Movie soundtracks are an integral part of a film. For instance, what would “The Breakfast Club” have been without Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)?” Or The Righteous Brothers’ hauntingly beautiful “Unchained Melody” in “Ghost?” Imagine Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze romantically playing in clay and all of a sudden “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd starts to hum in the background.
There goes the whole movie, right?
So naturally,the soundtrack has to be just right in order to leave a lasting impact that won’t make a movie the laughing stock of the Oscars come winter.
I am a natural music lover. I have almost every genre of music stashed away in my iTunes library of 2,659 songs, the majority of which I listen to on a day-to-day basis. And while I was listening one day and thinking about how difficult it must be for music supervisors to pick and choose individual songs out of the thousands upon thousands that are made available to them, a stroke of genius struck.
So I wanted to put together a quick list of my favorite movie soundtracks for you, including both new and old releases. I hope you’ll find them as fun and fitting as I did. And just be warned, I am an 80’s movie junkie.
“Take Me Home Tonight” (2011)
I don’t think it’s possible for a soundtrack to fit not only this movie, but this specific decade any better. Now, I might be a little biased to some of these songs, but that doesn’t mean that the music supervisors didn’t know what they were doing when it came to this soundtrack. Just listen to how a few of the selections bleed into the comedy in the trailer, and check out the full list of songs on IMDB.
I know, I know. The “Footloose” soundtrack should have been a dead giveaway when it came to this list. But I would be crazy to ignore how well the music fit the tone of this 1984 classic. Where would Ren McCormick have been without Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Bonnie Tyler? The full list of soundtrack songs can be found here.
The one thing I always admired about the Titanic soundtrack was that it was so instrumental. Don’t get me wrong, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” was the key piece of music for the film, but the rest of the score deserves just as much attention. It was, after all, what helped bring the Titanic and the time period to life for the audience. Full soundtrack available on IMDB.
“Dirty Dancing” (1987)
Words cannot even describe the love I have for this film, and this soundtrack. Just listen, and you’ll see what I mean. IMDB, once again, has the full soundtrack list available.
I know I said that this was about movie soundtracks, but I couldn’t help to add in “Supernatural” to the mix. And not just because I’m a fan of both the show and the music. Without the classic rock, “Supernatural” just wouldn’t be the same, because just like the Chevy Impala is a character all her own, the music also breathes its own life. It helps tell the story in more ways than Sam and Dean could ever say, or the writers could ever write.