The Songs That Made Us Fall In Love With These Movies

We all have that one movie that completely resonates with us, no matter how old it seems to get. The one thing that all our favourite movie moments have in common is this: the soundtrack accompaniment. Whether it’s a spirit-lifting musical number or an atmospheric background piece that enhances the emotional depth of the scene, these soundtracks make us love the film even more.

  1. First on our list is 2017’s ‘The Greatest Showman’ although this movie is the latest on our list, it has already made its way into the hearts of millions around the globe. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zack Effron and Zendaya, and has many heart-warming numbers, but without a doubt, the song that captures the essence of the whole film is “This Is Me” (Written by Keala Settle). This inspiring musical number comes in when the cast are coming to grips with themselves as outcasts, and showing that they don’t have to conform to society’s expectations: a revolutionary act for the 1800s setting. It sends out the message to the young people of the cast that they can be themselves, and it adds so much beauty to the film.

  1. ‘La La Land’ (beautifully composed by John Hurwitz) is next on the bill, another modern musical with a soundtrack to die for. “A Lovely Night” is a great example of how a song can have an impact on its audience, without needing lyrics. Even though the song starts with a duet between the two main characters, the real swell of emotion is from the moment they start dancing to this music, and we can see the feelings of the two protagonists evolve from hatred to love, and our feeling for “La La Land” grow also.

  1. Quite possibly the movie of 2001, ‘Moulin Rouge’ is a whirlwind of emotional singing, dancing, and drama. The song that everyone remembers for being the most, upbeat, visually engaging, and overall lovable song of the entire movie, “Sparkling Diamonds” is the perfect accompanying song for the scene in which future love interest Satine, attempts to impress poet and protagonist, Christian. It encompasses everything about the movie, from its quirky nature to its comedic value, and “Moulin Rouge” simply would not work without it.

By Lydia Redpath

Read more in our ‘Effortlessly Cool’ February 2018 issue