What are the best soundtracks of all time? I guess it’s all a matter of opinion, but I’d say that these soundtracks are pretty fantastic. In fact, you probably already own them. Find out the top 20 soundtracks here and enter to win a live-action Beauty and The Beast Soundtrack. This unbiased post is sponsored by Disney.
What does it take to make a good soundtrack? A good soundtrack should be like a fashion collection. The songs should be cohesive. Every song should make sense and give you the same vibe. You should be comfortable listening to the full soundtrack without skipping a song. Not every soundtrack is enjoyable. Just because you like one song, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll like the others. It takes a really good director to find or create music that blends together beautifully. The soundtrack should give you the same feelings that the movies did. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a song or two that you haven’t heard of before.
20 Best Soundtracks that you probably already own
These are the 20 best soundtracks that are memorable and make you really feel something. You know, I’m all about the feels.
Live- Action Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped and no one knows why.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog) and produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), Moana sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
La La Land
Composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz, the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film La La Land is available here on CD. Features vocal performances from the film’s stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, with lyrics written by Pasek and Paul.
Space Jam: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the original soundtrack album of the 1996 film starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes cast. An album featuring the film’s score by James Newton Howard was also released.
Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, ‘One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.
Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Soundtrack from the August 4th Jerry Bruckenheimer produced, Buena Vista Motion Picture release “Coyote Ugly.” The film stars John Goodman, Tyra Banks and others. Soundtrack features four new songs from LeAnn Rimes, all penned by famed songwriter Diane Warren. (“How Do I Live”)
The soundtrack to this 1987 love story starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze was one of the classic romantic scores of all time! Includes (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes; She’s Like the Wind Patrick Swayze; In the Still of the Night Five Satins; Be My Baby Ronettes; Stay Maurice White & Zodiacs; Yes Merry Clayton; Hey Baby Bruce Channel, and more.
Music from the Academy Award Winning Film, Les Misérables. Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs including I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More and On My Own Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale is the exception that proves the rule about mish-mash ’90s soundtrack albums. Even though it features 22 different female voices, the album boasts a rare continuity because Babyface wrote or cowrote 15 of the songs and produced all 16. Moreover, the gifted R&B artist used every song to explore the film’s theme of women trying to balance self-respect and romantic desire. Not only has Babyface (nee Kenny Edmonds) created a fascinating song suite, he has produced one of the best middle-of-the-road-pop, adult- contemporary albums of the decade. Mary J. Blige stakes out a claim as the new diva on the block with an astonishing performance on “Not Gon’ Cry.” Babyface’s music and lyrics suggest a woman barely holding back a swelling flood of anger and heartache, and Blige’s brilliant vocal captures both the agitation and the restraint. —Geoffrey Himes
Hustle & Flow
Produced by John Singleton (Boyz ‘N’ the Hood, Poetic Justice,Baby Boy)and the Winner of the Sundance Film Festival, Hustle & Flow is the redemptive story of a Memphis street hustler who struggles to break out of his gritty world to fulﬁll his life long dream of becoming a respected rap musician.He teams up with his middle class friend who is stuck in an ofﬁce routine having missed the opportunity of becoming the music producer he always wanted to be. Together they have one last chance to follow their dream. Hustle & Flow is written and directed by newcomer Craig Brewer. It stars Terrence Howard,Anthony Anderson,Taryn Manning,Ludacris, Taraji Hensen,DJ Qualls and Isaac Hayes.
Ray is the soundtrack of the 2004 film Ray starring Jamie Foxx (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as “Ray Charles” in this film), Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard, Clifton Powell and Regina King. The score was composed by Craig Armstrong. The album won a Grammy Award and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.
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Originally released in 1970 as a triple-LP, MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK AND MORE: WOODSTOCK topped Billboard’s pop albums chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the ‘Woodstock Generation.’ Rhino’s deluxe, 40th anniversary, 2-CD reissue of this sprawling and era-defining sonic document-featuring CSN&Y, The Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and much more is remastered from the original analog
soundboard tapes. It s the ideal way to take a trip back to Yasgur’s farm and performances that shaped music and popular culture for years to come.
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The Great Gatsby
Original soundtrack to the 2013 motion picture directed by Baz Luhrman. The soundtrack features songs performed by Jay -Z, Beyonce & Andre 3000, will.i.am, Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey and many others. The film is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
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The album’s exclusive mash-ups include the film’s The Barden Bellas combining Ace of Base’s “The Sign” and La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” as well as Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” and Nelly’s “Just a Dream.” The movie’s Treblemakers perform a medley of Cee Lo Green’s “Bright Lights Bigger City” and B.o.B’s “Magic” along with a medley that combines Ace of Base’s “The Sign” and Bangles’ “Eternal Flame.” The finale features a gala mash-up of Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” Simple Minds’ “Don t You Forget About Me,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are (Amazing),” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around.”
The film’s original medleys include “Ladies of the 80s” (Toni Basil’s “Mickey,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”) and “Songs About Sex” (Rihanna’s “S&M,” Salt N’ Pepa’s “Let s Talk About Sex,” Boyz II Men’s “I ll Make Love to You,” Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”). Roc Nation singer/songwriter/co-star Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne) and co-star Skylar Astin join together for a newly arranged soundtrack version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” while star Anna Kendrick does a solo turn on the Internet viral sensation “Cups,” originally performed by J. E. Mountaineers and Lulu and the Lampshades. There are also covers by the Treblemakers of Rihanna’s “Don t Stop the Music” and The Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip,” while promising new artist My Name Is Kay is a featured performer on a cover of Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”
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This is the soundtrack to the Fox Searchlight Pictures feature film, “Juno.” Highlights include The Moldy Peaches’ “Anyone Else But You,” Kimya Dawson’s “So Nice So Smart,” and the Mott The Hoople classic “All The Young Dudes”
Southpaw (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture), the soundtrack to The Weinstein Company motion picture Southpaw, will be released on July 24th — the same day the film hits theaters — via Shady Records/Interscope Records. Eminem serves as Executive Producer of the album, which includes two tracks from the multi-platinum rapper: the first single, Phenomenal, and Kings Never Die, featuring Gwen Stefani. Eminem also appears on two songs from his side project with Royce Da 5’9″, Bad Meets Evil. In addition, the soundtrack includes music from 50 Cent, The Weeknd, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, Slaughterhouse and more. In addition, the soundtrack includes two arrangements from the late James Horner, the Academy Award-winning composer (Titanic, Avatar).
Straight Outta Compton
Universal Music Enterprises is proud to announce the release of Straight Outta Compton: The Soundtrack, featuring classic tracks from gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, along with some old school cuts by funk and soul legends Parliament, Funkadelic, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, and Roy Ayers Ubiquity. This official soundtrack will be available on all formats: digital, CD, and a 2-LP vinyl set.
“Hamilton” – which transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater in NYC – is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington’s chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers, and shot to death by Aaron Burr in a legendary duel.
The “HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)” is executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, founding members of the Grammy Award winning hip-hop band, The Roots. “HAMILTON” has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. “HAMILTON” is inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography “Alexander Hamilton.”
Why Did I Get Married
Original soundtrack to the 2007 film from Tyler Perry. A big screen adaptation of Perry’s hit stage play of the same title, WHY DID I GET MARRIED? Is an intimate (yet very funny) story about the difficulty of maintaining a solid love relationship in modern time. During a trip to the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, eight married college friends have gathered for their annual seven-day reunion. But the cozy mood is shattered when the group comes face-to-face with one pair’s infidelity. As secrets are revealed, each couple begins questioning the validity of their own marriage, taking a hard look at one another, their lives as they seek a way forward. Movie stars Tyler Perry, Sharon Leal, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, Michael Jai White, Richard Jones, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker and Tasha Smith.
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