We’re not quite sure what it is that makes an epic movie soundtrack; all we know for sure is that when a film has an exceptional original score, or oftentimes a collection of songs chosen at the director’s behest, that syncs perfectly with the movie at hand, it makes all the difference in how we, as an audience, internalize that film. Whether it’s because we’re all trying to assemble the soundtrack to our own lives, or whether we’re just a little more eager to accept hilarity, or scares, or character development or plot twists when its underscored with some seriously awesome tuneage, it makes little difference in the end. What we’ve established is a good soundtrack makes all the difference, and that’s why we here at Goliath have assembled some of the best of all time that’re worth checking out all by their lonesome.
10. Pretty in Pink (1986)
John Hughes had a way with movie music; if there’s one thing that’s consistent throughout all of his films, it’s that they’ve got a rock solid base emanating from the soundtrack. Try to think about The Breakfast Club without Simple Minds playing over top; it’s impossible. Try and imagine Ferris Bueller’s Day Off without it’s iconic “Twist and Shout” parade scene…it can’t be done. This is why it should come as no surprise that Pretty in Pink‘s soundtrack made it on to this list. One of the greatest ever, it included tracks from renowned artists like The Smiths, INXS and The Psychadelic Furs, who penned the title track to the film. Comprised mostly of the new wave, synthesizer-heavy work of which Hughes was fond, the Pretty in Pink soundtrack perfectly encapsulates the ’80s and sets the stage for one of the most famous love triangles in cinematic history. Oh, Molly Ringwald, how we miss thee.