Last week we did Top 10 Movies set in Texas. Before that it was 90's Teen Movies and before that it was McConaughey Films. This week is the best soundtracks of all time.
Suggestion: throw on some headphones and stay a while.
Jimmy is in blue. Evan is in green.
If you ever find yourself in charge of putting on background music at a dinner or party, just throw on this soundtrack. If someone complains they're awful. This soundtrack is basically a greatest hits album from 1958-1980. The movie has 50+ songs in it. All hits. It's also why I have it at number 10. It plays more like a soundtrack to the 60's and 70's instead of the soundtrack to a movie.
Not a huge Daft Punk guy but they nailed the soundtrack for this movie. Their style of electronic music complements the futuristic action very well. It's a score that I'm obsessed with while the movie is playing, but never ever want to hear otherwise.
Has a lot of great 80's songs that actual 80's flicks never used, while keeping out a lot of the shitty 80's songs that movies from that time did use. Introduced me to Lou Reed and The Replacements, showing me that the decade wasn't all that terrible. The tracks really help to support the post-college-life-sucks-i-work-at-an-amusement-park vibe the movie has going.
It's a movie about a shape-shifting, sexually transmitted monster that savagely hunts down whoever contracts it. A ridiculous concept but it actually works, mostly thanks to the amazingly terrifying score. Composed by some guy who calls himself Disasterpiece, who creates a dreamlike atmosphere that slowly creeps up on you and then eventually makes you poop yourself. It may be not as iconic as the Halloween score (which it's clearly influenced by), but overall I think it's the best horror movie soundtrack there is. If you like horror movies and pooping yourself then definitely watch this!
This Magic Moment is my favorite song of all time and I was surely introduced to it by this movie. Whoever chose the songs did a perfect job of setting the time, place, and theme of The Sandlot. From the moment it opens up with Hey now, hey now, hey now, it's finger pop poppin' time, Finger poppin, poppin' time, I feel so goooooooood, and that's a real good sign you know it's going to be a fun time. Then you got Tequila playing while they are on the roller coaster. The Lion Sleeps Tonight during the sleepover. Ray Charles version of America the Beautiful for the fireworks. Wipeout for Benny and the Beasts chase scene. This song. Every song used works perfectly.
Dazed and Confused
"'McConaughey walks into the Emporium while Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" plays is the best music/movie moment in cinema history as far as I'm concerned.' - Evan Makris" - Jimmy O'Brien
Now & Then
Oh Jimmy likes girly movies! Jimmy's a girl! This soundtrack is fucking awesome (so is the movie). It's more good Motown from the 60's and 70's, which seems to be a common theme for me. Sugar Sugar by the Archies, Band of Gold by Freda Payne, These Boots are Made for Walking, Hitchin a Ride, No Matter What. All great songs. I think the best one in the movie is Band of Gold by Freda Payne because I don't think I would know it if it wasn't for this movie and that song is phenomenal. She should have been as big as Etta James (I say this without ever hearing another Freda Payne song). If you don't watch the clip below and reminisce about when you were a 13 year old girl in 1970 then I feel bad for you.
Zach Braff has really good music taste, which is proven in basically every episode of Scrubs. Every song fits in with the movie perfectly, adding to the mood of the movie. The key to a great soundtrack! It's a lot of slow/sad indie songs which isn't ideal for all times, but they really cut through you during the movie. I can only imagine how many copies of The Shins albums were bought as a result of this movie.
At first I listened to just the soundtrack alone and it wasn't as great as I remembered it being. Then I went to youtube and watched the scenes with the music and was reminded how great it is. I think that kinda says something. It's the combination of the songs and the scenes that make them seem so much more emotional and purposeful. This whole movie is complimented by the soundtrack. The Tiny Dancer scene is maybe the best representation of how much music can mean to people. They get on the bus, all frustrated and feuding, a good song comes on the radio and simply by singing along together they are able to apologize and move on without ever having to have the conversation. The power of music!
The movie is about classic rock in the 70's, so the soundtrack is obvious. But it's so high on the list because of the moments the songs create. Some of the scenes were definitely written around the tracks themselves, so maybe that's cheating?
Best music/moment: Led Zeppelin - "Tangerine"
Love Zach Braff. Love Scrubs. Love Garden State. The movie is good. The soundtrack is better. I think this movie was my first taste of slower songs, which is now basically all I listen to. Introduced me to Iron & Wine. Introduced me to The Shins. Got me into Simon & Garfunkel and Colin Hay. Made me realize I love Natalie Portman and quirky girls. I really think this movie shaped my musical taste.
Basically the Dazed and Confused of the 60's, with the soundtrack to match. It's all hoppy and doo-woppy goodness. Makes me want to put a bunch of pomade in my hair and go have a milkshake at a drive-in. It includes interludes from the famous DJ Wolfman Jack, which makes this movie & soundtrack really unique.
The Big Chill
This movie is about a group of friends that went to college together. Now one friend has committed suicide and the rest spend the weekend together catching up and mourning. It will probably hit home with me even more in a few years when Jake accidentally kills himself. It deals with regret, disappointment and nostalgia. As you know, I am all in on nostalgia and how much life is a disappointment post college.
The opening scene is all the friends receiving the bad news over a phone call while Marvin Gaye's Heard it through the Grapevine plays. Fantastic opening sequence. Great movie. The rest of the soundtrack is all the Motown hits from the late 60's early 70's. Other songs used include My Girl, Good Lovin, Tracks of my Tears, Ain't too Proud to Beg, Joy to the World, I Second that Emotion and more. I was basically raised on this soundtrack. It's what my dad would play in the morning on weekends. These songs are so popular now that people from 15-80 will know all the words and enjoy them. Basically it's great wedding music.
Dazed and Confused
McConaughey walks into the Emporium while Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" plays is the best music/movie moment in cinema history as far as I'm concerned.
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