11 Amazing Movie Soundtracks from the '90s ...


Going into this, I know that choosing the most amazing movie soundtracks from the '90s is an almost impossible undertaking.

Given the nostalgia for the era, the wealth of really excellent music, and the sheer number of movies that have attained cult status, either for being good or for being awful, picking just a few official soundtracks is almost impossible.

Music is incredibly subjective anyway, so my favorites won't be your favorites and your favorites may not tickle someone else's fancy.

So this is no definitive list of the best movie soundtracks from the '90s, but in the estimation of the unholy triumvirate โ€“ myself, the Better Half, and our friend Pickles โ€“ this list does contain some real lyrical gems.

However, it calls out for your additions too!

1. Empire Records

Empire Records

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

In addition to being one of my favorite movies of all time, I truly believe that Empire Records has one of the most incredible movie soundtracks from the '90s.

Coyote Shivers' solo version of โ€œSugar Highโ€ is enough to cement that claim, but then you have Gin Blossoms, Better than Ezra, the Cranberries, and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Even the kind of creepy โ€œA Girl Like Youโ€ by Edwyn Collins will get under your skin, but good.

2. Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

This super violent flick had a soundtrack that played right into my moody youth.

I didn't start listening to it until years after its 1994 release, because my parents would not let me see this epic movie at age 12.2

You've got Nine Inch Nails, Dr.

Dre, Lou Reed, Jane's Addiction, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen โ€“ what more do you need?

3. Romeo + Juliet

Romeo + Juliet

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

I had to fight for this entry, because for reasons forever unbeknownst to me, Pickles argued hard for the inclusion of the Titanic soundtrack instead.

I think Romeo + Juliet had a greater amount of generally awesome music, though, to the point where I still routinely listen to this soundtrack.

It's worth a mention just for the rendition of โ€œWhen Doves Cry,โ€ but when you're also listening to Mundy, Garbage, the Cardigans, Everclear, Des'ree, and Radiohead, you know you've got a good thing going.

It's a classic '90s soundtrack, although Volume II doesn't hold a candle to Volume I.

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