2023 has been a notable year for soundtracks. As someone who loves to binge watch it all, I was astonished by the amount of amazing songs that I heard throughout eachTV series and movie soundtracks did not miss either. This year, incredible songs topped charts competing with non-soundtrack music and took over our playlists in 2023.
Daisy Jones & The Six
If you’re like me, this was the year you became obsessed with a band that doesn’t even exist. Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind you about the soundtrack for ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’. The musical sounds of the uber-multi-talented Riley Keough, Suki Waterhouse, Sam Claflin, and the rest of the cast live in my head rent-free. AURORA even made my Spotify wrapped.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Season 2 of the young summer romance series that everyone knows and loves came back with an even better soundtrack than its first season. MORE Taylor Swift, MORE Olivia Rodrigo, and MORE of everything that is teenage girl core. Jenny Han really has a way of making you feel all the teenage feels.
The Weeknd really did something with this one. The unique soundtrack that was created for this show is addictive, seductive, and electric. It featured not only The Weeknd but also Madonna, Lily-Rose Depp, Playboy Carti, and much more.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Every show a part of the Shonda Rhimes Bridgerton series always has an extraordinary soundtrack of the biggest hits of the 21st century in instrumental form. The soundtrack was produced by Kris Bowers of Sony Music and Included renditions of “If I Ain’t Got You” By Alicia Keys, “Nobody Gets Me” By SZA, and many more.
Only Murders In The Building
The latest season of this series has taken a musical turn, with the characters collaborating to create a Broadway show that showcases their original songs and orchestrated music for the musical. Anything that features Meryl Streep singing always catches my attention.
The movie we all know and love. Barbie, the blockbuster of the year, owes its summer success to Warner Bros.’s extensive marketing campaign, ‘The Summer of Barbie’. The film’s soundtrack features tracks by Lizzo, and HAIM, and the use of Aqua’s “Barbie World” by Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj. Standout songs include Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night,” Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For,” and Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken,” with the latter two generating Oscar and Grammy buzz.
BeatRoute does not just cover music with lyrics… we can’t leave out the epic soundtrack from Oppenheimer. The highly anticipated thriller is already touted as one of the standout films of 2023. The compelling storyline is complemented by the masterful touch of composer Ludwig Göransson. Göransson’s exceptional music, particularly using violins for the main character, Oppenheimer, forms a profound connection with the character’s emotions. The composer’s blend of traditional and non-traditional approaches adds a creative layer to the film’s score, pushing the boundaries of audience expectations.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The highly anticipated soundtrack for “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” lives up to expectations, featuring Olivia Rodrigo and Rachel Zegler. Rodrigo’s “Can’t Catch Me Now” surprises with smooth vocals and storytelling, while Zegler’s cover of “The Hanging Tree” adds new depth. Composed by James Newton Howard, the soundtrack blends upbeat and moody vibes, with Zegler’s “Nothing You Can Take from Me” adding a rebellious touch. These new songs enrich the Hunger Games musical legacy, making the soundtrack a compelling addition to the franchise.
The Little Mermaid
The live adaptation soundtrack of this movie was incredible. Released in May 2023, the soundtrack includes beloved classic songs from the original film, three new compositions by the original film’s composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda(icon).
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The soundtrack, composed by Metro Boomin, features tracks by Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, ASAP Rocky, and Dominic Fike. The songs play a crucial role in the film, setting the atmosphere and revealing insights into the characters. “Self Love” by Coi Leray explores Gwen Stacy’s anxiety, while “Silk and Cologne” by EI8HT and Offset accompanies Miles and Gwen’s web-slinging. The concluding song, “Am I Dreaming” by Future and Lil Uzi Vert, provides a somber tone that aligns with the darker chapter’s conclusion, playing over the end credits.