Many movies come and go and some are remembered for their soundtracks. Some soundtracks outlive the movies while others find a way to even immortalize a movie. Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game found its way into David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and was fondly remembered as a song.
Sometimes, even, the right absence of music can make a great scene. Think of The Cincinnati Kid and the poker scene which became a classic. This scene, actually, has a very obvious absence of music which leads to the famous fight scene, then you get the suitable action music.
Here are some movies which are known for their soundtracks.
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
Ever since this movie was released, people had very mixed opinions about it. The fact that the only good character left the prequel trilogy too early, looking at you Qui-Gon and that instead of him, fans were stuck with a very, very annoying Jar Jar Binks.
Luckily, John Williams managed to outdo himself once more by composing a great score for this movie. Duel of the Fates is remembered as a very, very good song.
This movie had a license cost which was greater than the movie’s budget. With a license of 1 million dollars, the music had to be good, right? It was, in fact, perfect. You have bands like The Band, The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steppenwolf and Roger McGuinn, you cannot really go wrong. Maybe it was the fact that the movie was independently directed and produced by its two stars, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, or just the sheer amount of talent in the score.
This movie is really a special one, as it puts us in the ears of a driver, appropriately nicknamed Baby. We keep listening to his tunes and there’s a good reason for it, he almost never has his headphones out, due to ear damage he sustained during an accident as a child. With names like Simon & Garfunkel, Barry White, Dave Brubeck, T. Rex, The Beach Boys, Focus and Queen, you have quite the list of talented musicians and bands, all smartly placed within the movie, to make its scenes much more lively.
It’s very likely that a movie about organized crime is likely to make this list as they tend to have great soundtracks. This movie, in particular is notable for its fair share of great moments when the music plays at just the right time. Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, Cream, Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton, what more do you want? Scorsese knew how to implement these greats and did it impeccably.
Saturday Night Fever
This movie prompted sales of its soundtrack, which became a 15x platinum holder. Most of the soundtrack is held by Bee Gees, given that their songs like “Stayin’ Alive”, “Jive Talkin’”, How Deep is Your Love”, “Night Fever” and “More Than a Woman” are among them. A little shy of 80 minutes, this soundtrack is probably the grooviest movie soundtrack, ever.