The soundtrack to a movie is hugely important. It gives a movie impact by stirring the relevant emotion in the viewer. Think of John Barry’s music for Out of Africa for example. Here is a list of some of my favourite soundtracks, some well known, others not.
The Talented Mr Ripley – Various artists
Beautiful, brilliant and haunting…..just like the film, this music will get inside your head. I love that Matt Damon and Jude Law perform on the soundtrack. My favourite piece is a classical music piece, Italia, by Gabriel Yared. It reminds me of how I feel when I arrive in Italy on holiday.
The Virgin Suicides – Various Artists
Again, beautiful soundtrack. Everything about Sophia Coppola’s films are in the little details and the soundtrack is perfect, making one think of lazy, hot summers and first love. I adore Playground Love by Air.
Tron Legacy – Daft Punk
I have always liked Daft Punk so I thought it was pretty cool that Disney gave them free rein on the soundtrack. Daft Punk have created an amazing score that could not be more perfect for this film. Various pieces have been used for adverts, unsurprisingly. We always listen to the whole album when driving over the San Gottard pass to get to Italy every year. My favourite track? Two, Outlands and Disc Wars, but if you love electro then you’ll love the whole album.
Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet – Various Artists
The music for these two fantastic films, is key. It is quite unusual for the music to be centre stage in what are not quite musicals in the traditional sense, or Romeo & Juliet is not at least. I love the variety of rock and pop. My favourite tracks are I’m Kissing You by Des’ree and Diamond Dogs by Beck.
Hitch – Various Artists
Just like the film itself, the soundtrack is totally feel-good, I mean, this film has Heavy D & the Boyz for goodness sake! My favourite track is 1 Thing by Amerie. This movie and soundtrack reminds me of a great year in my life.
Despicable Me (1 & 2) – Pharrell & Various Artists
What can I say? I have two little boys who adore these films and I admit, I enjoy the soundtrack with them too. My 5 year old knows the despicable me ‘rap’. Best track? Happy. End of. Pharrell is indeed a clever guy.
The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Now, more than ever, this soundtrack is more heartbreaking because of poor Whitney. She was at the top of her game here and surprised everyone with how good an actress she was to boot. I love, I Have Nothing.
Lord of the Rings – Howard Shore
Sweeping and epic, like the trilogy, the Lord of the Rings soundtrack is a triumph. Instantly recognisable, like other hugely successful film saga soundtracks, this is already a classic. All of it is as brilliant as the three films themselves.
The Empire Strikes Back – John Williams
Speaking of epic sagas, John Williams score for Empire is just that. The best track on the soundtrack is undoubtedly Finale. Best soundtrack of the trilogy for the best film of the trilogy. I’m not including episodes 1-3.
The Lost Boys – Various Artists
One of my favourite movies from my teens, this is one awesome soundtrack. Really, no competition, best track is People are Strange by Echo & the Bunnymen.
Last, but not least….
When Harry Met Sally – Harry Connick Jr
I love this film. Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and writer, Nora Ephron (RiP), are at the top of their game. So was Harry Connick Jr when he made this soundtrack. Perfect songs for a movie about a couple of friends in New York trying to find true love. My favourite track? Gotta be, It Had to be You.
There are so many more, too many to mention, but anything by John Williams, the fab techno soundtrack to Run, Lola, Run, Quentin Tarantino’s movies always have good music (Kill Bill a prime example), I love Danny Elfman’s quirky sound (he scores Tim Burton’s movies), Michael Ghiacchino’s score for Star Trek: Into Darkness, Alan Silvestri’s score for Avengers Assemble, the Bond movie soundtracks…..