Ten Flawless Soundtracks

6. Go

When I was in middle school, I went through this weird phase of watching the movie Go every single night and wishing I was a raver. The culture, the music, the Ecstasy—it all seemed like so much fun when Katie Holmes was doing it! The soundtrack to the film was also totally killer. I would actually play the songs by BT and dance alone in my room with glow sticks. Now that I’m 24, I’ve still never been to a rave. I think I would just laugh the entire time/feel giant waves of anxiety when strangers would try to touch me and tell me that they like my aura. But I still like listen to the Go soundtrack and pretend that I’m somewhere cooler than my bedroom.

7. Marie Antoinette

Whenever I see a Sofia Coppola movie, I think to myself, “That was the best soundtrack I’ve ever seen! Oops, I think I meant movie.” It’s a common mistake to make seeing as how the filmmaker has become just as famous for her lovely taste in music as she has for everything else. Marie Antoinette in particular may not have been her best film but it’s her pièce de résistance in terms of soundtracks. It’s a double disc—the first one representing a party and the second being the harsh comedown that follows in the early morning— and the album covers a lot of musical ground with its 80s nostalgia (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bow Wow Wow), modern rock (the superb Radio Dept. The Strokes) and even classical (Dustin O’Halloran). It’s a surprising collection of songs that will hopefully begin with you dancing and end with you passed out on a lawn chair with the harsh sunlight hitting your eyes.

8. My Summer of Love

I knew I would enjoy My Summer Of Love when I discovered that it was about two teenage girls who go gay for each other one summer in Europe and subsequently lose their dam minds in the process. I didn’t, however, expect to be so taken with the soundtrack, which happened to be none other than the goddess of electro pop, Goldfrapp. Having her moody and ambient tracks as the foundation, the movie also features a variety of artists from Edith Piaf to The Pretenders. The soundtrack perfectly captures the vibe of the film, which is spooky, European chic, and lesbian. Sold!

9. Garden State

I’m only putting this on the list because I know you want me to. Consider it to be the commenter’s choice award. Granted, I was once obsessed with the soundtrack myself. I really believed that The Shins would change my life and that Frou Frou really understood that there was beauty in my breakdowns {“MY BREAKDOWNS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!”) Listening to it now, however, sends chills down my adult spine. This soundtrack does not age well, my friends. It’s so ridiculously 2004. I get acne and a broken heart just by acknowledging it. Moving on…

10. American Beauty by Thomas Newman

Do you ever listen to original scores? Like no vocals or lyrics, just the instrumentals you heard in the movie? I like to do that with Thomas Newman, the composer of films like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road. His creations are beautiful and epic. Walk down the street listening to the score from American Beauty and your life will actually feel like it’s some dramatic movie. Walk into 7-11 for a slurpee while the song plays from the above video and feel like you’re having some vague important feelings. TC mark

image – Marie Antoinette

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  • Ked1991

    where is the soundtrack to Trainspotting? hands-down best soundtrack of the 90s.

  • http://twitter.com/jladz65 Joanna L

    I know it didn’t come out in the 90s, but the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack was pretty good.  Even though that movie was gloriously awful.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, I was hoping The Wackness was on here. SO GREAT. I listen to that soundtrack all the time and it’s one of about five soundtracks I’ve ever owned.

  • http://twitter.com/henryevil andrew

    A million times yes at the Marie-Antoinette soundtrack. A New Wave fan’s wet dream.

  • http://twitter.com/henryevil andrew

    A million times yes at the Marie-Antoinette soundtrack. A New Wave fan’s wet dream.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49300307 Andrea Nero

    All my picks are on here.
    But if we’re talking original scores… THE TRUMAN SHOW.

  • your cousin

    Rushmore! Royal Tenenbaums! Life Aquatic! Scream 2!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49300307 Andrea Nero

      hahaha Scream 3 soundtrack makes me think of middle school.

  • Rayray Ecore

    This list is completely and utterly flawed without “Trainspotting” on it.

  • Date by Numbers

    No Brokedown Palace?  No Cruel Intentions?

    • miamia07

      Brokedown Palace has an amazing soundtrack! I thought I was really cool for listening to it in high school.

  • http://zachdionne.tumblr.com Zach Dionne

    Garden State soundtrack aged fine for me. Not really into any of the bands individually so it’s not too context-laden (aside from being the songs from the movie), and I use it to fall asleep between two and seven times per week.

  • http://fastfoodies.org Briana

    …Dirty Dancing? Anyone?

  • A.

    omg, yes, Empire Records soundtrack I have been listening to since 2004 and I never get sick of it.

  • Luxe

    Fucking DONNIE DARKO.

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  • http://fashiongrunge.com/ fashion grunge

    How is Dazed and Confused not on this list? Or Clueless!! Or Reality Bites!

    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      The Reality Bites soundtrack has been played in the background during soooo many “sobbing in the shower” experiences, worldwide. Right?

    • your cousin

      I was recently in a diner long enough to know that what they were playing wasn’t just a “90s mix.” It was the actual soundtrack to Reality Bites.

  • Jordan

    Air.  Virgin Suicides.

  • Ashley Keith

    So glad My Summer of Love is on here. I’m watching it again before summer is over.

  • http://twitter.com/kevincougar Kevin

    What about Selmasongs?! 

  • Felix Flores

    Natural Born Killers should be included, as well as Trainspotting & Hackers.

  • http://twitter.com/raystraight Ray Straight

    Mad props for acknowledging The Radio Dept.

  • Refusenik

    i’m not gonna be like “oh my god how could you leave out this one”, but i highly recommend the mysterious skin soundtrack. the score by robin guthrie and harold budd is gorgeous, and the songs in the film are from all over the classic shoegaze spectrum (MBV, slowdive, ride, etc.)

  • soph

    umm, how has no one mentioned almost famous yet (or any other cameron crow movie)?

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  • Brendo

    No Forest Gump?  It’s got great classic hits as well as an amazing original score not unlike American Beauty

    • C.

      THANK YOU. One of my most favorite scores of all time.

  • http://twitter.com/the_deliman Rus

    The Wackness soundtrack was a pretty good sample of 90’s hip hop. Boiler Room had a great 90’s hip hop soundtrack as well.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Evertz/25521401 Caroline Evertz

    (500) Days of Summer, anyone? Hall + Oates always gets me dancin’.

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    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      they’re just hating because now the movie is so popular it’s considered ‘trite’. i feel you, girl.

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