After the success of Disney’s Frozen theme song ‘Let it Go’ at the Golden Globes and BAFTA’s, we thought we would have a look at some of the other best movie soundtrack’s from the last 20 years.
My Heart Will Go On
Titanic – 1997
Probably one of the most popular movie theme songs of all time, My Heart Will Go On was the world’s biggest selling single in 2008 and is undoubtedly Celine Dion’s biggest hit to date. Both Celine Dion and movie director James Cameron were reluctant to record the song initially but both were eventually persuaded. It is reported that Celine Dion recorded the song in just one take. It went on to win the 1997 Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song’ and a Grammy in 1999 for ‘Record of the Year’. Despite always being a favourite at Karaoke and cover bars, we don’t think that anyone will ever be able to sing it like the vocally amazing Celine Dion.
Skyfall – 2012
With sultry tones and moody lyrics, this could be considered a typical Adele song. She co-wrote Skyfall for the most recent James Bond instalment of the same name with her producer Paul Epworth after reading the film script. When the song was released comparisons were quickly drawn between Adele and veteran Bond theme singer Shirley Bassey. Adele revealed that her first draft of the song in 2011 was written in 10 minutes but that it took a full 18 months to fully complete. In 2013 the song won ‘British Single of the Year’ as well as an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song’.
Dreamgirls – 2006
Beyonce sang ‘Listen’ whilst acting the part of Deena Jones in the film Dreamgirls. Deena sings the song to her controlling husband, asserting her right to be an independent woman and not be considered as his property. Beyonce first sang the song live on the Oprah Winfrey Show, getting a standing ovation from Oprah and the audience. In 2007 the song won ‘Best Original Song’ at the Ciritcs’ Choice Awards.
Slumdog Millionaire – 2008
Jai Ho is credited to A.R.Rahman, an Indian composer, singer and musician who has previously been described as “one of the world’s most prominent and prolific film composers”. Rahman was approached by Slumdog Millionaire producer Danny Boyle who wanted an edgy soundtrack without even a hint of a cello as Boyle ‘hated cello’. Indian poet Gulzar wrote the song lyrics which were then sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Mahalakshmi Lyer and Vijay Prakash. In 2009 the song won an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song’ as well as a Grammy Award in 2010 for ‘Best Song Ever Written for a Motion Picture’. The question is, can you do the accompanying dance routine?
May it Be
The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring – 2001
This list would not be complete without this epic tune taken from one of the most popular fantasy films ever made. The song was written by Irish New Age singer Enya who travelled to New Zealand at the request of the film’s director Peter Jackson. Irish poet Roma Ryan also worked on the song along with Enya’s producer Nicky Ryan. As well as English, the song also features lines in Tolkien’s Elvish language. ‘May it Be’ won the Broadcast Film Critics Award for ‘Best Song’ and was nominated for a Golden Globe but unfortunately it lost out to a song from ‘Kate and Leopold’.