Best movie soundtracks

Cover of 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1'

Cover of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1’

When the visual meets the auditory

By Katie Czenczek, Staff Writer


To start off, I love music. It’s not a super controversial opinion to have, but it’s a bit of an obsession of mine to constantly be finding undiscovered songs, so when a film adds a soundtrack that captures the essence of the movie I just watched, I become ecstatic.

Here’s a list of just a few iconic film soundtracks that do just that. It is worth noting that musicals or scores were not taken into consideration on this list.


Baby Driver (2017)

The entire film’s premise is about a boy who blocks out the ringing in his ears with music and happens to be a pretty amazing driver. The eclectic mix of music makes it possible for anyone to bob their heads to. Plus, it gets extra points for finding a song with the same title as the movie.


Forrest Gump (1994)

The music in this film not only depicts the emotional state of the characters when the song plays over a scene, the setting and era of the movie are laid out nicely too. Jenny’s heartbreaking scene in the hotel suite, accompanied by “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, is particularly memorable.


Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Is there a more iconic opening scene than John Travolta strutting down the streets of Brooklyn to “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees? I have yet to find one.


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

There’s a reason that the sequel is called Vol. 2. The first film enabled all other superhero movies to follow suit and add some classic rock anthems to their soundtracks, and a ton of viewers went out and bought the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and 2 after watching the movies.


The Bodyguard (1992)

What film soundtrack list is complete without Whitney Houston’s belting out “I Will Always Love You?” Whether you love or hate the movie, the songs on the soundtrack are memorable and are still sung today.


If you ever need an update for your playlist, look up some of your favourite movies and you’ll be sure to find something that sparks your interest.


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