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Do you like movie soundtracks?

Asked by zen_ (6273points) August 31st, 2010

Ever purchase and listen to them as art unto themselves?

Do you seek out the listings in imdb and such, interested in the songs and pieces?

Does it ever effect how you enjoy, or do not enjoy, the film itself?

Got any favourite soundtracks, or musical numbers from films?

I’m partial to the Mission and Scent of a Woman ones myself.

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Hawkeye's avatar

I thought that Pulp Fiction was a good soundtrack and of course the music from Star Wars is good.

Aethelwine's avatar

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is one of my favorite soundtracks.

I need time to think of more. I’ll be back. :)

muppetish's avatar

I’ve been listening to a lot of (relatively) recent soundtracks: Dario Marianelli’s score for Atonement, Yann Tiersen’s orchestrations for both Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain and Good Bye, Lenin!, Little Miss Sunshine (contributed by Devotchka), and I liked the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack even more than the film. I grew up listening to John Williams, Danny Elfman, and everything Disney (some clearly better than others.) I like to walk around listening to soundtracks. It makes me feel as though I’m in the movie.

Some films have introduced me to bands or artists that have become my favourite. I wish I could shake Wes Anderson’s hand for including a Nick Drake song (“Fly”) in The Royal Tenenbaums.

If a movie has music that gets on my nerves, I will be less inclined to enjoy it. This is a problem I have had with action films in particular (I’ll zone out.) Inception is a good example of a recent action film where the score didn’t feel obtrusive to me.

I can also deeply appreciate a movie without any music at all. The silence that followed Wendy and Lucy was captivating.

I love musicals, too. Especially Singin’ in the Rain and My Fair Lady.

lillycoyote's avatar

Not really but, I have bought them once or twice. I think the last soundtrack album I bought was for the movie Something Wild That came out a while ago, 1986, so yeah, the answer to your question is not really. I think I have the Clockwork Orange soundtrack around here too. They’re both in my older than dirt collection. :-)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Definitely – love The Matrix and Kill Bill soundtracks. And of course I have the soundtracks to Dirty Dancing and Chicago.

Aethelwine's avatar

Into The Wild has some beautiful music by Eddie Vedder. I can sit and listen to this soundtrack for hours.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

TG, TB, and TU’s sound track is pretty ace, mate

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer : Oh, yes, definitely Big Chill!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@jonsblond I love the Into the Wild soundtrack!

It’s not a movie soundtrack, but I listen to the soundtrack of the TV show Battlestar Galactica all the time. It’s fantastic.

Trillian's avatar

I think the only one I ever bought was The Committments. I still love it.
At the dark end… of the street….that is where we always meet…. hidin’ in shadows, where we don’t belong,...
Sigh. Now I have to go dig it out. Thanks guys. ~

Randy's avatar

@jonsblond I was just about to mention that one! I didn’t think I liked Eddie Vedder because I do not like his voice with Pearl Jam. When I saw him live last Friday, he played a lot of stuff from the Into The Wild soundtrack and I LOVED it!

Also the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters Colon soundtrack was a great one.

lloydbird's avatar

I think this one is an especially good one.

crisscrossdork's avatar

I love movie soundtracks, I have songs that I listen to ALL the time from soundtracks. Even cable shows have amazing soundtracks. Like the Glee soundtrack, it’s an awesome one.

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

My favorite movie soundtracks include Rocky Horror Picture Show, Get Him to the Greek, and most recently Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I like Funny Girl.

MacBean's avatar

I’ll let this screenshot speak for itself.

muppetish's avatar

@MacBean… if I lived near you, I would get on my knees and beg for you to copy pasta all those files onto my external hard drive into a folder titled “MACBEAN IS FUCKING AWESOME”. I don’t even know anyone who has heard of Carnivàle – let alone owns the soundtrack.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I have quite a few soundtracks. I’ve been listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtracks a lot recently.

lillycoyote's avatar

@MacBean Yep, that makes things pretty clear.

zophu's avatar

The only soundtracks I have enjoyed separately from the movie were collections of music made to be stand-alone anyway.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Depends on the soundtrack. I do like Star Wars’s and Pirate of the Carribean’s soundtracks. I also like the second Titanic soundtrack, as it contains some very soulful Celtic music that wasn’t included on the first one. It’s what got me into Celtic/Gaelic music in the first place, and I think lead me to Gaelic Storm, although it’s been well over a decade so who knows.

jazmina88's avatar

Love it. I always wanted to write soundtracks,. I know a guy who writes music for porn. Does that count??

CherrySempai's avatar

A Walk to Remember. Love it. ♥ Switchfoot.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@jazmina88 Only if it was the music for The Good Old Naughty Days.

serafina's avatar

@jonsblond I love Oh brother where art thou too… Have to say my favourite movie soundtrack is either Pat Garret & Billy The Kid c/o Bob Dylan or the Trainspotting soundtrack :)

zen_'s avatar

Is there an icon for bowing before @MacBean awesomeness?

aprilsimnel's avatar

I forgot that the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Black Orpheus album is a soundtrack. I just thought it was excellent jazz!

lonelydragon's avatar

Yes. I’ve never seen 13 Going on 30, nor do I want to, but the soundtrack is a classic piece of ‘80’s nostalgia.

ipso's avatar



I’ll see your 68+ and raise you to 257+

And well over 2000 movies that could be ripped to mp3, at will, if we were are to get technical about it.

Nothing could exhibit my imposed/obsessive limitation of 5 better:

Mulholland Dr
Donnie Darko
Fight Club
Garden State

Film score,


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