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Disney movies have always had the best soundtracks to date. I mean, we’re no stranger to The Lion King’s “can you feel the love tonight”, or even Aladdin’s “a whole new world, don’t you dare close your eyes”. Those were classics that we grew up with, and we remember them by heart.

Now, not all movies have great soundtracks. Some can be a bore; while others, some of which I will list below, have soundtracks that fit so well with the film. You know the saying you need two hands to clap? Well, that applies here - a good film with a good soundtrack just leaves the audience with a mood uplift at the very end.

Let me share you some great soundtracks that you may not have noticed before.
 

Warm Bodies Soundtrack

Warm Bodies is a comedy-romance zombie flick. The film follows the main zombie, who’s into old school rock music, who healed back into being a normal human being after having feelings for a human girl while in the zombie state. This movie is really cute, and to complement it, the soundtrack is equally appealing.

Tracklist:
Sitting In Limbo – Jimmy Cliff
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – John Robert Foster
Missing You – John Waite
The Bad In Each Other – Feist
Be the Song – Foy Vance
Patience – Guns N’ Roses
Shell Suite – Chad Valley
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan
Hinnom, TX – Bon Iver
Yamaha – Delta Spirit
Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions
Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Midnight City – M83
Runaway – The National
Numbers Don’t Lie – The Mynabirds
 

If I Stay Soundtrack

If I Stay is not like any other romantic drama. It has a plot that evokes emotions in you, so tissues should really come in handy in this movie. However, since this film is driven by romance, its soundtracks are filled with love songs, but not catchy love songs - slow love songs.

Tracklist:
Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Who Needs You - The Orwells
Until We Get There - Lucius
All Of Me - Tanlines
Promise - Ben Howard
Halo - Ane Brun & Linnéa Olsson
I Will Be There - Odessa
Morning - Beck
Karen Revisted - Sonic Youth
Hearts Like Yours - Willamette Stone
Heal - Tom Odell
 

Twilight Soundtrack

Twilight’s storyline may not be a winner, but the music that accompanies the scenes were on target. Vampires are fierce, so a little rock music fits right in. With a twist of romance in this film, a little love lullaby should cover that up.

Tracklist:
Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Decode - Paramore
Full Moon - The Black Ghosts
Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
Spotlight (Twilight Mix) - Mutemath
Go All the Way (Into the Twilight) - Perry Farrell
Tremble for My Beloved - Collective Soul
I Caught Myself - Paramore
Eyes on Fire - Blue Foundation
Never Think - Robert Pattinson
Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine
 

Pitch Perfect Soundtrack

We can never go wrong with Pitch Perfect. With the storyline all about an acapella group, what better soundtrack than to have their own group cover songs from famous musicians? It’s not just the covers that were perfect, but the mash-ups as well.

Tracklist:
Don't Stop the Music - The Treblemakers
Let It Whip - The Treblemakers
Since U Been Gone - Ester Dean and Skylar Astin
Cups - Anna Kendrick
Riff Off: Ladies of the '80s (Mickey/Like a Virgin/Hit Me with Your Best Shot), Songs About Sex (S&M/Let's Talk About Sex/I'll Make Love to You/Feels Like the First Time/No Diggity) - The Barden Bellas, The Treblemakers, and the BU Harmonics
Bellas Regionals: The Sign/Eternal Flame/Turn the Beat Around - The Barden Bellas
Right Round - The Treblemakers (featuring My Name Is Kay)
Pool Mashup: Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream - The Barden Bellas
Party in the U.S.A. - The Barden Bellas
Trebles Finals: Bright Lights Bigger City/Magic - The Treblemakers
Bellas Finals: Price Tag/Don't You (Forget About Me)/Give Me Everything - The Barden Bellas
 

God Help The Girl Soundtrack

God Help The Girl was directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. The musical drama film was screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and even though the movie can emerge yawns, it still shows much of a reality struggle. The soundtrack for this film fits well with the musical scenes, so thumbs up for that.

Tracklist (all tracks performed by God Help The Girl, the band from the film):
I Suppose That Was a Prayer
Act of the Apostle
I Dumped You First
Pretty When the Wind Blows
I Know I Have to Eat
God Help the Girl
The Psychiatrist Is In
The God of Music
If You Could Speak
The Catwalk of the Dukes
Perfection as a Hipster
F**k This Sh*t
Pretty Eve in the Tub
A Loving Kind of Boy
What Do You Want This Band to Sound Like?
Come Monday Night
Collective Idiocy
I'm Not Rich
I'll Have to Dance With Cassie
Stalinist Russia
Baby's Just Waiting
Patrick Whistle
Musician, Please Take Heed
I Just Want Your Jeans
Invisible
The World's Last Cassette
Down and Dusky Blonde
Dress Up in You

If there are any movie soundtracks that entice you, please share it with us! It’s not just music to our ears, but it’s a great way to discover new bands or tracks too!

Photo credit: BP Blogspot, Wikia, Film Music Reporter Amazon, Stereogum

Record Store Day is a day where record store owners, staffs or even artists celebrate the unique culture that each of them possesses. It begun through a gathering of record store owners back in 2007, in the US and some other countries, and is now a special annual event. On Record Store Day, artists will hold a gig at a store, meet-and-greets, and even sell their produce at a special price.

Singapore may not be in it to celebrate, but if we did, it would be a great one for all music lovers out there. With HMV being our only popular go-to store to purchase physical records, I think Record Store Day should be instilled. Here’s a little tip too - if you’re into vinyls as well as collecting records, and you think buying online and shipping is too costly, head over to Peninsula and Excelsior Shopping Centre at City Hall. The stores there sell a wide range of vinyl collection and trust me, you will be bedazzled. 

Even though Record Store Day hasn’t hit Singapore, buying physical records must still go on, so here’s the top 10 records that we think are worthy of your listen.

 

180 by Palma Violets

Palma Violets’ debut album is a win. The album received so much praise, for a new band, and it’s a definite must-have on your shelves. With their garage rock playing in the background of your busy life, tasks will be easier to do, and moods will be uplifted.

 

LP1 by FKA Twigs

Another amazing debut album that is LP1. The tracks in this record are so unique, so different than the pop that you come across to everyday. You can hear the creativity in each track. The record is so sharp, artsy and just out of the ordinary. A good record to think with and swoop up some motivation.

 

An Awesome Wave by alt J

It looks like I just can’t get enough of debut albums, but I promise you An Awesome Wave is as good as it gets. Experimental rock, An Awesome Wave brings you to a relaxing sensation that you need at the end of the day. This record loosens your muscles as you tilt your head back and chill.

 

Humbug by Arctic Monkeys

Forget AM for awhile, and bring out vintage Arctic Monkeys for a minute. Humbug is one of my favourite records from the very popular Arctic Monkeys, with the finest in its songwriting. Humbug may be a little underrated for when it was released, and it needs more listeners, so why not have it in your collection.

 

Listen by The Kooks

Listen is the The Kooks’ 2014 record, and even though it sounded different than the usual Kooks material, it’s still deserving of a listen. It’s chamber pop, dancey, and a generally happy album. It might not latch at you on first listen, but give it a few more, and it will grow on you. I promise you’ll love it.

 

channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean

Getting second place on Billboard 200, I must say channel ORANGE is very deserving for the position. The record brings out soul, and it can give chills. It brings out comfort and tranquility as well, so your wind-down weekends are covered.

 

Born To Die by Lana Del Rey

You can never go wrong with Lana Del Rey, especially not with Born To Die. Unique in her own way, she portrays her elegant class in her music. Smooth and soulful, Born To Die brings out the queen that is Lana.

 

Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine

Packed with powerful vocals, it’s no wonder Ceremonials was voted Best Pop Vocal Album in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Songwriting was on point and having the ability to sing it out with control just enhances the already winning album.

 

1000 Forms of Fear by Sia

Yet another record filled with out of ordinary vocals. This record is packed with so much emotions. Not just that, the record, along with each of its tracks, holds a deep meaning. This means every track tells a story that’s essential to Sia’s personal life.

 

Debut by Björk

Probably one of the greatest records produced in the 20th century. Debut features sublime tracks that come from Björk’s complicated, artsy mind. Just like FKA Twigs, she creates art in a whole new level with her music. In Debut, each track is in a different sound, and that’s what makes it incredible.

There are a million more records out there that are deserving of your shelf space, so discover more as you browse through. It’s never a regret to uncover something new, despite it being produced a long time ago. Just know, each record is a winner.

Photo credit: Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Frank Ocean, Unrecorded, Clash Music, Billboard, Bitmuzic

The big 5-0 sees a mammoth tribute to local music here on Spin or Bin Music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve dispensed a 10-part series on our favourite earworms crafted at the hands of homegrown artistes, young and old, such as Inch Chua, Gentle Bones, Charlie Lim, The Great Spy Experiment, and Pleasantry.

Here’s a complete list of the 50 songs from Singapore that we so adore:

 

1. Juvenile by .gif

2. Top Man by Take Two

3. Eagle Eyes by Lin Ying

4. Physical by Gareth Fernandez

5. For Love by The Sam Willows

6. Not In Love by Cashew Chemists

7. Desperate by Daphne Khoo

8. Ungodly Hour by The Psalms

9. Blue by Samantha Rui

10. Jama by The Lion City Boy

11. Artful Dodger by Inch Chua

12. Stay by Joie Tan

13. Near and Dear by Pleasantry

14. Anchor by Giants Must Fall

15. Touch Me Not by The Sets Band

16. Pedestal by Charlie Lim

17. Long Live Rock N Roll by The Pinholes

18. Fly by Vandetta

19. Elderflower Fall by Pitch Feather

20. Supersonic by SIXX

21. Until We Die by Gentle Bones

22. Underwater (Max Lane Remix) by Monster Cat

23. Crossing Swords by Stopgap

24. Hypnotist by sub:shaman

25. Miss Sunshine by Postbox

26. Murder Kill Baby by Obedient Wives Club

27. Trying Was My Only Regret by The Summer State

28. Girl In A Black Dress by Sean Harrison

29. Thanks Ms Panda by Fauxe

30. Sky’s The Limit by Taufik Batisah

31. Late Night Request by The Great Spy Experiment

32. Rock My World by ShiGGa Shay

33. Bruce Banner Made A Big Mess by Caracal

34. Fifty Shades by Reuby

35. Song Six by .gif

36. Foolish Hunger by wyd:syd

37. Oh, Louie! by Pastelpower

38. Hey Stranger by Vandetta

39. Warriors Tongue by Masia One

40. Girl On Queen Street by Plainsunset

41. Catacombs by The Observatory

42. Always Been Right Here by Take Two

43. Trailing Ghosts by 7nightsatsea

44. Crimson by The Sam Willows

45. Runaway by Electrico

46. A Simple Hello by JJ and The Paperplanes

47. Crystallized by Enec.e

48. Electric Handshakes by Sapporo Safaris

49. Future by Anechois

50. Home by Kit Chan 

Panic! at the Disco was originally a four-piece band. One by one they dropped like flies. First it was guitarist/songwriter, Ryan Ross and bassist, Jon Walker - who had taken a music direction that greatly differs from what Panic! at the Disco has to offer - and now it’s Spencer Smith, drummer of the band, who left because of his struggle with drug addiction.

The only one left from classic Panic! at the Disco would be Brendon Urie, lead singer of the band since the very beginning. Before new chapters unfold before him and Panic!, let’s recap the best tracks that Panic! at the Disco created that left a memory within us.

 

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Though Jon Walker was not recruited yet at this point of time, this song will always remain a classic to anyone who knew Panic! at the Disco from the start. With their weird circus vibe and eye liners, Panic! really made an impression on their now-fans back then.

 

Lying Is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

It doesn’t matter how long the song title is, as long as you remember the lyrics and its beat by heart, it’s fine. The song is pretty unforgettable especially with a music video like that. At this moment, Jon is a Panic! and that makes Panic! sort of whole. I’m not saying Brent, former Panic! bassist, didn’t play a part, but to compare the duration they have been in the band and the obstacles faced as a band, Jon would have experienced it more.

 

Nine in the Afternoon

 

The time where your mind will create its best imaginations would be at night, hence Nine in the Afternoon - your thoughts coming to live. Nine in the Afternoon comes from the album Pretty. Odd. which is exactly what they are, and applause to them for portraying it perfectly. They really stand out from other bands because of that, and it’s really sad to see the band members part their ways.

The famous four only lasted with three albums, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Pretty. Odd., and Live in Chicago before it is now singled out to just Brendon. The future for Panic! at the Disco is still bright, but even so, things will not be the same.

Photo credit: Fanpop

We’ve reached the last part of this Top 50 series. Closing it with a final five acts we think deserve the spotlight, here are a couple of choice tracks from the likes of pop-punk quartet JJ and The Paperplanes, pop-folk band Sapporo Safaris, and experimental quintet Anechois. 

 

#46: A Simple Hello by JJ and The Paperplanes

It’s all about unadulterated pop-punk with JJ and The Paperplanes. Teenage boyish vibes aplenty, the outfit’s frontman, JJ Ong, owns one of the most distinct, one-of-a-kind pair of pipes. And boy, can he sing. Allow their debut track, A Simple Hello, to do the talking.

 

#47: Crystallized by Enec.e

Impassioned in both composition and delivery, Enec.e (pronounced Enecdote) captured our attention with their tight, soaring harmonies, and movingly memorable melodies. With a toned-down Crystallized, they are sure to send chills down every listeners’ spines.

 

#48: Electric Handshakes by Sapporo Safaris

Sapporo Safaris is a nine-member band whose uniquely layered sound incorporates horns and a touch of electro, lending a sense of grandness to their chirpy, folk creations. A single off their Figures of Eight EP, this acoustic rendition of Electric Handshakes offers a much simpler, quieter (albeit just as sonically delightful) alternative.

 

#49: Future by Anechois

An instrumental post-progressive rock outlet from this sun-drenched city, Anechois showcases a depth of expression that knows no bounds, through compositions with a progression of unusual chords, elevated by a ferocious drummer. One such compositions, Future, comes from their first-ever split tape album, Polymorphous.

 

#50: Home by Kit Chan

Finally, what better way to conclude this list than with our secondary national anthem, Home by Kit Chan? Sincere and reminiscent, this 1998 classic ballad is conceivably everyone’s favourite National Day song - one that never fails to tug at our heartstrings.

Photo credit: JJ and The Paperplanes/YouTube