Of course, “great music” is probably one of the most subjective phrases possible, especially in modern times. Some people live and die by Country music…some just die. The same can be said of all genres. So, that said, these are completely from my perspective, but if you share my movie tastes, I’m going to guess that you’ll like the music in these movies as well.
And if you haven’t seen one of these movies, stop what you are doing and watch them now.
The movie itself is very well constructed, written and directed by visual comedian Zach Braff playing a completely serious role, and playing it well. The music, though, is the winner in this movie. Featuring great tracks from Zero 7, Coldplay, The Shins, and others, this soundtrack stands alone as a mellow personal play list for a lazy summer day.
Check it out: Garden State – Music From The Motion Picture
Everything is Illuminated
I recently watched this movie, and almost immediately bought the soundtrack. The authentic Russian punk music is fun, moving, and fresh. The instrumental pieces are just as good, and all original Paul Cantelon pieces. Great additions to any music library, especially for those that would like to break out into some of the foreign music cultures.
Charming and fanciful, this soundtrack frames an equally charming and fanciful movie. Yann Tiersen’s score was made before the production of Amelie, but director Jean-Pierre Jeunet liked it so much that he worked it into the movie. Inspired by European Classical music, this soundtrack is a must have.
Check it out: Amelie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Singing in the Rain
One of the classic musicals, and one of my favorites. Similar to Amelie, the music for this movie was created before the movie was in production, and in this case before it was even written. Basically, the story goes that the studio gave writes Adolph Green and Betty Comden a bunch of songs one of them liked, and told them to make a movie out of it. Well, these great songs (sung by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor) are wonderful (and the movie, even more wonderful).
Check it out: Singin’ in the Rain (1952 Film Soundtrack)
Good movie, but even better soundtrack. The songs all have an acoustic, Irish street musician feel that softly embraces you. The first track, Falling Slowly, sets the mood and energy for the rest of the album, never letting you down. A great soundtrack whether you are in love or heartbroken, and while maybe not life changing, it is something you will want to make sure you experience.
Check it out: Once