Press Play Friday: Songs from the Movies

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One of the most important elements of a film is the soundtrack: the sweet symphonic sounds that make the film complete, the songs that bring a scene to life. Over the years, the classic film soundtrack has transformed from a simple score, to blockbuster musical numbers, to today’s popular renovated recordings. Music in film is highly influential to our culture. I’m sure we can all remember that time in our childhood when we first heard Somewhere Over the Rainbow, or as the years progressed, the first time we listened to My Heart Will Go On (and the countless times after that). Songs from the cinema complete a substantial part of our everyday music obsessed lives. Whether it be an impressive orchestral piece, a contemporary classic, or a distinct melody we have never heard before, we all have our favorites. Would you like to hear a few of mine?

Probably one of the best modern musicals of all time, the spectacular (spectacular) Moulin Rouge sets itself apart with its inventive soundtrack of re-imagined tunes. Featured songs by Elton John, The Police, and Paul McCartney make up a small part of this set list. You will most likely remember Ewan McGregor’s fantastic rendition of ‘Your Song,’ but the highlight (and my favorite) of the score is, Elephant Love Medley. Undoubtedly memorable, the track plays as compilation of popular love songs. “How wonderful life is, now you’re in the world.”

Once: The film that stole everyone’s hearts. With original music by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, this heartwarming tale of blossoming love and loss easily became one of the most beloved soundtracks of the past few years. The songwriting duo will forever hold a special place in my heart with songs like ‘Say It To Me Now,’ and ‘When Your Minds Made Up.’ The alternative folk style shines and captivates. However, the must-listen on the album features the stunning love song, Falling Slowly. It is simply impossible not to fall head-over-heels taking in each poetic lyric as the beautiful melodies unfold. Here, take a listen.

How to Be is the quirky indie comedy I’m sure many of you haven’t heard of, thought its star is a different story. Starring Robert Pattinson (Please hold your FanGirl screams until the end), the film boasts a delightful mix of humor and truth. Pattinson lends his voice to the album, singing rough tunes originated by the films struggling character, Art. Here you will find the soundtrack to be as eccentric as the film itself. Though if you are anything like me, that makes the album that much more likeable. A mix of fun instrumental tunes, Art’s sorrowful songs, and out of the ordinary classics, the soundtrack is in a league all its own. Hammond Song, by The Roches, is by far my favorite on the album.

Beatles fans will find this pick familiar. Across the Universe is the film that carefully crafted the legendary band’s songs into two hours of music and plot, reaffirming our love for the classic tunes we all fell in love with early on. Taking their own spin on things, the soundtrack spans the entire career of the band, updating the anthems we have memorized by heart. Sung by Jim Sturgess, the novel folk-country rendition of I’ve Just Seen a Face stands out amongst the rest. The scene in the film is imaginative and jovial, with the prefect amount traditional movie-musical qualities.

I want YOUR music suggestions! You can Tweet, Facebook, or E-mail your suggestions to me. And you can always leave your song, artist, or album suggestions in the comments below.

What did you think of the featured songs above? What is your favorite soundtrack? Your favorite musical? What is your favorite song from a film? Tell me in the comments!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Falling Slowly is a beautiful song, Love the Moulin Rouge soundtrack too. Best music from a film for me? Well Dirty Dancing has to be up there. I adore “Do Ya Love Me” by the Contours
    The soundtrack to the Last of the Mohicans is as epic as the film. “Promontory” gives me chills every time

    1. I love that one! Plus, ‘Love is Strange’ is one of my favorites too. Have you heard the ‘Elizabethtown’ soundtrack? That one is really good. Arg! There are so many great soundtracks out there. *Sigh* 🙂

      1. Emma says:

        ‘Love is Strange’ is a great track. I haven’t heard that soundtrack but will check it out, thanks. Re Nikki’s comment below: The Cruel Intentions soundtrack is awesome, especially Placebo’s ‘Every You Every Me’.

  2. Nikki says:

    *squeals* Putting ‘How To Be’ on my list to see, but all the others are some of my favorites. I sung Moulin Rouge tunes basically throughout the first half of high school, lol. And “Falling Slowly” is absolutely perfect.

    I would add the Cruel Intentions soundtrack to this list, probably. Especially “Colorblind” by the Counting Crows. Beautiful tune for a beautiful scene.

    Also, “Talk Show Host” by Radiohead, from Romeo + Juliet. That plus a young Leo DiCaprio in slow-mo… Perfect. XD

    Great post!

    1. Yay! I love introducing people to new movies. And I so heard that FanGirl squee. Classic.

      Young Leo in slow-mo . . . *stares dreamily into space.* Wait, what were you saying? Lol. Oh, yes. I was so in love with that movie (R&J) when I first saw it. Or was that Leo? I can’t remember. I don’t think anyone didn’t have ‘Lovefool’ running around in their head after that movie. ‘Colorblind’ (I haven’t heard that song in forever), but also ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony.’ I think that one is my favorite on the soundtrack.

  3. setinmotion says:

    OOhhhh Moulin Rouge! Personally Come What May is my favourite, I think because it talks about romance as everlasting, while Elephant Love Medley is more a case of “let’s just go for it for now eh?”

    Another great soundtrack is off 500 days of Summer. its quirky, interesting and has The Smiths as a main feature. perfection!

    1. Yes! “Come What May” is without doubt my second favorite. So beautiful. ‘500 Days of Summer’ is definitely another amazing soundtrack. There are so many good songs on that album: “Us,” “Vagabond.” Love it! 🙂

      1. setinmotion says:

        Glad you agree! I really like The Temper Trap song too. Australian pride and all that 🙂

        1. Ooh! I forgot about them. I love that song (Sweet Disposition)! All right, now you’re making me want to listen to the album again.

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