Almost Famous

Another great soundtrack that is most recent is from the film Almost Famous. The movie was also incredible, which is wonderfully complimented by the music. Just to juggle your memory, Almost Famous is a movie that is set in the seventies and stars Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, and Patrick Fugit. Not only do I think this movie has one of the best soundtracks ever, there is actually a Grammy to prove it. The movie Almost Famous won the 2001 Grammy Award for the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album. One of the things that makes this soundtrack so cool is that most of the music is from the 1970s, which is the period that the story of the movie is based. The first song that comes to mind when I hear almost famous is “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. This is such a nice song that is originally from the seventies. The soundtrack for Almost Famous is a mixture of different popular artists. Rock n’ roll dominates the soundtrack with songs by The Who (Sparks), Led Zeppelin (That’s They Way), David Bowie (I’m Waiting for the Man) and The Allman Brothers Band (One Way Out). These artists are sure to give you your fill of true rock n’ roll, with some of the tracks recorded live. For those who are after something else, there is also mellow rock n’ roll tunes from several artists. There is “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Feel Flows” by The Beach Boys, and “America” by Simon & Garfunkel. There really is a bit of everything in this soundtrack. But the only thing to really consider is that if you love 70s music, then you will surely love these tunes. The film takes you back in time and allows you to see the life of a rock n’ roll band, a young writer for The Rolling Stones, and groupies during this era. It really is a great movie to watch with classic songs to compliment the story. What makes the songs so great is how perfectly it goes with the movie and the characters. It’s incredible just how everything works together.

Juno

junoThere are tons of awesome movie soundtracks from decades back, but I figured I could get to those later. I wanted to take a breather from the classics and do something a bit more recent like Juno starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera. This movie was released in 2007 and aside from being an incredible film, it also had a great soundtrack. Let’s try to remember the movie and the great tunes that are a part of it.

Many of you might not know this, but Ellen Page who plays the lead character, Juno, actually took part in determining the songs for this soundtrack. Director Jason Reitman asked her about the songs she thinks Juno listens to and she simply said, The Moldy Peaches and immediately made him listen to their songs. This lead him to contact the singer of The Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson, who in turn is a main fixture in the Juno Soundtrack.

The songs of Kimya Dawson included in the soundtrack are “Rollercoaster,” “The Swing,” “Loose Lips,” “Sleep,” “So Nice So Smart,” and “Tree Hugger.” A song by The Moldy Peaches is also included, which is “Anyone Else But You” with a version sung by Ellen Page and Michael Cera. “Anyone Else But You” is really such a cute song and hits the spot when it comes to this movie. I must say, this music is perfect for Juno and is certainly a lot of fun to listen to, especially since the songs are not like any average song that you would normally hear. These songs sound like they were specifically made for the movie. That’s just how perfect they are for the film.

But of course, there are also other cool artists and songs that are included in the Juno Soundtrack. One is “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Parker. This is another fun song that sounds ideal for the Juno film. There is also “Sea of Love” by Cat Power, “Vampire” by Antsy Pant, and “I’m Sticking With You,” by The Velvet Underground. The Kinks and Buddy Holly also have songs in the soundtrack.

All the songs for the Juno soundtrack were picked out really well. This is one of those soundtracks that you could purchase and listen to each and every song without having to skip any. It’s just that good in my opinion.

The fact that this soundtrack is not like the usual musical soundtrack or any other soundtrack full of pop songs, makes it one for the books. But of course, I think the younger group who are into indie music might appreciate these songs more than the older crowd. Either way, the movie is awesome and the soundtrack is awesome so Juno can easily be enjoyed by anyone.

The Sound of Music

sound-of-musicOkay, okay, so some of you might find The Sound of Music a bit much, but really it is a true classic. In fact, you probably know the songs in this movie more than you realize! As a child, I would hear these songs everywhere and many of them were used at my kindergarten class. Even if the movie was released sometime in the sixties, I am pretty sure it was playing in the cinemas in the eighties. So, if you ask me, this movie is another one for the books.

Just like Grease, this movie started off as a Broadway musical before being turned into a film. Because of the time period the film as based upon, it really has a lot of historical significance. Maria, played by Julie Andrews, accepts the position of a governess in the home of Captain Von Trapp who handles his kids like they are in military training.

Seriously, I don’t know what song from this soundtrack to start talking about. There are just so many good ones. “The Sound of Music” of course is the popular song Maria sings on top of a hill. This is the movie’s anthem and really a memorable one for many. How can you forget the words, “The hills are alive, with the sound of music….”

Childhood favorites of mine includes a couple from this soundtrack like  “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” and “Do-Re-Mi.” I loved singing these songs over and over again. Plus, they really help put a smile on your face when you’re having a bad day.

As I grew older, I began to love the songs “Edelweiss” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” I especially enjoyed singing the latter because I felt like I could relate to it at that age. Of course, Edelweiss is a classic song and is really enjoyable to listen to.

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” was also another hit song from this soundtrack. I think what make these songs so popular is they really relate to the story of the movie itself. Despite the awful period in history, the Von Trapp family was still able to stay cheerful and sing these songs to get through the horrible times.

There is no doubt about it that The Sound of Music soundtrack should definitely be on this list. It’s a classic movie with classic songs that are timeless and will definitely bring joy to our hearts for years to come.

Songs from Grease

greaseThe first soundtrack I must write about is from the movie Grease of course. There was a time when I was younger and this movie would be playing over and over in VHS. Correction, I would be playing it over and over in our VHS player. I mustn’t forget to mention that while watching, I would be singing to all the music. In fact, I think I used to know every song by heart.

Well, enough about my experience with the Grease soundtrack. Let’s talk about why this soundtrack is so great. For one, until now everyone knows Grease – even those born in the nineties. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John really did an amazing job in this movie adaptation of the Grease Broadway show. It is still one of the best acts that they both delivered, which they each received Golden Globe nominations for.

“Summer Nights” was the song that both Newton-John and Travolta sung somewhat at the beginning of the movie. This was at a point when they reminisced about their summer romance to their friends, each of them not knowing that they were actually in the same school.  Danny was bragging about the summer fling he had to the boys, while Sandy was talking about the summer love she had to her newfound friends at Rydell High.

Another hit from this movie is the song “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” sung by Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. In this song, she sings about trying to forget Danny but can’t help but follow her heart. This song was so popular that it even reached number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Oscar nominated for the best song, but unfortunately lost to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.

The movie ends with Danny, Sandy, and the entire cast singing “You’re the One that I Want” and “We Go Together,” which are both great classics. If you are a fan of the movie Grease, these songs were sung towards the end when Sandy had a make over and everyone was singing and dancing around the location of the race.

These are only some of the hits in the movie though. Surely you have other favorites like “Beauty School Dropout,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Greased Lightnin’” “Tears On My Pillow,” “Born to Hand Jive,” “Blue Moon,” and many others. It’s pretty obvious that this movie soundtrack deserves to be on the all-time list of the best!

About Raam

I think something that doesn’t come across our heads instantly is that music is a big part of movies. The type of tunes played in big pictures really help in setting the mood. Not only does it set the mood, it also helps make a bigger impact in a certain scene. For instance, in scary movies, did you ever think that it might not be as scary if the music was not around? Imagine watching a movie that had no music whatsoever, that would probably a strange feeling to us all.

That being said, music is a big part of movies, so I have decided to start this blog to discuss the cool soundtracks released in different movies. I will try to focus on the good movies, but once in a while, I might decide to write about soundtracks in movies that were a flop.

If you are a movie and music buff like me, I hope you enjoy this site! Thank you for visiting :)

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