene the music really highlights that moment, exactly the same with the dramatic moments. Some of the songs in the soundtrack are actually some of Badly Drawn Boy’s most memorable hits.
Key Tracks- "Silent Sigh", "Something to Talk About" by Badly Drawn Boy
Drive was a huge cult hit in 2011 and was a big film for the careers of Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. The soundtrack consists of indie electro music and I thought it was a completely unique sound to any neo-noir, thriller movies, I’d never heard that style of music put together with the genres. It reminded me of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack, the sound and the style of the movie fit together perfectly.
Key Tracks- "Nightcall" by Kavinsky ft Lovefoxxx, "A Real Hero" by College ft. Electric youth
'Guardians of the Galaxy'
One of the surprise box office hits in 2014 also had one of best soundtracks in recent years. It was a major throwback and had a bunch of hits from the 60s and 70s. The soundtrack performed very well in the charts and was actually number 1 on the US album Billboard 200. I’ve even seen it on vinyl in some shops. I can’t even pick a single track that stands out because the whole album is pretty awesome.
Key Tracks- The whole album is pretty spot on.
Another film from the Marvel universe and the hottest hit of 2018 so far. Black Panther has been huge and the soundtrack is also huge. When you’re getting Kendrick Lamar, one of the biggest artists at the moment, to curate the soundtrack you know that it’s a big deal. This also hit the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 and gained huge praise worldwide. The songs perfectly go together with the themes and what the director to get across. "Black Panther" is certainly a phenomenon and the soundtrack will certainly be top of a few lists in the future.
Key tracks- "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar & SZA