Ten Of The Best Soundtracks

21 Apr 2020

What would Pulp Fiction be without the iconic dance scene to Chuck Berry - Never Can Tell , Quadrophenia without The Who - ‘Love, Reign O’er Me’ and Northern Soul without its iconic floor fillers.. The soundtracks make the films for us over at Pretty Green.

So without further ado, here’s 10 movies with great soundtracks (in our humble opinion)...

  1. Trainspotting

    Danny Boyle’s timeless 1996 masterpiece kicks off with the classic scene of Ewan McGregor legging it down the road to Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life. From there the soundtrack includes Underworld, New Order, Blur, Pulp and Elastica as well as Perfect Day by Lou Reed.

  2. Pulp Fiction

    Released in 1994, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction was an instant hit. Introducing contemporary audiences to musical gems from the past.

    The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of hits including Kool And The Gang, Dusty Springfield and a cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon. But it’s the Chuck Berry - Never Can Tell dancing scene that sticks in our heads - mainly due to the great moves by John Travolta...

  3. Quadrophenia

    In the early ‘70s, Pete Townshend began work on what would become The Who’s Quadrophenia album, considering it to be the soundtrack to a film that would never be made. Fast forward 6 years and the album provides the backbone to a film about Phil Daniels character, Jimmy The Mod. With additional tracks by Booker T and the MG’s, The Kingsmen and a couple of songs by The Who’s former band The High Numbers.

  4. 24 Hour Party People

    The tale of Tony Wilson and the rise and fall of the legendary Factory Records Label. The soundtrack encapsulates the story of the Manchester scene, from post- punk Joy Division, to the acid house ‘baggy’ era of Happy Mondays, with some old school punk from The Clash and Buzzcocks thrown in for good measure.

  5. Northern Soul

    A story of a youth culture which changed a generation and influenced DJs, songwriters, and designers for decades to come. Northern Soul is a film about the nightclub based movement which developed in the industrial North-West England, as mod culture delved deeper into American soul music. Soundtrack highlights include some of the most iconic and cherished soul recordings from the golden age of Northern Soul; James Fountain’s ‘Seven Day Lover’ and The Montclair’s ‘Hung Up On Your Love’.

  6. The Beach

    Another Danny Boyle hit. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton, The Beach is all about so-called paradise and tropical bliss – with a soundtrack to match. Leftfield, Blur, Moby, Faithless, Richard Ashcroft and UNKLE all feature.

  7. Baby Driver

    A film following a young, getaway driver who uses music to help with his amazing driving skills while evading police. Great action sequences accompanied with great music choices such as The Damned, T-Rex, The Commodores, Queen and The Foundations.

  8. A Hard Days Night

    The album that provided the soundtrack to The Beatles’ debut movie featured one side of songs from the film and one side of new tracks. Featuring tracks such as ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ ‘I Should Have Known Better’ and other classics...

  9. Submarine

    A coming of age film directed by comedian and actor Richard Ayoade. With five songs written for the soundtrack by none other than Alex Turner.

  10. Spike Island

    Bowlcuts, wide trousers, bad weather – This film about Madchester focused around the iconic 1990 gig by The Stone Roses. Featuring all the bands hits, as well as some 90’s classics such as A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray, Happy Mondays - Hallelujah and Inspiral Carpets - She Comes In The Fall.