An excellent movie soundtrack can elevate a movie from good to great. Over the last few years, we've seen some seriously good soundtracks drop, and as more and more musicians get involved in the curation and creation of these soundtracks, they'll only improve.
To celebrate the release of Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow and 24kGoldn's new track I Won, which will feature on the upcoming soundtrack for F9, the 9th installment of the Fast & Furious series, we've taken a look at some of our favourite songs from movie soundtracks, and what makes them so great.
Eminem - Lose Yourself
It's easy to forget, but Eminem's Lose Yourself actually came from the soundtrack of 8 Mile. It's one of the biggest songs of Eminem's career, and it spawned countless memes about mom's spaghetti.
The track discusses a lot of the plot of 8 Mile, as the lyrics talk about Em's character in the movie, B-Rabbit, and the struggles that he's going through. It's a song that's stood the test of time, and if you're ever on the fence about chasing your dreams, this is a track that'll give you the push you need.
Beyoncé - Spirit
Beyoncé’s lead single from The Lion King: The Gift album, the companion album for the live-action remake of the 1994 animated film, sees her at her best. It's a track that features a full choir, and Beyoncé’s voice is given the space to shine.
While there were many big moments on The Gift, including appearances from the likes of Burna Boy, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and more, it's hard to go past Spirit as the biggest track on the soundtrack. Bey curated and produced the project, and it's proof that she's just as talented behind the scenes as she is in front of the mic.
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Featuring on the soundtrack for Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar and SZA's All The Stars is the signature moment from Kendrick's involvement as producer/curator of the soundtrack. SZA's hook gets stuck in your head, while Kendrick, fresh off releasing his 2017 album DAMN., drops bars that leave a burn mark.
The music video for the track is just as powerful as the song, and it features Kendrick going on a journey to Africa. The clip is loaded with references to countless African cultures, and it's a visual delight that is the perfect accompaniment to the song.
Lana Del Rey - Young And Beautiful
The glamorous aesthetic of The Great Gatsby perfectly suits Lana Del Rey's classic Americana vibe, and her track Young And Beautiful is the standout in a field of original songs commissioned for the movie. Artists like Jay-Z, Florence + The Machine and more featured on the soundtrack, so that's no mean feat.
Lana embodies the woes of Gatsby's love, Daisy Buchanan, and she truly brings the character to life through both her voice, and her lyrics. Young And Beautiful is as haunting today as the day we first heard it, and it continues to be one of Lana's crowning moments as an artist.
Paramore - Decode
We're not sure what's better - Paramore's Decode, or the music video for the track. The band is essentially transplanted into the movie, performing in a forest while shots of Bella and Edwards are spliced into the video.
The track features at the end of the credits for Twilight, but it's our favourite song from the film, and remains one of the highlights of the film to this day. If you're an emo kid, put this on and relive your glory years. The memories will come flooding back.
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise features in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, but honestly, it feels like its reputation has far outgrown the film. The song samples Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise, and as a result, is one of the rare Coolio tracks that doesn't swear, because Stevie Wonder didn't want any swearing if he was being sampled.
The song gained further notoriety after "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the track with Amish Paradise. Coolio initially wasn't a fan of the parody, before changing his mind in later years.
Gangsta's Paradise is undoubtedly dark, and in many ways, it sounds like Coolio has lost all hope. However, that's part of what makes it so mesmerising, because by listening to it, you're getting an insight into Coolio's innermost thoughts.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
While it might only be a few years old, Shallow has already established itself as one of the biggest songs that's ever featured on a soundtrack. In many ways, its reputation has grown beyond A Star Is Born, but the music video is a reminder of just how perfectly the song fits the movie's storyline.
The song sees Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga replicating their conversations through song, with the pair trading verses, singing about whether they're happy with the lives they're living. The song builds towards a truly epic chorus, and really, the song couldn't have ended any other way. The song reminded the world that Lady Gaga is one of the greatest singers of the modern era. Try not to get goosebumps while listening to Shallow. It's one hell of a challenge.