As Corona still takes our minds, the movie industry postpones a lot of movies and other products to film and appear. We’re cheered that the previous year, 2019, was the most successful one amongst all years of the film industry but now, in 2020, it is not that easy to find decent best movies – as there are a few movies themselves. That also affects the soundtrack capacity.
Our favorite 2020 soundtracks
However, you do have something nice to select from as of Summer-2020. And below we represent you the best soundtracks of 2020 (so far). I hope, they are going to cheer your mood.
On our list, you will find 5 films of 2020 and a few references to films of late 2019, which are still must be mentioned just because they’re great and have probably been overheard by audiences as they appeared in December 2019.
Bad Boys For Life
Release date: January 17, 2020. In this film, we are exploring the last chapter of relations between the heroes of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as they play cops trying to keep up with their families and children. Amazing Jerry Bruckheimer did one of his best again, leading to 419 million dollars in the box office against a 90-million budget.
The music score is produced by Lorne Balfe, a Scottish composer who is working with films, cartoons, video games, and has been working on such giant films from franchises of Terminator, Mission Impossible, and Madagascar. In the soundtrack
, we have 10 songs and some come from:
- P. Diddy (the main theme for the movie “Bad Boy 4 Life”)
- Pitbull (“Damn I Love Miami”)
- The Black Eyed Peas (RITMO Bad Boys For Life)
- and Jaden Smith amongst the others with his “The Hottest”.
Birds of Prey
Release date: February 7, 2020. To be precise, the full name of the film is ‘Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ but, logically, due to its length, it was internationally run as simply Birds of Prey.
The film tells the story of Harley Quinn, a Joker’s most beloved friend, and partner, depicted by tremendous Margot Robbie – the best impersonation of Harleen Quinzel yet so far, according to all critics of the world and viewers (she did it in Suicide Squad film of 2016, which managed to gather in the office box 746 million dollars). Just for you to know, Margot Robbie did so well in this role that she would be playing Harley again in 2021 (if Corona allows) in the Suicide Squad’s reboot.
Despite that ‘Birds of Prey’ film gathered only humble 202 million, the production studio did not lose anything on its making and everyone praised the way Mrs. Robbie explored and unearthed her character.
The audio album to the soundtrack
of the film was released on February 14, 2020. It includes 28 songs. We can hear such prominent artists contributed to this album:
- Urge Overkill with their splendid ‘Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon’ (1966). This track became wildly famous after Tarantino’s movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ of 1994 but a few people know that it was used in a cohort of other films and media productions. Currently, it can be heard in over 100 other works.
- A famous French singer Edith Piaf, is here represented by two songs: “L'hymne à l'amour” and “La Vie En Rose”.
- “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes. You haven’t been living in America of the late 1950s and the early 1960s if you haven’t heard Mr. Sandman. It was first published in 1954 and represents the entire epoch of American prosperity and cloudless economic development. As the heroine of Harley has appeared approximately in this time, we’re glad to hear this ringtone as the link to the younger US, 60 years back.
- Kesha with her “Woman”. If you don’t know Kesha yet, you have to google her. She has over 33 types of awards and nominations, including ones from Billboard, MTV, and Teen Choice amongst the most prominent.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Release date: January 25, 2020. We won’t argue that the entire movie is held on Jim Carrey (would you?). And is also goes without saying that the entire set of music is for running, high-pacing, and up-striding. Music is done by Tom Holkenborg, which is professionally known as Junkie XL, so the high pace of all melodies isn’t surprising at all.
The entire set of instrumental pieces is written by him but when it comes to non-instrumental, you’ll find here:
- Ramones (with ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’)
- Queen with “Don’t Stop Me Now”
- Coolio with, probably, his only wide-known song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’
- Michael Jackson ‘Speed Demon’
- Wiz Khalifa with “Speed Me Up”
- and Tennessee River Crooks with ‘White Lightning’. Gosh, there are so many references to speed in one place!
Release date: January 25, 2020. This film shall be to the liking of fans of an actor Kumail Nanjiani (42) – his most famous role so far is depicting a programmer Dinesh Chugtai in insanely hilarious TV series Silicon Valley (6 seasons, from 2014 to 2019, before closure). The music is produced by Michael Andrews, which is best known for the film Donnie Darko in 2001.
- ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry
- ‘I want to know what love is’ by Foreigner
- ‘Needs’ by Verzache
- and ‘Bird Song’ by M.I.A. The general mood is uplifting, light, and unpretentious – exactly what you need to free your mind when working on some house chores.
Release date: March 13, 2020. This film is a box-office bomb – but not due to its CGI (they’re amazing) or narration (it is fun and enthralling) but only because it was scheduled to released when the pandemics completely closed the world. It only ran for 2 weeks after the theatrical release. On home watches, it was the most-watched movie on Amazon Prime and iTunes. It is currently the most-watched film digitally in 2020, and a series of sequels is already planned.
As for the music, the fans won’t be disappointed. The soundtrack supports the frantic style of the film that we find completely energizing:
- a cower done by Johnny Cash of ‘Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’
- ‘Maybe I’ve Lost You’ by Elijah Honey
- ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads
- + 19 more instrumental compositions.
The best soundtracks in late 2019 you might have overlooked
Below, we’d like to emphasize 2 films of December 2019 that are not mentioned that often in various lists of soundtracks. Why? Well, maybe because of pandemics or something else, we don’t know. But we do know they are great and completely underline the films’ essences.
Release date: December 16, 2019. This film is considered a box office bomb and, probably, one of the worst movies of 2019. However, we don’t think so when it comes to music inside of it. This musical is historically saturated with singing but in 2019, it got many new faces to it. And, despite the fact that one of the leads, Taylor Swift, only sings there once, we still admire her voice and amazingly appealing cattish look.
And we can’t miss the opportunity to praise the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer. In addition to her, you will find in the movie these people
singing: Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and others.
Jumanji: The Next Level
Release date: December 13, 2019. The entire set of the soundtrack
is mostly without words. The ambiance here is to underline the jungles and perils that they represent. You can hear voices of birds & animals intertwined with amazingly flowing instrumental themes. But we do want to emphasize one particular song: the entry one. It is performed by Guns N’ Roses and named ‘Welcome to the Jingle’. Love it.