Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Which movie soundtrack

...do you listen to frequently? Or score if you're more orchestral minded.

update: Some of the beloved soundtracks mentioned and seconded already include the following gems. Do you listen to them?



strawberryffuck said...

american beaty score.

Seeking Amy said...

There Will Be Blood I think is probably at the top. I'm a huge Radiohead fan too so that only makes me relish the awesomeness of Jonny Greenwood's insanity even more. I think i've listened to 'Prospectors Arrive' and 'Henry Plainview' the most.

Philip Glass is up there too, for The Hours. I can't really describe what it does to me. 'Dead Things' and 'Escape!' are just ethereal to me. Distant and emotional.

Sean said...

The Hours

Sawyer said...

This is ridiculous I know, but I love the score for The Last of the Mohicans. I find myself humming it frequently.

Favorite movie soundtrack ever has to be Pretty In Pink.

Dave said...

The Fountain. I've still only seen the film once but the music is captivating. Reminds me of the film but is also immensely powerful in its own right.

And put me down for The Hours too... Philip Glass is always good though.

Agustin said...

Score would be The Truman Show
and the soundtracks list would be enormous, for every musical I like, I listen to its soundtrack frequently
It's a great way to revisit the movie, that is why I like musicals the most, I can rexperience them an awful lot more than non-musicals, cause they don't require 100% of your attention, you can listen while you take a shower, while you surf the internet, while you have dinner with friends. Musicals are, and will always be, the ultimate cinematic experience.

Sawyer said...

The Fountain is a great one too.

eduardo said...


Marsha Mason said...

Didn't care that much for either movie, but "The Hours" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" have beautiful scores.

Catherine said...

SOUNDTRACK: Jackie Brown
SCORE: The Hours

And musicals, of course. One of my favourite memories is bombing it around the neighbourhood in my friend's car, a huge gang of us piled in the back, blaring "Elephant Love Medley".

Anonymous said...

the about a boy soundtrack by badly drawn boy and the virgin suicides by air, i listen to these two very often.

i'm also in love by pulp fiction, trainspotting, almost famous and high fidelity soundtracks.

more recently i really enjoyed the score in requiem for a dream, the hours, atonement and there will be blood.

i'm also a fan of the songs moby composed for southland tales.


Pfangirl said...

Currently it's still Watchmen's decades-spanning soundtrack, as well as Hans Zimmer's impressive Angels & Demons work.

I keep finding myself returning to Hans Zimmer a lot actually (Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Gadiator, Last Samurai especially) and Tyler Bates' 300 score.

Seeking Amy said...

Oooo I forgot The Fountain! And Requiem for a Dream, whoops! Which is sad because I used to play 'Together We Will Live Forever' on piano almost every day. I love 'Stay With Me' a lot too. From Requiem my favorite track is actually a shorter one, not 'Lux Aeterna', it's 'Ghosts of Things to Come'. I'm a cellist as well, and play the simple intervals (they're like 5ths and 3rds for like 3 major scales)whenever i'm feeling listless.

Pfangirl said...

Oh, and give me the rousing main themes to any of Arnie's 80's action flicks: Terminator, Commando, Conan, Predator. Glorious synthesizer!

Cristhian said...

I love the soundtrack for :Talk To Her (The Shrinking Lover theme is sublime). Also, The Wall-e soundtrack(define dancing).
The Nino Rota/Federico Fellini compilation is out of this world, especially La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, always get a knot in the throat.
In terms of non-orchestral the following come to mind: Clueless(Radiohead and The Cranberries?), Stealing Beauty(just for Cocteau Twins' Alice alone), oooh and Velvet Goldmine(Cause you have to love any band named Venus in Furs),

Phaedra said...

Hewig and the Angry Inch

Reel Whore said...

I listen to Moulin Rouge at least once a month.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

The Hours and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for score, Nashville and Mamma Mia! for general soundtrack. Donnie Darko for both.

Sean said...

Easily Marie Antoinette. I love pretty much every song on its soundtrack, and they always evoke such beautiful images from the film (a big plus).

I also frequently return to certain tracks from There Will Be Blood (as riveting as the film itself), Atonement, The Fountain (perhaps my favorite score), and The Painted Veil.

KEVIN M. said...


Notas Sobre Creación Cultural e Imaginarios Sociales said...

I'll tag along with those who love "The Hours" and will add, and recommend, that they listen to Nico Muhly's equally haunting score for "The Reader".
Those two are my current faves. As for soundtracks I'm all about the musicals, so "Cabaret", "Love Songs" and "Moulin Rouge!" are constantly blasting through my speakerphones.

Derreck said...

Moulin Rouge. (big surprise, right?)

I'm always listening to those tunes. Whether it's Ewan McGregor owning "Your Song", the darkness of "El Tango de Roxanne" or the two equally lovely versions of "Come What May".

and ALW's The Phantom of the Opera. I love Gerard Butler's rendition of "The Music of the Night" even though he got criticized like mad for his singing (which i never understood)

In addition, i love to have scores from Memoirs of a Geisha (ok movie, outstanding music) and the Hours (particularly the title track at the end) while i'm doing various forms of work..

Notas Sobre Creación Cultural e Imaginarios Sociales said...

...oh and I forgot to add Michael Nyman's score for "The Piano" (among many of his master works) which is so beautiful it makes me wanna fall in love with Harvey Keitel and move to 19th century New Zealand.

Ben said...

Wow! You have no idea how happy I am that so many people put The Hours! I've loved that soundtrack for years and years. It's everything great about Philip Glass without any of the cloying saxophones or flutes or what have you that always grate on the ears. There's also an all-piano version of the score that I found on Amazon MP3, and it's a nice little mix-up to the strings version.

Other scores that are excellent: Birth, The Terminal, Superman Returns, The New World, Far From Heaven, WALL•E, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice

Soundtracks: Brokeback Mountain, Selmasongs, Kill Bill: Volume One, and Once

To name a few. :-/

adelutza said...

Hair but I guess that's more like a Broadway score then movie score - although i listen to the score of the movie ;-)

Liv. said...

Rocky Horror and/or Tommy. pretty much daily. i go pretty bananas.

Namaste! said...

Dirty Dancing
Cruel Intentions

LotR (all 3 of them)
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Last Samurai
House of Flying Daggers

I have a thing for scores.

Joe Shetina said...
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Somebody said...

Watchmen and Chicago

Luke said...

moulin rouge, cabaret, west side story, funny girl, and the way we were are on my playlist quite often (;

Christine said...

The Third Man, hands down. Great to listen to if you're plotting intrigue.

sphinx said...

It makes me soooo happy too to see many people mention The Hours. I thought I was alone on that one. Yay! It's hauntingly beautiful. Who knew minimalistic music can be so powerful? Philip Glass=Genius.

Apart from that I find the music in Out of Africa to be almost transcendental. It kind of 'takes me' to Africa.

Leese said...

I second the Sophia Coppola- sanctioned OSTs. The Almost Famous soundtrack also routinely brings out my inner 15 year old boy.

As for score, Jon Brion's tracks for Eternal Sunshine jump immediately to mind. Simplistic, yet sublime.

CrazyCris said...

Schindler's List or Seven Years in Tibet or Lost in Rangoon.

Wonderful for when you're feeling contemplative in the evening...

Anonymous said...

The Fountain
There Will Be Blood
The Departed
Last of the Mohicans
American Beauty
Catch Me If You Can

Andrew K. said...

I've been listening to the score for ATONEMENT quite a lot recently, and Liza's rendition of Maybe This Time from CABARET. But right now I'm listening to snippets of the KILL BILL Soundtrack.

Bang, bang. You shot me down...

Terris said...

In the last few days I have been listening to Slumdog Millionaire's soudtrack. But my favourite are The Hours and the theme from Tomas Crown's Affaire.

Greg said...

Stranger Than Fiction! getting Spoon to score it made the movie that much more badass

(which it's totally not)

RobUK said...

Score: Angels In America
Soundtrack: The Beach

If you're making me select film scores rather than a feels-like-a-film telvision miniseries, then I probably pick out Playing By Heart and Portrait Of A Lady more than any others.

Jordan Wellin said...

Far From Heaven is just luminously scored.

But I have to give some props to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's score... it was by far the best part of the film, and it got me through much studying this past semester.

Chris Na Taraja said...

OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU Mostly bluegrass and folk gospel songs on this soundtrack. And Alison Krauss is divine.

THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB absolute sheer joy from beginning to end.


STRICKLY BALLROOM, this soundtrack is a blast..."don't be scared!"

And even though I don't have it, when ever I hear music from the original STARWARS, it makes me smile quietly to myself.


remy and phaedra -- i actually listen to VIRGIN SUICIDES and HEDWIG very often. i guess i like vocals on my soundtracks.

it's musicals for me.

though when it comes to the more orchestral things i guess i play the TALK TO HER, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and FAR FROM HEAVEN soundtracks a lot.

christine thanks for the suggestion. next time i'm plotting an intrigue!

FrenchGirl said...

"in the name of father"
"requiem for a dream"
"the fountain"
every Clint Mansell score
"lost highway"
"podium" (french movie on Claude Francois double)

Anonymous said...

The Hours


Unknown said...

Moulin Rouge!

seasondays said...

THE HOURS by far the best


Amir said...


RahulB said...

Marie Antoinette/Lost In Translation (I do love Sofia Coppola). I think the natural assumption is to throw Quentin Tarantino in here, but I've never gone gaga for his soundtracks.

Wall-E/There Will Be Blood for score.

Aubrey and Elliot said...

I think I'm alone in the Hannibal score camp. Love it and still listen to it often.

Aaron said...

As much as I love Moulin Rouge! and High Fidelity, the one soundtrack I can never get enough of is for I Shot Andy Warhol. If you're not familiar, check it out. Jewel's version of "Sunshine Superman" is her best work EVER, no joke.

Daniel Armour said...

I'm listening to the Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban score as I type this but my top three scores are:

Lord Of The Rings (all three complete scores)

Superman: The Movie

Star Wars (all six scores)

I recent bought the scores for Star Trek, Lost: Season Four and Heroes. I also pre-ordered the score for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Iggy said...

Honestly, I find it hard to listen to an entire soundtrack or score separatedly from the movie. But there are certain songs from some movies I listen to repeatedly. Right now, I'm loving this one from There's Something About Mary:

History Repeating:


And this one from Wild at Heart has been with me for a long time. It brings me such good memories:


ShoNuff Lives said...

crouching tiger
the hours

love jones
waiting to exhale
jackie brown
kill bill (vol 1)
the bodyguard

are we also including movie musicals

Cort said...

Requiem For A Dream, Amelie, Taxi Driver, I hated Gran Torino, bue the OST had some good tunes, and the song Gran Torino was good too, Billy Elliot, Talk to her and Frida are some I can remebrer that are good.

Victor S said...

Oh God, way too many.
My Ipod is basicly soundtracks and scores.
A few of my favorites are:
"Je suis jamais allé" from Amélie,
"Death is a road to awe" from The Fountain, "morning passages " from The Hours.
But the one that is playing the most latelly is David Hirschfelder's score from Australia.

Victor S said...

and "Heart asks pleasure first" from The Piano.
How could I forget this one?

Simona said...

I LOVE the OST of 'Out of Africa', but in this days I've been listening the OST of 'A praire home companion' and 'Mamma mia!'.

Glendon said...

Boogie Nights
Strange Weirdos (from Knocked Up)
and the obvious Pulp Fiction

I really like the ambience of the scores of Fight Club, Michael Clayton, and United 93.

Ben said...

During my last year of uni I listened to the Ghost World theme tune over and over again. Also, Hilary and Jackie.

Carl said...

Not a lot of traditionalists out there, but chalk me up for the John Williams bandwagon (sorry, Nathaniel, but I think he earned a lot of those Oscars) - flip a coin between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", depending on what day you ask me.

For soundtrack, I adore the sense of fun and the anger in "Streets of Fire".

As much as I love the film, I have never really thought that "The Hours" had a great score. I will have to pick it up and give it a stand-alone listen.

Invisible bastard said...

I heart huckabees


Luke. Are you me? And omg, we're obsessed with showtunes!

simona yay. prairie home companion. goodbye to my mama is so pretty.

Howler said...

"Dancer in the Dark". I tried to resist the first time I watched this (it seemed soooooo weird), but I found myself completely sucked in.
I suppose "I've seen it all" is simply the most brilliant song ever nominated for an Oscar. Isn't it?

Joe Shetina said...

I adore the soundtracks to Moulin Rouge!, The Rose, Hairspray, Cabaret, New York, New York, any Quentin Tarantino movie and The Who's Tommy (only the Ann-Margret tracks)

Scores are a bit trickier. Tara's Theme from Gone With the Wind can make me cry, so that's up there. Philip Glass is another one of my favorites. Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann.

To name a few.

Powerandcrinolines said...

Wong Kar Wai movies always have great soundtracks. I've recently been stuck on 2046, which isn't necessarily my favourite of his films, but the soundtrack is beautiful and lush and evokes so many different moods, it's great.

I love seeing all this love for The Fountain love too. I haven't actually seen the movie yet and it's still one of the loveliest scores I've listened to.

Joe Hisaishi's stuff for Miyazaki's films are also fun but mostly Princess Mononoke because it's got the most narrative, I think. Oh, and Yoko Kanno's Cowboy Bebop collections! Even though that's TV and not film, like you asked for.

Tomi said...

amelie, magnolia, the piano,
pulp fiction is such a classic.

Anonymous said...


Joe Shetina said...

I like the soundtracks to Altman's films like Nashville and A Prairie Home Companion also.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe no one named "The Last Kiss" soundtrack. It's spectacular. Also "Grace Of My Heart" - little known but full of great tunes made for the movie. And, of course "Mamma Mia!" to get the blood pumping.

For scores the first thing that came to me was (obviously) "The Hours" but I'm a sucker for "Sophie's Choice" too! "La Vita E Bella" is gorgeous as are the themes to "The Bridges of Madison County" & "Angels In America"
*every month is Meryl Streep Month to me :)

anthony JX Huang said...

2046, Babel, Jackie Brown, The End of Violence

Anonymous said...

Sweeney Todd, American Beauty,...

Magicub said...

"The Hours", i didn't that that it was so popular

Jorge Rodrigues said...

Atonement. I love that soundtrack...

Juno101 said...

I love the "Juno" soundtrack. Mott the hoople and cat power are the best. I also love the lullaby from my favorite movie "Pan's Labyrinth" and the piano songs from the horrible movie "The diving bell and the butterfly" is so incredible. Makes me want to learn the piano. And I also think the the soundtrack for "Amélie" is one of the best soundtracks ever.

Kamila said...

"Moulin Rouge!"
"The Hours"

Anonymous said...

Just to infuriate you:

Jurassic Park.

It's seriously awesome - especially the whole helicopter entrance to the island. EVERYONE knows the theme.

Julienne said...

any score by john williams

FranklinBluth said...

I frequently listen to the soundtracks from 'Hairspray', 'Sunshine' (Danny Boyle) and 'Somersault'. The 'Sunshine' soundtrack is particularly good.

Billy Held An Oscar said...

For The Boys and The Hours

Carl Joseph Papa said...

Currently I am listening to "Were the World Mine" soundtrack. addicting stuff.

"ONCE" ost is beyond perfection. I also listen a whole lot to "Shortbus", "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Juno".

As for the score. I listen to "Painted Veil", "Brokeback Mountain", "Donnie Darko", "The Fountain". But I find "Pride and Prejudice" score really refreshing so I listen to it everyday.


anon 8:54 i actually love the Jurassic Park score -- sorry. no infuriation here.

Alex said...

For score I'm just gonna say "Raiders of the Lost Ark" because it's AMAZING. On the serious, I loved the "Mystic River" score. I thought it was so beautiful and fitting for that film.

As for Soundtrack, I'm a nerd. So I burned a Meryl Streep mix CD featuring:

-"I See Me" (Death Becomes Her)
-"He's Me Pal" (Ironweed)
-"You Don't Know Me" and "I'm Checkin' Out" (Postcards from the Edge)
-"Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen", "Money, Money, Money", "Super Trouper", "The Winner Takes It All", and "SOS" (Mamma Mia)
-"My Minnesota Home", "Gold Watch and Chain", "Goodbye to My Mama", and "In the Sweet By and By" (A Prairie Home Companion)
-"Amazing Grace" (Silkwood)

Yeah, I know, I'm kinda obsessed.

pasifauna said...

I guess I can say that I only listen soundtracks...Let me;
SCORE : Truman Show, 25th Hour, There will be blood

TRACK : Great Expectations, Jackie Brown, Good Will Hunting, the Departed

And of course Mamma Mia!


alex hey... you gotta do what you gotta do. If Meryl was never going to release a CD when she's got a better voice than 75% of recording artists, make one yourself!

i have made SO many cds of movie stars singing... usually the songs are very short since they don't really let those go on to long outside of musicals.

two favorites off the top of my head: juliette lewis singing "born bad" in NBK and mia farrow and jeff daniels on that "ukulele" in purple rose

Ben said...

Favourite people singing in non-musical movies....Jude Law singing some religious-with-a-gay-subtext song in Wilde. I also love Jason Schwartzmann's song at the end of Slackers, even if I'm aware that you have to actually sit through Slackers in order to get to it. And both musical numbers in Southland Tales are priceless, especially Teen Horniness Is Not A Crime.

Glenn said...

Birth and Mulholland Drive are two that I've been listening to a lot of lately and listen to a lot of in general. Two best scores of the decade for sure.

My favourite soundtracks include Sister Act (1 and 2), Blade Runner, Twin Peaks (all incarnations), Chicago, Empire Records, Death Proof, Jackie Brown, Lost in Translation, Miami Vice (TV), One from the Heart ("I Beg Your Pardon" is perhaps my favourite Tom Waits song ever), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Straight Talk (sooo underrated Dolly Parton). They're the ones that I still listen to a lot.

Glenn said...

Birth and Mulholland Drive are two that I've been listening to a lot of lately and listen to a lot of in general. Two best scores of the decade for sure.

My favourite soundtracks include Sister Act (1 and 2), Blade Runner, Twin Peaks (all incarnations), Chicago, Empire Records, Death Proof, Jackie Brown, Lost in Translation, Miami Vice (TV), One from the Heart ("I Beg Your Pardon" is perhaps my favourite Tom Waits song ever), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Straight Talk (sooo underrated Dolly Parton). They're the ones that I still listen to a lot.


glenn - yes, they're both brilliant. And neither Oscar nominated OF COURSE.

Anonymous said...

Vibraphone version of "Playground Love" from The Virgin Suicides is sublime.

Jorge Rodrigues said...

I forgot to mention The Dark Knight's... It was the BEST soundtrack of 2009... That and Desplat's Button...

I love that he keeps doing amazing work each time... (Have you listened to Chéri's OST?) I just hope he doesn't go lazy after a few failed attempts to win an Oscar (yes Thomas Newman I'm talking to you!)

By the way, I love Revolutionary Road's score too (although I know it is a rip-off of his score for Road to Perdition)

Jorge Rodrigues said...

In TV, I think the show with the best soundtrack is Grey's Anatomy.

Their music picks are SO on the spot!

Adam H said...

The Fountain and The Virgin Suicides.


Jorge - Desplat's Chéri's score is lovely but as i've mentioned before I suspect it might get some bad reviews because they've made the odd choice to turn it up to "11" constantly throughout the film when it should be more of an underscore situation

Cory Rivard said...

I probably listen to Clint Mansell's 'Fountain' score every day of my life.
I also regularly listen to the 1998 'Great Expectations' score... cause it's beautiful. Trust me. Patrick Doyle. Check it out if you don't remember.
I still love the 'Forrest Gump' soundtrack. Epic. And what can I say? I still listen to the 'Titanic' score pretty frequently. A few seconds listening to that music makes me feel like I am in the back of a car (on a boat) wiping the steam from the back window... while... ... drool.

Deborah said...

I listen to Dil Se quite a lot. First heard it on Inside Man and bought it and listen constantly.

The Big Chill stays in rotation from time to time.

Kissing Jessica Stein is a good one, but the movie soundtrack is far better than the CD that was released.

I listen A LOT to my Bond Title Songs cds.

ILoveMovies said...

Right now....

Georges Delerue, the themes from "Rich and Famous", "Crimes of The Heart", "Night For Day"

Opening theme from "Vacancy"

Soundtrack to "In The Mood For Love"

Closing credits from "The International"

"Moulin Rouge" and "Oklahoma" are good anytime :-)

ILoveMovies said...

That should be DAY FOR NIGHT! lol

Alex said...

Oh, I forgot to say how angry I was when I found out that the soundtrack to "The Fabulous Baker Boys" has so little of Michelle Pfeiffer on it. Grrr! Not a good day for me.

Or that the "Wag the Dog" soundtrack didn't feature the 303 song, the song about defendinding America's borders, or even "Old Shoe." I really liked that movie and thought those songs were such a treat.

Erin said...

There Will Be Blood. Constantly. Also the Lord of the Rings movies, but I'm kind of a geek.


alex EEEK. don't get me started on FAB BAKER BOYS soundtrack. I own it but i almost never listen. it shoulda had every song. THE MOVIE WAS ABOUT THE ACT GETTING GOOD BECAUSE SHE WAS SINGING WITH THEM. duh!

ah well.

Ryan Ray said...

I listen to some random soundtracks ever so often. I actually like Memoirs of a Geisha (I love strings--anyone know other good soundtracks that are string-heavy?). Crouching Tiger and Last Samurai too.

I also like Chronicles of Narnia too- don't judge me. At least the score part, not the random vocal tracks. I was actually looking forward to the sequel, only really for music purposes but when I saw it in theaters, it seemed that all the music was just rehashed and that made me angry. Therefore, I will not watch that movie ever again!

Ryan Ray said...

That and the movie isn't good in general...

dr. G said...

John William's (Memoirs of a Geisha was robbed!)

Dario Marianelli's (Atonement is superb. Cottage on the Beach is one of his finest)

Michael Giacchino's (Too bad Ratatouille had to compete with Atonement. The Incredibles is awesome)

Score for The Constant Gardener, Blood Diamond, A Beautiful Mind, Amelie just to name but a few

and of course, Lux Aeterna will become our generation's classic

Now I have to find The Hours. Thanks people! :)

Glenn Dunks said...

I listen to Requiem for a Dream soundtrack more than the Fountain, but they both rank in the top ten of the decade, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Driving just after dark on the expressway last night, approaching the lights of downtown Cincinnati, I was humming the main credit theme from Carpenter's Assault on Precient 13.

He has written so many scores that I adore. (I still feel that the score to Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is terribly underrated.)

Ryan said...

Soundtrack-wise, I can't stop listening to Garden State. Dismal movie, but the songs are absolutely amazing.

Score-wise, where do I start? The Assassination of Jesse James soundtrack is flawless. It's disgusting that Thomas Newman still doesn't have an Oscar, with Finding Nemo, Road to Perdition, The Shawshank Redemption, and Wall-E, 4 flawless scores.

What else?

The Pirates of the Caribbean score is amazing and, now, iconic; I can listen to that all day long. Has Klaus Bledt done anything since?

Finally, Michael Giacchino is by far the best new composer to the scene: LOST, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and now Star Trek and Up? So good.

Anonymous said...

Gattaca - Impromptu for 12 fingers - amazing