While great movies and soundtracks go hand in hand, music can take a movie from ordinary to exceptional because music makes everything better. Listening back to a soundtrack can take you back to the scene when that song was playing - just like when you link your own past memories to songs. Movie soundtracks bring you a different experience. Although there are easily hundreds of really incredible soundtracks out there, these soundtracks fit with the movies like peanut butter and jelly.
10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Saturday Night Fever is such a gem of a movie. There's nothing like watching John Travolta dance around in some bell-bottoms. And to top it off, it had the best-selling soundtrack of all time for a while till Bodyguard stole the title. It features the Bee Gees, Kool and The Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, David Shire, and more.
9. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie is pretty badass all-around. It's a Quentin Tarantino film starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson with a soundtrack one of the most diverse mixes on this list. It's full of American roll and roll, pop, soul, and surf rock with artists including Al Green, Kool & The Gang, Dusty Springfield, and Ricky Nelson.
8. Dirty Dancing (1987)
I know whenever you hear Dirty Dancing, all you can think about is when Jonny Castle lifts Baby over his head during "I Had The Time Of My Life." But there are so many more amazing songs on this soundtrack from artists like Otis Redding, The Contours, Eric Carmen, The Ronettes, and The Drifters.
7. Bodyguard (1992)
Who the hell wouldn't love a soundtrack with mainly Whitney Houston songs? Back in 1992, Whitney Houston made her onscreen debut in Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. I mean, the first side of the LP features original Whitney Houston songs and the other side is full of various artists such as Kenny G, Lisa Stansfield, and Joe Cocker.
6. Dazed and Confused (1993)
This soundtrack has 14 songs that would make anyone want to transport to being in high school during the 70s. There's some Rick Derringer, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, War, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Brian Connolly, Foghat and more.
5. The Graduate (1967)
The majority of The Graduate's soundtrack is made up of Simon & Garfunkel songs and also include instrumental pieces by Dave Grusin. But, to be honest, Simon & Garfunkel made this classic movie so much better. Fun Fact: The Graduate features two versions of Mrs. Robinson, but neither are the full version found on Bookends.
4. Forrest Gump (1994)
Not only is the movie incredible, but the soundtrack is hit after hit of classic songs and there are 32 of them to enjoy. There's Elvis Presley, Mamas & Papas, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Bryds - the list goes on and on. It's pretty ridiculous how amazing this soundtrack is.
3. 500 Days Of Summer (2009)
Yes, this is a pretty recent movie, but if you've seen it, you know its worth the mention. Especially because it includes some of our favorite artists at Baeble. There are songs from Regina Spektor, The Smiths, The Temper Trap, She & Him, Wolfmother, Mumma-Ra, Feist, Dove - it's just so good.
We caught up with Temper Trap after the movie came out and they played the signature song for us:
2. Almost Famous (2000)
Penny Lane gave some of the best advice in Almost Famous - "...if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends." And when you have Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, Yes, Allman Brothers, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Cat Stevens - and that's not even it - I mean, come on.
1. Garden State (2004)
Garden State has one of those soundtracks that was so perfectly thought-out to match the scene each song was accompanying. Like when Sam introduces Andrew to the Shins, when they play spin the bottle to Zero 7s In The Waiting Line and at the airport when Let Go by Frou Frou is playing. Plus, there's Thievery Corporation, Iron & Wine, Simon & Garfunkel, Cary Brothers, Nick Drake, Colin Hay and others. It's a good one.