They're part of the movie's soundtrack, and maybe even your own life's.
You can bring a bullet, bring a sword, bring a morgue
But you can't bring the truth to me
How many backstabbers are there in your life? People smile at you but they want something in return and before you know it you've become their favorite cash cow, milking you dry and ripping away your dreams. This sounds fatalistic and depressing but there's a truth to this, at least this is the greatest lesson Kendrick Lamar has for us in "All The Stars." You have dreams that are far away and seem impossible to reach, but hope and humility bring them closer to you, or at least they appear to. This song unfolds in Black Panther and while you get lost in the action sequences, it is once you listen to the score and soundtrack later on that you realize everything is connected. It doesn't matter if it is the latest box office hit or the small indie film that barely filled the room, if the music is powerful then it is worth remembering. You can have the best actors in the world and the most moving story, but if the music is forgettable then the movie will fall apart. Music is the glue that makes everything stick together, and the best way to give a story a deeper meaning. Not all scores and soundtracks are award-winning masterpieces, so let’s just focus on those songs that were so good they made the movies extra special.
“Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens (Call Me by Your Name)
“City of Stars” by Justin Hurwitz and Pasek & Paul (La La Land)
“Skyfall” by Adele (Skyfall)
“All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar (Black Panther)
Black Panther has reached the list of the top 10 highest-grossing movies in history, and it's taking millions of new fans to the unique and powerful land of Wakanda. The movie, which boasts a great cast and production team, showed movie studios the importance of having representation and diversity on the screen and captured the audience's hearts with its powerful message. Music, of course, played a huge role in its success, and this song by Kendrick Lamar, who’s devoted most of his career to speaking out against racism and oppression, is only an example of everything this movie was able to achieve.
“Writings on the Wall” by Sam Smith (Spectre)
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams (Despicable Me 2)
“Glory” by John Legend and Common (Selma)
“Born Slippy” by Underworld (Trainspotting)
Danny Boyle is one of those directors who always stresses the importance of the role music plays in telling a story. Trainspotting, arguably his best movie to date, isn’t the exception. For the soundtrack, he focused on music that would represent not only the time where the story takes place but also the decadence of this troubled and flawed group of friends. "Born Slippy," a techno song, became the star of the movie to the point that when you hear it, it’s impossible not to picture Renton running from the police through the streets of Edinburgh.
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem (8 Mile)
“Creep” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers (The Social Network)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde (Mockingjay Pt.1)
“My Baby Shot Me Down” by Nancy Sinatra (Kill Bill Vol.1)
Tarantino is the indisputable king when it comes to giving his unique stories equally amazing soundtracks. Not only is he a walking encyclopedia of film history, he’s also a huge music lover, and his work is the proof of that. It’s so hard to pick just one great song that tops the movie since there are so many in each of his films, but for me, one of the best song-scene combo is Nancy Sinatra’s "My Baby Shot Me Down" in the opening scene of Kill Bill Vol. 1. In only a couple of minutes, it conveys what the movie will be about, in very literal terms.
“Mad World” by Gary Jules (Donnie Darko)
“To be Human” by Sia (Wonder Woman)
“Immigrant Song” by Karen O (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
“Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Blue Swede’s version of the song is one of those that works perfectly with a light and comical scene and for that reason, it’s been used in different movies since its release in 1974. We’ve sung it in Reservoir Dogs, in a feature extra in Shrek 2, an awesome episode of Family Guy, and of course in one of the most hilarious sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy. Because what’s better than watching Chris Pratt being constantly hurt while listening to this now iconic song?
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino (Get Out)
“Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Rey (The Great Gatsby)
“Easy” by Sky Ferreira (Baby Driver)
“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Ok, the film sucks but we have to admit that the whole saga has a great soundtrack with really sexy songs that can put you in the mood even better than any of the hot scenes. I included this one in particular mainly because Beyoncé did a great job by turning her classic and iconic song into a way much more sultry tune.
These classic songs prove that sometimes, not even the story or the acting can top the music in a good movie. The best ones take us back to the scene when we first heard them every time we play them, making us feel a million emotions, and maybe even watch the movie again.
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