12 Best Movie Soundtracks Roundup

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It's no secret that I'm a movie and music junkie. I can stay inside all day losing myself in movies and their soundtracks. I'll spend too much money on OST vinyls and lay on the floor with my eyes closed, becoming part of the song. A majority of my favorite films happen to have amazing soundtracks. If you ever look through my music library, I can guarantee that at least sixty percent of the songs are on my iPhone because they're played in my favorite movie.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
The Perks (both the book and the film) holds a special place in my heart, so of course I adore the soundtrack.  (* indicates it's a personal favorite of mine).
I really do enjoy the soundtrack - so much that I own it on vinyl. My three favorites from the album are Come on Eileen from Dexys Midnight Runners. It's played at the dance where Sam and Patrick preform the "Living Room Dance Routine" and it's very upbeat and fun. The next favorite is Asleep by the Smiths. It's not that I enjoy this song so much that it has a meaning to the book. In The Perks, Charlie (the main character) is obsessed with this song. He puts it on every mixtape he makes, sometimes twice. So I chose this as a favorite because of the meaning it has to the book, rather than how much I enjoy it. Lastly, a favorite from this soundtrack is Heroes by David Bowie. It's simply the anthem of this movie. I think it's a fantastic song, and who doesn't love Bowie? Overall this album is fantastic - check it out if you have time.

2. The Fault in our Stars 
A cheesy movie with a beautiful soundtrack. (* means it's a favorite).
Although TFIOS gets mocked more often than not, the soundtrack is darling. I've been a fan of Birdy and Ed Sheeran for years, and I loved the songs they created for the soundtrack. "Tee shirt" and "Not About Angels" are incredible, and "All of the Stars" is a perfect song for the movie. 
I also really liked "Simple As This" by Jake Bugg - it's sort of a twangy, country song. Lastly I'm fond of "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX. It's always playing on the radio and is upbeat, unlike a majority of the songs on the soundtrack. I think the soundtrack did the movie a lot of justice and the music is great. 

3. Submarine
The soundtrack (which consists of six songs) is all done by Alex Turner, lead singer of the band The Arctic Monkeys. The songs he recorded doesn't sound like his band - it's not rock and upbeat, but rather mellow and alternative. 
I don't have a favorite from this soundtrack. The songs are all great and have a similar sound. They're light and raw - it's nice to hear songs that aren't auto-tuned. Give it a listen - it'll give you a newfound respect for the terrific band, The Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner can really sing. 

Truth be told I never finished the film, but I'm too obsessed with this soundtrack to leave it out. Maybe I'll try to watch it again soon.

4. My Mad Fat Diary 
So this isn't a movie, but I included it because I love the music featured in the episodes. A lot of people haven't heard of MMFD, but that's probably because it's a recent British TV show on E4. It doesn't have an official soundtrack, so below are some of my favorite songs from the 13 total episodes of the show. Also please note that the show takes place in the '90s and features '80s and '90s songs.

There's a lot of Oasis, so how could I not love the music from the show? There's also a little Salt-n-Pepa, Backstreet Boys, Babylon Zoo, and the Beastie Boys. It's a bunch of fun "old" music. It's a superb collaborative mlx of songs that bring people back to what songs they used to put on their mix tapes.

MMFD Season 1 playlist available here.

5. 10 Things I Hate About You
This is my favorite film so of course it has one of my favorite soundtracks.
"I Want You To Want Me" is the anthem of the movie and describes how everyone feels when they have a crush. Who can't relate to it? 
"F.N.T" is the intro song that I like to wake up to. It has great guitar in it and is upbeat. "Cruel to Be Kind" is type of song that's fun to sing a dance to. Finally, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Bad Reputation" are staple classics. 
The soundtrack really captures the music of the late 90's and blends it together with a twist of "angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion."

6. Palo Alto 
I don't love the movie but I can say that this soundtrack is fantastic and Blood Orange has become one of my favorite new bands.
"Champagne Coast" is my overall favorite, but "Graveyard" is perfect for going to sleep. I like to do my homework to this soundtrack; it's chill indie that's nice background music to a work environment. 
The score is done by Robert Schwartzman, actor the lead singer of Rooney who played Michael in The Princess Diaries.
There are so many amazing artists on this soundtrack and it gives me California vibes.

7. Across the Universe
I just discovered this film and it's my new favorite. I can't stop listening and singing along to the songs. If you like Vietnam War-era films, psychedelic cinematography and quirky musicals, this is a movie for you.
I keep pestering all my friends to watch this movie because I can't stop thinking about it. I love almost all the songs, except for "Being For the benefit of Mr. Kite." Jim Sturgess' voice is like chocolate and I could listen to him talk and sing all day. What's great about the singing in the film is that they reinvent the Beatles songs we all know and love. They also sing-talk so you can hear their accents which I really like. If you don't have two hours to watch the film, at least give "Hey Jude," "Something," "I've Just Seen a Face," and "All My Loving" a listen.

8. Stuck in Love
Another favorite film of mine (mostly because of the actors) with a great soundtrack. This soundtrack gives me all the feels and takes me back to certain moments in the film. 

"Home" is the anthem of the film with folk music as undertones throughout the movie. The music really helps piece together the plot and enhance emotions. 

The soundtrack is great to study to or play when you're having a chill time with friends. I really love "Somersaults in Spring," "The Calendar Hung Itself," "You Are Your Mother's Child," and "I Won't Love You Any Less." "Between the Bars" brings tears to my eyes everytime and really speaks to me.

9. The Royal Tenenbaums
A quirky Wes Anderson deserves an equally eccentric soundtrack. If you haven't seem the movie, I highly suggest you do because you'll see a hundred people dressed as Margot Tenenbaum for Halloween.

This movie introduced me to "One of These Days" by Nico and for that I'm eternally grateful. I'm also obsessed with "Stephanie Says" and the scene that goes with it and "Judy is a Punk." 
I love all the Nico songs and there are bands in the movie that aren't featured on the soundtrack such as The Who and The Rollingstones. The soundtrack really pieces together the film and hints at the quirkness of Wes Anderson.

10. (500) Days of Summer
If you spend 500 days with someone, you're sure to have songs that define your relationship. With two great singers as the leads, of course there's a fantastic soundtrack. 

Who doesn't love "You Make My Dreams"or "Sweet Disposition?" That's right, no one. This whole album is gold.

I love the mix of old and new songs. A lot of soundtracks will just use new songs, but this movie uses a mix which I really appreciate. The song choices reflect the actors and the characters, both of which are quirky and into music.

If you ever need a song to jam out to, try "She's Got You High" or "Us."
11. Almost Famous 
When you have a movie about a '70s rock band, the album is bound to be extraordinary. The soundtrack got me to start listening to some oldies instead of my regular indie rock and expanded my horizons.  

I don't want to give anything away, the but the scene where the band sings "Tiny Dancer" gives a whole new level of magic to the song. It hits you right in your feels and you can't help but sing along. My other favorites are "Feel Flows," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "America," and one that isn't included but is in the movie is "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly. I'm also obsessed with "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" by Elton John which is in the film but isn't featured on the soundtrack.

12. Whip It 
Roller derby in Austin, Texas requires a rad soundtrack to get motivated to blade. Plus, it's an Ellen Page movie which means it automatically has a indie rock soundtrack.

Shoutout to this film for giving me the gift that is Landon Pigg and introducing me to "High Times" and the rest of his music. As a Texas-born girl, I also love "Jolene" but the Portland girl in me is obsessed with "Your Arms Around Me," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," and "Pot Kettle Black."

I learned about a lot of new artists from this soundtrack which was rad because a lot of the music isn't popular. "Unattainable" might be my favorite. 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite music soundtracks are. Any I missed? 

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