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Saturday, 10 December 2016

MUSIC | My favourite movie soundtracks

If you'd said to me a couple of years ago that soon I'd be listening to and actually enjoying movie soundtracks, I'd have told you you were crazy. 

After all, movie soundtracks to me just scream that awkward year of my life when I listened to the Grease soundtrack on repeat, imagining I was Sandy (or more realistically that despite the fact that I can't sing, I played Sandy in the school play and my crush played Danny before he fell in love with me). But now I realize...they're actually kind of cool. 

Gone are the days where movie soundtracks are literally just taken from musicals and include corny love songs and dramatic scores reflecting the heartbreak moments from the films. These days they include cool bands and popular songs that weren't written for the movie but sound pretty bloody cool at pivotal moments in the story nonetheless. 

I've actually gone on to discover some great bands from my favourite movies which is why I usually sit with my iPhone, rewinding a film constantly to Shazam that awesome sounding song. Here are some of my favourites:

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Movie Soundtracks | Suicide Squad | twenty one pilots | Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist | Guardians Of The Galaxy | Going The Distance | Whip It | American Pie

I finally got around to watching this last night after waiting so long, and I have to say one of the best parts of the movie was the soundtrack. There's classics like Bohemian Rhapsody (admittedly a version by Panic! at the Disco) and some old school Eminem, and the really catchy Sucker For Pain, which just seems to be penned/sung by everyone (Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons). There's also my personal favourite, Heathens by twenty one pilots, and I'm still amazed at how popular and successful it's gotten.

I absolutely love the soundtrack to this film (and the film, and the book the film was based on...) and this was the soundtrack that actually inspired me to write this post. The film is filled with indie gems and all those bands you expect to catch in basement clubs in New York. Bands that feature in the film include Vampire Weekend, The Submarines and, er, Hot Chocolate. There's also After Hours by We Are Scientists, which sums up the whole feel of the movie really.

Whip It is all about girl power, and the soundtrack is, too. Dolly Parton, The Raveonettes and Peaches all appear on the soundtrack, but there's also been some awesome songs I've discovered from the film, such as Your Arms Around Me by Jens Lekman. Plus, the film introduced me to rockstar Landon Pigg, who I now absolutely adore and listen to regularly, even though he hasn't done anything in years.

The soundtrack to Going The Distance has a very similar feel to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist's one, with lots of edgy, American artists. Some of the best artists appearing in the film include The Cure, The Pretenders and The Boxer Rebellion. I am also aware that all three of those artists are entirely English, but The Boxer Rebellion definitely sound like they're from New York.

Do I really have to explain this one?!

Finally, the American Pie series is still the only film series that successfully manage to include some real, proper pop punk/punk rock. You can expect songs from Third Eye Blind, Green Day, American Hi-Fi, SUM41, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory AND The All American Rejects - phew. Plus, punk rock gods Blink 182 appear a lot, and the band even have a cameo in the first film.

I do still have a soft spot for the soundtracks to old classics such as Grease and Back To The Future (I may or may not want Earth Angel to be my wedding song/first dance), but I'm so thankful for the films mentioned above for helping me discover new artists. If you find movie soundtracks just as important as the movie itself, make sure you check them out.

Are there any other films/movie soundtracks you can suggest? Let me know with a recommendation below!

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