The history of modern cinema is tightly linked to its music. With the Academy Awards around the corner, we look back at a year that has left us truly outstanding masterpieces coupled with amazing soundtracks. It’s been hard narrowing down this list of the best movie soundtracks of 2017 to just ten records plus a bonus track, but we can proudly present the results of our selection. Enjoy!
There have been few movies released during the past year with such hype. Blade Runner 2049 has amazed audiences with its strong imagery, outstanding script and, of course, excellent score. While we were sad to acknowledge that Jóhann Jóhannsson wasn’t taking care of the project after his huge breakout with Arrival, the results speak for themselves. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch chef d’oevre is hard (if not impossible) to separate from your memories of the movie, and that’s as good as a soundtrack gets. An instant classic, to say the least.
Very few things as exciting as Good Time happened last year. Robert Pattinson trying to get his mentally challenged brother out of prison after a botched bank robbery? If this wasn’t good enough, the soundtrack of Oneohtrix Point Never adds infinite layers of tension and an unsettling vibe that doesn’t wear off easily. Still not enough? Well, what about that match made in heaven of Daniel Lopatin and Iggy Pop? Trust us, you need this in your Collection.
It won’t take much more than a massive name dropping here for you to understand this soundtrack is the best curatorial work of the year: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Modern Lovers, The Beach Boys, The Damned, T. Rex, Beck, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Blur, Barry White, Queen, Sky Ferreira… Just to name a few, really, what a trip!
Besides the music quality of this soundtrack (which is undeniable: Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, Parliament…), what makes us highlight this soundtrack is that it has helped increase the cassette sales of 2017 almost on its own. Pretty impressive, right?
One of the most beautiful stories of this season needed stunning music as a cherry on top. And you know how it feels when mom allows you to have dessert twice? Original tracks by Sufjan Stevens that will leave you in tears, nostalgic nods to the eighties by the hand of The Psychedelic Furs and Franco Battiato, Ryuichi Sakamoto and… Well, Johann Sebastian Bach. Let’s accept this, no summer romance of ours has ever had such delightful soundtrack.
The eeriest of this list of best movie soundtracks of 2017, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer‘s soundtrack adds the necessary tension and otherness to a story that can easily wreck your nerves. Are classical music and a deeply indifferent cover of Ellie Goulding‘s “How Long Will I Love You” enough to frighten? Check it by yourself.
There’s no such thing as “too much Hans Zimmer“, is there? We unashamedly recommend another soundtrack by this genius. Dunkirk has been one of the most laureate films of 2017 and its soundtrack is clearly one of its strengths. For all the movie buffs out there, you’ll understand what we’re talking about here: the soundtrack is always there and, at the same time, you don’t even realize it is there. And you know that’s a compliment.
We can imagine how complicated the task to curate the soundtrack of Trainspotting 2 was. The soundtrack of Trainspotting was (and is) one of the most beloved soundtracks in history, what comes next? The answer to this question is an imaginative soundtrack where both the past and the present shake hands amicably. Joining Iggy Pop, Underworld, Queen, or The Clash; we can find a nice selection of new British bands like Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, and The Fat White Family.
Even though it has been more than three years, for some of us it’s been complicated to get over the sensational soundtrack of Under The Skin. Mica Levi created an eerie, enigmatic, and devastatingly beautiful work of art. In 2017, she composed the soundtrack for the anime Delete Beach. Collectors out there, you definitely need to add this record to your Collection. This record is limited to 500 copies and it includes plenty of nice surprises.
We couldn’t resist! There are few times when the music of a TV show (we are looking at you, Twin Peaks) is this exceptional. The second volume of the beloved Netflix series definitely got it, and its colorful vinyl editions will delight the fans. An absolute must.