Best Movie Soundtracks: It Looks Better with Music

It has been scientifically proven that music triggers emotions. It has also been proven that films/videos accompanied by music are not only able to evoke feelings but to also provoke physiological reactions in our body. That’s why we love soundtracks.

Jaws is mostly famous for its “dah-dun” soundtrack that is still haunting us today after almost forty years. According to the American Film Institute, the Jaws soundtrack ranks as one of the most terrifying music ever written. All John Williams needed to create fear from music was two notes, six basses, eight celli, four trombones and a tuba. Thanks to his composition we now know that if the Es and Fs are being played slowly, the shark is lurking; if they are being played fast, it’s attacking. Cheers, mate.

Whenever there is a battle or an action scene, you’ll probably hear Hans Zimmer’s music (i.e. Pirates of the Caribbean, The Gladiator). We believe that one of his works in particular deserves a mention. The emotional, heroic and adrenalinic musical motif of The Dark Knight trilogy entirely encompasses Batman’s role as a man and a hero. “It’s not who I am underneath, it’s what I do that defines me” is just a simple sentence when you’re trying to blag your way through an argument with your mother. However, it becomes a memorable, heroic, strong and passionate quote when said by Christian Bale while Hans Z600full-the-mission-screenshotimmer’s music is playing.

If you want to be overwhelmed by sadness, joy, freedom, love; if you want to visualise waterfalls, eagles flying and wind blowing, listen to Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack from The Mission. An inspiring piece accompanied by tribal elements, angelic vocals and a beautiful, sweet oboe voice.
The Mission (1986) is about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in the 18th century South America. We won’t reveal more about the plot. We can tell you, though, how good you will feel about the film and its soundtrack. If that oboe doesn’t pierce your soul, I don’t know what can.

Tarantino is known for his incredibly colourful, picturesque sceneries and his unique, flamboyant characters. The soundtrack to Django Unchaineddjango-unchained-soundtrack-title is as colourful, picturesque and lively as Tarantino’s characters and scenes. This remake from the original Western Django (1966), was Tarantinised. When brainstorming about the soundtrack, he must have thought, “Yes, let’s use the original soundtrack from 1966, and let’s get Morricone too ‘cause he’s good with Westerns. But let’s put 2pac in too”. Brilliant. He revolutionised the stereotypical Western and chose an unexpected soundtrack to go with it. “Who did that to you”, sung by John Legend, is quite something. Because of that, I’ve been having permanent goose pimples since 2012.

Lastly, I’ll leave the word to Dylan who is a massive fan of what is coming next…

There’s too much to be said about Drive in just one paragraph so I shan’t deviate from what needs to be said about it. Drive is a stunning piece of visual flair, thrills, intense silences and heart stopping violence all set across the gorgeous Los Angeles landscape. Some great ingredients but they all feel like pizza toppings that need some dough. drive_04For us, that dough is the soundtrack. It is split into 2 parts between the compositions of Cliff Martinez who supplies the long, evocative drama to either build excitement into a heist or conflict or to completely compartmentalize a scene as its own piece of art. My favourite being the elevator scene which fans will recall easily. In contrast to Martinez and to add some real colour you’ve got strong doses of 80’s synth pop. I’ve played them outside the film beyond numerical value. They are a real signature to the film. They completely impact your impression of the film and more specifically the characters. Even more specifically, Gosling. The lyrics to “Real Human Being” are what you have to understand the complex, silent, nameless driver that is Gosling. Giving you your own interpretations of what makes him who he is.

So much more could be written about our favourite movie soundtracks, especially for some film and music lovers like us. Hope you enjoyed these, nonetheless.



Camilla Mazzitelli

Camilla Mazzitelli

Camilla gave up the delicious coffee, predictably pleasant weather and historic architecture of Rome to study for a marketing MSc in York. She’s since moved to Manchester to join the Clowdy team, in a role that combines her interest in social media with a love of music, films and drama.