Music and movies got along just fine in 2013. Whether it was Baz Luhrmann transporting Lana Del Rey to the 1920s, Joe Swanberg combining indie filmmaking and indie rock or the Coen Brothers once again enlisting T Bone Burnett to capture the music of another era, it was a good year for music in film. From Inside Llewyn Davis to The Great Gatsby, here are 10 of our favorite movie soundtracks of 2013.
10. The Great Gatsby
The sounds behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s romance novel are perfect for the era. Leonardo DiCaprio graces the movie screen as Jay Gatsby, who plays a millionaire that is madly in love with Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan. Director Baz Luhrmann enlisted popular musicians like Lana Del Rey and Florence + the Machine to highlight the ritzy theme of the movie. Other notable tracks on the soundtrack include a cover of “Crazy in Love” by Emeli Sandé and two jazz compositions from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
9. Frances Ha
The songs that accompany the free-spirited flick about gal pals Frances and Sophie (Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner) harmonize well with the black-and-white comedy. Tunes that could potentially pull at Greta and Sophie’s heartstrings include “Blue Sway” by Paul McCartney and “Modern Love” by David Bowie, both featured on the soundtrack along with classic but fun symphonic compositions from French Composers Georges Delerue and Jean Constantin.
8. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The music used in the film about South African president Nelson Mandela’s life is no comparison to the greatness of his leadership, but it creates a beautiful accompaniment to the biopic. Golden Globe winner U2 wrote the original song “Ordinary Love” for the film, but the soundtrack also contains four tracks from the original score written by Alex Heffes. Other highlights include recordings from reggae singer Bob Marley and The Manhattan Brothers, a group that was popular in the 1940s and 50s and during the Apartheid Era.
7. The Wolf of Wall Street
Director Martin Scorsese is known for picking just the right songs for his films and he’s done well with picking the appropriate tunes for this hard-partying film. The autobiography of Jordan Belfort, played by 2014 Golden Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio, is a story about a money-hungry and scheming stock broker who charms his way into lives of a handful of hookers and pumps them full of cocaine. The soundtrack highlights performances from the late Bo Diddley, an energetic song from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and the classic tune Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) by Billy Joel.
6. The Place Beyond the Pines
This drama starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes has a compelling original score to help convey the emotional scenes between Luke and Romina, who have a three-month-old baby boy and a broken relationship, caused partially by financial issues. The Place Beyond the Pines also stars Bradley Cooper as Avery, a rookie cop attempting to catch Luke after he robs a few banks. The original score, written by Mike Patton (Crank: High Voltage), contains an abundant amount of angelic singing, eerie symphonic compositions and low-octave harpsichord and piano notes to accompany climatic scenes throughout the film. Highlights from the soundtrack include 12 of Patton’s compositions, a cover of “Don’t Go Please Stay” by 1960s pop group The Cryin’ Shames and Bon Iver’s The Wolves (Act I and II).