Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Top 6 Musical Soundtracks

If you like music and you watch movies, then you like musicals. No one can deny that watching a good musical is super relaxing and fun! With the rise of Emmy- winning TV shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Glee”, musicals will never cease to be amusing. Since these shows aren’t airing new episodes right now, it’s a perfect time to go on online or rent some of these classical musicals that you need to watch right now.

1. Across the Universe

I may be biased about this one because this movie is one of my favorites and The Beatles are one of the best bands in my opinion. This motion picture features Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, and even Bono covering some of Beatles hit songs while portraying the movement that was going on during the Beatle’s peak time on the charts.  This is a love story about Jude and Lucy and their struggle to stay together while all the Vietnam War commotion threatens to tear them apart. Top songs they brilliantly cover include: “Come Together”, “All You need is Love” and “I am the Walrus”. 

2. Grease

If you haven’t watched the live version performed on ABC in 2016, watch the original first. Starring Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, this timeless musical is about two cliques in the 50’s and the antics of their high-school posses. The most popular songs from the movie include: “Greased Lightnin”, “We Go Together” and “Summer Nights”. 

3. Sound of Music / Mary Poppins
Both musicals were released in the mid 1960’s and focus on a nanny brought into a wealthy family. Many critics consider these the most successful musicals and both won for best original music score at the Academy Awards. Julie Andrews is the lead role in both movies with best known songs such as, “My Favorite Things”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Spoonful of Sugar”. 

4. Wizard of Oz

 Released in 1939, the most popular song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which is one of the most covered songs by acoustic artists. The tale is about a girl who has a crazy dream after she is knocked out by a tornado about traveling to the magical land of Oz. While there aren’t many lyrical songs, it also won for best original music score. Apparently, if you play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” it matches perfectly with the movie, so much as to that in 2000, “Dark side of the Rainbow” – a mash-up between the 2 - was released so that you could watch the movie while the album plays simultaneously (also a must-see). 

5. Frozen

The most recent release out of all the musicals mentioned, this one is the only completely animated film. It is the number one most profitable movie from Disney. “Let It Go”, the movie’s most popular song was featured on the billboard charts for numerous weeks and won the Grammy for best original song. The song has been referred to as “musical crack” because no one can resist singing it. There are videos online of dads, punk men, and even Jimmy Fallon belting out the tune. 

If you don’t have time to watch a movie, at least listen to the soundtrack. While it won’t be the complete experience, you’ll at least hear why these are listed as the greatest.

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