8 of the Best Soundtracks from 2017



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80’s nostalgia was a big theme in film and television for 2017. Here are our picks for best motion picture soundtracks of the year. Check out the tunes on Spotify and enjoy.

1. Stephen King’s IT (MA)

Top Pick: You Got It by New Kids On The Block

While the remake of Stephen King’s horror classic might be set in the 80s, director Andy Muschietti takes a subtler approach to the soundtrack then you might expect.

Typically, a film set in the decade of E.T. and Karate Kid will pack in as many big hits as possible, so you know 100% for sure, that this is an 80s movie.

Instead, the IT soundtrack features artists like Young MC, Anthrax, INXS and Bananarama, which makes IT feel more like a film made in the 80s, rather than just set there. It’s also just super weird to have such a funky sound for a film about a murderous clown living in a sewer.

Oh well, at least they didn’t include Pennywise on the soundtrack.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (M)

Top Pick: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

Superhero films and memorable soundtracks don’t typically go hand in hand, unless we’re talking Guardians of the Galaxy. With chart topping songs from yesteryear lifted from Peter Quill’s Walkman and set to space faring adventure, the soundtrack for the original Guardians helped make the Sci Fi Marvel flick that much more enjoyable.

In 2017 Awesome Mix Vol 2 name checks some of the greatest bands of the 20th Century. Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison and Cheap Trick all get a look in, so do Marvin Gaye, David Bowie and ELO, with some original composition from Tyler Bates.

3. Fate of the Furious (M)

Top Pick: Good Life by G-Eazy & Kehlani

Playing like a who’s who of the American rap scene, the Fate of the Furious is packed with bangers from artists like Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, Travis Scott, Pitbull and Post Malone. We’re loving this album as a go-to party jam for the summer.

4. Atomic Blonde (MA)

Top Pick: It also wouldn’t be a film set in 80s Germany without the obligatory 99 Luftballons by Nena.

Based on The Coldest City, a graphic novel by Antony Johnston, Atomic Blonde stars the peerless Charlize Theron as blonde bobbed Bond-a-like Lorraine Broughton (say that three times fast). An M16 agent sent to Berlin to investigate the death of a colleague.

Combining slick visuals, eastern bloc aesthetics and some of the grittiest, most violent action you’ll ever see, Atomic Blonde cements Charlize Theron as a bona-fide action star.

The soundtrack is just as you might expect from a stylish action film set at the end of the 80s. Duran Duran’s Hungry like the Wolf, Under Pressure by Bowie and Queen and London Calling by the Clash are just the tip of this Cold War iceberg.

5. The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

Top Pick: Man in the Mirror by Alex Aiono

LEGO films continue to deliver the laughs with cool animation, quirky storylines and franchise mash ups that simply wouldn’t be possible in live action films.

The LEGO Batman Movie manages both an entertaining film and a decent soundtrack as well. Suitable for young and old alike, Will Arnett voices Batman, with Zach Galifianakis as the Joker. Alex Aiono’s cover of a Michael Jackson classic is a stand out track.

6. The Founder (M)

Top pick: Fifty-Fifty Love by The Ramblers

Michael Keaton continues his acting resurgence in The Founder, a film about the origin of McDonald’s restaurants. The soundtrack is mostly original score by Carter Burwell, but there’s a few great swing and jazz hits in there as well, and a duet by Keaton and Linda Cardellini.

7. Stranger Things 2 (M)

Top Pick: Rock You Like A Hurricane by The Scorpions

So, technically not a film but when it comes to 80s call backs, no one does it quite like Stranger Things. The first season piled on the 80s nostalgia and season 2 picks up right where they left off, with classics 80s dance tunes peppered throughout the show’s 9 episodes.

8. Blade Runner 2049 (MA)

Top Pick: Flight to LAPD

While it might have underachieved at the box office, Denis Villeneuve’s much anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult classic remains a favourite among fans and film critics.

Hans Zimmer’s original score captures the moody atmosphere of the film, with sonic overlays, blaring horns and wave after wave of synth. Just as Villeneuve’s take on the Blade Runner world references the original film, Zimmer calls back to the original score by composer Vangelis. Flight to LAPD is the quintessential Vangelis homage, with swooping electronic chords and heavy drum beats.

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