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The best movie soundtracks in history

As summer blockbusters kick into full swing this month, check out our favorite movie music ever.

By Varun Bajaj | July 8, 2013

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"Pulp Fiction"

Quentin Tarantino is known for compiling spectacular soundtracks to back his films, but none are as iconic as the soundtrack to his 1994 indie flick "Pulp Fiction." Enjoying a "Royale with cheese," memorizing your favorite biblical passage and listening to "Misirlou" on vinyl is a great way to beat the CoMo heat this summer.

"The Lion King"

Sometimes, you've got to "put your behind in your past." This summer, a great way to get rid of your worries is by throwing your "Lion King" cassette into the tapedeck, picking up that hottie from across the hall and enjoying the sweet composition of Elton John. With the right music, you and your date might even "feel the love tonight."

The Star Wars Saga

Two things age well with time: wine and Star Wars. Watching the classic sci-fi film today is every bit as sweet as it was while growing up in your hometown. Let's be honest — without the majesty and nostalgia of the music of John Williams' orchestra, the movies might just seem like a montage of limbs being hacked off via lightsaber.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Why read a book when you can watch Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortenson be heroic to the music of Howard Shore? A great way to spend a lazy Sunday is curled up in a ball with your favorite form of potatoes — whether "boiled, mashed or stuck in a stew" — and listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

"Ides of March"

This is simply an amazing and patriotic soundtrack to back the evil, political shenanigans of Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. Alexandre Desplat's "The Campaign" is by far the best track on the album. If it doesn't inspire you to better this country and volunteer with all your summer free time, then nothing will.

"O Brother, Where Art Thou"

Before we had the banjo of Mumford & Sons, we had the banjo of The Soggy Bottom Boys in 2001's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" After a listen to "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," you'll be ready to head out into the real world, get a job and get "bona fide!"

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