A solid compilation of songs can often make a movie soundtrack just as memorable and influential as an original score.
Here’s our Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of all time:
10: Highlander – 1986
British rock band Marillion were originally asked to produce a soundtrack for Highlander. They declined, which was arguably one of the best things that could have happened. In their place, Queen wrote a number of songs for the movie that went on to feature in their classic 1986 album ‘Its a Kind of Magic’.
9: Jackie Brown – 1997
Quentin Tarantino has become the master of the compilation soundtrack and Jackie Brown features a beautiful mix of 1960’s and 70’s soul classics including some real hidden gems. The introduction sequence completely sets the scene for the entire movie with Bobby Womack’s haunting ‘Across 110th Street’.
8: Trainspotting – 1996
Trainspotting has become one of the most popular cult classics of the 20th century, in no small part due to its brilliant soundtrack. It is surely no coincidence that many of the songs featured are performed by some of rock’s most famous heroin addicts such as Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.
7: Dazed and Confused – 1993
This coming of age treasure is set in the 1970’s and includes some of the best examples of 70’s heavy rock music with artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple gracing the soundtrack. The movie is even named after the popular Led Zeppelin song.
6: Lost In Translation – 2003
Another great compilation put together by Sofia Coppola, the Lost In Translation soundtrack perfectly represents the feelings of loneliness and isolation felt by its core characters and even features some original songs by ‘My Bloody Valentine’s’ Kevin Shields.
5: Saturday Night Fever – 1977
A perfect example of the music being more memorable than the story line. Saturday Night Fever started a disco dancing craze all over the world, launched John Travolta into superstardom and made the Bee Gee’s the biggest group on the planet.
4: Drive – 2011
Drive is an effortlessly cool neo-noir masterpiece with a fittingly moody electro soundtrack. The music is absolutely integral to the film and as the lead characters journey into the criminal underworld deepens, so does the intensity of the songs. A modern classic.
3: The Graduate – 1967
This bittersweet comedy drama made Dustin Hoffman a household name. It also hugely boosted the profile of New York folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, it would be a crime not to include a movie soundtrack that features ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Scarborough Fair’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’.
2: Pulp Fiction – 1994
Perhaps Tarantino’s best (certainly most memorable) soundtrack. From the get go Pulp Fiction launches into the its own twisted universe with Dick Dale’s thundering ‘Misirlou’ and continues with a string of super cool 60’s b-sides and rarities, not to mention the unforgettable John Travolta / Uma Thurman dance scene.
1: The Blues Brothers – 1980
Somehow director John Landis managed to turn a daft crime comedy into one of the greatest musical films of all time, and convince RnB and Soul icons such as Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to all feature in this spectacular celebration of the blues.