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THE BEST SOUNDTRACKS EVER!
As the film awards season heats up with the Golden Globes on Jan. 15, here is my all-time favorite movie music.
1 PURPLE RAIN (1984)
From the opening strains of that church organ, with Pastor Prince proclaiming, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life,” this is a religious experience, a funk-rock revelation. Props also to 1986’s Parade, the Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack.
2 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977)
No other soundtrack defined an era like this. The Bee Gees are the bell-bottomed heroes of this epic set. Whenever “Stayin’ Alive” comes on, disco is no longer dead.
3 WAITING TO EXHALE (1995)
A stellar cast of African-American divas-from Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin to star Whitney Houston-breathes real soul and sisterhood into Babyface-written songs.
4 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2006)
The evocative, Oscar-winning score and rootsy beauties like Emmylou Harris’s “A Love That Will Never Grow Old” get to the heart of the gay cowboy romance.
5. LADY SINGS THE BLUES (1972)
Diana Ross, in her Oscar-nominated turn as Billie Holiday, does some of the best vocals of her career on signatures such as “Strange Fruit,” making them hers too.
JAY-Z’S AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
While not technically a soundtrack, this reformed thug’s concept album, inspired by the gangster film of the same name, is a triumph of cinematic proportions.
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THE GRAMMY® GRAPEVINE
With six nods for Foo Fighters, including Album of the Year, their frontman shares secrets of rocking the awards
ON WASTING LIGHT
This is the best album we’ve made. To make it with Butch [Vig, producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind] 20 years later is a really nice full-circle moment. The two of us are bonded for life by Nevermind.
ON NEVERMIND NOT WINNING ANY GRAMMYS
So many bands haven’t won. Maybe it just wasn’t our time. But the kids seemed to like it, and that’s all that matters.
ON HIS FAVORITE GRAMMY MOMENT
When Arcade Fire won [for Album of the Year in ’11], I jumped up and down like I was watching a football game. I immediately texted them.
ON HIS LEAST FAVORITE MOMENT
We were up for five Grammys in 2006 and all got dressed up in suits. While in traffic trying to get to the red carpet, we lost [four] in the pre-telecast show.
ON HIS SONGWRITING HERO, PAUL MCCARTNEY
When I listen to “Blackbird” or “The Long and Winding Road,” I wonder how he pulled that out of himself.
ON ROCKING IN HIS 40s
When you’re in front of 50,000, it’s the greatest energy drink you’ve ever had. That and three shots of Jagermeister.