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Top 10: Favorite Movie Soundtracks

I was just reading an article in Wired Magazine‘s supplemental Movies Rock titled “50 Greatest Mostly Rock Soundtracks of All Time!”. Considering that I agreed with only two or three and found the rest ridiculously pretentious, I decided to write Do Life Right’s top ten list (in no particular order). To get on our list, I needed the majority of the soundtrack to be great, not just one popular hit song. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

  1. The AristocatsThe Aristocats; When my oldest daughter was two, we put the soundtrack to this movie into the CD player and she about flipped with excitement. Never have we seen her more thrilled. The movie is a sweet classic and the songs are ones we sing around the house all the time. While geared toward little kids, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these songs.
  2. Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Soundtrack; The soundtrack to The Jungle Book (40th Anniversary Platinum Edition) is the definition of what a soundtrack should be, as far as we are concerned. We know all the words to all the songs (except the odd little girl song at the end that doesn’t seem to go with the rest of the movie).
  3. Notting Hill: Music From The Motion PictureNotting Hill: Music From The Motion Picture; A great romantic comedy movie with a soundtrack that is infinitely listenable. I appreciate how many scenes were choreographed to the music; I’ve had to watch the change of seasons scene many times.
  4. Mary PoppinsMary Poppins Soundtrack; Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!
  5. Dream A Little Dream: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion PictureDream A Little Dream: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture; This one is probably my personal favorite on the list. I’m such a huge fan of the theme song, I’ve purchased several versions from iTunes (one in French that I adore). I found the movie to be interesting and inspiring both viewing it as a teenager, then later as an adult with children of my own.
  6. When Harry Met Sally: Music From The Motion PictureWhen Harry Met Sally: Music From The Motion Picture; Harry Connick Jr. performs these classic hits best; his voice is perfect. The movie’s pretty good, too. 🙂
  7. A Kind of MagicA Kind of Magic (Highlander Soundtrack); Classic Queen at their prime. I love this movie, but I love the television show even more. I find it great they continued using this Queen soundtrack throughout the entire series. “Don’t lose your head.” The songs were written FOR the movie, unlike most soundtracks.
  8. Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (Jack Johnson)Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (Jack Johnson); Jack Johnson might be my oldest daughter’s favorite singer/songwriter. Might be mine, too. We were already in love with Jack Johnson’s music with In Between Dreams. When this soundtrack came out, we actually bought it before seeing the (awesome) movie. This soundtrack too was written especially for the movie.
  9. Pump Up The Volume: Music From The Original Motion Picture SoundtrackPump Up The Volume: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; An eclectic assortment of music that is rarely heard elsewhere, rounded out with classics from The Pixies and Concrete Blonde. For all teens (or long-ago teens) struggling for their independence, this movie gives hope.
  10. The Sound of Music (1965 Film Soundtrack - 40th Anniversary Special Edition)The Sound of Music (1965 Film Soundtrack – 40th Anniversary Special Edition); This soundtrack makes me want to climb to the top of a mountain and swirl around in circles. I might even have to buy a skirt. 🙂 If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth seeing.
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