The Vern’s Top 5 Favorite Movie Soundtracks

movies-and-music-e1377788479827I’m keeping this post short because I’m doing more work for the As You Watch Podcast, and I really need to do more work with a new project that I’m in development with.  Plus add to this my busy work schedule and the fact I’m moving soon.  That leaves little time to write up shit.  However I did want to take some time and quick compose a list of my favorite movie soundtracks   Now, this list is basically ones that I enjoy listening to a lot.    I’m sure there are ones that are a lot better, but these are the ones that I enjoy the most.

5. Marie Antoinette.

Soundtrack-Covers-marie-antoinette-13851580-500-500Usually when modern songs are added to movies that are set in the past, I groan.  But the use of early modern rock songs by Siouxie and The Banshees and Bow Wow Wow help evoke the isolation that our young heroine is experience.  The songs also really help match the visuals of the film a lot more then you think it would.  The soundtrack helps set the tone  with it’s opening number beginning with strings  right before the guitars and drums kick in.

4. Spring Breakers

Spring BreakersThe movie “Spring Breakers” is composed much like a electronic song.  With lines sampled and repeated a lot during certain scenes. There is very little dialogue and music is the main part of this feature. The score by Clint Mansell mixed in with the dubstep songs by Skrillex and various rap songs.  Help with the images of debauchery this film shows and I love it. So if you think this movie celebrates this kind of life style or is a warning/commentary about it.  The score will help sell its point over and over again.

3.  Hanna.

HannaI love The Chemical Brothers.  I have no other reason of why it’s on this list.  Plus the movie is awesome, and the song I chose sounds like something I would hear in a music box.

Death Proof

deathproofI know many people would have included Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and while I enjoy that soundtrack heavily.  I feel that the songs featured in it are ones that are heard a lot already.  The tracks in “Death Proof” still feel fresh and it’s one of those retro cool albums that I enjoy listening from beginning to end.

1.  Fantasia

Fantasia
Every time I hear a track from this score.  I automatically think of the many different scenes that are shown in this feature  Even the famed selections from the “Nutcracker Suite” bring up images I’m sure were not  the original intent made by it’s creator.  But I don’t care because here they look way cooler.  The basic premise of “Fantasia” was that every few years they were going to release a new move which combined animation  done to classical music.  My mind was blown when I saw this in theaters, and it helped me to become the movie fan I am now.  So why the hell did it stop?  “Fantasia 2000” was a lot of fun, and I’m hoping we won’t haft to wait until the year 3000 for a new one.  Watching this movie is like being on some sort of hallucinogenic, but the safe kind.  Well no, it’s not really like being on any drug, but if it makes you happy.  It cant be all that bad, right.

 

Honerable Mentions
Magnolia
The Social Network
Trainspotting
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Purple Rain

Amelie

The Bling Ring

Any other Quentin Tarantino Soundtrack

Rushmore

Run Lola Run
South Park:  Bigger Longer Uncut
Tron Legacy
Casino

 

What did I miss?  What were your favorite soundtracks?  Leave me a comment below.

 

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About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with each other and it's fun to discover new classics. I co host the podcast The Film Pasture and As You Watch. While also contributing reviews and articles to other great sites when I can.
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24 Responses to The Vern’s Top 5 Favorite Movie Soundtracks

  1. A couple you forgot are Lost in Translation, Garden State, Saturday Night Fever, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    • The Vern says:

      Oh Yeah Garden State. That was a good one. I only know Saturday Night Fever from that one song by the Bee Gees. IM not a huge fan of theirs so that why I did not include it. Thanks for commenting

  2. Jess says:

    Awesome picks! I love “Chick Habit” and that Hanna soundtrack is amazing. I think I listed to that for an entire semester of college every time I was writing a paper.

    Another really great soundtrack from a just okay movie was for Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. It’s really eclectic and I listened to it pretty excessively after seeing that.

  3. The Vern says:

    Oh very cool Jess. I will look out for that one very soon. My friend’s band covered chick habbit and its pretty good. Thanks for the comment

  4. Dude! I was in the car listening to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” yesterday and thought, “:Damn, I haven’t seen Fantasia in a while”. Looks like I’ll have to buy a copy and watch it. It’s two references in the same week. It’s a sign.

    • The Vern says:

      How cool. It’s a cartoon I don’t think Disney would release today because it tells the story about evolution. I think it would get a lot of flack from special interest groups. Thanks for the comments

  5. Goodfellas has my favourite soundtrack. It fits perfectly with the film

  6. The Vern says:

    I agree. My Way by Sid Vicious fits perfectly

  7. Beer Movie says:

    Great list. I have the Death Proof soundtrack on vinyl and listen to it heaps. One of my absolute favourites.

  8. Wasn’t expecting Fantasia to be number one but I see where you’re going. Nice list.

  9. Brittani says:

    Great list! I love that you included Hanna. That soundtrack was awesome.

  10. Marie Antoinette has my favourite soundtrack ever (along with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). So great to see it here 😀

  11. Chris says:

    Nice idea for a post! I’ve gotta listen to that Deathproof album asap. Love the Marie Antoinette soundtrack, I can get lost in that.
    I’m a fan of Blade Runner music by Vangelis, especially “Blade Runner Blues” and “Memories of Green”. Into The Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder and the recent American Hustle soundtrack are other favorites of mine.

  12. The Vern says:

    Great choices there. I think Blade Runner is a nice one to relax with . I have not heard Into The Wild but will give it a shot.

  13. Spring Breakers! Glad you mentioned this! Marie Antoinette too, Sofia Coppola always has a great soundtrack for her films (most recently, The Bling Ring, which I thought had an amazing soundtrack).

  14. jjames36 says:

    I have only seen Spring Breakers, and so it is the only one with which I am familiar. I didn’t like it half so much as you, but you already know that. 🙂

    It was a fun list to read, even if I don’t know most of the titles. Great work!

  15. Rob WEDL says:

    You forgot the Armageddon soundtrack!

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