The right music or song can dramatically up a scene’s vibe. Even your everyday moments! And if you’re putting together your own playlist of movie soundtracks, consider these golden finds from films.
Black Sheep, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a cult favorite for its visuals, animation, transition styles and its music that’s inspired by classic material from T-Rex and The Rolling Stones. The grungy Black Sheep is one of the most remembered tunes from its compilation of in-movie band songs.
Perfect for: getting ready to meet (and impress) an old flame.
In Motion, The Social Network (2010)
Ambient and moody but also confident, this pulsating score puts mellow piano sounds and distorted electronics together in one progressive, hypnotic track.
Perfect for: workout sessions in the gym.
Wicked Way, What’s Your Number (2011)
Ben Taylor’s song is creatively mellow yet naughty, and will definitely fit as theme to many moments in your lovelife.
Perfect for: when you find your thoughts drifting back to when you were still with your jerk of an ex-boyfriend.
Skyfall, 007: Skyfall (2012)
A Grammy award winner, Adele’s song and original composition captures the suave and brooding drama of previous James Bond songs.
Perfect as: background music for doing overtime work on a rainy night.
Shooting Arrows at the Sky, Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
A funky backdrop tune to the mockingjay’s war against the Capitol and President Snow, Shooting Arrows at the Sky gets you into a grove and makes you want to move.
Perfect for: finding the right pace for you while running or jogging.
I’m Not in Love, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
One of the best ones from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, this track leaves you with the giggly, floating feeling of being in love.
Perfect for: date nights with your S.O.
The Riff Off, Pitch Perfect (2014)
A memorable medley from 2014’s grungy musical, The Riff Off features bits from songs such as Like a Virgin, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, S&M, and No Diggity, among others.
Perfect for: road trips with friends.
See You Again, Furious 7 (2015)
See You Again easily became one of 2015’s hit songs when Vin Diesel claimed it to be a song he dedicates to Fast and the Furious pal Paul Walker.
Perfect for: long drives in freeways.
Writing’s on the Wall, 007: Spectre (2015)
Sam Smith’s song for the franchise was the first Bond theme to top UK singles charts. Pretty neat, considering that the singer took only 20 minutes to write the moody and mellow theme.
Perfect for: nights of contemplation and with comfy company of coffee.
Can’t Stop the Feeling, Trolls (2016)
The song will get into your skin and force a smile on your face. Infectious and almost has the same effect as Pharell’s Happy!
Perfect for: morning strolls, commute or a random production number with your clique at work.
Heathens, Suicide Squad (2016)
A dark, heavy beat that paints the dark and heavy villains in a fun and funky-vibed movie.
Perfect for: late night drives going home.
Hold My Hand, Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
Jesse Glyne’s Hold My Hand paints a nice backdrop to Bridget’s new carefree adventure as a mid-aged pregnant woman who’s, yet again, caught between two lovers.
Perfect for: TGIF afternoons in the office!
Drive It Like You Stole It, Sing Street (2016)
This catchy, energetic song serves as an anthem to the feel good film about going after what you want, and going after it with all that you have.
Perfect for: moments when motivation is much needed.
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
Fifty Shades Darker may be a little flat of a movie, but its soundtrack is the extreme opposite of that with tracks such as Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift’s I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.
Perfect as: background song for steamy day dreams about your crush or S.O.
To Be Human, Wonder Woman (2017)
Wait what? Wonder Woman has tracks aside from its already-badass, electric scoring? Check out Sia’s epic pop track for your movie soundtrack playlist.
Perfect for: trying to get through an exhausting week.