When it comes to watching movies many of us watch for the action, romance, thrill and suspense, but the best part about a movie is the soundtrack. If there was no music added to the scenes, hearing Humphrey Bogart tell Ingrid Bergman to “Go ahead and shoot, you’d be doing me a favor” would not be the same. Without further ado, here are the top 5 best movie soundtracks to have ever been a part of the big screen.
Back to the Future
Not only do we time travel back in time to 1955 with Marty McFly in a classic DeLorean, but we are taken there with an amazing soundtrack. With a classic mix of the 1980’s and the 1950’s, with the “Power of love” by Heuy Lewis & The News and “Earth Angel” by The Penguins, we get an instant feel for both era’s that Marty McFly is in. Music plays a vital role in this movie since Marty McFly wants to be a musician and all throughout the movie we see music records being sold, being played, and danced to. Plus, who can forget the famous “Johnnie B. Good” scene?
As the strong riffs and drums of the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by 13th Floor Elevators begins, you instantly know this is going to be a movie worth watching. As John Cusack narrates as to how music plays a role in our everyday lives by saying, “What came first? The music or the misery?” As the movie progresses on his recent breakup with the love of his life, we are transported through love, hate, misery, and sadness through the lyrics of Aretha Franklin, The Velvet Underground, The Jam, Barry White, and others. Nothing gives us a better understanding as to what love is than music, and High Fidelity proves it.
The Rocky franchise has never been known for its soundtrack, since who needs to listen to music when you are watching Sylvester Stallone beating up Apollo, Mr. T. and Drago? But the Rocky franchise, particularly Rocky IV, gives us a powerful soundtrack that makes us all want to a climb a mountain in the snow. With “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, and the training montage song by Vince DiCola will never get old, and still makes all want to scream “Adrian!” at the top of our lungs.
The Wedding Singer
Not only is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s chemistry one of the highlights of this film, but the music adds an extra bonus. With some of the best songs from the 1980’s, we are instantly transported back in time to colorful attire, frizzy hair, sweat bands, bulky boots, weird dancing, the synthesizer, Billy Idol, and New Romantics. This movie has reminded us that the 80’s was a time unlike any other, and the music is its own personality. With Adam Sandler’s beautiful voice to add character to the many songs, the soundtrack to this movie is one of the best.
A Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles are one of the world’s best rock and roll groups to have ever existed. Their popularity rose so dramatically in the 1960’s that it only seemed plausible to make a movie about the fab four. Following John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as they try to escape hoards of screaming fans, all the while making sure Paul McCartney’s grandfather stays out of trouble, and going from studio to studio is one of the best films about a band to ever exist. Naturally, a film about the Beatles would not be the same if it did not include their music, and all throughout the film we hear an endless parade of Beatles songs making this the mother ship of all movie soundtracks.