Hi everyone. I know it’s been a while since my last post. I apologize for the wait. I thought you should be rewarded for the time-off with My Top 10 Movie Soundtracks. In my opinion, soundtracks have some of the best songs to listen to, even if they didn’t become massive hits. For my list, I’ve included musical soundtracks, but no scores. So sorry Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer, but you didn’t make the cut. I hope you find some surprise soundtracks you may not have even considered (or realize existed) on this list.
10. 13 Going on 30
To start things off, I present the 80s pop/dance confection that is the 13 Going on 30 soundtrack. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably already have a strong desire to sing Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” with your girlfriends or fall in love after hearing Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody.” Luckily for you, this soundtrack gives you those great songs from the film so you can have the feels over and over again. Sadly, it’s missing Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller“, which marks the most memorable moment in the film.
9. Earth Girls are Easy
Continuing with the 80s trend, this is the soundtrack to the silly 80s Sci-Fi comedy Earth Girls are Easy. The movie’s an enjoyable romp and the soundtrack highlights all the fun, cheesy goodness. My favorite song on the album,”Baby Gonna Shake“, always gets me moving. Then there’s the humorous songs “Brand New Girl” and “‘Cause I’m a Blonde” by Julie Brown which emphasize the film’s absurdity. However, I prefer Geena Davis’ version of “The Ground You Walk On” from the film rather than the Jill Jones’ version on the album.
8. A Lot Like Love
We leave the 80s and go headlong into the 90s. Here’s something you may not know about me — I’m a huge 90s music fan. You’ll find me listening to Best of the 90s CDs all the time. What I love about the A Lot Like Love soundtrack is it gives you some of the 90s high-points including my favorite Smash Mouth song “Walking on the Sun“, Third Eye Blind’s classic “Semi-Charmed Life” and Eagle-Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight.” In addition, it provides songs from the 2000s including “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne. There’s even the 70s hit “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago. Really, it’s just a musical mish-mash of various decades, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The rom-com has produced many a soundtrack over the years (see numbers 10, 8 and 4 on this list), but what I like about the How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days soundtrack is the consistency of the tracks. The songs are easy-listening and the replay value is high. I love “Good Day” by Tom Luce and the inclusion of the 90s staples “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer and “Follow You Down” by Gin Blossoms. It’s a feel-good album that never gets old.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
The 70s is in fully swing on this soundtrack. “Hooked on a Feeling” hooked me when it was introduced in the trailer while other songs in the film like “Come and Get Your Love” and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” only add to this album’s greatness. If you can’t wait for Awesome Mix Vol. 2., check out Cosmic Mix Vol. 1. with 70s hits featured in the animated show.
5. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
We’ve gone from the 2000s, to the 90s, the 80s, the 70s, and now the 60s! And who better than Austin Powers. I love the movies, the music, the whole groovy package! The second film/soundtrack combination, though, is the best. We get Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” alongside Lenny Kravitz’s cover of “American Woman“, and, best of all, “Just The Two Of Us” sung by Dr. Evil. While it’s sequel More Music From The Motion Picture Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me has my preferred version of “Time of the Season“, this soundtrack has my preferred version of everything else. Next time you feel like you’ve lost your mojo, listen to this, and I swear, you’ll get it back in an instant!
4. My Best Friend’s Wedding
I grew up listening to this soundtrack with my mom. It’s very close to my heart. Diana King’s reggae-tinged cover of “I Say a Little Prayer” is pure perfection – one of my favorite soundtrack songs of all time. The rest of the album has great songs like “Wishin’ and Hopin‘” by Ani Difranco and “You Don’t Know Me” by Jann Arden. Of course, for a good laugh, listen to “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If you can get your hands on this soundtrack, never let it go! It shines just as bright as Clark Griswold’s house when he finally gets those darn lights to work. The title song, sung by Mavis Staples, really puts me in the holiday spirit, but what really makes this album special is that the film’s dialogue is interspersed with the songs. We get Cousin Eddie’s iconic “S****er’s Full” line as well as Clark’s memorable pissed-off rant. Of course, some of the actual music, including Ray Charles’ “The Spirit of Christmas” and the Vacation standard “Holiday Road” all make this a must-have for the holiday season.
Disney is known for providing beautiful accompaniment to their animated pictures. How Anastasia is not made by Disney is absolutely shocking. It’s intro song “Rumor in St. Petersburg” is like “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, giving you information about the main protagonist as well as supplying the eclectic voices of an entire town. Meanwhile, the villain’s song “In the Dark of the Night” is basically the films “Be Prepared” from The Lion King. It colors the antagonist and mentions his nefarious plan. But the whole movie is hinged on the epic “Once Upon a December.” Lovely and wistful. Looking forward to the Broadway adaptation coming in 2017.
Before I reveal my number 1 choice, here are some. . .
Stand-Out songs: “Xanadu” – Olivia Newton-John, “The Fall” – Electric Light Orchestra, “Magic” – Olivia Newton-John
Stand-Out songs: “Accidentally in Love” – Counting Crows, “Holding out for a Hero” – Frou Frou, “Changes” – Butterfly Boucher feat. David Bowie
The Hot Chick
Stand-Out Songs: “Starlight” – Zed, “That’s What Girls Do” – No Secrets. Unfortunately, it’s missing my favorite song from the film “AM to PM” by Christina Milian.
A Night At the Roxbury
Stand-Out Songs: What is Love (7′ Mix) – Haddaway, This is Your Night – Amber, Be My Love (Club Mix) – La Bouche
Stand-Out songs: “Stir it Up” – Joss Stone, “One Little Slip” – Barenaked Ladies
Stand-Out Songs: “One in a Million” – Bosson, “Get Ya Party On” – Baha Men. “None of Your Business” – Salt N’ Pepa
And now, for my favorite movie soundtrack ever. . .
- Moulin Rouge
The cream of the musical crop! The Moulin Rouge soundtrack is everything. It’s a flamboyant musical festival, with tunes ranging from the energizing dance cover of DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night” to the decadent duet “Come What May” to the exciting musical mash-up contained in the “Elephant Love Medley.” No musical soundtrack beats this elegant selection. It perfectly captures both the film’s beauty and its often break-neck pace. While it is missing “The Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular)” found on the second soundtrack, it more than makes up for this loss in its scope. I love any album that has both fun dance tunes and gorgeous ballads, and this one’s got them.