The Best 20 Movie Soundtracks From 2000-2009

Published by Colin in: Film,Music,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 27 Jan 2010 Comments: 1


Our breakdown of the Last Decade In Music: Part 3

As we begin our last week of January, we promise that it will be the last of our decade summaries. So you won’t have to hear anymore about the decade that was 2000 to 2009.  Starting the week off is our breakdown of the Last Decade In Music: Part 3. So here you go, I give you the 20 best Movie Soundtracks of the first decade of the 21st century.

20. Lords of Dogtown
Lords of Dogtown captures the sheer kinetic joy of skateboarding like no other movie. Dogtown features crossover from surfing to skateboarding, so naturally there is an amazing track list of old rock songs and great punk.  With the songs worked excellently into the film such as Jimmy Hendrix’s Fire or Black Sabbath’s Iron Man this is a soundtrack all boarders need to get a hold of. Buy Lords of Dogtown at soundtrack at

19. School of Rock
A movie punched full of classic rock from Led Zeppelin to The Who this movie literally rocks.  And along with some great original rock tracks written for the movie and performed in the film you can’t argue that the School of Rock soundtrack does indeed rock! Buy School of Rock at soundtrack at

18. Walk The Line
None of the songs on the soundtrack were actually performed by Johnny Cash, that job was left to the great Joaquin Phoenix. He does an amazing job covering the country star’s song of legend.  Backed by Tyler Hilton it is one of the best movies based of a musician that I have seen or more importantly heard. Buy Walk the Line soundtrack at

17. Out Cold
I could listen to this soundtrack just for Eve 6 and Jimmy Eat World’s performances, but the fact that you also get tracks from Jack Johnson to the Foo Fighters it’s turned into a must have.  The modern rock music here was mixed perfectly into the movie making a great soundtrack and great film! Buy Out Coldsoundtrack at

16. (500) Days of Summer
(500) Days of Summer has a mellow soundtrack with appearances from Regina Spektor and Simon & Garfunkel.  The movie is pushed along with a lot of acoustic songs and slow guitars which seem to add to the at times depressing film. Buy (500) Days Of Summer-Music From The Motion Picture soundtrack at

15. Shrek Series
A fairy tale of musical collaboration.  From the first Shrek’s revival of Smash Mouth’s All-Star to Shrek 2’s amazing use of Accidentally In Love by the Counting Crows the Ogre Tale has an amazing soundtrack.  But on the top I would easily place the remixed Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright! Buy Shrek – Music From the Original Motion Picture, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third soundtrack at

14. Grind
Another skateboard movie?  Yeah afraid so, I am just catching the punk rock they throw out there.  With great tracks from great bands such as Unwritten Law and Trapt this is another one that no skateboarder or anyone in the modern or alternative rock scene can go without. Go get it! Buy Grind soundtrack at

13. The Punisher
Superhero movies usually have pretty rocking soundtracks so while The Punisher is the first on the list it won’t be the last.  Though the main song from the soundtrack was the extremely overplayed Broken by Seether and Amy Lee you can look past it to find an amazing disc with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age or Smile Empty Soul.  Easily the most metal and hard soundtrack on the list it, is definitely worth a listen if you liked the movie! Buy The Punisher soundtrack at

12. Catch and Release
Some random chick flick is on the list?  Yeah, it is.  With surprisingly good music that perfectly affects the mood of the movie it’s no wonder it’s on the list.  Appearances by Death Cab For Cutie and New Radiant Storm King provide for quite a mellow setting that nicely pushes along this chick flick. Buy Catch and Release soundtrack at

11. Nightmare Revisited
Ok bear with me, yes I realize that The Nightmare Before Christmas did come out before this decade.  But Nightmare Revisited, released in 2008 features unique, all new recordings and I can’t possibly keep it off my list with performances by so many big names like Rise Against, Plain White T’s and Flyleaf performing Danny Elfman’s tracks it definitely makes my top twenty. Buy Nightmare Revisitedsoundtrack at

10. Almost Famous
Another CD completely loaded with classic rock.  Now I don’t want to lie, so I won’t.  I haven’t actually seen the movie, but I have listened to the CD.  The soundtrack has a bunch of the greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, The Beach Boys even Led Zeppelin and don’t forget the films subject, the band Stillwater, that actually holds up against these rock greats.  It’s worth the listen just to hear a great mix tape of classic bands. Buy Almost Famoussoundtrack at

9. The Twilight Saga (so far)
No I didn’t like the movies.  But I can’t argue with the amazing soundtrack that both Twilight and New Moon have.  With two songs from my favorite band Paramore and one by Linkin Park strewn through Twilight and New Moon having both The Killers and Death Cab For Cutie these CD’s should make any soundtrack list for listeners to the modern mainstream music. Buy Twilight Soundtrack, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack soundtracks at

8. 8 Mile
This is my token rap CD.  It made the top ten because I do really like Lose Yourself.  Plus with other strong appearances on the soundtrack from 50 Cent and Jay Z it’s hard to not have one CD like this on any soundtrack list. Buy 8 Mile (Deluxe Limited Edition)soundtrack at

7. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Anyone up for some Soggy Bottom Boys?  I loved this movie with a passion, but one of the things that most fueled this movie was indeed the music. O Brother’s soundtrack blends bluegrass, gospel, blues and country music from the 30’s and 40’s and it can’t help by make you smile as you see George Clooney singing I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow. (Listen to it…  NOW!) Buy O Brother, Where Art Thou?soundtrack at

6. Daredevil
As previously stated superhero movies tend to have awesome soundtracks, and Daredevil is no exception.  While they totally milked the popularity of Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life at the time of the movie, the soundtrack is solid besides that with key performances from Hoobastank, Chevelle and The Calling.  Another great listen for the modern rock generation. Buy Daredevil: The Albumsoundtrack at

5. Resident Evil: Extinction
A hard, fast, metal soundtrack based around the fact that you’re killing zombies.  With Shadows Fall and Emanuel throwing down some rocking tunes, I think the highlight is by the band Searchlight who wrote the rocking song Contagious, a song based solely off of the game Resident Evil 4… That is so win! Buy Resident Evil: Extinction (OST)soundtrack at

4. A Knight’s Tale
Queen?  David Bowie? Eric Clapton?  Epic horse battles!  Who knew medieval peasants knew the chorus to We Will Rock You before a jousting tournament?  I didn’t… But I am happy they do, because the soundtrack to a Knight’s Tale propelled this tale almost more than anything else! Buy A Knight’s Tale
at soundtrack at

3. Spider-Man Series
Again Superhero movies have good soundtracks.  I’m going to keep saying it.  All three movie soundtracks are outstanding. You could make the case for great listening by just focusing on theme songs from each.  Hero might be Nickelback’s only good song and Vindicated is an amazingly solid performance by Dashboard Confessional.  And the only great thing about Spider-Man 3 might have been its soundtrack. Take a look at the 3 CD’s because they are chalked full of amazing rock music! Buy Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 soundtrack at

2. A Walk To Remember
Don’t hate on me for having this one in here.  A Walk To Remember really does have an amazing soundtrack.  I might be biased, I love Switchfoot who comprises most of the disc but it is still a solid listen.  With random performances thrown in from New Radicals and Fuel, this is one of the best soundtracks of the decade hands down! Buy A Walk to Remember
at soundtrack at

1. The Transformers Movies
Never before have I seen a movie with so many killer songs worked right into the movie!  I can just list off the amazing artists; Linkin Park, The Goo Goo Dolls, Disturbed, The Used, Green Day, The Fray, and Taking Back Sunday.  A super array of modern rock music that managed to worked its way into the mainstream.  These two CD’s rock and besides the fact that the movies rock as well it makes it worth watching just for the music! Buy Transformers, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen-The Album soundtracks at


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    1. Rachygirl says:

      Transformers kicks ASS!!

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