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What’s Your Favorite Soundtrack? We Want to Know.

What’s Your Favorite Soundtrack? We Want to Know.


In my tween years, the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” was on repeat for months in my bed room. This was through, ahem, an eight-track tape participant. So, three or 4 cuts, clunky pause, three or 4 extra, and so forth. Listening this manner was work, that’s how a lot I beloved this music.

Too younger to see the R-rated film itself, I solely had a hazy — and, because it turned out, fully incorrect — concept of what it was about. Imagine my shock years later after I found it was a drama, not the lighthearted ode to dancing that I pictured. (To put it one other manner: What should you have been anticipating “Barbie” and acquired “Oppenheimer”?) It’s not a foul movie, however as an alternative of the strikes of John Travolta, it’s the sounds of the Bee Gees and Yvonne Elliman which can be completely etched in my reminiscence.

Some of the soundtracks I performed incessantly again then, equivalent to “Star Wars” (actually extra of a rating, however nonetheless fully thrilling) and “Grease” (c’mon), have been roughly universally fashionable; others (“Fame,” which I haven’t revisited since; no concept if it holds up) appeared like personal obsessions. Years later, that’s how the “Garden State” soundtrack felt regardless that it turned a cultural phenomenon.

As you may in all probability inform, I’ve at all times beloved soundtracks. There are the person songs, after all, however by some means it’s the album-ness of the factor — immersing me in a vibe, and reminding me of the place I used to be and who I used to be after I first heard it.

My favorites (like “Purple Rain,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Matador”) aren’t too stunning for a Gen X-er like myself. But with “Barbie” and different new movie-related albums within the final yr, together with the newest, “I Saw the TV Glow,” getting a lot love from youthful moviegoers, I acquired to interested by completely different eras of movie and music and questioning what different soundtracks I needs to be trying out.

So I’m asking you, readers, what soundtracks do you obsess over? Why do you come back to them? I might love to listen to your ideas. Fill out the shape beneath, and your response could also be featured in an upcoming story. We is not going to publish or share your contact data outdoors the Times newsroom, and we is not going to publish any a part of your submission with out contacting you first.

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