I’m not too particular on movie soundtracks. Half of the time I don’t pay attention to them, but these are the few that made an impression on me. There’s something about them that makes them standout from the others. Whether they fit the tone of the movie very well or they just have a great collection of songs, these are the soundtracks that deserve to be noticed
- Party Monster
This soundtrack is full of weird and fun techno songs that you would definitely find in a wild club. The songs will make you want to dance around whether people are watching you or not. Also, the songs fit the movie really well, capturing the chaotic world of Michael Alig and the club kids. It features songs by Stacy Q, Tones on Tail, and ABC. The biggest issue with this soundtrack is that about the first half of the music is good. The second half is sub par and forgettable. The soundtrack would’ve been higher on the list if it would’ve ended at track ten instead of nineteen. One of the best tracks on the album has to be “Overdose.”
- Velvet Goldmine
This is another soundtrack that does an excellent job of capturing the feeling and the era represented in the movie. This one is full of glam rock tracks that are heard in the film, which was inspired by David Bowie and several other players in the glam rock scene. This album features songs by Lou Reed, Venus in Furs , and T.Rex. There are also covers by Placebo and the star of the movie Johnathan Rhys Meyers who plays the Bowie-esqe Brian Slade. He happens to perform one of the best songs in the movie “Baby’s on Fire,” a cover of the track by Venus in Furs.
- The Bodyguard
This is one of the best selling soundtracks of all time and for a good reason: it’s amazing. The movie may have been crap, but the soundtrack will take your breath away. Houston sings more than half of the songs on the soundtrack and her powerful voice will bring you to tears. The soundtrack is full of Houston classics, such as “I’m Every Woman,” “Queen of the Night,” and “Run to You.” It’s a shame that we recently lost her. She may have had drug problems in her later years, but we should remember her for moments like this, when she shook the world with her voice. Of course the best song has to be the classic “I Will Always Love You.”
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
And I’m not talking about the Nightmare Revisited version. This is the original version that made Danny Elfman a household name. The songs in this movie are catchy, fun, and whimsical, which basically describes the feeling of the film. Everyone has a favorite song they like to sing along with from this movie, whether it’s “This is Halloween” or “ Sally’s Song.” My personal favorite is “What’s This?” This music on this album is so good that the artists on the aforementioned album could not do it justice. I will give credit to Marilyn Manson, as his version of “This is Halloween” is pretty damn good.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
This is a musical that is loved by many and keeps getting rediscovered by the next generation, so the music in it has to be good in order for the movie to be so well received. Just as with the Nightmare soundtrack, the songs are catchy, fun, and put you in a good mood. The album includes such favorites as “Toucha Toucha Touch me,” “Dammit Janet,” and “I Can Make You a Man.” It also helps that the cast of the film have decent voices. Listen to “Sweet Transvestite” and try to tell me Tim Curry doesn’t sound seductive. The most loved track on the album has to be “The Time Wrap” due to the simple dance that goes along with it.
- The Crow
This is another soundtrack that went on to sell millions and become very successful. It has new recordings from some great acts, like Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, and Rage Against the Machine and it also has songs from acts that may not be well known like My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. The songs perfectly fit the dark tone and melancholy feeling of the movie. The music is dark, aggressive, and sad, which fits the movie so well. And while all of the songs are not featured in the film, the ones that are don’t feel out of place or ruin the mood of the movie. One of the best tracks from this album has to be NIN’s cover of Joy Divison’s “Dead Souls.”
Did your favorite make the list? Was there a soundtrack I missed that deserves to be on here? Let me know in the comments!