If there’s one thing that can make a bad movie great, it’s a phenomenal soundtrack. After all, is there any better reason to watch a movie? Alright, a great cast and crew help – but music is a close second.
Here are our favourite movie soundtracks.
5 – Domino
You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of Domino. It’s based on the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of Laurence Harvey, who left her career as a Ford model to enter the world of bounty hunting.
The film stars Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke – and the soundtrack features everyone from Xzibit and Nick Welsh, to Eagles of Death Metal, Brenda Lee, Seeds of Love and Heitor Pereira.
It’s eclectic, yes, but wonderfully so.
4 – (500) Days of Summer
Like the film itself, the soundtrack for (500) Days of Summer is an indie darling’s dream. It’s filled to the brim with songs from The Smiths, Temper Trap, Feist, Regina Spector, Black Lips, Simon & Garfunkel, and – of course – She & Him.
Plus, it’s a really wonderful movie, so if you haven’t seen it you have all the more reason to now.
3 – Boyz n the Hood
The Boyz n the Hood soundtrack might not have so many readily recognized names, but what better reason for it to be on our list? The film was released in 1991, making many of these artist – Ice Cube, Compton’s Most Wanted, Monie Love, Quincy Jones, and many many more – pioneers of the genre.
2 – Almost Famous
Of course we all wish we lived in the ’60s and ’70s – when music was good and the babes were babes. While we can’t actually go back in time, we can all feel like flower children with this soundtrack, featuring everyone you’d care to listen to: The Who, The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Cat Stevens and, of course, Stillwater.
1 – The Great Gatsby
It shouldn’t surprise you that this is our top pick. Produced by Jay Z, the soundtrack and the film are remarkable. And what’s even more impressive is how seamlessly the two fit together. Jay Z has perfectly mixed hip hop, jazz and lazy indie pop to make a concept album that blows many other soundtracks clear out of the water.