It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s post, its an audio freebie so I decided to list my Top Ten Original Soundtracks and Albums/Artists.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Without further ado, here is my list:
If you have seen my previous posts, then this should be no surprise to you HAHA And if you are new here – Hi. Hello. Welcome 🙂 Let me introduce you to the artistic beauty that is BTS – a boy band from South Korea. My favorite would have to be the Love Yourself series which was something I was able to connect to with the intensity of the lyrics and the beauty of the musical composition. Such examples of the artistic quality of their music would be DNA and Serendipity, both which just stunning to listen to. I love that they could be dance tracks but they also have such magnificence within the lyrics. BTS also breaks the general stereotypes that boy bands only sing love songs with producing music which is empowering such as MIC DROP and IDOL. Other tracks I love include Outro Tear, Magic Shop and Answer: Love Myself which hold so much positivity and hope which is something that I am grateful for since it is difficult to maintain that attitude during the toughest points in your life. Being a true ARMY at heart, you better believe this girl is ready for their new album release on April 12th.
- Black Panther
OK, I am in love with this film. Oscar worthy indeed! For this movie, I have to include both the original score as well as the album because they are equally amazing! All the Stars by SZA and Kendrick Lamar was my go-to song in 2018 and it still is today. I feel like I play it at least once every single day since it’s a song you can listen to whatever mood you are in. It’s uplifting, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful and OMG I love it! As for my favorite OST track, it would probably have to be the main theme Wakanda. Who can ever forget this iconic theme? And Killmonger! OMG I love that his theme has a hip hop vibe threaded into the track. It just suits the character so much. If you guys have not seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it because it’s awesome and everything you want in a movie! WAKANDA FOREVER!
- Lion King
Oh gawd . . . I think I might tear up. If I were to share a bit of info about me, it is how much of an emotional impact this movie had on me. It brings back so much emotions, nostalgic memories (both happy and sad) and it’s just so powerful for an animated feature. Hans Zimmer himself is just a Musical GOD in my opinion. Every track he created in this film has so much emotional weight that you can feel the anguish, pain, bliss, euphoria and empowerment. Some of my favorite tracks are Remember, Under the Stars and for the musical numbers, who can ever forget the majestic nature of Circle of Life and the humorous and joyful Hakuna Matata? I can’t wait to relive my childhood this July with the live action film! I will be bringing a bucket for my tears!
- Kung Fu Panda
Since we are on the topic of Hans Zimmer’s musical brilliance, of course I had to mention Kung Fu Panda. Oogway’s theme is a track which resonates within my soul whenever I watch this film. With the addition of using the melancholy notes of the Ehru, it just tugs at your heartstrings. Its honestly one of favorite instruments ever!
- Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit
Whenever I hear Concerning Hobbits, I take a trip through memory lane. It’s so cute and fluffy and just puts your mind at rest – pretty much describes hobbits! I also adore the Breaking of the Fellowship. It’s a theme that was so iconic back in the day and it perfectly captures the emotions on screen. As for the Hobbit, I would definitely choose Sons of Durin – it’s so badass I can never forget that scene! Another track would be Courage and Wisdom – the one that broke my heart when I watched this in theaters.
So no surprise, its Hans Zimmer again. Musical scores are composed in such a way to capture the emotion on screen and relay it to the audience and I think this is a perfect example of that phenomenon. The amount of sacrifice and power was just beautifully captured in tracks such as Home. And the escalating tension and danger was seen in tracks like Mole. And if you have not seen this film, please do since this is one of the most brilliantly done war films that perfectly captures heroism and the fight to conquer the darkness even with fear running through our blood.
- Wonder Woman
This film not only made tremendous waves with the stunning introduction of a powerful female superhero but also with it’s complementary OST which is a combination of power, strength and wisdom and that just perfectly captures the essence of who Wonder Woman is. My favorite track would have to be No Man’s Land. This scene was EVERYTHING!! You don’t understand the amount of FEELss I went through when I saw this scene in theaters.
There was a time when I was obsessed with this soundtrack and I still adore a few tracks from the album. Some of which include Never an Absolution, Hymn to the Sea and Rose. The intensity of these tracks completely captured the romance on screen and it’s no wonder it was such a commercial success. And let’s be real, JACK was ultimate goals!!
“He saved me, in every way a person can be saved.” ❤
Being the Disney fan I am, it’s no surprise I added another film created by this studio. Along with the Lion King, Mulan is another one of my favorite Disney films of all time! When I first watched this film, I saw the female protagonist was portrayed far differently than the other Disney princesses. She was awkward, humorous, and slightly clumsy and I was like OMG THAT’S ME!!! I swear I am so clumsy, I trip over AIR (Gawd I’m so lame). And I saw the journey of this character who soon became the savior of CHINA. And I was enchanted and uplifted by this film! My favorite themes would have to be iconic Short Hair track which I am sure everyone who watched this movie remembers this scene! She was a complete BAWSE!
Closer was the track that started it all. Within time, I was completely captivated with their music! And a close second would be Paris. Although it wasn’t a title track which had much of hype, I just loved the magnificence of the musical composition and the instrumental bit at the end. It’s so uplifting and beautiful!
What are your favorite OSTs/Albums?
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!