OST Movie Soundtracks That Weaved Their Magic

Original soundtracks, popularly known as OST’s, refers to the songs that are recorded and released as part of motion pictures. These unforgettable & mesmerizing songs capture the attention of the audience during key moments in the movie, and in turn, make them take out their phones to Google or Shazam the identity of the song. OST’s stand tall, giving listeners something to hum as they walk out from the theater after the movie ends. Every year, the Academy Awards honors a musician with an Oscar Award for the Best Original Song.

From 'Easy Rider' to 'A Hard Day's Night', motion pictures have given us some of the most memorable & unforgettable soundtracks. It doesn’t matter if you’re a ‘Gonna Fly Now’ person or an ‘Eye of the Tiger’ person, both songs from the Rocky films speak to the characters equally well. Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ is a swaggering riff-machine that evokes a sense of excitement & elation. Commissioned by Sylvester Stallone after Queen wouldn't let him use ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ for Rocky III, this robust song became a huge hit among the fans. Another of the adrenaline-pumping soundtracks from movies is ‘Danger Zone’ from Top Gun. Blood rushes to the heart and adrenaline takes over, charging you up as this song starts playing.

Amidst a pile of movie theme songs that are ill-advised, especially in the case of comedy, Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme stands out. It spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984, and was so effective because Parker played it simple & straight. There are very few non-musicals that rely on music so heavily as a plot device as Robert Zemeckis' comedy about time travel, ‘Back to the Future’.  Huey Lewis and the News blended the earnestness of the older era with the smooth professionalism of the present for their single, ‘The Power of Love’. Similarly, the soundtrack for Men in Black (1997) was a massive success. Featuring production from some of music's top producers, such as Poke & Tone, Jermaine Dupri and The Ummah, the album spent two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as well as peaking at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Crafting a memorable movie soundtrack is a truly difficult art because there's a danger in distracting viewers from the story you're trying to tell.  Nevertheless, music has given us some gems when it comes to original movie soundtracks. Long after you exit the theater, the best film soundtracks stick in your head.

Here’s a list of some of the more memorable soundtracks from movies that made their way into hearts for years to come:

·         “My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic by Celine Dion

·         "Miss Misery" from Good Will Hunting by Elliott Smith

·         "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie by Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island

·         "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire by A.R. Rahman

·         "Glory" from Selma by Common and John Legend

·         "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club by Simple Minds

·         "I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

·         "Mrs. Robinson" from The Graduate by Simon & Garfunkel

·         "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile by Eminem

·         "Stayin' Alive" from Saturday Night Live by The Bee Gees

·         "When Doves Cry" from Purple Rain by Prince

·         "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston

·         “Brighter Than Sunshine” from A Lot Like Love by Aqualung