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‘Gatsby’ Album Reminds Us Of Other Hit Soundtracks

Kathy Zerbib |
May 16, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. PDT

Associate Entertainment Editor

Jay-Z served as Executive Producer to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack (Interscope Records).
Jay-Z served as Executive Producer to “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack (Interscope Records).
In honor of the success that Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”’s soundtrack has received -  as well as some critical comments from disapprovers – Neon Tommy takes a look at some other soundtracks that received just as much attention as the films they played behind. 

“The Sound of Music”

First released in 1965, “The Sound of Music”’s soundtrack boasted a top spot on the UK album chart. “The Sound of Music,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and a few others are still used for commercials and movies (Remember “The Pacifier”? …Anyone?). These songs are iconic and allow us to reminisce on one of the best musicals to date.


Though the music for this motion picture was mostly orchestral in nature, that did not stop the album from rising to the top of the charts. The most memorable track is Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” which became a worldwide hit. It also won an Academy Award in 1997 and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for Best Original Song. The soundtrack to “Titanic” is evidence enough that even orchestral tracks can take a soundtrack to the top.


The good old days of poodle skirts and slicked-back hair spurred a hit motion picture and an acclaimed original soundtrack. John Travolta and his sultry appeal sang alongside Olivia Newton-John and other cast members to disco, pop, and rock and roll tunes. “You’re the One That I Want” was #1 in the United States and in the United Kingdom. The film and its soundtrack are the kind that just will not be soon forgotten.

“Saturday Night Fever” 

Speaking of John Travolta and his sultriness, how about his moves in “Saturday Night Fever”? His disco dancing would not have been as monumental without the vocals of the Bee Gees and other masters of the melody. The soundtrack wants us to get up and dance… and we’d be more than happy to oblige. “Stayin’ Alive”, “More Than A Woman,” and “How Deep is Your Love?” will not soon be forgotten.

And, finally, “The Great Gatsby”

This album features major artists like Florence and the Machine, Selena Gomez, Andre 3000, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, and more. Its executive producer is Jay-Z, which may help account for its huge popularity, #2 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, and #1 on the iTunes album chart. The secret behind its widespread success? The soundtrack is diverse, has a handful of upbeat tunes, and is clearly star-studded with sensational singers. There is a track for anyone to appreciate. Whether you love the songs or hate them, the “Gatsby” soundtrack is getting just as much attention as the actual film (which came in at #2 for its box office debut).

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