Category: Music

The greatest movie soundtracks – in my opinion

 

Each movie is unique since it carries a story. Sometimes, music shapes the story even better than images do. Sometimes we cannot even imagine movies without songs, because they come together and are strongly interdependent.

Of course, we cannot say which really are the best soundtracks in movie history, because everyone has his or her own taste. But we have tried to choose some soundtracks from different styles of music.

  1. Once (2007)

Besides being a great movie, “Once” has great songs played by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The best-known songs are “Falling Slowly” and “When Your Mind’s Made Up”. These songs have won major industry awards and became hits. People, including yours truly, still listen to these, since Glen Hansard has a great voice and an incredible style of singing.

 

  1. Forrest Gump (1994)

“Forrest Gump” is an American epic romantic-comedy-drama movie that was based on the novel written by Winston Groom. Some of the songs that show up in the movie are considered undying hits today. Some of them are “Hound Dog”, “On the Road Again” and “California Dreamin’”.

 

  1. Like Crazy (2011)

Most of the songs in this movie are instrumental and belong to Dustin O’Halloran who is a great composer. His creations have great depth and express a lot of feelings. O’Halloran’s songs have affected the movie so much, that if it was played on mute it would send a totally different message.

What we like most about this movie is that it perfectly combines instrumental music with other styles. It has songs by M83, Stars, Paul Simon or The Radio Depot.

 

  1. Dirty Dancing (1987)

This is one of the most famous movies about dance and music. There is a high possibility that almost 90% of the people in the whole world have watched it or heard about this film at least once in their life.

This movie’s songs remained in our hearts as great pieces of art. Some of the best-known songs from the movie are “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, which are hits in the album of Medley and Jennifer Warnes. The album with the same name, “Dirty Dancing” sold over 11 million copies back then.

  1. Burlesque (2010)

Even the fact that Christina Aguilera herself plays the main part in this movie says a lot about the soundtrack. Maybe she is not everyone’s favorite artist, but we cannot deny that her voice is amazing. More than that, Cher, whose voice is incomparable, also has an important role in the movie.

Together, Christina Aguilera and Cher made the soundtrack for “Burlesque”, one of the most awesome track lists in movie history.

 

Music I love to listen to while I work

 

Music has always played an important part in our lives, as it can shift our state of mind and make us feel either more uplifted and happy or sometimes even sad depending on the tune we choose.

Research showed that the human brain responds differently, compared to any other animal, when it hears the music. When we listen to it, a part of our brain called the nucleus accumbens activates and triggers the release of the “pleasure chemical” dopamine.

The amount of dopamine that gets released, and therefore the level of the pleasure we get from it, depends on other things such as the element of surprise.

So the next time you find yourself browsing through new music, remember that if you stumble across a new song you really like, you’ll probably be happier than listening to the one you already know and like.

Studies have shown that music can actually help us perform tasks better and faster, while also creating a specific environment in which we can let our creativity go wild. According to the studies, listening to happy music is associated with an increase in divergent thinking, but not convergent thinking.

However, music does have some limitations when it comes to the tasks you can perform while listening to cool rhythms.

 

If you’re learning

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to learn something new at your job, then listening to music is not such a good idea. Learning requires our brains to analyze and remember instructions and facts.

When you have your music on, this multitasking for your brain can cause it to interpret instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store.

 

If you’re avoiding noise

We all know that sometimes the workspace can get a little loud, especially when colleagues are on the phone or when they work on a project together. This noise can cause an added stress for our brains which are doing their best to process all the information around.

Productivity can, therefore, go down, even if your task doesn’t require you to learn something. If you feel like you need to work effectively and cancel disturbing noises, listening to music can actually help, as it blocks out the excessive input keeps you calm.

 

If your task is repetitive

As it was shown by various studies, when doing repetitive work is actually a good idea to listen to music. According to the research, this practice helps you make fewer mistakes and finish your tasks faster.

These results occur because the music you like triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, which help you feel relaxed and happy and therefore focus better.