Soundtracks may not seem central to a film’s plot, but even these seemingly mundane elements can sometimes take the viewing experience to a whole new level. According to an online community of cinephiles, here are 12 film soundtracks that stole the show.
1. The Blues Brothers (1980)
This film has an incredible soundtrack because “they got the best of the best when it came to that style of music,” comments one. They further note that everyone in the Blues Brothers Band in that movie was a famous musician before the film. That’s before you get Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and some other legendary cameos with their own songs!
2. A Goofy Movie (1995)
One movie enthusiast says that the entire movie had absolutely no right to be that good! The song was the cherry on top, making for an undeniably legendary way to bring the movie to an end. It’s a perfect track for an excellent film.
3. Tron Legacy (2010)
This film’s original soundtrack is constantly on rotation on one member’s running playlist, and they’ll never get sick of it. “Tron Legacy was a 2-hour Daft Punk music video, and I appreciate that,” comments another fan. Speaking of which, many are still sad that we may never get another Daft Punk album.
4. Natural Born Killers (1994)
Trent Reznor’s stunning production of gems such as “Something I Can Never Have” left audiences awestruck as the film was taken up a notch. One person comments that this film introduced them to artists such as L7 and Leonard Cohen.
5. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
This musical truly delivered as many of its soundtracks still appeal to fans. With artists like Mariah Carey and Hans Zimmer on board, you already know you can expect the very best music. One person shares how sometimes they just blast the tunes from this film at full volume. “Cut to me in the kitchen singing, surely this is all I ever wanted!”
6. Snatch (2000)
This film cleverly utilized music to build a captivating atmosphere that’s bound to lock audiences in. As one fan mentions, “The use of “Angel” by Massive Attack during a slow motion scene is, to this day, by far my favorite incorporation of music to a movie scene.”
7. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
The self-titled movie soundtrack is a fan favorite. With Joe Strummer composing the scores, the selection of tracks incorporated in this film was impeccable. As one film enthusiast puts it, “Completely slaps. 100.”
8. Queen of the Damned (2002)
While this horror film was a “terrible movie,” according to one commenter, the incredible soundtrack, compelling costumes, and set design made up for the loss. One person is amazed how a movie can have many phenomenal individual parts but end up so bad.
9. Drive (2011)
“Nightcall” by Kavinsky is an enchanting piece that truly elevates the film. The synth wave music complements the film’s action genre, adding to the suspenseful atmosphere. You know a soundtrack is good when audiences recall it even a decade later.
10. Baby Driver (2017)
The accompanying soundtracks truly complemented this action movie. In fact, the film’s title came from the Paul Simon song, taking the compatibility between audio and visual to the next level. It’s a shame that the film got so snubbed as it came out right around all the Kevin Spacey allegations, mentions a viewer.
11. Goodfellas (1990)
The film is loaded with brilliant tracks such as “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennet and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” by Dean Martin. However, what truly stood out to one viewer was the scene featuring “Layla” by Derrick and the Dominos.
12. Tarzan (1999)
“You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins is an Oscar-winning original. One member shares how it was the last song they played in their school’s brass band before leaving, and it will always have a place in their heart, just like the song title suggests.
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