If our life had a score, it would sound like one of these great soundtracks.
Every film has a music director who picks music to fit its twists, turns and characters — personally, we think that’s the best job ever. The music in a film creates atmosphere, evokes feelings — it’s really just one of those things you never realize really make a movie.
Soundtracks to films have been always been very important to us, fans and directors. It can make or break a movie. In the past, it’s even made some of the most awkward of films a bit more enjoyable. So yes, sometimes soundtracks are better than the movie itself.
With that in mind, here are movie soundtracks that were better than the films and/or just as good:
Fifty Shades of Grey
While the film did have a lot of buzz, it wasn’t exactly the buzz it probably intended to have. While the movie had some good moments, it was the soundtrack and the standout musicians on it that made us enjoy the film a bit more.
Stand Out Tunes: “Earned It” by The Weeknd, “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
We don’t exactly remember hating or loving Twilight. We may have been caught up with the rush of the vampire loving frenzy, but if it’s one thing we remembered we loved — it was the soundtracks to this franchise.
Stand Out Tunes: “Decode” by Paramore
The Fault In Our Stars
DISCLAIMER: We did like the movie. We cried our eyes. It almost gave us as many feelings as the book — almost. However, the movie soundtrack did hit us harder than we expected it too.
Stand Out Tunes: “Boom Clap” By Charli XCX
We can’t really explain to you what happens in the film, because we won’t lie — we forgot. What we can tell you, is how obsessed we were with the songs. With songs performed by Christina Aguilera and Cher, how could we not?
Stand Out Tunes: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” by Cher, “Express” and “Show Me How You Burlesque” by Christina Aguilera
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This franchise picked stellar songs to feature from the get-go. We really did enjoy the films — a lot — but the soundtracks really made them that much more unique.
Stand Out Tunes: “Atlas” by Coldplay, “Elastic Heart” By Sia, “We Remain” by Christina Aguilera
The Great Gatsby
This 2013 film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel received mixed reviews — but it had Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire in it, so the world still decided to watch. While the film was stunning and the acting impressive, the soundtrack was the best thing about it.
Stand Out Tunes: “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock, “Bang Bang” by will.i.am
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Before you go all Groot on our ass, yes, we are human and enjoyed this movie. Its comedic timing and pacing differentiated it from all those other Marvel movies but what really separated it from the rest was its retro enjoy the soundtrack. With popular tracks from the ’60s and ’70s, it should be no surprise that this soundtrack is definitely a banger.
Stand Out Tunes: “Want You Back” by Jackson 5, “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede
You may or may not remember this Jessica Alba film from 2003 — we wouldn’t blame you if you forgot. While it had the best parts of a dance movie — romance and, well, dance — what made it stand out from all the dance movies before and after it was its soundtrack. Its hip-hop and R&B tunes from all around included personal favourite “I Believe” by Yolanda Adams and so many more.
Stand Out Tunes: “Sexy” By Shawn Desman
You know that gif of Tyra Banks yelling “I rooted for you” — well, that applies to this film. We went into the theatre rooting our butts off for this film and franchise — but it let us down. While this soundtrack doesn’t have singles like the others on this list, it does have tracks that need no lyrics. The soundtrack features a masterpiece by Joseph Trapanese and a solid tune by Tove Lo.
Stand Out Tunes:”Scars” by Tove Lo