These were so many great movies from 2018. Some with stellar soundtracks that I could not get out of my head. Below is a list of these soundtracks along with my favorite song(s) from each. So sit back, relax, and listen to some awesome music!
8) A Wrinkle in Time
“Flower of the Universe” by Sade
With artists such as Demi Lovato and Sia, you know there’ll be some powerful vocals, but then there’s some unknown gems thrown in the mix. Sade, Chloe x Halle and Kehlani all bring their own unique blend to the soundtrack from A Wrinkle in Time, giving it an artistic flair.
My personal favorite from A Wrinkle in Time is “Flowers of the Universe” by Sade. The haunting melody and voice is what sold it for me. I’ve never heard of Sade so this was a first and I’ll definitely be checking for some more songs. Another memorable mention is “Warrior” by Chloe x Halle. They were another new duo who I wasn’t familiar, so it’s great that I know who they are now.
7) The Hate U Give
“We Won’t Move” by Arlissa
The Hate U Give was a moving film with an equally moving soundtrack. Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Rick Ross and Arlissa are only a few artists that make up this powerful playlist with songs like “Everybody”, “Hold On” and “DNA”. However, the songs written specifically for the movie, “We Won’t Move” and “The Hate U Give”, gave this particular playlist an edge; it was a breath of fresh air that was both inspirational and motivational.
My personal favorite was “We Won’t Move” by Arlissa. It captures everything The Hate U Give stands for and you can’t help but be touched by the raw honesty of it. Truly a beauty.
6) Love, Simon
“Love Lies” by Khalid & Normani
As you listen to the soundtrack from Love, Simon you won’t be able to stop the smile that’s bound to surface with these sweet tunes. Featured artists include Khalid, Normani, Troye Sivan, Bleachers, Tobias Albert, MØ, Jack Antonoff, Amy Shark and The 1975. With the catchy beat from “Love Lies” and the honest lyrics from “Strawberries and Cigarettes”, this is a must when you’re driving around town late at night.
My personal favorite happens to be “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani. Every time I hear it I just want to start dancing and snapping along with the beat. And side note, everything I’ve heard from Khalid, I can’t help loving. It started with “Silence” and now we’re here.
5) Fifty Shades Freed
“Heaven” by Julia Michaels
Ahhh!! The Fifty Shades trilogy may be a guilty pleasure for most, but you can’t help but fall in love with the soundtracks. Featuring Hailee Steinfeld, Laim Payne, Rita Ora, Julia Michaels, Bishop Briggs, Dua Lipa and Whethan, you’re bound to have a killer playlist. With songs like “Never Tear Us Apart” and “For You” you’ll want to leave all your inhibitions behind in a ditch and call upon your inner diva. Add in “High” and you’ll want to have your own badass hollywood movie moment. It’s a fifty shades specialty recipe that exists to please.
I honestly loved all these songs, so picking a favorite was incredibly difficult. In the end, I decided on “Heaven”. My reasoning behind this particular song is simply due to the number of times I listened to on repeat when it first came out. If I had earphones on, “Heaven” would be playing. Even at the gym and that is most certainly not meant for the gym.
4) Deadpool 2
“Ashes” by Celine Dion
The soundtrack for Deadpool 2 was pretty mediocre. I’d give it a 5, 5 ½ tops…joking, it’s definitely an 11. With Celine Dion’s powerful vocals and the collab between Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump and Zhavia Ward on “Welcome To The Party”, you’re bound to go from teary eyed to headbanging as you attempt a backflip. Many more amazing artists are featured throughout the movie which gives it a nice diversive sound.
Out of all the songs, my favorite has to be “Ashes” by Celine Dion. Why is this my favorite you ask? Well, four Syllables: Celine Dion. You have the slow crescendo in the beginning paired with the lyrics which gives it this powerful oomph. Oh and Deadpool does an interpretative dance as Celine sings. Can’t get any better than that…actually, watch the last 30 seconds of the video.
3) Black Panther
“All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Black Panther’s soundtrack was jam packed with a diversive sound and catchy beats that take ahold of you and find their way into your dreams. Featuring a nice mix of artists including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA and Future along with Mozzy, Vince Staples and Sjava. Songs range from the futuristic vibe of “Pray for Me” to the authentic sound of “Seasons”; there’s something for everyone. P
My favorite song from Black Panther is “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. I mean, those lyrics and that video. It was amazing. But I also have a lot of fun with “Pray for Me” and the chorus so it was a tough pick.
2) 13 Reasons Why
“Start Again” by Logic & One Republic
I know I know, 13 Reasons Why isn’t a movie, but I had to add it. The soundtrack was beautiful and I had to mention it. However, my all time favorite song from this series will always be Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met”. I know it wasn’t specifically written for 13 Reasons, but I feel it’s now become linked to the show. You hear “I am not the only traveler” and immediately picture Clay and Hannah at the dance. Now, the second season was not lacking in the music department. Featuring Logic, OneRepublic, Khalid, Billie Eilish and Selena Gomez along with emerging artists including YUNGBLUD, Parade of Lights, Colouring and Leon Else, this was bound to be a dynamic mix.
“Start Again” is one of the songs I liked before realizing it was from this soundtrack. The clock ticking in the beginning, love that. Really, give me a ticking clock with some ominous lyrics and I’m a goner. One last thing, “Back to You” and “lovely’ also killed it. Those videos were fantastic.
1) A Star is Born
“Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga & “Always Remember Us This Way“ by Lady Gaga.
A Star is Born killed it when it came to the storyline, but it transcended with its beautiful soundtrack. My personal favorite was definitely “Shallow”; that moment when Lady Gaga starts going “oooo ahhhh” (the bridge), I felt it. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are a dynamic duo for sure. There were many other notable songs such as “Is That Alright”, “Look What I Found” and “I’ll Never Love Again”.
I can not recommend “Shallow” and “Always Remember Us This Way” enough. And the funny thing is, the first time I heard this on the radio, I didn’t care for it. Later that day I played it over and got more into it and then by the fifth time…I was done for. Hands down my favorite song this month.