Last year, I had a top three list of the best movie songs of the year, but there have been far too many to whittle it down to any lower than five. Even then, there are some great soundtracks that didn’t make this list. The Fault in Our Stars and the Amazing Spiderman 2 have quite a few good tunes in their movies that I really wanted to talk about, but I just struggled to make room for them. However, if you have seen these movies, then I am sure you will agree that these songs are the very essence of the movies they represent. Leave a comment below on who your winner would have been, although I am pretty sure most of you will agree with my pick.
5 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – CHERRYBOMB
I would put the entire soundtrack on here, if I could. Every song just wakes up that sense of nostalgia and puts it into the perfect movie moment. It is a cross between a Quentin Tarantino and that Marvel essence of playfulness. I have seen a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy Top Songs list bandied about and, to my surprise, this one is often forgotten, even though in my eyes, it was the best of the lot. The team have been fragmented to this point, but in this one, they are walking down the corridor, looking incredibly cool and bad-ass. It is the first moment where you think ‘Wow – they are the Guardians of the Galaxy’ and this song plays out that moment. Perfection.
4 – THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE 2 – THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAW YOUR FACE
Sadly, I cannot find a clip to go with this song, as the DVD has only just been released. Maybe it is better that way, because to get the true effect of this song, it works nestled with the rest of the movie. You need to understand Will’s character, the awkward comedy the Inbetweeners excels at. You need the build-up of that scene and the total inability to figure out what is about to happen. And then the singing kicks in. It could be one of the greatest gags in that movie and easily wins a place on this list.
3 – HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY – THE HANGING TREE
Judging from some of the reviews of this movie, The Hanging Tree has a special place in the hearts of any critic who has also read the books. I have little understanding of the Hunger Games novels, but I am still captivated by this incredible piece of music. In many ways, it is the highlight of the movie, seeing as we were not allowed a climatic showdown this time around. It starts off small with Jennifer Lawrence sharing a quiet moment with her comrades and starting up a pitch perfect singing voice (seriously, whenever I think Lawrence cannot get any more incredible…). Then the music grows into the voices of the rebels, their resistance living through the song. It rouses the heart and definitely captures that war-time spirit and the backbone of the rebellion cause. This song is the heart of Mockingjay Part One and a worthy addition to this list.
2 – THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES – THE LAST GOODBYE
Does this count? Technically, this isn’t actually a movie song, as it doesn’t actually feature in the film’s running time. I debated whether I should put this on here or go for another Guardians of the Galaxy song. However, in the end, I decided that this was my list and The Last Goodbye was going on here. It is such a beautiful piece of music. Billy Boyd tributes six incredible movies from Middle Earth with a lovely acoustic track that seems like something that would actually be sung over a camp-fire in Middle-Earth. However, the main reason this is on here is that it is more than a song. It is a finishing note, an encore, to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. They summarise every emotion, surprise and high point in those films, channelling everything Peter Jackson put into making them. He put nineteen years of his life into the creation of those movies and Boyd rightfully thanks him by putting together this magnificent song.
Surely, then, this is the number one track. There is nothing in 2014 that even comes to close to capturing that magnificent piece of movie soundtrack. If there was a song out there, surely it would go down in history. It would be unbeatable. It would be the perfect song. It would be… what’s the word I am looking for again?
1 – THE LEGO MOVIE – EVERYTHING IS AWESOME