2018 didn’t only provide a great, diverse field of films, it also produced some of the best film soundtracks in recent memory. Thanks to several great filmmakers and composers, I had a really hard time narrowing down my list of the best soundtracks of the year.
This week’s episode of Ranked is featuring the top five soundtracks of 2018. I can only hope we get even better music in film next year.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
I’ll admit that I may still be one of the few people who hasn’t seen this homage to the legacy of Freddie Mercury and the beginning of one of the best bands of all time, Queen. The soundtrack includes several tracks from the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid performance and has rocked the Billboard 200 charts. It’s a must listen.
4. Deadpool 2
It’s hard to imagine a Deadpool movie with some sort of iconic song attached to it. The first film had George Michael’s Careless Whisper as its big song, but Deadpool 2 returned with a beautiful song, courtesy of the queen of film songs, Celine Dion. Ashes is just dramatic enough to work. In addition to it, the soundtracks also welcomes Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. I can’t describe how well these songs fit in the film in the best kind of way.
3. A Star Is Born
The fourth incarnation of A Star Is Born provided something truly special in the music industry this year. It produced more than an awards contender for film, but also a chart-topping number like Shallow from Lady Gaga and director, Bradley Cooper. The soundtracks includes contributions from Gaga and Cooper, and also Mark Ronson, Jason Isbell and Diane Warren. It’s a memorable set of songs that will stay stuck in your head for months after you leave the theater.
2. Love, Simon
This LGBT-themed coming-of-age has the rare ability to appeal to just about everyone due to its narrative diversity. The soundtrack’s universal appeal is very similar. This set of songs, curated and contributed to by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, create an atmosphere of youth and love across all 13 of its songs. It has produced hits like Love Lies and Alfie’s Song, but also boasts well-known hits like The 1975’s Love Me and Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
1. Black Panther
Marvel scored its first big soundtrack hit in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which focused on great 70s nostalgia. The superhero franchise struck gold once again with the King of Wakanda’s soundtrack to Black Panther. It’s a perfect compilation of rap and hip hop that pays great homage to the story it’s set to. Kendrick Lamar leads here on my favorite song, it’s his with SZA called All The Stars. Everyone involved is at their peak with this now Grammy-nominated commercial hit.
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