Though originally film scores and soundtracks were seen as an afterthought, it’s been a while since moviegoers get as excited about the upcoming soundtrack as the film itself. We all know that you need an awesome tracklist to tell the best love stories. Even after the film has ended, we take those songs with us. They then become part of our own tales of love and heartbreak.
Here are ten of the best soundtracks to share with the one you love. They can add magic to any moment and become the score to life’s most romantic memories.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
With 14 offerings from the best artists out there, this is a film where the music takes center stage. Full of unexpected and daring choices, it features the likes of Florence and the Machine, The XX, and Jack White. Baz Lurhman surprised us with these eccentric pairings of modern artists and the sounds of the Roaring Twenties.
Listening to Kavinsky sing “I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel, I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear” is enough to prove that this soundtrack will make anyone fall in love. But when we add the melodies from other artists like Chromatics or Cliff Martinez, it becomes the perfect pair to a moment of romance.
Mood Indigo (2014)
Michel Gondry’s film is about a love despite every obstacle. With songs by Duke Ellington, Etienne Charry, and Paul McCcartney, the filmmaker creates an ode to the classics by mashing them up with contemporaries like The Lumineers and blending them with his beautiful story.
Xavier Dolan blends the film’s plot with this soundtrack that is almost entirely in French. The ultimate result is the demonstration of how absurd an innocent love can become when it’s unrequited. It’s a delicate mix between heated lust, youth, and sensuality that will become your romance anthem.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
This award-winning film is set in one of France’s most notorious cabarets: the Moulin Rouge. The love story between the protagonists comes to triumph over every impediment. This was one of the first soundtracks to blend modern songs with a period piece.
About time (2013)
This romantic comedy by Richard Curtis has turned into a recent classic. The soundtrack goes from cheesy favorites to unexpected Italian tunes. With titles by The Cure, Sugababes, Nick Cave, as well as The Killers and Amy Winehouse, this tracklist is a sure way to bring tears to our eyes even without watching the film.
Begin again (2014)
In this film, a once great producer going through a sort of breakdown meets a girl living under the shadow of her famous boyfriend. Through conversations and moments they wonder if a song can pick up the pieces of their lives. As they wander through New York, the soundtrack carries us through their journey of discovering that love is more than being with the one we thought was the one.
Jersey Boys (2014)
The hit list of The Four Seasons, fronted by Frankie Valli, is the perfect match for the band’s story. What makes a hit song? It seems that what worked for them was to sing with their whole hearts to the women in their lives.
The Virgin Suicides (2000)
One of the sexiest songs of all times is Air’s Playground Love, one of the main titles related to this film about a group of sisters who are sheltered and secluded from the world. Despite the movie’s theme, the soundtrack is perfect to listen to next to the one you love the most.
Across the Universe (2007)
This musical is made out of the hit catalogue of The Beatles. Not only is it just a love story, but also deals with the state of the US during the Vietnam War. Each song is adapted into the personal moments of each character. As if the tracks weren’t already great, the way they mesh into the themes of the sixties make it a perfect tale told by music.
Translated by María Suárez