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Pulp Fiction Soundtrack

One of my all-time favorite movies that has an equally swank set of tunes to match. This soundtrack pairs classic soundbytes from the film with classic songs from the likes of Chuck Berry, Kool and the Gang, and Dusty Springfield.

The songs never get old and this compilation never leaves my permanent music rotation. Every song evokes scenes from the movie that will be forever burned in my memory. I mean, who can forget that nettle of adrenaline sticking out of Uma Thurman’s chest after she O.D.’d?

It’s great to throw in your discman when you’re headed to class, or to throw on at a party when you feel the urge to have a twist contest.

– Maggie Scott

Magnolia Soundtrack

This is one of the best movie soundtracks ever made. All of the songs on the album are performed by Aimee Mann (except for the two Supertramp songs and that Gabrielle number from the ’90s, does “Dreams” ring a bell?).

Anyway, the soundtrack is great even if you haven’t seen the movie. However, if you have seen it you’ll appreciate the album a lot more. The two best songs are “One” and “Wise Up”.

Aimee Mann’s style isn’t for everyone but it is interesting nonetheless. This album will make a worthy addition to their soundtrack collection.

-Melanie McDonald

Against All Odds

For a brief fleeting moment, a pseudo-reunion of Genesis occurred in 1984. Honestly, it can’t even be qualified as a reunion, but Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins are both featured prominently on the soundtrack to this film, which I’ve never seen before.

Mike Rutherford is also featured, but as with his materials with Mike and the Mechanics, you may want to steer clear.

Still, Collins’ masterpiece about heartbreak, or whatever the hell it’s about, is an unforgettable piece of the ’80s.

– Erik Leijon

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

T-U-R-T-L-E power! The turtles owned the ’90s. Simply put, they were radical. If you did not listen to this soundtrack, or see the movie when it came out, you clearly were home-schooled.

For those of you who didn’t grow up to become a “mouth-breather”, behold this classic piece of your childhood, if you can find it. I still have this tubular collection on tape. I even have the TMNT2 Arcade Game on the original NES, complete with Pizza Hut coupon.

Also of note: Raph was the best. Cowabunga.

– Erik Leijon

Cruel Intentions

There are two memorable things that came from this 1999 film starring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. The first was the famous line “You can put it anywhere”, which Gellar’s character delivers to that of Phillippe. The second is a killer soundtrack.

The soundtrack includes popular hits such as Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”, which is perfectly positioned at the film’s end. It also contains moving, yet lesser-known tracks, from popular artists like the Counting Crows, Blur, Aimee Mann and a bit of a throwback with Marcy Playground.

Despite a couple of more up-tempo and energetic tracks like Day One’s “Bedroom Dancing”, on the whole the disc is a soothing and sensual collection that makes the listener wish Gellar had been speaking to them instead of Phillippe.

– Justin Way

Moonlight Mile

“These are the unsung heroes from some of the finest albums ever made” director Brad Silberling said of the eclectic list of tracks that are just as important to his film as the actors.

It’s not a stretch to say that this might be the best soundtrack since the turn of the century. Selecting highlights is a daunting task as the disc includes music from the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan and several other incomparable acts.

This is for every kid that prefers their parent’s music to today’s pop scene.

– Justin Way

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