Best Movie Soundtracks

Written by Lewis Mainwaring

A truly great soundtrack is a time capsule of it’s film’s year and can provoke many memories for the listener.

This weekend the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey has hit cinema’s worldwide and has also seen the release of Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

One of the tracks Love Me Like You Do which is recorded by English recording artist Ellie Goulding is currently at the Number 1 spot of the UK Top 40 (for the second consecutive week). The track has also seen ‘top 10’ chart success in many other countries.

This movie soundtrack is the latest in a long list of cinematic tunes.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was the 1st commercially issued film soundtrack. It was released in January 1938 (the film premièred a month previous in December 1937) as Songs from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Here’s my top 10 favourite tracks from movie soundtracks.

10) Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Pt. 1 (2002)

When Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle released “Independent Women Pt. 1” for the film remake of “Charlie’s Angels” they didn’t just release a solid song from a movie. They released an empowering, radio-friendly track that was catchy as all hell, tore up the charts and has long outlasted the movie it came from.

UK chart position – 1

9) Judy Kuhn/Vanessa Williams  – Colors of the Wind (1995)

From Walt Disney Pictures’ 33rd animated feature film Pocahontas.

The film’s theme song, was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas.

American recording artist Vanessa Williams’ cover of the song was released as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack.

The song was another Disney hit and won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

UK chart position – 21

8) Madonna – Die Another Day (2002)

“Die Another Day” is the theme song from the James Bond film of the same name.

This song whilst having mixed reviews is one of my favourite ‘Bond Themes’ and one of my personal favourites.

UK chart position – 3

7) Eminem – Lose Yourself  (2002)

This signature track from “8 Mile” was a huge risk – a song about the plot – very random. But the risk paid off giving him a ‘Number 1’ single in 20 countries and numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

UK chart position – 1

6) Irene Cara – Flashdance… What a Feeling (1983)

From the movie Flashdance this is my feel good movie song and also my ‘on the treadmill in the gym song’.

The song also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

UK chart position – 2

5) Adele – Skyfall (2012)A green-tinted image of the James Bond gun barrel. Adele's face is stamped in the barrel, and Daniel Craig's Bond is coming out of the barrel towards the viewer. The text "Adele", "Skyfall" and the "007" logo are seen at the bottom of the image.

Theme song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name.

While composing the song, Adele and Paul Epworth have said they aimed to capture the mood and style of the other Bond themes, including dark and moody lyrics descriptive of the film’s plot.

The track was released at 0:07 BST on 5 October 2012 as part of the Global James Bond Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first James Bond film.

The track received monumental commercial success and numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

UK chart position – 2

4) Berlin – Take My Breath Away (1986)

From the movie Top Gun; this love song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

It gained global chart success and charted in the UK  3 times.

UK chart position – 1 (1986), 52 (1988), 3 (1990 – to coincide with the first television showing of Top Gun by ITV, on the evening of October 6, 1990).

3) Let It go – Idina Menze/Demi LovatoA graphic of the album title over a snowflake

This song from Disney’s 2013 animated feature film (53rd) Frozen.

The song was performed in its original show-tune version in the film by American actress and singer Idina Menzel in her vocal role as Queen Elsa.

Also a simplified pop version  which was performed by actress and recording artist Demi Lovato over the start of the film’s closing credits.

This song is one of Disney’s best in both recent years and overall, and won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015.

UK chart position – Idina Menzel – 11/Demi Lovato – 42

2) Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go on (1997)

Also called the “Love Theme from Titanic“, is the main theme song from the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. Due to the song’s widespread popularity when it was released, it is considered to be Dion’s signature song.

The track hit the number one spot in multiple countries and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

I and many other worldwide consider this song to one of the greatest love songs of all time.

UK chart position – 1

1) Whitney Houston – Queen Of The Night (1993)

This track comes from the film The Bodyguard (1992) and is the final single released from the multi-platinum soundtrack.

Although not the lead single (I will always love you) this track shows how both her films character (Rachel Marron) and Houston herself “rules the club scene” whilst proclaiming herself “queen of the night”.

I personally prefer this song to any on the soundtrack and think that this song is one of Whitney’s more under appreciated songs. This track has stood the test of time in my eyes and that is why its grabbed the top spot !

UK chart position – 14

Tell us your favourite movie song in the comments section


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