When it comes to the entertainment industry, what we hear can certainly make or break a project. Thankfully though, over the course of Hollywood history, there have been hundreds of groundbreaking musical scores and stunning tracks that have heightened our cinematic experience and conveyed the moods of our favorite storylines.
2016 is no different, brimming to the full with some of the best movie #soundtracks on offer. So, perk up your ears and relive some of the most memorable sounds of the past year, guaranteed to be hummed for many decades to come.
Best Movie Soundtracks 2016:
- Director: Tim Miller
When Ryan Reynolds wiggled his pert buttocks onto our screens as superhero Wade Wilson, he also brought along with him a feisty movie soundtrack like no other. From DMX's "X Gon’ Give It To Ya," which we heard on repeat ahead of the film's release in its various trailers, to Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl" and George Michael's "Careless Whisper," the soundtrack for Deadpool turned out to be as outrageously fun as the superhero himself.
Best track: "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa
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7. The Revenant
- Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu'
Considering The Revenant went on to win a seemingly endless number of awards in 2016, it's only expected that the film's music makes the list of best movie soundtracks.
With a score composed by a dream team comprised of Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, German electronic musician Alva Noto and The National's Bryce Dessner, the acoustics of the feature created the perfect backdrop to Leo's deafening wheezing through the frosty wilderness. Justin Davidson, from New York magazine, praised the director's choice of Sakamoto for The Revenant, saying:
"DiCaprio spends most of the saga alone in the wilderness, and the score keeps him company as mirages, memories, and landscape merge in his drifting mind. Sakamoto slowly progresses through glacial chords that build toward a fortissimo horizon. Only in the obligatory final scene of hand-to-hand combat does he plunder his toolbox of modernist effects: chirping electronics, raspy, scrabbling strings playing sul ponticello (on the bridge), and sudden percussion soliloquies. The score doesn’t so much follow the action here as lead it, urging the fighters on, even as it registers their single-minded lunacy."
Best track: "The Revenant Main Theme" by Ryuichi Sakamoto
6. The Nice Guys
- Director: Shane Black
The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, certainly excelled at getting us into that '70s groove in 2016. Building upon the vibrant fashions and slick vibes of Shane Black's feature, the stand-out soundtrack certainly had audiences bopping in their seats at screenings all over the world.
Alongside iconic tunes such as “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Get Down on It” by Kool & the Gang, “A Horse With No Name” by America, the movie soundtrack also includes “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss, "Love and Happiness" by Al Green and of course, that song by Rupert Holmes. Oh yes, The Nice Guys certainly hit the jackpot with whoever was responsible for the musical extravaganza at the heart of one of the best movie soundtracks of 2016.
Best track: "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes
- Director: Paul Feig
Naturally, a bangin' soundtrack was deemed necessary for the Ghostbusters reboot, featuring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth in the lead roles.
From tunes by WALK THE MOON, G-Eazy,Jeremih and Pentatonix to bangers such as "Party Up (Up In Here) by DMX and "Get Ghost" by Mark Ronson, Passion Pit & A$AP Ferg, it's no wonder that the Ghostbusters soundtrack was ruling the charts over the summer of its release.
Best track: "Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)" by Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott
4. Suicide Squad
Director: David Ayer
Following the release of DC's Suicide Squad, it appeared as if the world firmly divided itself into two camps – those that loved it and those who hated it with an explosive passion. One thing that did bring audiences all over the world together though, was without a doubt the movie's music.
The collaboration-crazed soundtrack is definitely one of the most fun to come out of Hollywood in 2016. Featuring tracks by Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Animals, Rick James, AC/DC, Queen, Skrillex, The White Stripes and Etta James, it bulldozed all competition out of the way to the top of the Billboard chart. At least Warner Bros. and DC deserve a pat on the back for that, right?
Best track: "Sucker for Pain" by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign feat. X Ambassadors
3. Me Before You
- Director: Thea Sharrock
Just like the movie's central themes, the soundtrack of Me Before You certainly struck a chord with audiences when it came out in the summer of 2016. Featuring Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, HOLYCHILD, Jack Garrat and Jessie Ware, the film's music makes for mellow, emotional listening that might just make you weep uncontrollably until you have no more tears to shed.
Best track: "Unsteady" by X Ambassadors
2. The Jungle Book
- Director: Jon Favreau
Disney's live-action blockbuster The Jungle Book was a feast for the eyes and ears when it came out in 2016, and as expected, director Jon Favreau made us burst to the brim with nostalgia by including some of our favorite tunes from the classic 1967 animation.
Much of the magical musical score for the movie was composed by John Debney, who drew heavily from the original music by George Bruns. Alongside "The Bare Necessities" written by Terry Gilkyson (and performed by Dr. John and The Nite Trippers), we also bore witness to "I Wanna Be Like You" by the Sherman Brothers.
Best track: "The Bare Necessities" by Dr. John and The Nite Trippers
1. Star Trek: Beyond
- Director: Justin Lin
As expected, Star Trek: Beyond was everything and more when it came out in 2016. And unsurprisingly, it also came with an outstanding soundtrack that accompanied the USS Enterprise crew into the furthest reaches of unchartered space.
Although the majority of the soundtrack was set to a rousing score by composer Michael Giacchino, it did feature a smattering of excellent tunes including bad gal RiRi's epic "Sledgehammer."
Best track: "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna
Which do you think is the best movie soundtrack of 2016?