The Top 10 Soundtracks of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 06:08pm | Post a Comment

by Gabriel Wheeler

There are hundreds of excellent soundtracks that could easily fit into many Top Ten lists. This is my attempt to grab ten of the best. Caveat Emptor!

10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The songs on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack truly create the atmosphere and character development for the film. Brilliant.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2014)

Easily could be Reservoir Dogs Vol. 2, but the music is used so well that it transcends that critique. The mix tape is so essentially Star-Lord that is defines his motivations in the movie.

Boogie Nights
8. Boogie Nights Vol. 1 (1997)

Amazing musical selections set against the backdrop of golden age of porn. Walter Egan, Melanie, The Emotions, and many more pack this excellent mix.

Crank High Voltage
7. Crank: High Voltage - Mike Patton (2009)

Overlooked and unsung Mike Patton’s score to Crank 2 is simply amazing. From experimental to pop, with flourishes of trip-hop and Ennio Morricone present throughout, this score burns brighter than the main character, Chev Chelios, played by Jason Statham, which is no small feat.

Star Wars
6. Star Wars - John Williams (1977)

Composers could be in a top ten list of their own. Star Wars still stands out as John Williams finest achievement. And that says a lot when you consider the scores to Superman, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Close Encounters. Williams is the king of the early blockbuster score.

The Ipcress File
5. The Ipcress File - John Barry (1965)

John Barry’s "James Bond Theme" is an ultimate classic, but it's easy to overlook The Ipcress File. Do yourself a favor and sit down and listen to it, and discover a deeper side of John Barry.

Experiment in Terror
4. Experiment In Terror - Henry Mancini (1962)

Henry Mancini’s contribution to TV and film is epic, but Experiment In Terror truly stands out as one of his best.

Twin Peaks
3. Twin Peaks - Angelo Badalamenti (1991)

The score IS the show. Jazzy, ethereal, and dangerous. A long-time collaborator with David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti's sound has become inseparable from the director's vision.

2. Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann (1958)

Vertigo is the gold standard of soundtracks, hands down. Lush, deep, and focused.

The Big Gundown
1. The Big Gundown - Ennio Morricone (1966)

Ennio Morricone is the greatest composer of film music. It’s unfair to pick one soundtrack out of his prolific career. I chose The Big Gundown because it evokes The Good The Bad and The Ugly and adds pop accents without bringing in the baggage of his better known scores. But, you can’t go wrong with his '60’s or early '70’s output regardless. The anthemic nature of Run Man Run showcases Morricone at his best.

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