I don’t know if anyone has seen this little Indie film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy — but its sort of killing it in the box office and one of the big reasons seems to be its awesome soundtrack. So I wanted to dedicate this particular list to soundtracks, specifically soundtracks featuring songs that are also performed by the films’ stars… because there’s already too many lists dedicated to the awesomeness of the Top Gun or Titantic soundtracks.
Definitely a predictable choice – but there’s a reason this film has stayed popular for over 30 years and I think the catchiness of songs that still resonate with teenagers is why. I recently pulled up to a red light and saw some teenage girls singing along to “Summer Nights” and I couldn’t help but smile because we did the same thing in high school.
2. Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke? If you don’t sing along with this entire movie, you can go fly a kite.
3. Men in Black/Wild Wild West
Note to readers: The good guys dress in black, remember that in case we ever face to face and make contact (that was all from memory, don’t judge me). Will Smith walks in shadows and moves in silence while fighting aliens AND strolled through the Wild, Wild West with Sisqo. The man is a legend. Additional Sidenote: The Wild Wild West soundtrack also features Enrique Iglesias… Bailamos (let the rhythm take you over). Yup, you all just sang it.
4. Above the Rim
2Pac stood out in this film as both an actor and an excellent contributor to an amazing soundtrack. Plus, this soundtrack gave us Warren G’s “Regulate.” And everyone loves that song.
5. The Bodyguard/ Waiting to Exhale
Whitney. Such an icon that you only need a first name. One of the most talented singers of all time and lost far too early. The Bodyguard soundtrack is still one of my all-time favorites and the Waiting to Exhale album also features Brandy, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige… I mean, that’s a soundtrack.
6. High School Musical
Listen, it’s one of the most downloaded soundtracks of all time. Sooo… Get’cha head in the game and don’t judge me. Oh, and my cousin bestie Liz recommended this one. She has excellent taste.
Oh, Disney. You just get me. Both of these recent soundtracks really get everything right. The songs are wonderful and creative, the actors and actresses are musically talented and both scores are amazing. I’ll never let them go.
Honorable Boring Mentions:
Purple Rain and Blue Hawaii – Yeah, Prince and Elvis. I just don’t get the obsessed fans. But I appreciate them.
Help!/A Hard’s Day Night/Any Beatles movie – Now the Beatles I do understand the obsession – I just thought it was too predictable for my list considering the movies are basically just long music videos.
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Alright, these are the soundtracks I love that features the actors and actresses that I love! And I can’t take full credit for this one – it was a request from my cousin Don and he contributed several ideas – thank you!
What soundtracks feature an actress or actor that rocks that you’d add to my list? Disagree with any of my choices?