Summer Blockbuster Film Playlist
Movies come and go, but the songs remain – sometimes
By William Harries Graham,
12:30PM, Wed. Jul. 1, 2015
Music defines movies, controling our emotions scene to scene, and moving us from laughter to tears. The perfect soundtrack enhances the cinematic experience. For the growing legion of Spotify users, here’s a playlist from this summer’s blockbuster flicks.
The winning soundtrack for indie lovers this summer will be Paper Towns. It’s a coming-of-age vehicle for super model Cara Delevingne from author John Green (Fault in Our Stars). The movie hits the big screen July 24.
So far, Warner Bros. is winning the box office race, breaking the record over the weekend to exceed the $1 billion benchmark for 15 years in a row. While they’ve released Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas, the highest grossing films this summer come from Universal Pictures, including Avengers: Age of Utron, Furious 7, and Jurassic World.
Many summer movies will wind up in competition at the Oscars next year thanks to veteran composers Alan Silvestri and James Horner, the latter of whom just died in an airplay crash. Some of the audience will remember scenes, others will remember songs. Dig, for instance, Lou Reed’s orchestral piece “Street Hassle,” featuring spoken word from Bruce Springsteen.
Discover the incredible Hawaiian guitar mastery of Ledward Kaapana. Sip the deep blues of Hound Dog Taylor. Get mellow and ponder love with Alice Boman. Dance with Sam Bruno, whose “Search Party” is destined to be a summer hit.
If you have a Spotify account, check it out.
“I’m Ready,” AJR (Trainwreck)“Heart is a Drum,” Beck (Aloha) “Search Party,” Sam Bruno (Paper Towns) “I Got Mine,” Black Keys (Tomorrowland) “Be Mine,” Alice Boman (Paper Towns) “Give it to the People,” Child of Lov (Magic Mike XXL) “California Dreamin,” Delhia De France (San Andreas) “Smile,” Mikky Ekko (Paper Towns) “Phenomenal,” Eminem (Southpaw) “Crazy Youngsters,” Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect 2) “Ready or Not,” Fugees (Mission: Impossible 5) “Sadie,” Hound Dog Taylor (Tomorrowland) “Feel It,” Jacquees (Magic Mike XXL) “I’d Love to Change the World,” Jetta (Terminator: Genisys) “Slack Key Lullabye,” Ledward Kaapana (Aloha) “I Need My Girl,” the National (Entourage) “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Harry Nilsson (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) “Street Hassle,” Lou Reed (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) “TV Set,” Spoon (Poltergeist) “2020,” Suuns (Ant Man) “Elephant,” Tame Impala (Entourage) “To the Top,” Twin Shadow (Paper Towns) “Great Summer,” Vance Joy (Paper Towns) “Game On,” Waka Flocka Flame (Pixels) “Burning,” the War of Drugs (Paper Towns)