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The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

The Top 20 soundtracks of 2017

2017 has been one wild and weird year but fortunately, there's one thing we can all agree on: we got a bumper crop of amazing soundtracks. Works of art in their own right, the year's best soundtracks are atmospheric and evocative, heart-stirring and haunting. (Of course, some of 'em are also chock full of with non-stop-action party jams!) There really are some very strong mixes represented in our Top 20 picks that will appeal not only to fans of the films but to music heads looking for a well-curated collection of tunes. Read on to rediscover some recently-remastered and revitalized classics and to encounter some new and intriguing favorites, just in time for the holidays.

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Fight Club

20. Fight Club (OST) - The Dust Brothers

Available on wax for the first time in fifteen years, the Fight Club soundtrack features legendary production duo The Dust Brothers serving up bleak industrial and dark techno. Available on pink vinyl.

Evil Dead 2

19. Evil Dead 2 (OST) - Joseph LoDuca

Remastered for vinyl and pressed into 180-gram yellow wax, Joseph LoDuca's evocative score has long been a fan favorite. This release features chilling new art from Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative.

Kids

18. Kids (OST) - Various Artists

The hard-hitting soundtrack to the controversial film Kids was overseen by Lou Barlow, who selected tracks by The Folk Implosion, Slint, Daniel Johnston and yes, Sebadoh. Out on red, green, blue, or yellow colored vinyl.

The Thing

17. The Thing (OST) - Ennio Morricone

Master of synth-heavy horror John Carpenter teamed up with legendary Spaghetti Western composer Morricone for this eerie, compelling journey into the dark. Out (perhaps paradoxically) on white vinyl.

Blade Runner

16. Blade Runner [Record Store Day] (OST) - Vangelis

Released in April as a limited edition picture disc for Record Store Day, Vangelis' haunting future noir soundtrack is as iconic as the film it accompanies. If you missed it when it came out earlier this year, mark your calendars: it'll be available on January 16, 208 as an indie exclusive LP. You can pre-order it from us here.

Akira

15. Akira Symphonic Suite (OST) - Geinoh Yamashirogumi

The soundtrack to cult Japanese flick Akira has been a coveted find for fans for years; it hasn't been reissued since 1988. Finally available in the US, it's out on 180-gram double LP.

Good Time

14. Good Time (OST) - Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) won the Best Soundtrack Award at Cannes for his work on the Safdie brothers film Good Time. The score is moody and meant to be savored. Its highlight is “The Pure and the Damned,” a surprisingly gentle, mournful piano track featuring Iggy Pop.

Moonlight

13. Moonlight (OST) - Nicholas Britell

Nicholas Britell’s score for the lovely Moonlight is every bit as gorgeous and affecting as the film. The soundtrack conjures memories and emotions familiar to viewers of the film, but even those who haven’t seen the picture will enjoy Britell’s incredible orchestral works. Available on transparent blue color vinyl.

Beauty and the Beast

12. Beauty & the Beast (OST) - Cast Recording

Find someone under the age of 40 who can't hum the melodies to "Be Our Guest." It's one of those songs that transcend the film it's from to become a part of our culture. It's a delight to hear the updated rearranged versions of the new live-action remake. Beauty and the Beast has a beautiful and lush soundtrack that most films currently shy away from, and these songs will be forever ageless.

Atomic Blonde

11. Atomic Blonde (OST) - Various Artists

The effortlessly cool Atomic Blonde soundtrack is jam-packed with '80s gems that are guaranteed to get any dancefloor moving. Novelty hits, moody post-punk, and brilliant covers -- you'll find them all here. 

Labyrinth

10. Labyrinth (Remastered OST) - David Bowie, Trevor Jones

The beloved soundtrack to Labyrinth is out on vinyl for the first time since 1986. Featuring David Bowie at his most elvishly disarming. Dance, magic, dance!

San Junipero

9. Black Mirror: San Junipero (OST) - Clint Mansell

The distinction of being one of the most talked about episodes of TV this year definitely falls to Black Mirror's San Junipero episode. Eschewing the expected '80s beats, this soundtrack instead focuses on Clint Mansell's gorgeous, romantic score.

The Exorcist

8. The Exorcist (OST) - Various Artists 

The instantly recognizable (and instantly unsettling) soundtrack to The Exorcist can now be yours to terrify your neighbors. Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" has never sounded so unnerving!

Singles

7. Singles [Deluxe Edition] (OST) - Various Artists

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Seattle-based, Gen-X romantic comedy, Singles, Sony Legacy has re-released the grunge-filled soundtrack in a deluxe edition, featuring a bonus disc of unreleased rarities and demos of many of the musicians involved with the film. Bonus tracks include songs by Chris Cornell, demos by Mudhoney and Paul Westerberg, live Alice In Chains, and Citizen Dick, Matt Dillon's fictional band in the film, and their single "Touch Me I'm Dick."

Guardians of the Galaxy

6. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 (OST) - Various Artists

As far as sequel soundtracks go, you can't get much groovier than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which, with its '70s AM classics, is an essential element in the film franchise's chemistry. Keep your ears peeled for Sweet's "Fox on the Run" and "Guardians Inferno," an original tune composed by director James Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates, featuring none other than Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

John Carpenter

5. Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 - John Carpenter

Anthology: Movie Themes 1974 - 1998 is a comprehensive, fascinating look back at legendary filmmaker and composer John Carpenter’s synth-driven soundtracks. The LP is more than just a “best of,” however; Carpenter has re-recorded these classic themes with assistance from the same crew he worked with on his recent Lost Themes release: his son Cody Carpenter and his godson Daniel Davies.

Fire Walk with Me

4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (OST) - Angelo Badalamenti

Badalamenti won a Grammy for this soundtrack album's title track. Moodier and darker than the series soundtrack, Fire Walk with Me also features the talents of Julee Cruise and Little Jimmy Scott. Out on 180-gram cherry pie colored vinyl.

Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Score

3. Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series [Score] - Angelo Badalamenti

On the score to the year's most anticipated cult TV return, Badalamenti is in as fine form as ever. His haunting compositions are a huge draw here, as are works by The Chromatics, David Lynch, and a handful of other intriguing artists.

Twin Peaks Limited Event Series OST

2. Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series (OST) - Various Artists

The Roadhouse played host to a number of stellar acts on Twin Peaks: The Return but the combined impact of their appearances doesn’t really hit until you’ve listened to the show’s Original Soundtrack album. Curated by Lynch himself, the songs do an effective job of capturing the show’s emotional tenor and captivating tone. A gift for fans of the show who want to revisit Lynch’s vision again and again.

Baby Driver

1. Baby Driver (OST) - Various Artists

The soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is packed with 30 carefully curated tracks drawn from the worlds of indie, punk, hip-hop, funk, power pop, soul, R&B, and jazz. Pretty much every track is a classic, ranging from the ubiquitous “Radar Love” to the (perhaps) lesser known “Egyptian Reggae.” A strong contender for the coolest soundtrack of 2017, it's also our number one best-selling soundtrack of the year.

 

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