Ten Great Movie Soundtracks

Although it may not seem like it, soundtracks in films can define your opinion on the film. This list will showcase ten soundtracks that are not only great on their own, but also within the film to make it a truly memorable experience.

It’s impossible to sit down and actually decide what are the best film scores of all time. There are so many that are absolutely amazing and as soon as someone does say “this is objectively the best” there will be a horde of people telling them they’re wrong. So instead of saying that these are the best, here are ten great film soundtracks that I wholeheartedly recommend.

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Mulholland Drive

Angelo Badalamenti always knows how to make a wonderfully terrifying score. Mulholland Drive is certainly one of his greats and the partnership that Lynch and Badalamenti had made all of Lynch’s films even better than they already were.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NegfnPsvEMU

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Interstellar

Even if you’re sick of hearing Hans Zimmer in nearly every single movie nowadays, it’s hard to deny that his work on Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar was mayhaps one of his best ever scores. At points reminiscent of another score that will feature in this list, yet Zimmer even redefines his own style in this powerful score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdComTp7KsA

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It Follows

It Follows came out this year and surprised most audience members as it was a bold and unique throwback to classic 80’s horror. This was certainly assisted by the very John Carpenter-esque soundtrack that was prominent throughout the movie. As a personal fan of 80’s aesthetic, It Follows was an instant hit for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxfQEZXRPNQ&list=PLbRpHkuMazSLFsP80IeevRHNMrH6noa7-&index=2

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Blade Runner

In my opinion, no list about film score would be complete without Vangelis’ memerizing score for – again, my opinion – one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. It’s a classic, and it’s soundtrack is equally great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRUD2Daz5q8&index=5&list=PL3ABE2FBA2900C03E

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The Social Network

Another splendid partnership that works brilliantly – or is it trio? David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Rose have created great films/soundtracks together with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl but still The Social Network stays the most memorable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SBNCYkSceU

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The soundtrack for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel certainly deserved to win the Oscar for best motion picture soundtrack – even ahead of Interstellar. Just like the film it is charming and fabulously exquisite. If there was any music that felt like it captured the wonder of Stefan Zweig’s work; Alexandre Desplat certainly achieved that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voX15vG2gOk

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Only God Forgives

Arguably one of the most divisive films of the past decade, even those who hated Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller, Only God Forgives, have said that Cliff Martinez’s score is great. Just like he did in Refn’s previous film, Drive, Martinez managed to beef up the visuals by delivering again with a stellar score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKTXWeM7c1A

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Fire Walk With Me

Is it cheating to include another Lynch film? Another divisive film, but I’ll defend it to the death. Badalamenti has a host of fantastic score credits under his belt but his score for Fire Walk With Me is my personal favourite of his.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hOERnIuvbg

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Star Wars

What better way to get yourself hyped up for the new Star Wars film that to listen back to John Williams original masterpieces. One of the most iconic film soundtracks to date, Williams’ sound is instantly recognizable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqOBU34aVrc

Great Video Game Soundtracks – Vol. 3

Some more great soundtracks from video games, nothing more to say really…

Destiny

DESTINY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRKfd5EKBtI

I was about to put Halo’s fantastic theme, but then I remembered another great performance by Marty O’Donnell. Bungie’s next gen hit – that isn’t even out yet – has a beutifully crafted world and this soundtrack really brings it out. After the playing the beta I am totally convinced that Destiny is a Game of the Year contender. Also robots, you can go a robot.

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NEOTOKYO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM6eZJRurFk&list=PLBA5D2A3169FBFF3E&index=1

I was rather surprised that this Half Life 2 mod had a soundtrack that was two and a half hours long in the first place, but it does and it is a damn good one. Ed Harrison’s work here sure is impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him spring up in cinema or other video game soundtracks. Listen to the entire OST, each track is unique and brilliant, plus check out the mod which is free on steam and does not require HL2 to run.

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The Last of Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwDkutphzmU

After finally getting a hold of this game, I must say I’ve never known the internet to be so right about a game. All the hype and praise for it left me rather skeptical as I always felt PlayStation fan-boys used The Last of Us for their boasting over the 360 fellas. Safe to say I was wrong. A beautiful and expertly crafted game that deserves all the praise in the world, and a very fitting soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla to go with it. Let’s hope they use him for the film, eh?

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The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ccpv3mz4HI

Yeah, ok, I may have already featured one of the Witcher games, and this is another game that isn’t even out yet. However, the tracks that have been released are too damn good to go unnoticed.

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Grand Theft Auto V

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MKvsXA94Zk

Along with a rather good song lineup (personally I found it to be the weakest out of Vice City and IV, but it was still a good selection), GTAV also had am original score, and it was a good one. It reminded me very much of my favourite film, Drive, and a Scorsese film, which in my books is great.

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Hotline Miami

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3NA8cRn2l8&index=3&list=PLeogPTA03KQ_vl0v9G04dexcCkBxfed_3

Too many choices to chose from this game. The music used in Hotline Miami works perfectly, it really hammers home that sense of drug infused murder and eeriness, it’s flipping great. Hotline Miami 2 better also have a great soundtrack or I’ll… do nothing, I’m not much for doing anything to be frank.

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Halo ODST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQEuBneFi3g&list=RDjyFMG2766vs&index=9

Sod it, I’ll put one of the Halos in. Halo ODST was a surprising gem that at first looked rather bleak and samey, but that proved to be false as Halo ODST ended up being one of the best Halo games – behind Reach of course. It’s soundtrack was the most distinctive of them all, but the other games still had fabulous scores. This one though, it’s noir, game over.

BONUS

It would be criminal to not have this near this list, even though I have never gotten into the series (heretic!) I can’t deny those sweet tunes:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CbFAZ2ztlE

Great Video Game Soundtracks

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Inspired by my friend’s “Best of Film Music” post (his blog: http://clockwalkerorange.wordpress.com/ would recommend), I felt that it would be a good start to the new year if I composed my own list of games that contained great soundtracks. I’ll make this a weekly thing, adding 7 game tracks each week. Enjoy.

Mass Effect 1

ImageThe reason why I am not combining the sci-fi trilogy’s score into one, is because of how different each score is in each game. All three have their own feel and theme to it, perfectly adding to the context in which the universe is in. In the first game – my personal favourite of the trio – the score amazingly adds to the feeling of exploration, discovery and mystery. A wonderful soundtrack for a wonderful game. Give this cracker a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVm_ljDSdwA

The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion

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 A classic. Oblivion’s “generic fantasy” theme and style is further reflected by another great soundtrack composed by Jeremy Soule, the man with the plan. Soule’s work in the previous installment of the series, Morrowind, brought forth an iconic -yet short- soundtrack. Thankfully Oblivion had a longer and more diverse score, suiting every moment from walking through fields, forests, caves and dungeons. Dem trumpets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J5gN1DwNDE

Crysis 2

Crysis-2-hd-wallpaper-_3Crysis 2 wasn’t really a great game, nor was it a great shooter. It’s graphics and engine was all it had going for it, that and a co-composed soundtrack from Hans Zimmer (doubt you’ve heard of him). Maybe it’s just me but I did enjoy Crysis’ score and it did liven up the dull combat and the sub-par plot. But hey, there’s a silver lining in this tech demo. Pew pew pew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy4iQvJo24U

Super Meat Boy

supermbWhat a game and what a soundtrack. SMB is one of my all time favourites and it’s soundtrack is one of the many reasons why it is. It’s crazy, catchy and addictive, just like the game. Plus it’s the perfect score to have when you’re constantly dying over and over and over and over… Took me quite a bit of time to decide which track to use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_lGyV9JIVI

Total War: Shogun II

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I have a rule: if it has samurai in it, it’s good. Shogun II has lots of samurai, also it’s one of the best strategy games out there, maybe even the best. It’s soundtrack appeals to me mainly because I have a love for Japanese history and this soundtrack is a rather great one. Good soundtrack to have when you decide to become a shogun. SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ2VisWsItc&list=PL2BA63F44872FF910

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Tetris

Retro game themes are always great, but when orchestras do their own take on iconic themes, they can only be amazing. This specific cover is one which I particularly love. Wow, much soviet, such oppression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l-yUHo44hc.

Dark Souls

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There are not enough words I can use to describe how…amazing the Dark Souls score is. All I can say is listen to them all. Listen to all of the tracks in the score, you will not regret it. Lik dis if u cry evrytim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tuWvGee4T0