We’re just barely in the second half of 2017 and Hollywood has already given both movie and music lovers alike an awesome lineup of soundtracks this year. And although music has always been an important aspect of cinema, not all movie-goers like to rock out to musical scores while they’re cruisin' down the freeway.
Luckily, we've seen several movies so far this year that really stand out as having a rockin' soundtrack that everyone is bound to enjoy. Let’s count down the top 4 most awesome movie soundtracks of the year.
4. The Fate of the Furious
The #FastandFurious movies never disappoint when it comes to fast cars, hunky muscle and awesome dance music. And the franchise’s eighth film — The Fate of the Furious — is no exception as it delivers a catchy mix of hip hop, electronic dance music and Latin pop, all which integrate nicely into the movie. The soundtrack features songs from Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Kehlani and Pitbull.
Best Song: "Good Life" by G-Eazy & Kehlani
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was one of the first #superhero movies to fill its soundtrack with popular songs that people already love. The album featured American songs from the '70s and made it to No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. So it’s no surprise that the film’s sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, followed suit.
The soundtrack of the second instalment includes songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, Sweet, Looking Glass and Cheap Trick.
Best Song: "Fox On the Run" by Sweet
2. Baby Driver
Writer and director #EdgarWright took music to the next cinematic level in his newest movies #BabyDriver, especially considering the film features several scenes in which the characters and actions are synced to the beat of the music.
The plot focuses on a highly skilled getaway driver, Baby, who is always listening to music to drown out a ringing in his ears. And throughout the movie, the soundtrack is extremely diverse, ranging from Barbara Lewis to the Beach Boys, to Button Down Brass. Other songs on the soundtrack include "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl, "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" by Barry White and "Nowhere to Run" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Best Song: "Brighton Rock" by Queen
1. Atomic Blonde
Based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, #AtomicBlonde takes place in Berlin in 1989 during the collapse of the Berlin Wall. And of course, this setting can only mean one thing for the soundtrack — '80s music! The film delivers a great mix of '80s contemporary rock and pop to compliment the story, featuring hits like "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode, "99 Luftballons" by Nena, "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran, "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen, and a few covers.
Best Song: "Blue Monday" covered by Health (although not as good as the original.)
There have been so many great movie soundtracks so far this year but 2017 isn't over yet — it’ll be interesting to see if any more movies will be added to this list within the next few months. Either way, 2017 has already proven to be an awesome year for music in movies.
What’s your favorite movie soundtrack from 2017 so far? What soundtrack are you most looking forward to later this year? Sing it out in the comments!