10 Good Movie Soundtracks

Monday, November 29 by Andrew Jett

These 10 good movie soundtracks are suitable for film buffs as well as music lovers. Music and film go hand in hand, and a top-notch soundtrack can turn a good movie into an unforgettable experience.

  1. “Saturday Night Fever” Credited with helping to turn disco music into a cultural phenomenon, this 1977 soundtrack was as innovative as it was unique. With signature Bee Gees tracks like “Stayin’ Alive” and “Jive Talkin,” the soundtrack represented a monumental shift in pop culture.
  2. “Superfly” Soul-funk pioneer Curtis Mayfield released this soundtrack in 1972 to critical and commercial praise. The songs were a collection of well-written essays on street life, providing a window to a world most didn’t know existed. Powerful songs like “Superfly” and “Freddie’s Dead” helped Mayfiel drive his points home.
  3. “Purple Rain” No list of ten good movie soundtracks would be complete without a mention of Prince. This 1984 soundtrack is a masterpiece of ‘80s music, blending rock with soul and R&B flavor. Songs like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “I Would Die 4 U” show the depths of Prince’s talent.
  4. “(500) Days Of Summer” This quirky 2009 movie spawned an equally quirky soundtrack. Featuring entries by everyone from The Smiths to Simon and Garfunkel, there’s a lot of character here. The highlight of the soundtrack is Regina Spektor’s “Us,” a soothing ballad of unending love.
  5. “Dazed And Confused” Summing up everything that was good about the ‘70s, this 1993 movie soundtrack is a nonstop party. Songs like “Slow Ride” by Foghat and “Low Rider” by War are great background music for beer-drinking.
  6. “Pulp Fiction” This 1994 movie soundtrack is as cool as Tarantino himself. The diverse blend of artists counterbalanced with movie dialogue makes for a good listen. “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill is a high point of the soundtrack, providing a smooth groove and confident swagger.
  7. “Into The Wild” As the first solo album effort by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, this 2007 movie soundtrack is a roots rock triumph. The songs follow the plot arc of the movie, and from “Setting Forth” all the way to the logical conclusion “End of the Road,” they’re all good.
  8. “8 Mile” From the 2002 movie loosely based on the life of hip-hop star Eminem, this soundtrack is full of good material. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” is a self-affirming anthem of epic proportions, while “Wanksta” by 50 Cent is a stylish brag-fest.
  9. “O Brother Where Art Thou?” Perhaps the oddest entry on the list of ten good movie soundtracks, this 2000 release features a number of old-fashioned traditional songs. The unconventional song selection makes for a unique listening experience, and tracks like “In The Jailhouse Now” and “I am a Man of Constant Sorrow” are flat-out unforgettable.
  10. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” An actor trying to sing is usually a very bad thing, but not in this case. Sissy Spacek and Beverly D’Angelo submit winning vocal performances as Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline on this 1980 movie soundtrack. The songs “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces” are standouts.
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