Let's face it: we're all suckers for a good jam. It honestly doesn't matter who sings the song, or how old it is, or how popular, or smart, or embarrassing. In 2016, we like music, we like movies, and we like music in our movies. It hasn't taken long for the world of entertainers to grasp that either. Movie soundtrack sales, especially films directed towards a teen audience have skyrocket in the past five years. Why? Well, I believe it has something to do with all the hot artists jumping on the movie soundtrack bandwagon! Here are 8 pop artists who've crushed movie soundtracks!
1. Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding is number #1 on my list because she's pretty much the queen of soundtrack music! Throughout the course of her career in music, along with putting out four studio albums, Ellie has also left her lyrical mark on the world of film. Her smash-hit, "Beating Heart" is only one of the five songs she wrote for the Divergent (2014) soundtrack and is her prize piece of soundtrack work. She also has a part in the music behind the phenomenal Twilight Saga: Breaking Down - Part 2 (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Her latest soundtrack work is her global hit, "Love Me Like You Do" and is a product of the Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) soundtrack.
2. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is one of those artists that could throw together a cover of the Sesame Street theme song and we'd all cry tears of joy: he's just that good. I love him, you love him, everybody loves him, and I promise you're going to love Ed Sheeran even more after hearing his soundtrack pieces! Ed first graced us with a lyrically flawless track on 2013's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug called "I See Fire." Later in 2014, he put out, "All Of The Stars" which he wrote for The Fault In Our Stars (2014). The fangirls have been ecstatic ever since.
3. Taylor Swift
Miss Taylor Swift has had a voice in our movies her entire career! We first heard her singing a country love song called "Crazier" in 2009's Hannah Montana: The Movie, and then again in 2010's Valentine's Day with her song, "Today Was A Fairytale". Both movies for which she also made her debut in acting. It wasn't until 2012, however, when Taylor collaborated with The Civil Wars on The Hunger Games soundtrack to produce the Grammy-winning track, "Safe & Sound" that she really set the world of fire. Taylor has since also put out the song, "Sweeter Than Fiction" for the inspiring true story, One Chance (2013).
4. Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is a classy version of a pop artist, and her first act on a movie soundtrack was "Young and Beautiful", a lyrical ballad featured in the highly proclaimed 2013 reboot of The Great Gatsby, a perfect film to fit her perfect sound. Later she surprised us all with a dark, creepy version of the Disney classic, "Once Upon a Dream" which she recorded for the live action Maleficent (2014).
For an artist who has never shown her face in public, Sia sure has had a lot of success in the movies! She's had a musical part in everything from The Neon Demon (2016), Racing Extinction (2015), San Andreas (2015), and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) to the reboots of Annie (2014) and The Great Gatsby (2013). Sia even featured on the soundtrack of Disney Pixar's Finding Dory (2016), covering Nat King Cole's, "Unforgettable." However, it was her track featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, "Elastic Heart" that everyone knows her for. To this day, "Elastic Heart" is one of Sia's most successful songs and my personal favorite.
P!nk takes number #6 for one song, soundtrack, and reason only:"Just Like Fire", Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016). I'm also totally obsessed with this song right now. This is the first piece P!nk has ever done for a motion picture, and I didn't know for the first month that "Just Like Fire" was jamming on the radio that she did the song for the Disney sequel. Go figure.
7. 5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer is another group to jump on the bandwagon at just the right time with just the right movie! 5SOS recently put out "Girls Talk Boys" for the long-anticipated and appropriately hyped reboot of Ghostbusters (2016). While the band already has two studio albums in their back pockets, this is their first piece done for a movie soundtrack and the song has left us only wanting more from the band in the future.
8. Twenty One Pilots
And finally, the performance you've all been waiting for, number #8 has to go to Twenty One Pilots and their latest hit, "Heathens" written and produced for Suicide Squad (2016)! I mean, come one, it's release day, who else could it be?