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Movies Known For Their Soundtracks

We can are entertained by a movie by it’s genre, character, plot and variou elements of that film. Very rarely we pay attention to the music playing in the background music. Music or sounds in a movie make tons of difference in a scene. They set the mood supporting the movie well. Not just that, they are a good marketing strategy too. There are movies that had a hit soundtrack, here are some to add to your knowledge:

1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: Soundtrack of a film that was adapted from John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault In Our Stars, consist of lead single by Charli Xcx ‘boom clap’, ‘all of the stars’ by Ed Sheeran. The album also includes tracks from artists like Kodaline, Grouplove, Ray LaMontagne, M83, and Lykke Li, as well as two songs from Birdy. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Soundtrack Albums charts and No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

2. THE GREAT GATSBY: Soundtracks don’t get more star-studded than this one. Executive produced by Jay-Z, the album featured new music from the rapper himself, as well as from Fergie, Florence and the Machine, Nero, The xx, will.i.am, and Lana del Rey, whose “Young and Beautiful” served as the lead single. Several big artists also recorded noteworthy covers for the song, including Beyonce and Andre 3000’s version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Emeli Sande’s version of Emeli Sande, and Jack White’s version of U2’s “Love is Blindness.” The compilation became the second best-selling soundtrack album of 2013 in the U.S., with 538,000 copies sold.

3. TOP GUN: The popular soundtrack originally featured songs from a wide variety of artists, including Cheap Trick, Berlin, Miami Sound Machine, and Loverboy. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for five non consecutive weeks in the summer and fall of that year, spurring two top-five singles on Billboard’s Hot 100, “Take My Breath Away” and “Danger Zone” (which reached No. 1 and No. 2 on the chart, respectively). A special expanded edition of the album was released in 1999, with additional songs from Otis Redding and Jerry Lee Lewis. In 2006, it was reissued again with a Deluxe Edition, featuring songs from Starship and REO Speedwagon.

4. FORREST GUMP: The album based on the Academy Award-winning film features songs from Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aretha Franklin, and Simon & Garfunkel. The soundtrack, released in late June, jumped from No. 34 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart before reaching its peak position of No. 2 in August. It remained in the top spot on the overall chart for seven straight weeks. The 12-times platinum soundtrack was made available for the first time on vinyl in North America to mark its 20th anniversary this fall.

5. TWILIGHT SAGA: The Twilight saga spurred five soundtracks, the first of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Each of the albums featured songs from well-known artists, including Muse, Paramore, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Sia, The Killers, and Florence and the Machine. Two of the tracks from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack, released in September 2011, went on to become Top 40 hits — the lead single, Bruno Mars’s “It Will Rain,” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”

- Vrishti Nadkarni

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