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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 1990s
The first rule of defining the greatest soundtracks of the 90s...

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Swingers (1996)

 


Swingers
Composer: Various Artists
While films like Swing Kids and even The Mask paid tribute to the swing jazz revival, it was this Jon Favreau/Vince Vaughn breakthrough that really nailed the ‘60s revival vibe that ran through mid-‘90s Los Angeles. Indeed, it was in large part due to Swingers that the neo-swing movement hit the mainstream, catapulting as it did bands like the scene-leading Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (who contribute tracks and appear in the movie) into the spotlight. The soundtrack isn’t all Lindy Hops and wingtips, however, as it also features an eclectic arrangement of funk, smooth jazz and country. Dean Martin’s You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You, meanwhile, makes up the film’s heart and soul, while Bobby Darin’s I’m Beginning To See The Light marks its optimistic sign-off.

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21 Yes, but...
These aren't designed as 'Greatest-of' lists or even compendiums of the scores we love the most. Without being all highfaluting, the aim is to try to capture a moment in time - in movies and popular culture - and like them or not, The Bodyguard and Titanic soundtracks were HUGE. They sold more than 70m copies between them, dominated radio playlists and came attached to two huge hits. More

Posted by Phil de Semlyen on Monday May 13, 2013, 13:42

22 What a predictably boring selection for the 90's!
You left out some of the best soundtracks: Léon; The Straight Story; Se7en; The Thin Red Line; Grosse Pointe Blank; Cruel Intensions; Human Traffic; The Virgin Suicides; Kikujiro and instead you include Bodyguard and Titanic!? More

Posted by The_Ravenking on Monday May 13, 2013, 12:20

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