When you scroll through some of the top rated film soundtracks of all time, there are some real crackers on there.
Top blockbusters like Pulp Fiction, Purple Rain, Saturday Night Fever and Pretty in Pink covet the top spots in almost every list, but we think there are some awesome soundtracks that deserve a spot in the top film soundtracks category that have been somewhat neglected.
Here’s five of the most underrated film soundtracks of all time.
Back to the Future (1985)
There aren’t too many films that have the same kind of magic as the Back to the Future triology. As well as the songs like ‘Johnny B. Goode’ which made us all want to learn the solo like, right now, iconic ‘Back in Time’ and the ballads that accompany iconic romantic scenes like ‘Earth Angel’, the original score created by Alan Silvestris is nothing short of spine-tingling, and takes us right back to October 26th 1985.
Even though we can’t believe that it has been SIXTEEN YEARS since the release of the first Shrek film, each addition in the franchise has brought us some sweet music. You can’t go wrong with Weezer, Scissor Sisters, Led Zeppelin, The Proclaimers and definitely not with Smash Mouth, with tunes like ‘I’m a Believer’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and ‘Accidentally in Love’, providing us with every song that would make a stellar night out. (Plus it literally has Eddie Murphy singing ‘Baby Got Back’- it’s everything we never knew we needed).
Moulin Rouge (2001)
The 2001 romantic tragedy has a soundtrack which boasts some of the greatest female powerhouses of music, including the likes of Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim and Mya, complimented by female rap legend Missy Eliot, and has a tracklist complete with covers that rival the originals. The film’s ballads and showstoppers including the showstopping ‘Come What May’ and ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ delivered with such sheer emotion that complements the love story beautifully, with the stunning Elephant Love Medley being arguably one of the greatest romantic scenes in musical history.
This one is perfect for the punk fanatics of the noughties, with bands like Nickleback, Sum 41 and Alien Ant Farm taking us back to our pre-teen emo days with a seriously punked out soundtrack. Rock legends The Strokes, Greenwheel and The Hives also contribute, with the anthemic theme song brought to you by the Aerosmith- you can’t argue with that.
Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
This 1993 comedy is one of those that made yesterday’s hits recognisable to today’s viewers, with songs that become iconically synonymous with the film they featured in. We can’t hear House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ without picturing Robin William’s doing just that on his wife’s best dining table, scream along to Aerosmith’s ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ without the aid of a broom air-guitar, or imagine Frank Sinatra’s ‘Luck Be a Lady’ without the visuals of the birth of Mrs Doubtfire clouding our minds. The film also features some of Williams' greatest musical performances, with a rendition of ‘Figaro' that cannot be rivalled.