As long as there have been movies, there have been soundtracks to go along with them. From musical scores to original songs to classical pieces, the music in films is just as important as the actors themselves. Here are the five book-based movies that I think have the best soundtracks!
Based on the popular comic book series by Stan Lee, the chart-topping 2002 film also had a chart-topping soundtrack that same year. With its official theme song by Aerosmith, the soundtrack contains other hit songs such as “Hero” by Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and “Hate To Say I Told You So” by The Hives.
4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
This is not only a fantastic book by Roald Dahl, but it has also been made into two spectacular movie adaptations with fun soundtracks to go along with them. Though the Johnny Depp version has its high points, I prefer the soundtrack to the Gene Wilder version. If you haven’t yet seen that adaptation or heard the soundtrack, Wilder’s version of “The Wondrous Boat Ride” is fabulous. Just thinking about that movie makes me want to start singing . . . “Oompa loompa/Doomp-ity-do/I’ve got another lesson for you . . . ”
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
Ah, what it was like to be a teenager! This movie, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, brings me back to my middle school days, when I first saw the film. Kat, played by Julia Stiles, was an inspiration to me and my friends. Her indie flair also translated into a great soundtrack, as encompassed by unknown bands with catchy pop tunes.
2. Twilight (rated PG-13)
Even though the movie just came out today, the soundtrack has been out for a little over two weeks. And though I want to see how most of the songs fit into the film’s scenes, I can already say that the soundtrack is pretty good. While some of the songs are a bit too electronic for my taste, I must say that I’m loving the two new songs by Paramore.
1. Forrest Gump
Not only does this soundtrack come with two CDs, it comes with two CDs of complete classics from the best bands, songwriters, and singers of all time! Though you may have never heard of some of these music icons (such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and Wilson Pickett), they were the American idols of their time and continue to span generations. So even though the original book is written for adults, you should still check out the movie soundtrack! I am certain that this soundtrack has made Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump, very proud.
What about you? Which book-based movies do YOU think have the best soundtracks?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer