Guest Post: Movie Soundtracks are Like a Box of Chocolates

Movie Soundtracks are Like a Box of Chocolates: 8 of the Best

by Brynn Gerrity

Without music and its soundtrack, a movie wouldn’t fully come to life. Here are our top 8 picks for greatest movie soundtracks:

Forrest Gump

The Forrest Gump soundtrack is a tribute to timeless classics between the 1950s and 1980s. It’s as if the greatest hits during influential moments in history were hand-picked, compiled together and called Forrest Gump — The Soundtrack. On a hot summer day, cruise with the windows down to Forrest Gump favorites such as “Sweet Home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), “Fortunate Sun” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and “Land of 1000 Dances” (Wilson Pickett).

Across the Universe

Across the Universe is a musical drama that tells the story of a Liverpudlian artist, Jude, who moves to New York City and falls in love during the Vietnam anti-war movement. Without an acting degree but a penchant for music, English rising star Jim Sturgess got his break in acting by singing big Beatles hits in “Across the Universe” such as “Something,” “All My Loving” and  “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park makes this list because who doesn’t love a good John Williams soundtrack? Also, Jurassic Park is one of the best movies during the 90s, which makes its score memorable. The instrumental song “Welcome to Jurassic Park” encapsulates the epic adventures and protagonists’ fears in the film.

Garden State

The Garden State soundtrack may have been more influential than the movie itself. The coffee shop tunes of Coldplay, The Shins and Nick Drake consumed iPods of proverbial angsty teenagers and hipsters in 2004. “Garden State” star Zach Braff selected the soundtrack’s songs himself, and he won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Grosse Pointe Blank

The 1997 film Grosse Point Blank stars John Cusack as a professional assassin who happens to come across his ten-year high school reunion while carrying out an assignment. Full of foot-tapping, feel-good songs like “Rudie Can’t Fail” (The Clash), “I Can See Clearly Now” (Johnny Nash) and “Under Pressure” (Queen, David Bowie), the “Grosse Point Blank” soundtrack takes you right back to the 80s.

500 Days of Summer

Regina Spektor. The Smiths. Hall and Oats. Feist. The 500 Days of Summer tunes put you in that upbeat mood while at the office working or in your kitchen cooking. The soundtrack concludes with the last song “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want,” sung by 500 Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel who croons with her soothing, sultry voice.

Almost Famous

Almost Famous is like the sister soundtrack to Forrest Gump. The film chronicles the story of a teen journalist who writes for Rolling Stone and covers a fictional rock band. The epic hits “Tiny Dancer” (Elton John), “Baba O’Riley” (The Who) and “Peggy Sue” (Buddy Holly) musically tell the story of the aspiring rock journalist’s experiences while on tour with the band Stillwater.

Reality Bites

Reality Bites shares the stories of four recent college graduates who are close friends. While trying to navigate real world hardships like unemployment, sexuality, relationships and dating, decade hits such as the 1979 The Knack’s “My Sharona” and 1989 U2’s “All I Want Is You” play throughout. Big names in the 90s like Lenny Kravitz, Dinosaur Jr. and Social Distortion also make the motion picture soundtrack a 90s favorite.

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