33 Gripping Soundtracks to Films and TV

  • The Great Gatsby – 2013, lots of artists from Sia to Gotye to Florence and the Machine (Photo: Archive)

  • La La Land – 2016, produced by Justin Hurwitz and Marius de Vries (Photo: Archive)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – 2003, possibly the work to which Hans Zimmer is most noted for (Photo: Archive)

  • Pulp Fiction – 1994, Dusty Springfield, Chuck Berry and Al Green are all to thank for this awesome soundtrack (Photo: Archive)

  • Gladiator – 2000, produced by Hanz Zimmer, performed by Gavin Greenaway, and The Lyndhurst Orchestra (Photo: Archive)

  • Toy Story – 1995, another soundtrack brought to you by Randy Newman (Photo: Archive)

  • Trainspotting – 1996, featuring artists such as Joy Division, David Bowie and Iggy Pop

  • 13 Going on 30 – 2004, features old nostalgia such as ‘Jessie’s Girl’ to ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel (Photo: Archive)

  • 127 Hours – 2010, composed by A. R. Rahman (Photo: Archive)

  • Princess and the Frog – 2009, composed by Randy Newman (Photo: Archive)

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – 2013, music composed by José González (Photo: Archive)

  • Jungle Book – 1967, although there are many featured artists, most of the original songs were composed by George Bruns and Phil Harris (Photo: Archive)

  • Lilo and Stitch – 2002, Elvis Presley features on this soundtrack (Photo: Archive)

  • Drive – 2011, many songs such as ‘Nightcall’ and ‘Under your Spell’, with original tracks by Cliff Martinez (Photo: Archive)

  • The Legend of Korra – 2014, follow on from Avatar, music by Jerry Zuckerman (Photo: Archive)

  • Hedgehog in the Fog – 1975, short russian film, music by Pablo Chin (Photo: Archive)

  • Lion King – 1994, lots of big names such as Hanz Zimmer, Whoopie Goldberg and Elton John (Photo: Archive)

  • Bugsy Malone – 1976, a musical from the 70s with tracks by Paul Williams (Photo: Archive)

  • Perks of being a Wallflower – 2012, varied artists featuring David Bowie, The Smiths and Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Photo: Archive)

  • Ragtime – 1981, the third Randy Newman soundtrack on the list (Photo: Archive)

  • Billy Elliot – 2000, displaying a lot of the band T-rex throughout (Photo: Archive)

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966, producer and composer Ennio Morricone is responsible for the entire soundtrack (Photo: Archive)

  • An American Tail – 1986, James Horner brought this classic tale to life with his original soundtrack (Photo: Archive)

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – 2010, animated series with soundtrack by James Newton Howard (Photo: Archive)

  • Black Mirror – 2013, British series, many tracks from Jon Opstad and Clint Mansell (Photo: Archive)

  • Stand by Me – 1986, various tracks from Buddy Holly, The Coasters, and of course Ben E King (Photo: Archive)

  • The Graduate – 1968, featuring the tracks of Simon and Garfunkel (Photo: Archive)

  • Spring Breakers – 2012, lots of tracks by Skrillex, and again Cliff Martinez (Photo: Archive)

  • Interstellar – 2014, again highlighting the work of Hans Zimmer (Photo: Archive)

  • Easy Rider – 1969, Steppenwolf, The Electric Prunes, Smith (Photo: Archive)

  • The Triplets of Belleville – 2003, Benoît Charest is responsible for the majority of the soundtracks original tracks (Photo: Archive)

  • The First Days of Spring – 2009, short film with music from Noah and the Whale (Photo: Archive)

  • Heart of Nowhere – 2013, another short written and produced by the band Noah and the Whale (Photo: Archive)

The Great Gatsby – 2013, lots of artists from Sia to Gotye to Florence and the Machine (Photo: Archive)

While Randy Newman and Hans Zimmer dominate most current soundtrack lists, there are hundreds of other artists out there who are creating phenomenal work. This list is mostly compiled of films post 1950, but also comprises a few short films and TV soundtracks you should definitely have a listen to.

Special mention to the Big Little Lies soundtrack which is not featured on the list, but should definitely be appreciated, and if you get the chance, go watch the show too!

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