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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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Reservoir Dogs (1993)

 


Reservoir Dogs
Composer: Various Artists
Sure, the suits looked cool and the dialogue was sparky and, hey, everyone loves a Mexican stand-off, but music was essential to Tarantino’s Hollywood calling card, a big part of what made him stand apart from the rock or synch-themed crime dramas that preceded him. Tarantino’s debut – and many of his subsequent efforts – was built around the coolest riffs of the most obscure ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s tunes he could find, just as his filming style often resurrects obscure stars, shooting angles and approaches. It’s surely one of the most-played soundtracks ever; one every self-respecting student displays prominently and many ‘90s DJs reportedly built their playlists around. It’s a hugely influential selection that changed how we approach soundtracks just as Tarantino’s visual and storytelling style changed filming.

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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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