Staff Picks Playlist: Movie Soundtracks


Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks Playlist feature the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. With this movie soundtrack playlist, we hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know. This week we feature modern hits from Florence + The Machine and twenty one pilots, an indie tune from The Swell Season, and an ultimate classic by Spandau Ballet.

"Breath Of Life" by Florence + The MachineIt's only natural to fall in love with any movie soundtrack that Florence + The Machine puts out. Florence Welch has a way of turning everything into pure magic. There are many tracks FATM has done for various movies, but "Breath Of Life" from Snow White and the Huntsman, in particular, is ultimately the best. The song is striking, with lyrics so strong and harmonies so haunting in the best way possible. (Jordyn Beschel, Photographer)

“Still Falling For You” by Ellie GouldingI’m such a big fan of Ellie Goulding, it’s not even funny. So, naturally, when she released this song for the new movie Bridget Jones’s Baby, I was HYPED. I love this song because it sounds similar to Ellie’s electro-pop sound but the vibe of the song is a little different compared to her other music. It’s a great song to jam to belt out in the shower, especially once the chorus hits. (Gina Scarpino, Photographer)

“Young and Beautiful” by DH Orchestral Version by Lana Del ReyIt's no secret that I am a Gatsby addict. I’ve probably read the book ten times, watched the movie more than I can count, and the soundtrack is one of my favorites to listen to on Spotify. I’m a Lana Del Rey addict too, and Young and Beautiful’s nostalgic, floating tone coupled with the dramatic strings of the backing orchestra make the song perfect for Gatsby and his tragic green light. (Briana McDonald, Writer)

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer WarnesDirty Dancing is one of those movies that I have watched way too many times, but it's just too good. I mean come on, young summer love, dancing, a high-quality soundtrack, and Patrick Swayze, what isn’t there to love? I can’t hear this song without thinking about the final scene and that jump, iconic. (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)

“When Your Mind's Made Up” by Glen Hansard and Marketa IrglovaIf there’s one movie soundtrack I’d have to recommend, it will always be Once. The 2007 Irish musical/romance indie film stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová–better known as The Swell Season IRL–as two struggling musicians in Dublin, Ireland. One of the movie’s more popular songs is the award winning track “Falling Slowly.” However, the soundtrack as a whole is filled with awe-inspiring music. This song in particular, is usually overlooked in comparison to “Falling Slowly” but it just evokes so much emotion through the lyrics and instrumental build-up that it deserves the attention. The Once soundtrack, simply put, is a masterpiece in itself. Give it a listen. You will definitely not be disappointed. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor in Chief)

“Heathens” by twenty one pilotsSuicide Squad does not have the best reputation at the moment. I saw the movie on its premiere night, and I left with mixed emotions. Being the avid twenty one pilots fan that I am, I had already listened to Heathens numerous times (and even saw it live twice in Florida before the movie came out). The song was used in the film’s credit sequence, which I felt was a bit of a cop-out, but whatever. The song is still a jam. (Sam Lichtenstein, Photographer)

“The Old Man” by Marcelo ZarvosEven without words, this piece of music gets me right in the heart. The film it appears in, The Words, is grossly underrated in my opinion and it's soundtrack fits it flawlessly. When I hear this composition I hear the entire story, and I'm super into it. (Dayna Drum, Managing Editor)

“True” by Spandau BalletI am a major sucker for a ballad. Also if you saw The Wedding Singer then the only thing you can picture is Steve Buscemi singing this tune...and then you cry...because it gives you lyfe. Also, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler kiss and then I cry a lot more...big ugly tears. This song gives me some serious feels. If you don’t cry to this then you’re a freakin' monster, get help. (Deanna Soukiasian, Writer/Interviewer)

“Revolution” by Jim SturgessFinally! Movie soundtrack week! The song Revolution is from the movie Across the Universe, also known as one of my favorite movies ever–ask anyone. The scene where Jude, the main character, sings Revolution is definitely my favorite scenes from the whole movie. Across The Universe takes place in the 60's and all of the songs they sing in the movie are The Beatles' songs, which automatically makes the movie even cooler. The songs go perfectly along with the storyline of the movie. How many times can I say movie before it's too much? (Brianna Stacy, Photographer)

“A Real Hero” by College & Electric YouthA movie with such a title like Drive, one would expect some modern hard rock playing in the background whenever Ryan Gosling’s character appeared on the screen; however, the producers of this movie could not have chosen a better tracklist for this film! Following a series of synth based tracks, the audience is taken back through a time machine of 80’s influenced sounds, which is what this song captures perfectly. This tracklist delivers a sense of neo-noir coolness, which makes this a fantastic soundtrack to "drive" to! (Caleb Yee, Photographer)