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October 31, 2020 4:05 am

Three Movies With Awesome Soundtracks


It’s difficult to narrow down the best soundtracks of all time because of so many different musical tastes. With that said, it seems most fair to choose a few and classify them as the best of all time for their varied musical styles and appeal to a large group of people. The following are a few soundtracks that fit this description.


Mr. Holland’s Opus

This popular movie from 1995 stars Richard Dreyfus as Mr. Holland, a brilliant musician and composer who reluctantly enters the world of teaching so he can “have more time off.” Mr. Holland discovers a passion for teaching music and the movie tracks his career from start to finish. Brilliantly, the soundtrack includes a sampling of music from a wide variety of styles. From early rock and roll to blues, R&B, John Lennon, then all the way around to a sampling of classical music to complete the musical experience.

The soundtrack includes “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, written for his own son and masterfully used in the movie. “I’ve got a Woman” by Ray Charles is included for those that love the soul/blues influenced music. In addition, listeners that love early rock and roll will enjoy “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys.

“The Pretender” by Jackson Browne, “Someone To Watch Over Me” by George and Ira Gershwin and even an original song “Cole’s Song” written by John Lennon’s son Julian Lennon is included! There’s no doubt that eclectic listeners will be completely satisfied with this diverse and well crafted soundtrack.



Moulin Rouge!

This 2001 film staring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman contains a soundtrack that is both artistic and wildly entertaining! The music was crafted from many well known songs by artists such as Gloria Estefan, Elton John, The Police and many, many others.

While an entire book could be written about the complex arrangements of the wonderful music contained in this movie, some of the highlights include an (updated) “Lady Marmalade”, “Rhythm of the Night”, “Your Song” (performed by Ewan McGregor himself,) and an amazing “El Tango De Roxanne” as a swanky take on The Police hit.

The soundtrack portrays excitement, sadness, passion and love all in one musical package. Definitely one of the soundtracks for those that love many different styles of music from many different artists.


The Blues Brothers

Originally a sketch on Saturday Night Live, this 1980 film includes a soundtrack with music from a wide variety of artists and styles. Tracks include “Think” by Aretha Franklin, “Shake a Tail Feather” featuring Ray Charles with the Blues Brothers, “Minnie the Moocher” with Cab Calloway and even the Theme from Rawhide performed by the Blues Brothers!

The music is fun and includes something for everyone. The Blues Brothers staring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues bring out some amazing musicians in a good old fashioned rhythm and blues band. While the movie includes so much great high energy music, the soundtrack captures a great deal of the spirit of the film.

Jason Kane is an avid film and music fan, and an even bigger fan of arguing about either. He gets all of his vinyls from SoundStage Direct.