Here’s a time-waster that my wife and I came up with to chat about on a long road-trip this past weekend: What’s your top-5 movie soundtracks?
To be clear here, I’m talking about the “music from the motion picture” type of soundtracks, not the “motion picture score” soundtracks. So a movie soundtrack made up of various “radio-friendly” tracks. “Star Wars” absolutely has great music on it and John Williams is amazing, but I’m not talking about the background music. Think “Guardians of the Galaxy” — soundtracks with licensed or original songs.
As soon as we started listing stuff off, my wife and I found we had to narrow stuff down with some simple rules:
All the songs can’t be by the same artist. “Purple Rain” is a great soundtrack, but it’s disqualified.
No ex-Broadway musicals made into movies. “Grease” has some wonderful music. So does “Rocky Horror” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. But no.
No movies made to be built around existing albums. Most films in this category would also fall afoul of rule #1, but it’s best to be sure. So no “Mamma Mia” or “Sgt. Pepper” soundtracks. “The Wall” is likewise disqualified.
Flowing out of #3, the movie can’t be a biopic of a singer or band. I’m sure that “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a fantastic soundtrack, but it doesn’t count for this purpose.