I’m a fan of music, from movie soundtracks to pop, I listen to almost everything. So I want to share with you an ongoing playlist I have called “The Soundtrack to My Life.” This playlist currently has 16 songs, all of which I think would play in a movie about my life. Some of the songs are deep and invoke special feelings, and others match with moments of my life I think are significant. After you read my list, I encourage you to put together your playlist and share your top songs in the comments below!
- Next to Me- Imagine Dragons
From the moment I first heard this song, I knew it was special. This song is beautiful and makes me cry every time I listen to it (even as I listen to it while writing, it still gets me). I’m a big fan of the Imagine Dragons in general, and I love the lead singer, Dan Reynolds, so it’s fitting that they made it on this list. The part of the song that stood out to me is the background vocals that come in towards the end. Since the original version was released, they have changed the vocals now, and you cannot find the original version online anywhere (so sad).
2. Finale- Randy Edelman
This song is actually off of the Dragon Heart movie soundtrack, and I have never actually seen the movie. The best part of this song starts at 1:40, and it is so beautiful. I’m not sure what would be happening on-screen during this song, but I’m sure there’s a place for it somewhere!
3. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
I saw this song in concert, and it was an extraordinary experience hearing everyone in the audience singing all at once. If white people had culture, this song would be a part of it. This is a classic song, and I think that it would be essential for montage scenes.
4. I Melt With You- Modern English
This is another one of those classic songs. This song would be perfect for me with the love of my life. This song is so enjoyable, and I remember it worked well in Sky High (2005).
5. Immigrant Song- Led Zeppelin
A well-known song in many movies (including Shrek 3 and Thor Ragnorak) deserves its spot in my film. This song oozes badass energy and would be perfect if I was training for something or even doing something a little naughty. Besides, who doesn’t do a little headbang or happy dance when you hear it in a movie?
6. Milkshake- Kelis
Now this one is almost embarrassing to admit, but it is necessary to include for any scenes involving a glow-up or a night out on the town. Also, tell me this song doesn’t remind you of Mean Girls?
7. Breakaway- Kelly Clarkson
This song makes me think of the mid-2000s. I used to listen to this song and look out the car window like I was in a music video. Also, another embarrassing fact is that when I was a kid, I thought Jennifer Anniston sung this song (cut me some slack, I was like 6 or 7). This song is a combination of heartbreaking and motivational and could be used in a variety of situations.
8. The Middle- Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World was a staple of many 2000’s movies, and their music reminds me of a simpler time. This song specifically makes me think of the movie Zoom (2006) with Tim Allen. This is another montage song; it would have to be me working hard on a project, craft, or experiment of sorts (all things I would do).
9. What I Like About You- The Romantics
This would be cute for any scenes involving crushes or boys in general. I think of Amanda Bynes when I hear this song (if you know, you know).
10. Modern Love- David Bowie
THIS SONG! Ah, what to say about this song. This would be the beginning of the movie, showing me getting ready for school or work. I like to listen to this song while brushing my teeth, and it makes me so inexplicably happy. I know I’m going to have a good day after listening to this one.
11. Hear You Me- Jimmy Eat World
Another song that reminds me of a 2000’s movie, this time it’s A Cinderella Story (2004) with Hilary Duff and a very dreamy Chad Michael Murray. This song makes me think of a breakup, which would be a rather sad part of my movie. Breakups are nearly impossible to navigate, and as someone going through it right now, this is a perfect song for that.
12. I’ll Be- Edwin McCain
It just so happens that this is one of the few songs I think I’m decent at singing (mainly because there are no Ariana Grande-style high notes). I’m not sure what part of my movie would use this song, but it’s too good not to include.
13. It’s Been a Long, Long Time- Harry James and His Orchestra
For my Marvel fans, this ones for you. This would be for a wedding scene, and although it is beautiful, it also reminds me of my love of Marvel movies. I had a specific person in mind when I added it to my playlist, and now he’s gone. Even though this song makes me sad now, I still believe it would be a lovely addition to my movie.
14. In This Shirt- The Irrepressibles
I paused to listen to this one while writing. This is one of those that makes me so emotional, and I can’t explain why. It gives me chills, and it needs to be saved for an impactful moment, whether that be my death or something beautiful.
15. Mia & Sebastian’s Theme- Justin Hurwitz
I’ve only seen La La Land (2016) once, and it was a little confusing, but this part of the soundtrack replays over and over in my head. It’s beautiful and messy all at once, and it has to be included in my movie for sure.
16. To Build a Home- The Cinematic Orchestra
This song starts a bit depressing, but it picks up a little and is more motivational. It reminds me of someone rising from the ashes to overcome their struggles. It’s a beautiful song, and I sometimes cry just listening to it.
We got a little personal, and I got a little emotional with this list. Music is so important to me, and I couldn’t live without it. So put on these songs when you want to laugh or cry and know that you’re the main character in your own movie. I hope this inspired you to make your list of songs for a Soundtrack to Your Life.