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7 Cool Songs from Foreign Film Soundtracks ...

By Alyssa

Sometimes all it takes to make a movie fantastic is its soundtrack, which is why I have complied a list of 7 cool songs from foreign film soundtracks. You know, because you’re interested. I am personally a huge music buff, and I LOVE the discovery of new music to shake up my playlists. I especially love finding scores to narrate my life (you should try it), so I’ve included those too. Here are 7 cool songs from foreign film soundtracks to shake up your iPod (or whatever device you rock out with).

1 Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon WeddingOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Monsoon Wedding starts the list of 7 cool songs from foreign film soundtracks, because if you aren’t listening to it, you’re missing out. I personally am a huge fan of Bollywood films. Maybe it’s because I love music and dancing in film (it should be in more films), but Monsoon Wedding has a beautiful mix of memorable music to a triumphant film. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most infamous Bollywood films. Download Chunari Chunari by Anuradha Shriram and Adhijeet, to wake up your morning. Trust me, you can’t help but dance when you hear this!

2 Amelie

AmelieOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
I can't tell you how much I adore this movie, and the music that goes along with it. My upstairs neighbor used to play "Comptine d'un autre été" and as soon as I heard the first few notes, I'd run under the air vent to listen. Yann Tiersen is a genius... check out the soundtrack to Goodbye Lenin, too. Right in the feels!

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3 Once

OnceOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Ah the little film that could. I could make a comment about fabulous Irish underdogs always finding amazing ways to rise from the bottom to the top with this film, but that would be a bit biased. So I move on. The song Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova should be on your most romantic playlists. It will make your heart melt. It beat out about 3 Disney nominations, for the Oscar in best song! Ahh, so many feels.

4 Spirited Away

Spirited AwayOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
When creating a film as both beautifully and artistically done as a Miyazaki film, the film score better be just as epic. Without the music, you just have flat art. It’s true, try to envision it some time. Spirited Away is one of my all time favorite films by the Japanese animator, and the music is perfectly haunting. It’s also great to play when you’re just lounging around the house (daydreaming), supposed to be cleaning your room, listen to the song Summer's Day. You get the picture.

5 Henry V

Henry VOn iTunjes at: itunes.apple.com
You’ve definitely heard this soundtrack before. ‘The Day Is Yours’ has been used in so many commercials, you have to have had it stuck in your head before. It’s a powerfully uplifting song that makes you want to run. Example, it was used for the commercials for the film Australia (Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman - you’re welcome) with images of rushing trains and galloping horses. You get the picture. In fact, I many have just listed the song you’ve been looking for this whole time! Once again, you’re welcome.

6 Life is Beautiful

Life is BeautifulOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Mr. Man showed me this last year, and I am not afraid to admit that this is one of the only films I have ever bawled (full. ugly. cry) through. It’s actually one of the most award winning foreign films ever, so the ink is for the movie, not just the soundtrack. The Italians really know how to make you feel epic and emotional feels (all the feels). I can't pick one song, because the whole soundtrack is amazing. Even pulling it up brought back so many memories. And that to me is the sign of an epic score. It should be so perfectly matched with both the acting and the scenes, that like a classic fragrance, it brings back heart stopping nostalgia.

7 Chocolat

ChocolatOn iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
This is only half foreign film (don’t ask me how), but it’s worth noting. Rachel Portman is a visionary in the film score department. Her works also get used a lot in commercials. The Chocolat soundtrack is also played a great deal at a lot of my family functions. It just evokes that warm feeling of sitting around a table with your friends and family, enjoying great food and the French countryside. I also like to listen to it and pretend I am a gypsy (don’t judge). Try out her version of the Minor Swing.

So there you have it kittens, some awesome soundtracks and scores to rock out to this week. Who knows, you might have just found your next theme song. So what do you think of my choices? And what is your fav foreign film soundtrack?

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