10. Tron (2010)
Composed by funky electro duo Daft Punk, these glitchy synthesised songs with a heavy bass perfectly reflect the sleek cityscape visuals of the alternate cyber universe that is Tron. For anyone who already appreciates the work of this helmet-clad pair, this soundtrack is a great marrying of the electronic roots of their music with the computer-game based concept for the film.
Monte Cross revamps some classical pieces, giving them an electronic vibe in Stanley Kubrick’s visual translation of Burgess’ chaotic novel. The haunting sound of violins when combined with distorted synthesizers seems to mirror the concept behind the novel/film; of teenagers rebelling against the establishment and tradition. In scenes of violence, the quaintness of these classical pieces makes the action all the more disturbing.
Set in the jiving fifties, this musical contains a mixture of original and thematic tracks such as Rizzo’s ‘There Are Worst Things I Could Do’- a song about unwanted pregnancy, which help shape the characters for us. The best known and iconic track for this film is the title one, brought to us by Franki Valli; ‘Grease’ sets up the cool, happening vibe of Rydell High, as do contemporary covers by Sha Na Na (‘Born to Hand Jive’).
This quirky anti-romance is filled with tunes from The Smiths, Hall & Oates, Temper Trap and Regina Spektor. This soundtrack is great for anyone who appreciates the sarcastic lyrics of Morrissey and the trendy teenage classic by Joy Division- ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
With tracks from Pulp, Iggy Pop and New Order, this soundtrack is one too cool not to have stuck in your head, and you’re sure to be thinking of Ewan McGregor being chasing through the streets next time you put on ‘Lust For Life’, or ‘Born Slippy’ the next time you have a pint.
As charming and as quaint as the story itself, Zbigniew Preisner’s soundtrack is sure to make you shed a tear or two with heartwarming choir pieces, magical xylophones and violin music to reflect the beautiful hidden garden at the centre of this tale.
From John Barry’s distinctly Western ‘Midnight Cowboy’ theme to Harry Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin”, this heart wrenching film about an unlikely friendship is great for anyone who loves their sixties music or country.
Composed by Bernard Hermann who also brought us the nightmarish and terrifying soundtrack for Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, the Jazz influenced sax solos in ‘Taxi Driver’ accompany Robert De Niro’s character, Bickle, as he roams the crime ridden streets of a dark and dismal New York.
At number one we have the everlasting and nostalgic soundtrack for this classic sixties film, brought to us by American folk/rock duo, Simon and Garfunkel. After watching the film, it is almost guaranteed that you won’t be able to listen to ‘Mrs Robinson’ again without picturing Dustin Hoffman speeding down American highways in his red Alfa Romeo Spider.