Must-have music for movie lovers
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
A music lover’s iPod is a confusing place, but nowhere near as confusing as a movie lover’s. So what are those classic soundtracks that every self-professed movie lover should check out for their own listening pleasure?
Dangerous Minds: Originally released in 1995, this film featured an incredibly poignant and hard-hitting soundtrack that spoke to the difficulties of growing up in an urban ghetto. The movie’s standout track is “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and L.V., and though rap is not for everyone, this song spoke to the anger and frustration everyone has experienced.
Once: Released in 2006, I wasn’t a huge fan of this film, but I did love the music. Much mellower than the tracks in Dangerous Minds, this movie’s standout track was “Falling Slowly” by the film’s stars, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. This song has been covered more times than I can count on reality singing shows like the X Factor and American Idol, mostly because of its instant emotional effect on an audience.
The Fountain: It’s hard to go wrong with any film that features music by Clint Mansell, and this 2006 film is no different. There are no vocals beyond some lines worked in from the film, so if that isn’t your thing then I’d avoid this album. But if you’re like me and find vocals distracting, this is probably going to be your perfect study playlist. I can’t pick one standout track, because the entire soundtrack flows together almost seamlessly with its definitive use of piano and orchestral arrangement.
Purple Rain:I can’t pretend that this movie was some great epiphany in film creation, but it was certainly worth production if only for the soundtrack. This film was released in 1984, so probably well before many of us were born. The music was done by Prince, who also starred in the movie. The soundtrack is upbeat, and with a distinct sensuality unique to the ‘80s. It’s perfect for working out or playing during late night drives to stay awake because the songs are so catchy that it’s hard not to sing along. If you want a sample before committing to the whole album, just check out “When Doves Cry.”
Pirate Radio: I loved this movie, mostly because of its catchy, retro tunes. The film came out in 2009, but is set in the 1960’s when rock and roll in Britain was outlawed. A super fun movie, the soundtrack reflects that and reminds me of beaches and summer. It’s also something I’m completely comfortable putting on in the presence of my parents and grandparents. It’s hard to resist the Beatles.
Guardians of the Galaxy:This album was the inspiration for doing this list. Like many other people, I loved the unique soundtrack that matches retro with sci-fi themes. Also any soundtrack that includes David Bowie is alright by me. This film has a very similar effect as the soundtrack to Pirate Radio. It’s catchy, fun and universal.