Top 5 Movie Soundtracks
Motion Picture came to being in the mid – nineteenth century. Though these movies lacked verbal dialogue, the background score played an important part in keeping the audience engaged.
Even with a multitude of technologies prevalent in cinema today, without an engaging soundtrack it all falls apart.
Here’s a list of the Top 5 Movie Soundtracks in Major Cinema. Keep in mind that though cardinal positions have been awarded, the contents and relative positions are subject to the mood, whims and fancies of the author (i.e. me ;-) )
The Lion King
Hans Zimmer and Sir Elton John worked out miracles with the soundtrack of “The Lion King”. One of the most important gemstones in Walt Disney’s treasure chest, The Lion King had a breathtaking soundtrack which included iconic tracks such as – The Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and The King of Pride Rock.
The Lion King – 4.7/5
A film which is as untraditional as Pulp Fiction has a similarly untraditional set of Soundtracks. Every single track on the movie’s soundtrack is a must listen. Be it Pumpkin and Honey Bunny/Misirlou’s fast paced surf rock themed intro; or tracks like Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest/You Never Can Tell and Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon; Pulp Fiction’s Soundtrack is a mix match of American rock and roll, surf music, pop and soul.
Pulp Fiction 4.5/5
The Nolan – Batman Trilogy
The Nolan reboot of the Batman franchise would not be half as awesome, if not for Zimmer’s background score. Molussus, Why so Serious, I am not a Hero, The Dark Knight, Rise, The Fire Rises are just a few tracks in the vast arsenal of the Trilogy’s Soundtrack.
TDK trilogy – 4.3/5
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Howard Shore wrote and composed 10 long hours of music, for what can be said to be the best fantasy movie series ever made. A great majority of the lyrics used are in the fictitious Tolkien languages of Middle-earth, sych as Quenya, Sindarin, Adûnaic Khuzdul and Rohirric. This was possible with the combined efforts of Tolkien himself and David Solo, a linguist.
This remarkable feat gave life to The Lord of the Rings, a treat to both watch and listen.
LOTR trilogy – 4.2/5
Requiem for a dream
RFOAD is an unorthodox movie. In a world where movies with slightly bitter endings are frowned upon, RFOAD achieved critical and mass acclaim; so much so that it even became a cult-classic. In fact the movie has audio only in the parts where sorrow befalls the protagonists.
Apart from the innovative cinematography and montage special effects, the track Lux Aeterna composed by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet has come to define the movie. This track has subsequently been used in various other movie trailers too (eg. The Lord of the Rings – Two Towers, The Da Vinci Code etc).
RFOAD – 4.2/5
Some movies that just missed the Top 5, but have incredibly awesome scores:
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-Kapil Ganesh Aiyer