7 Best Movie Soundtracks … Ever

I’m not the biggest movie fan in the world. It likely has way more to do with my painstakingly short attention span than the actual movies themselves. After all, Gigli was able to keep me wide eyed and bushy tailed for its full 121 minutes of pure glory, a confession that categorizes my movie reviewing skills as “highly questionable,” at best. Eh, so much for my lifelong goal of one day being an honorary member of the Oscar committee. This blog post being the only obstacle preventing that dream from becoming a reality, of course, in similar fashion to basic geography being the only factor keeping me and James Franco apart.

Moving on …

So although movies aren’t typically thrilling enough to keep me on my toes, a lot of movie soundtracks most definitely have the ability to keep those little toes of mine a-tappin’. (How’d ya like that transition? Pretty sweet, eh?)

So here I give to you, my dear, sweet friends, the seven best movie soundtracks of all time. Okay, not really of all time as in the best selling or most popular, but all time as in Nicole’s seven favorite movie soundtracks … of all time.

7. The Graduate

soundtrackEveryone who loves Simon & Garfunkel put your hands up. Now, all of you who secretly love Simon & Garfunkel, but think it’s uncool to admit you love Simon & Garfunkel, put your hands up. Ah, just as I suspected — everyone. Hello! Who doesn’t love singing along to “Mrs. Robinson”? And who doesn’t love the twisted storyline that inspired it?

6. Garden State

soundtrackRumor has it Zack Braff wanted music to play such an integral role in his writer/directorial debut, he actually wrote the soundtrack right into the script. What a talented guy that J.D. is.

This soundtrack includes classics by Lionel Ritchie and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as, at the time, new-to-the-scene groups like The Shins, Coldplay and Iron & Wine, who covered The Postal Services’ “Such Great Heights.” In essence, the Garden State soundtrack was one of the first movie scores to make indie music, well, cool.

5. Almost Famous

soundtrackHow could I not include a soundtrack that involves Bowie, Cat Stevens, Zeppelin, The Who, Elton John and, yet again, Simon & Garfunkel? I’m kinda starting to think I have a bit of a Simon & Garfunkel obsession I never knew about. Regardless, this is a super fun-tastic soundtrack. Although my word of its awesomeness should most definitely be all the validation you need, maybe learning this album won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2001 will help persuade you to agree that this is, indeed, one of the best soundtracks ever.

4. American Graffiti

soundtrackBy my previous picks, it’s not yet obvious how much of a late ‘50s/early ‘60s pop fan I am. But it’s about to get real obvious, real quick. Budget constraints left no money for the development of a proper movie score for American Graffiti, so George Lucas just went ahead and handpicked songs he felt helped tell the story. Well guess what George, ya done good.

This soundtrack has every song you’d expect to find blasting from a jukebox inside a diner along Route 66. Every song – from Buddy Holly’s “That’ll be the Day” to The Big Boppers’ “Chantilly Lace” and The Monotones’ “Book of Love” – defines that era as much as vinyl booths, neon signs and root beer floats.

3. Top Gun

soundtrackOkay, now some of you – probably many of you – will wholeheartedly make fun of me for this pick. But listen, it’s got The Righteous Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick AND Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” – only one of the greatest love songs EVER. You don’t think so? Well, I feel really sorry for you because it’s obvious you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’. And that’s really sad.

But ultimately what gets this soundtrack on my best of the best list, as defined by me, is its inclusion of my favorite song of all time – “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” And the scene in the movie in which it plays – on Maverick and Charlie’s first date, at her house, on the back porch, when he talks about his mom and dad – ah it totally gets me every time … every time, I tell ya.

2. Hard Day’s Night

I don’t really need to explain myself here. It’s an entire album full of nothing but John, Paul, Ringo and George. Enough said.

1. Dirty Dancing

soundtrackIt’s got everything. Seriously. The Ronettes, Mickey & Sylvia, The Shirelles, my man Otis Redding (twice!), Frankie Valli, The Contours, and even Patrick Swayze wanted a slice of this delicious soundtrack pie, pairing with Wendy Fraser for “She’s Like the Wind.” And Dirty Dancing produced probably one of the most well known, iconic movie hits ever — “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

Listen, nobody puts Baby in the corner. Nobody.


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One Response to 7 Best Movie Soundtracks … Ever

  1. Joe Thomas says:

    You’re missing a Night at the Roxbury, now that’s a GREAT soundtrack.

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