Blast from the past: 5 soundtracks that will take you down memory lane

Often overlooked, soundtracks have the potential to make or break a film. The right song playing in the background can make an already great scene perfect… or a mediocre scene passable. The wrong choice, on the other hand, can completely ruin the scene and destroy the flow of the film.

 

If you too, have watched and loved Guardians of the Galaxy, you know exactly what we mean. The film took us down memory lane with the perfect tunes from the ’60s and the ’70s. Have you already listened to Awesome Mix Vol. 1 too many times? In that case, here are five other soundtracks that you might enjoy:

Almost Famous

 
It came as no surprise that Almost Famous, a film about an aspiring Rock journalist, featured a stellar soundtrack. The movie, set in the ’70s, followed William Miller as he accompanied the fictional band Stillwater on tour. On the way, he came across groupies, managers, musicians and everything in between. Not only was the audience treated to a fascinating tale, but we also got to enjoy the finest of tunes from the ’60s and the ’70s.

 

Highlights: Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, Cat Stevens’ The Wind, Led Zeppelin’s That’s the Way, David Bowie’s I’m Waiting for the Man, Rod Stewart’s Every Picture Tells a Story

The Boat That Rocked

The Boat That Rocked, also known as Pirate Radio, followed a fictitious pirate radio station, which played Pop and Rock tunes that weren’t played by the BBC. The station "Radio Rock" featured the best of mainstream and indie tunes from the ’60s. Whether you’re looking for Bowie, Otis Redding or Jeff Beck, the two-disc soundtrack has it all.

Highlights: The Kinks’ All Day and All of the Night, The Who’s I Can See for Miles, Skeeter Davis’ The End of the World, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Duffy’s Stay with Me Baby

Control

Control, starring Sam Riley, is a biopic based on the brief life of Ian Curtis, the Joy Division frontman. Needless to say, the film incorporated some of Joy Division’s most famous works. This included both the originals as well as covers. In addition to this, Control also featured music by New Order, David Bowie and The Velvet Underground. Listen to the beautiful soundtrack – it might just help you forget how melancholic the film was.

Highlights: The Killers’ cover of Shadowplay, Iggy Pop’s Sister Midnight, New Order’s Hypnosis, The Velvet Underground’s What Goes On, David Bowie’s Warszawa

Adventureland

Adventureland is the story of James Brennan, a young man who’s forced to take up a part-time job in an amusement park. Set in the ’80s, the soundtrack stayed true to the period it was set in. The music included hits of the ’60s, ’70s and the ’80s. Combined with the visuals and the theme, the film was perfect for everyone looking to revisit the decade.

Highlights: The Cure’s Just Like Heaven, Lou Reed’s Satellite of Love, The Replacements’ Unsatisfied, The Rolling Stones’ Tops, The Velvet Underground’s Here She Comes Now

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia, named after the ABBA song of the same name, was far from a cinematic masterpiece. However, it was a treat for fans of the band. The film’s soundtrack featured the cast’s renditions of ABBA’s greatest hits. Though the covers didn’t quite have the charm of the originals, they were still enjoyable. Admit it, you couldn’t stop listening to ABBA for at least a week after you watched the film!

Highlights: The cast’s versions of The Winner Takes It All, Our Last Summer, I Have a Dream, Lay All Your Love On Me

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