6 Soundtracks That Are Better Than the Movie



This 1992 classic features Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Jimi Hendrix and The Smashing Pumpkins. Its exclusive tracks from legendary Seattle rockers propelled this album to more than two million sales. There is truly something here for all grunge and alternative rock genre fans.


Standout tracks on this soundtrack include Radiohead's acoustic version of "Fake Plastic Trees" and "The Ghost in You" by Counting Crows. The soundtrack, an eclectic mix of rap, alternative, dance and ska, garners attention to this day, and for good reason.

Vanilla Sky

Whereas the movie was a total head-scratcher, there is no denying what makes this soundtrack so popular. The title track, written and performed by Sir Paul McCartney, garnered an Oscar nomination. Featured artists include Sigur Ros, folk idol Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Radiohead, John Coltrane and even a song by starring actress Cameron Diaz.

Romeo + Juliet

This soundtrack is a 90s music-lover's dream. Songs include "Lovefool" by the Cardigans, "Exit Music for a Film" by Radiohead, and "Number 1 Crush" by Garbage. Another hidden gem is a soulful cover of "When Doves Cry" by Quindon Tarver.

Garden State

Forget about the melodrama on the screen, and tune in to the indie and alternative tracks on this stellar soundtrack. Zach Braff, the writer and star of the movie, hand-picked each track to complement the mood and flow of the movie. The Shins, Coldplay, Simon and Garfunkel, Remy Zero, Nick Drake and Iron and Wine made this soundtrack a Grammy-winner in 2005.

The Great Gatsby

Ever the divisive director, Baz Luhrmann succeeds in mixing classic literary sources with modern settings and music. The Great Gatsby caused quite a stir for its flashy, over-the-top visuals, but a palpable uproar over its soundtrack, which includes Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Gotye, Nero, Jack White and Sia. The soundtrack is quite the departure from the 1920s setting of the movie, but excellent all the same.