Any movie would be incomplete without its score. All famous films have a feel to them created by the tools of sound and the people perfecting them. A soundtrack, whether it is a good or a not so good one, would take you straight back to the movie in your head whenever you hear a song from the film or even a certain sound effect (Lightsaber on). “Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you…..” see what I mean? Think no further, as we have picked for you the 15 best movie soundtracks and scores ever:
15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Grammy Award winning soundtrack producer for this film, T Bone Burnett, has already worked with one of the greatest artists of all time (Elton John), and what he brings to this movie only justifies his work.
A mix of country, folk, and blues, O Brother, Where Art Thou?’s CD sold approximately 8 million copies in the US and in total won 3 Grammy awards one of which was for Album of the Year. One of the most cherished tracks from the album ‘I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow’ is embedded above for your listening pleasure.
14. Purple Rain (1984)
Much like Prince’s single ‘Purple Rain’ embedded above, the score for this film is a work of art. It contains some of the most memorable soundtracks from the 80’s in ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, ‘When Doves Cry’, of course ‘Purple Rain’.
Purple Rain won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and sold 25 million copies world-wide, making it one of the top selling movie soundtracks of all time. The film itself showcases the instrumental and vocal magnificence of Prince.
13. The Dark Knight (2008)
We can’t seem to put The Dark Knight out of any of our lists, it’s that good! Famous sound producers, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, played a big number on this superhero movie by giving each of the characters multiple complex themes that the characters were screaming out for in decades of comic books.
For its brilliance in sound, it won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
12. UP (2009)
This cute and memorable Disney-Pixar animated movie not only received positive reviews in the animated side but also in the background score side of the film industry.
The Up score album was awarded an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score and 2 Grammy’s for the Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. One of the most popular scores from the album ‘Married Life’ is embedded above for your listening pleasure.
11. Ray (2004)
It gives a remarkable feel to the whole movie, a kind that it deserves. Ray received an Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.
10. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
500 Days of Summer has the ultimate playlist for any indie-head. From The Smiths to a little known, but a very catchy band known as Mumm Ra, this movie has everything a romantic movie needs as background music.
The most memorable song from the movie is ‘Sweet Disposition’ performed by The Temper Trap.
9. Help! (1965)
We thought it would have been almost blasphemous if we didn’t include this film in the list only because of the fact that it had the real Kings of Rock in it, The Beatles.
Paul, John, George and Ringo didn’t only shine their light on the music industry but also on the film industry for which they were nominated for a Grammy. Embedded above is the most popular track ‘Help!’ from the entire album.
8. Gladiator (2000)
You’ll hear the name Hans Zimmer more than once in this list, so you might as well get to know about him sooner than later. His musical brilliance is known throughout Hollywood. Hans was the sound producer for Gladiator, and for many other successful movies.
In this film, he collaborated with Lisa Gerrard to win a Golden Globe and got nominated for an Oscar. The movie on the other hand did win 5 Oscars, one of which was for Best Sound. The highly praised track from the album ‘Now We Are Free’ is embedded above, enjoy.