Celebrating Movies with the Best Original Soundtracks

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Music and film have been deeply in love for the longest time. Movies need music in order to elevate the atmosphere a scene is giving off, while music needs visual aid to produce music videos. To celebrate how well these two go hand-in-hand, here are some movies with original soundtracks you just can’t miss.

 

 

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)


This musical comedy film revolves around a high school that just can’t seem to keep a principal. Why? Because their students love rock ‘n’ roll to the point where they don’t really care about their education anymore. With the help of the Ramones, the lead actresses sign off with a literally explosive ending. Tracks from AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, and The Velvet Underground are also featured.

 

24 Hour Party People (2002)


Relive Manchester’s 70s-80s debauchery-filled music scene with legendary punk rock bands such as the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, and The Clash. Based on the story of the now-defunct Factory Records, “24 Hour Party People” gives us a closer look on the historical significance of the label, its artists, and the effort put in to create something as legendary as Factory Records.

 

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)


We’re not going to deny that Magical Mystery Tour flopped. The soundtrack, however, says otherwise. Psychedelic-friendly tracks such as  “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “All You Need Is Love” stretched pop music to its limits. Today, the album’s almost always included in every trippy playlist on Spotify. Maybe what John Lennon said was right, “There are only about 100 people in the world who understand our music.”

 

Palo Alto (2013)


Gia Coppola’s directorial debut was met with positive reception thanks her eye for cool tones, James Franco’s plot (he wrote the book it’s based on), and of course, music. The film’s dream-like motion picture was scored by Devonté Hynes/Blood Orange, and the soundtrack includes music from MacDeMarco, Robert Schwartzman, and from lead actors Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer.

 

8 Mile (2002)


Thought we’d leave out “8 Mile” from this list? Nope. We’re not even going to talk about Eminem and the movie because you’ve probably already seen it, so let’s jump right into the music. Many consider the movie as the holy grail of modern hip hop soundtracks, and for good reason: its got notable rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, Mobb Deep, Biggie Smalls, and Wu-Tang Clan stapled on the soundtrack. Where else can you find a soundtrack with this variety? That’s right, nowhere.

 

What are your personal favorites? Let us know!

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