With all due respect to Time magazine (who has a list of 25 of their own), I thought it was time to re-enter the blogging world with another top ten list. Here are my favourite movie soundtracks:
10. The Matrix
When the first Matrix movie came out, many people including me, were dumbstruck. The visuals, special effects, kung-fu fighting, leather pantsuits, properly timed ‘Whoas’ by Keanu combined for an epic movie. The soundtrack is an amazing energy-filled powerhouse that propels the movie and fits perfectly with the action.
9. Empire Records
Terrible movie, fantastic soundtrack. A little bit Indy Rock, a lot of cool tunes. Evan Dando, The Gin Blossoms and the Dirt Clods. How can you go wrong?
8. The Crow
Pumped up by death metal? Haven’t listened to The Cure lately? Love that grating, metallic, techno mix? Me either. But if you’ve seen the movie, and were inspired by the simply touching revenge tale, you’ll realize this is the perfect mix of music to power a dark, creepy, effective thriller.
7. Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Not only is this one of Leonardo’s movies I actually don’t mind watching, but the soundtrack is a masterpiece. Garbage, Everclear, Radiohead and the Cardigans contribute to one rockin’ track. The sound editing for the movie is also fantastic, and whoever put these songs together with classic Shakespeare delivered in a modern setting was pure genius.
6. Top Gun
From Kenny Logins to Berlin, the Top Gun soundtrack offers music lovers a little bit of everything. Tense rock for flying into combat, check. Tender love songs for intimacy, check. One of the greatest anthems ever (picture Tom Cruise giving fist pumps on the deck of that air-craft carrier), check.
5. So I Married an Axe Murderer
Not only does Mike Meyers sing “If you want my body/and you think I’m sexy’ as an old Scottish guy, but this movie includes a modern combination of Soul Asylum, the Boo Radleys, Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Spin Doctors. If you haven’t seen the movie or enjoyed these tunes, it’s about time…
4. The Sound of Music
I debated whether or not to include musicals on the list. Isn’t that kind of cheating? I don’t know. There aren’t any real rules here. But watch the movie and try not to sing along – it’s impossible. Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, I am 16 going on 17 and My Favorite Things are simply infectious!
3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
A strange update on Homer’s Odyssey, the soundtrack is like an odyssey in itself. Taking the listener/viewer on a journey across the country, through different styles and exposing us to country, blue grass and folk, the CD is powerful, melancholy, haunting and delightful. A must listen-to!
2. Reality Bites
This one’s so good, I had to copy paste the list from Wikipedia, just so you could believe it:
- “My Sharona” – The Knack
- “Spin The Bottle” – Juliana Hatfield Three
- “Bed Of Roses” – The Indians
- “When You Come Back To Me” – World Party
- “Going, Going, Gone” – The Posies
- “Stay (I Missed You)” – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
- “All I Want Is You” – U2
- “Locked Out” – Crowded House
- “Spinning Around Over You” – Lenny Kravitz
- “I’m Nuthin'” – Ethan Hawke
- “Turnip Farm” – Dinosaur Jr.
- “Revival!” – Me Phi Me
- “Tempted” – Squeeze
- “Baby, I Love Your Way” – Big Mountain
- “Stay (I Missed You) (Living Room mix)” – Lisa Loeb
- “Add It Up” – Ethan Hawke (Violent Femmes cover)
- “Confusion” – New Order
- “Disco Inferno – The Trammps
- “Give a Man a Fish” – Arrested Development
- “Fools Like Me” – Lisa Loeb
1. Forrest Gump
Like the movie, the soundtrack is a tour de force, exposing us to what really is the history of modern-America through music. From Elvis to CCR and Jefferson Airplane to the Doobie Brothers, this is a two-disc set you could listen to over and over. Beautiful!
What am I missing? Any tracks you’d replace? Let me know!