TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 |
Posted by: Matt Howard
Admirable film soundtracks are a recurrent topic covered on Baeble. We find it important to address and appreciate the rare occasions when a song seamlessly embeds itself within a film's scene, increasing its emotional impact and the overall strength of the narrative. We've all had an experience when we first heard our new favorite song as it heightened the heartbeat of an impassioned kiss or hurried us through an epic montage. From then on, every time that song appears on our playlists, we revisit that profound scene.
It's common knowledge that Netflix is home to great original series as well as swarms of classic films, but what often goes unnoticed is their collection of films with great soundtracks. Excluding documentaries, music biopics, and musicals, we compiled a list of the 10 best film soundtracks available on Netflix.
10. Man on the Moon
This non-musical biopic about the life of anti-comedian Andy Kaufman boasts a moody collection of R.E.M. songs written specifically for the film, and also includes the title track "Man on the Moon", which originally appeared on the band's 1992 album, Automatic For The People.
9. Beavis and Butthead Do America
Of course Mike Judge's original music video commentators would have an epic soundtrack with songs ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Engelbert Humperdinck. The most iconic scene featured the aforementioned Chili Peppers' reinterpretation of The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster", but I'm partial to the peyote-fueled White Zombie trip.
8. Into the Wild
The film interpretation of Christopher McCandless' anti-social excursion into the great beyond could not have found better musical accompaniment. Beautiful landscapes just look so damned serene with Eddie Vedder howling in the background. Little known fact: Eddie recorded most of the soundtrack in a teepee made of flannel in the wilderness somewhere outside of Seattle.
7. Say Anything
We all know the scene that made John Cusack and trench coats famous in the 80s where he summoned his lady with Peter Gabriel's sweet serenade "In Your Eyes". But like most Cameron Crowe classics, Say Anything is full of great music including "Cult of Personality" by long-lost African American rock heros Living Colour and The Replacements' "Within Your Reach".
David Fincher's 2007 mystery-thriller about the iconic San Francisco murderer is an underappreciated great. And his use of music helped illustrate the progression of time. His use of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" is chilling, to say the least.
5. Lost In Translation
If an opportunity to witness a Bill Murray karaoke montage to Phoenix's "Too Young" doesn't sell you, this soundtrack also features the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Chemical Brothers, and Rick James.
4. Vanilla Sky
I still have absolutely no idea what this movie is about, but when you hear Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place", it all seems to make sense. This soundtrack is also heavy-handed in Sigur Ros, so you know shit must be weird.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I've said it once, and I'll say it again - Electric Light Orchestra can sell any movie when featured in its trailer. Although "Mr. Blue Sky" is only featured in the film's trailer, the actual soundtrack is graced with gems like Beck's "Everybody's Go to Learn Sometime" and The Polyphonic Spree's "It's the Sun".
2. Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine proved a key ingredient for an emotionally jarring and heartbreaking film is Grizzly Bear instrumentals. With throwbacks like "Alligator" and "Shift" off their debut Horn of Plenty and "In Ear Park", a single from Daniel Rossen's college duo Department of Eagles, this soundtrack lulls you into the shoes of the film's characters, which is an intense experience.
A mindful soundtrack helped Danny Boyle transform Irvine Welsh's horrific and hilarious tale of heroin addicts in Scotland into a real-life brain burn. Each song assists its scene with lyrical poignancy, like the opening "Lust for Life" thievery and the somber overdose to Lou Reed's "Perfect Day".
It's number one on my list of best-worst movies of all time and that's primarily due to its Europe ballad-heavy soundtrack. The film's story is uneventful, however, during this pump-up montage featuring John Farnham's "You're the Voice", you can't help but root for a happy ending...whatever that may be...