Day 09 – 30 Day Movie Challenge

Favorite Movie Soundtrack

Growing up, I remember getting to go to work with my dad from time to time. My dad has worked for several different companies, from pest control to shoe repair, but I will never forget the day that he took me to work with him at the radio station. He sold airtime to businesses that wanted to advertise on the station. I got to sit in the booth with the Djs, I even recorded a little radio spot when I was probably no older than 4 or 5 for the station that used to be GC-101.

My dad and I always connected with music. We agreed that the oldies were goodies, and I developed a love of music that sometimes surprises people. I can’t stand most modern music but the anthems and ballads of the 1960s struck a chord with me. Because of that, my choice for favorite movie soundtrack popped immediately into my head. Just look at this list of songs from Forrest Gump. Entertainment Weekly published a list of the top 100 soundtracks of all time, and this was a gigantic glaring omission from that list. I will be silent and let the music speak for itself.

  • “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley
  • “Blowin’ in the Wind” – Joan Baez
  • “Fortunate Son” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops
  • “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
  • “Rainy Day Women” – Bob Dylan
  • “Sloop John B”- Beach Boys
  • “California Dreamin'” – The Mamas & the Papas
  • “For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield
  • “What the World Needs Now Is Love” – Jackie DeShannon
  • “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” – The Doors
  • “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Turn! Turn! Turn!” – The Byrds
  • “Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night
  • “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – B. J. Thomas
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson
  • “Hanky Panky” – Tommy James and The Shondells
  • “All Along the Watchtower” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • “Hello, I Love You” – The Doors
  • “People Are Strange” – The Doors
  • “Love Her Madly” – The Doors
  • “Hey Joe” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” – Pete Seeger
  • “Let’s Work Together” – Canned Heat
  • “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • “Get Down Tonight” – KC & The Sunshine Band
  • “Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac

How about your pick for best soundtrack? Is there one that you find particularly moving or have a personal connection to in some way? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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