It’s the little things in life that can have the biggest impacts. That theory applies to movies, too. Although we may not be aware of it at the time, the soundtrack of a movie is often what makes or breaks the film. Music gives us cues about what is about to happen, how to gauge our emotions, and how a character might be feeling. In fact, some movie soundtracks are so powerful that they have become iconic for generations. Take a look at these best movie soundtracks of all time to see if your favorite made the list.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens features not only the famous Star Wars theme song, but also a number of other new instrumentals. The legendary John Williams produced the soundtrack. Williams is also known for his excellent work on other popular movies such as the Harry Potter film series. Williams began working on this soundtrack in 2013, two years before the movie was released in theatres. Original scores such as those used for the presences of Luke, Leia, and Han were maintained so as to keep a sense of authenticity in the modernized movie. This soundtrack is one of the best movie soundtracks of all time due to its impeccable combination of original scores and newly directed ones.
There was absolutely no way we could leave the 1978 Grease movie off of this list. With the famous duo of John Travlota (Danny Zuko) and Oliva Newton-John (Sandy Olsson) at the center of most of the musical hits, it was an instant classic of a soundtrack. Produced by Louis St. Louis, many of the songs on that soundtrack are still frequently referenced and played today. Capturing the essence of the 1950s “greaser” movement with shoo-bop beats, this was a soundtrack that was built to last for generations. Some of the more memorable tunes include “Grease,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Summer Nights.”
Frozen, the Disney classic released in 2013, captured the hearts and minds of millions of viewers. What made the Frozen: 2 Disc Deluxe Edition one of the best movie soundtracks of all time is its lovably relatable lyrics and child-friendly tunes. Produced by Kirsten Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the famous song “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel, gained global acclaim as one of the most played songs of 2014. In fact, Frozen is so popular that it was the fifth best-selling soundtrack album in the US in 2013. Over 338,000 copies were sold in 2013.
Fifty Shades of Grey
The explosive 2015 movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, featured not only a thrilling and modern plotline, but one of the best movie soundtracks of all time. Reaching out to acclaimed artists such as The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding, many of the songs on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack topped the charts. Perhaps the most popular song of the album is, “Earned It,” by The Weekend. The song features R&B beats with the sensual vocals of The Weeknd.
Do you have other favorite soundtracks that you think should be included in the best soundtracks of all time list? Let us know in the comments!