7 Kick Ass Soundtracks


Tom walked to her apartment, intoxicated by the promise of the evening. he believed that this time, his expectations would align with reality.

The above quote, and screenshot, is from 500 Days of Summer. The narrator says this line as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Tom is traveling to a party thrown by Zooey Deschanel's Summer. Regina Spektor's "Hero" plays in the background. This is one of my favorite movie scenes ever, because of its use of music.

Not only do I appreciate a movie that makes great use of music within the movie, but I also loooove a great soundtrack...the entire ensemble of music compiled for the movie as a whole. Below I've listed a few of my favorites.

  • The Bodyguard. I grew up listening to this soundtrack because my mom loved it. I mean, Whitney Houston. Her famous cover of "I Will Always Love You" is on this soundtrack album. There's lots of great stuff to sing along to.
  • Philadelphia.  Another one I grew up with. I listened to it for as long as I could remember, but I didn't actually see the movie until a few years ago. My favorite tracks of this one are Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" and Neil Young's "Philadelphia." Also, Howard Shore's original score for the film.
  • Remember the Titans. Some great stuff on here, especially its opening track: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." All day. I could listen to that all damn day.
  • 500 Days of Summer. As mentioned above. There are so many great indie tracks on here. I think "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap is my favorite.
  • The Lord of the Rings. Another Howard Shore composition. I used to listen to the original music from LOTR all the time while I wrote papers in college. Epic shit right there.
  • Almost Famous. A movie about music has to have great music, and this one does. Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Elton John. It's so good. And the movie is worth a watch if you've never seen it.
  • The Devil Wears Prada. Aside from this movie being great because Meryl Streep being a fucking LEGEND, I think it also has really good music. "Sleep" by Azure Ray is my favorite from this soundtrack.

What are some of your favorite soundtracks? Leave a comment!