This list is all about music in movies. Combining two things I love. For this list I excluded musicals and scores. Let me know what you think are the best soundtracks.
When Wes Anderson makes a film you know the soundtrack is going to be amazing. Of all of Andersons' movies Rushmore's soundtrack was the one that stuck with me. From The Rolling Stones to Creation to Cat Stevens and ending with Ooh La La. This is a very memorable soundtrack that will be embedded in your brain forever.
When you have to put your soundtrack on two albums you know you have something great on your hands. This soundtrack is so eclectic is goes along with this crazy roller coaster of a film. From rock to electric to punk, this soundtrack is one that will always be able to stand on its own.
8. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino is another director that will always put together an awesome soundtrack to go along with a fantastic movie. What is great about this soundtrack is when you play a song from it, you can immediately see the scene playing out in your head. Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man" anyone?
7. The Devil's Rejects
Since Rob Zombie is a musician you'd expect he would know good music. The Devil's Rejects Is a fantastic collage of southern rock, classic rock, and classic country. mixed with quotes from the film between every other song. This soundtrack is one that you can press play and listen throughout with hitting that pesky skip button.
6. American Graffiti
Whats unique about this film is they have a real radio DJ Wolfman Jack. While all these kids are driving around we are gifted with the voice a Wolfman Jack providing a soundtrack for the kids night and the movie. There is a reason they call them oldies but goodies, and this film is full of them. From Booker T. & the M.G.'s to The Beach Boys this soundtrack is amazing and full of music that for some reason I was made fun of for liking at a Dairy Queen.
5. The Graduate
This one is pretty simple Simon and Garfunkel. The opening scene with Dustin Hoffman riding a moving sidewalk in the airport with "The Sounds of Silence"is iconic. Another reason this soundtrack is so great is "Mrs. Robinson" which was originally written for the movie is considered one of the greatest songs of all time.
4. Empire Records
This cult film is a wonderful collection of 90's music. Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and The Cranberries. If anyone remembers these bands it could be likely because of this movie. If you love 90's music I highly recommend this movie.
3. Boogie Nights
An awesome mix of disco and classic rock, this soundtrack is one of the coolest of all time. If you're going to have a pool party I recommend this soundtrack. You can sit poolside drinking margaritas in your aviators and groove to these groovy tunes.
2. Dazed and Confused
This is a great soundtrack of classic rock sung by the original artists. One classic scene is Pickfords Pontiac GTO pulling into the parking lot with "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith playing in the background. This soundtrack is definitely one that can stand alone. I recommend taking it for a drive and then relaxing with some cold beers while "Tuesday's Gone" plays.
1. Almost Famous
I don't think it comes as any surprise that I consider this the greatest soundtrack of all time. This movie is an Ode to classic rock and Cameron Crowe delivers. With a music budget of 3 million dollars it's two million more than usual, you know this soundtrack is epic. From Led Zeppelin, The Who, Yes, The Beach Boys, and countless others this soundtrack is unlike anything else. And don't forget about the most unforgettable song from probably the best scene in the film "Tiny Dance" by Elton John. It's so effective for the time and the place in the film.
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