My Top 5 Favorite Soundtracks

By: Sarah

If you’re my friend, if you’ve read this blog, or even if you don’t know me at all, I think it’s pretty evident that I am obsessed with movies. Things that catch my eye in movies are interesting story lines, beautiful cinematography, innovative transitions between scenes, and, of course, good-looking actors.

Something that catches my ear is a soundtrack.

I love movie soundtracks. If I’m completely engrossed in a movie and a song comes on that fits perfectly with the scene, I get goose pimples. If I haven’t heard the song and like it, I mentally try to remember some of the lyrics so I can Google it later.

Soundtracks are like a pre-made mix tape, carefully chosen and perfectly crafted. Soundtracks flirt with their listeners, enticing them into the movie, engaging them to fall in love. Soundtracks have feelings and moods and with every one, I like to picture the person who made it. I get crushes on soundtracks.

Here are my top five favorite soundtracks:

5. You’ve Got Mail

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This soundtrack is just so cheerful. I mean, the first song is “The Puppy Song” by Harry Nilsson. Wonderful. Every song fits perfectly with the blissful theme of the movie.

Favorite song: “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin

 4. The Twilight Saga movies

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I hate to say it, but all five of the Twilight movies have great soundtracks. I didn’t particularly care for the story line (that’s a whole different post I could get into), but the music is fantastic. There’s everything from Alexandre Desplat to Vampire Weekend. If I could go to those movies blindfolded, just so I could hear the music and not see the actual movie, I totally would.

Favorite song: "Let's Get Lost" by Beck and Bat for Lashes

 3. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

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It says it right in the movie title, Playlist. Of course the soundtrack lives up to its name. I think the music in this movie screams “teenagers having a night they will never forget”, which is one of the themes. Each song makes me want to go in search of one of my favorite bands in a huge city with a guy I hardly know. If that guy is Michael Cera, even better.

Favorite song: “After Hours” by We Are Scientists

2. (500) Days of Summer

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Sigh. Just thinking about this soundtrack makes me feel so many things. It has the perfect mixture of old and new songs. I think the songs are songs the characters would listen to, which makes it even better. As I listen, I feel like Tom and Summer are with me, listening along.

Favorite song: “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap

 1. Garden State

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Each song on this soundtrack is so perfectly placed and timed out. I’ve basically memorized the movie, so I always know when each song is coming and start humming along before it even starts. It’s gotten to the point where, when I hear one of the songs on shuffle, I associate it with its movie scene. This soundtrack provided me with so many of my favorite bands, like The Shins and Nick Drake. I think it’s a pretty special and rare thing when not only a movie, but also its soundtrack becomes your absolute favorite. I think it’s even more rare and special when the two combined leave you with the feeling that, somehow, your life has been changed.

Favorite song: “Let Go” by Frou Frou

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