Friday, March 4, 2011

[f.g.i.] Presents: My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

TIME magazine has an article on their website which lists their picks for the Top 25 Movie Soundtracks. It points out the obvious choices, such as "The Sound of Music," "West Side Story," and "Pulp Fiction," to name a few. In response to the lack of representation, here's a list of some of my favorite movie soundtracks, along with their stand-out songs. Enjoy!

I Heart Huckabees
Favorite Song: "Didn't Think it Would Turn Out Bad" by Jon Brion

Dazed and Confused
Favorite Song: "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith

(500) Days of Summer
Favorite Song: "She's Got You High" by Mumm-ra

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Favorite Song: "Garbage Truck" Performed by Sex Bom Omb

Reservoir Dogs
Favorite Song: "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel

The Virgin Suicides
Favorite Song: "A Dream Goes on Forever" by Todd Rundgren

Stand By Me
Favorite Song: "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes

Hot Fuzz
Favorite Song: "Goody Two Shoes" by Adam Ant

The Devil's Rejects
Favorite Song: "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Love, Actually
Favorite Song: "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell

Donnie Darko
Favorite Song: "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears

Favorite Song: "Love is the Drug" by Roxy Music

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Favorite Song: "Jack's Lament" Performed by Danny Elfman

Boogie Nights
Favorite Song: "I Want To Be Free" by Ohio Players

Favorite Song: "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice

Moulin Rouge
Favorite Song: "Come What May" Performed by Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman

Pirate Radio
Favorite Song: "Elenor" by The Turtles

Favorite Song: "Blinded By The Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Be Kind, Rewind
Favorite Song: "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" by Fats Waller

I'm Not There
Favorite Song: "I Wanna Be Your Lover" Performed by Yo La Tengo

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Favorite Song: "Johanna" Performed by Jamie Campbell Bower

Although this doesn't even begin to cover the wealth of movies with perfect song choices, it's a start. Please share your favorite soundtracks and songs in the comments!


  1. Some fantastic choices afoot here - well done!

    A few others of my own...

    ALMOST FAMOUS ("Sparks" by The Who)

    ROMEO + JULIET ("Talk Show Host" by Radiohead)

    A LIFE AQUATIC ("Life on Mars" by Seu Jorge...and then David Bowie)

    ONCE ("Falling Slowly" by Glen & Marketa)

    WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE ("Rumpus" by Karen O)

  2. Great choices! I can't hear "Stuck in the Middle With You" anymore without thinking of Reservoir Dogs. One of my favorites, also courtesy of Quentin Taratino, is Kill Bill Vol. 1, with Santa Esmerelda's cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" being my favorite.

  3. I absolutely loved BLOWER'S DAUGHTER by Damien Rice and all the songs from MOULIN ROUGE! COME WHAT MAY was the best ballad beside YOUR SONG.

  4. Great idea for a blog post. I should of caught that article in Time.

    Dazed and Confused remains one of my favorite 'scored' films. The soundtrack perfectly matches the spirit of the times. And every time I watch it, I start rocking out in my head!

    Love that you included Casino!

  5. Love Gladiator, The Last of the Mohicans and Once among many others!

  6. This is a great post. Too many TOP TENS end up as cheesy as David Letterman's. Thanks for the great read and for reawakening my man crush on JGL!


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