My Top Movie Soundtracks
A movie’s music really sets the tone for the entire film, and a great soundtrack is one that can stand on its own apart from the movie. I could not tell you what motivated me to obsess over movie soundtracks, but they seem to be all that I listen to as of recently. So, I am going to walk you through some of my favourites. These are by no means the best soundtracks ever made- trust me, I know my music taste is not that good.
1. American Pie
First, my absolute favourite, delivering one great song after another, has got to be American Pie; a comedy following four friends trying to lose their virginity before college. I am a huge fan of pop punk music, as well as the movie franchise, and together they are an unmatched duo. In my opinion, movies from the early 2000s have the best soundtracks and this movie really sets the bar high. Not only do they play Blink-182 songs, but the band members also make an appearance in the movie, acting as classmates in a band (shocking, I know).
Favourite song: Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Next up is the classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is another one of my favourite films, a musical following a newly engaged couple whose car breaks down by a mysterious mansion. The soundtrack is fun and upbeat, exploring themes such as sex, identity and love.
Favourite song: Dammit Janet by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon
3. New Moon
Third place goes out to everyone that got re obsessed with Twilight during the pandemic- New Moon, the Twilight sequel following Bella and her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen. While all of the movie soundtracks in this franchise are incredible, I would argue that New Moon has the best music, although the worst plot.
Favourite song: Meet Me on the Equinox by Death Cab for Cutie
Next, comes quite a weird choice with Eurovision. While this movie is a comedy and the songs were written as such, they are undeniably very good. Anytime I watch, or even think about the movie I have Jaja Ding Dong stuck in my head for days. The songs are absolutely hilarious, but are strangely entertaining and well-made. I would recommend watching the film before listening to the soundtrack for the full experience, although I would argue that the soundtrack also stands well on its own.
Favourite song: Lion Of Love by Erik Mjones
5. Silent Hill: Revelation
Last, but not least, the Silent Hill: Revelation soundtrack. I only just recently watched the two films and as I did so all I could think about was a) these monsters are terrifying and b) what song is this? I later discovered that the music used in the movies was a mixture of music from the video game series, as well as new music made for the movie, which is so cool! While I enjoy both films soundtracks, the second one, Silent Hill: Revelation, takes the cake for me. It has been weeks now since I watched the films and I still find myself gravitating towards the soundtrack, providing eerie vibes while I study or read.
Favourite song: Silent Hill Revelation by Jeff Danna and Akira Yamaoka
Honorable mention: Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain is a romantic drama that follows two cowboys over the course of their lives. It is undeniably one of the most heartbreaking films I have ever seen, and the soundtrack mirrors that. The music is sad, calming and yet oddly comforting after finishing this tearjerker of a film.
Favourite song: He Was A Friend Of Mine by Willie Nelson
As you can tell from my eclectic list, movie soundtracks vary greatly, ultimately setting the tone for the film. Overall, carefully curated movie soundtracks have the ability to reach beyond being just that. They can transcend their status as a soundtrack and become everyday songs to add to your favourite playlists.