Movie soundtracks have given people a lot of listening enjoyment over the years. And, to be sure, many film soundtracks are great to listen to on their own—apart from the movie they were made for. But some movie soundtracks fit the film they were made for perfectly. In fact, it can be difficult to separate some movies from their soundtrack. They are forever linked and seem to grow old together. Listening to a song off the soundtrack instantly reminds people of the movie, and you can’t imagine the movie without the songs in it. This hand in glove relationship makes some soundtracks truly special. And here is a list of 10 soundtracks that work with their movie.
10. The Commitments (1991)
The movie, directed by Alan Parker and based on a novel by Roddy Doyle, is about a group of musicians in Dublin, Ireland, who start a soul and rhythm and blues band. And the band sings classic soul songs such as “Mustang Sally,” “Take Me To The River,” “In The Midnight Hour” and “Bye Bye Baby.” The singers in the movie have to be believable and they have to do justice to the songs they belt out in dingy clubs around Dublin. If they didn’t the whole premise of the film wouldn’t work. Fortunately, the singers and actors in the movie are completely believable and the songs selected for the movie—and featured on the soundtrack—are perfect for the plot, setting and vocal talents of the cast. In fact, the song “Mustang Sally” has largely become synonymous with this movie since its release.