Music Break: Five soundtracks from 2015 I’m currently obsessed with


Most people who know me know I have an old school taste when it comes to music. I basically only listen to genres. One is classical music – my radio dial goes back and forth from MPR news to Classical MPR 99.5, and I’m not ashamed that I owned two Sarah Brightman CDs. The other is movie music [natch] My CD changers in my car (I’m dating myself aren’t I?) consist mostly of soundtracks (Moulin Rouge and Sense & Sensibility are on there right now). 2015 have produced some truly awesome soundtracks that I currently listen to a lot, and probably will for years to come. They’re quite an eclectic bunch, just like my taste in films, I like my period dramas to go with the high-octane action.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Composed by: Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL

I had never heard of Junkie XL before but man I LOVE this extremely energetic music that adds so much cool vibe to the movie. It perfectly complements all the crazy action that goes on in the movie and the music IS an integral part of the action as well w/ the guitar guy in red jumper on top of the convoy truck.

Brothers in Arms is one of my fave tracks from the album:

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Composed by: Joe Kramer

I LOVE Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, which was featured in the fantabulous Vienna Opera sequence early in the film. Well, three of the tracks managed to inject the famous area beautifully and mix it with the iconic Mission Impossible theme. I just LOVE it!!

I also love the music featured in the MI5 trailer by The Fugees from the mid 90s. It works brilliantly with the trailer cut and somehow sounds like it’s made just for this movie!


Far From the Madding Crowd

Composed by: Craig Armstrong

I’ve already dedicated an entire Music Break post of this one last September and I’m still obsessed with it.

I especially love Carey Mulligan’s rendition of Let No Man Steal Your Thyme, but this opening sequence with the repetitive piano and violin melody has such a beautiful, swoon-inducing quality.



Composed by: Patrick Doyle

Speaking of swoon-inducing, that’s the one essential ingredient when you’re composing a fairy tale film. Mr. Doyle’s done some of my favorite soundtracks ever, so he’s the perfect choice for this movie. I was just listening to it last night as I was working on my script, as a matter of fact. At times I’d stop and let myself be swept away by the lush & gorgeous music, just like Cinderella was by Prince Kit 😉


Composed by: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I just watched this recently so it’s fresh in my mind. I remember vividly how the ominous score adds so much tension to already ultra-suspenseful scenes. One of the major reasons my nerve was stretched to its snapping point was because of this brilliant music. The Icelandic composer wrote such a perfect music with his minimalist electronic style, it’s as pulsating and heart-throbbing as the film itself. I can’t imagine this movie without THIS music, it’s made all the richer because of it.




I had to include this scene from one of my top 10 films of 2015. The song Diamonds is by Rihanna who I never listen to, but somehow it’s so perfect for this scene. The first time I saw it I actually rewound it as it moved me so much. It captured the sentiment the girls are feeling… every girl, no matter what background they come from, once to get all dolled up and be glamorous once in a while.


Hope you enjoyed this week’s music break. Which of these are YOUR favorites?


41 thoughts on “Music Break: Five soundtracks from 2015 I’m currently obsessed with

    1. Hi ya Cindy! I just sent you an email about Lucky Film Club 🙂 YES the Opera sequence is awesome, I love that the composer interposed the Nessun Dorma aria into the score. Brilliant! I’m curious to hear what you think of ‘Madding Crowd,’ I had some issues w/ the casting but for the most part I enjoyed it.

  1. Love the Brothers in Arms track from Fury Road’s soundtrack, fits so perfectly well for that chase scene, which happens to be my favorite action sequence of the film. Rogue Nation theme’s pretty cool too. When I heard that Ready or Not song in the trailer, I couldn’t figure out where it came from. Then of course I found out it’s from one of The Fugee’s songs, I forgot how big the group were back in the mid to late 90s.

    1. Hi Ted! Yeah The Brothers in Arms track is the best, though the entire album is awesome. Yeah I didn’t realize Ready or Not was an older song, it seems so perfect for the trailer somehow.

      1. You know come to think of it, the year The Fugees became so popular 1996 was the year the first Mission: Impossible film came out and it also was a big hit. So in a way they’re connected! Ha ha.

          1. Yeah, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years but I still remember 1996 like it’s yesterday! The Fugees songs were on the air constantly and I was so excited for the first Mission: Impossible film that summer; saw it twice on opening weekend! Oh the memories of the late 90s, ha ha!

  2. I love, love, love the Mad Max: Fury Road score and cannot for the life of me understand why it didn’t receive an Oscar nom? I listen to the Brothers in Arms track more often than is probably good for my eardrums.

    Thank you so much for reminding me of the Far From the Madding Crowd score, I had somehow managed to forget about it, but it really is delightful.

    I had problems with Sicario, but the score was one of the things I really enjoyed. In my review, I wrote how it sounds like we are in Mordor when we get to Juarez, really tense and effective.

    1. Hello there! Glad we share a love for Fury Road. Yeah, it’s yet another thing the Academy got wrong that it wasn’t nominated for Best Score. What a travesty. Far From the Madding Crowd’s score is delightful indeed, and I LOVE Carey Mulligan’s voice. Ahah, that score in Sicario when they’re in Juarez does have that otherworldly sound about it, but I didn’t think of LOTR.

  3. Hi Ruth! LOL, my New Year’s resolution is to read blogs and comment more regularly. 😉

    Love these picks, especially Mad Max: Fury Road, Sicario, and Far from the Madding Crowd. And the Diamonds scene in Girlhood is brilliant!

  4. All of these are pretty solid. I just watched Sicario as well and that soundtrack really does standout. One of my current favorites is the Crimson Peak score. It’s ridiculously good.

    1. Hello Ryan! Glad to hear, you said ALL so you like the two period drama ones too then? 😉 Glad you love Sicario. I should check out Crimson Peak’s score, I still haven’t seen the movie yet.

          1. I really enjoy most of them but some of my favorite There Will Be Blood, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Lawrence of Arabia. It’s probably my favorite genre right behind horror!

    1. Hi Chris! I’m not usually a fan of Rihanna so I didn’t even know whose song that was when I heard it in the film, but it’s perfect for that scene. Ah yes, the score itself is lovely as well.

    1. Yeah, that’s what my hubby and I listen to on Spotify all the time. Fury Road is great for working out too, but then again I can work out to the oddest music, even classical! 🙂

  5. I’m all about that Mad Max soundtrack thunderously energetic. It fits that movie perfectly. Absolutely loved it. Glad you mentioned Sicario as well. Jóhannsson is GREAT!

    1. Yay! Glad you love the Mad Max soundtrack too, ‘thunderously energetic’ is the perfect way to describe it. Yeah, Sicario’s score is simply sublime!!

  6. Brothers in Arms is my favorite track from last year, but the entire soundtrack is just amazing. And the music in Sicario played such a big part in how tense the movie was, great choices!

    1. Yeah, the entire soundtrack of Fury Road is great, we play that a lot in the car and it always made me want to rewatch the movie! Sicario’s score is unbelievably tense, it’s almost like a horror film!

  7. Izzy

    I came out of the cinema having hated the Mad Max sound track because it had made me feel so stressed and heart race-y….then realised that that was the point! So it definitely did it’s job. Great choice of soundtrack for Mad Max overall

    1. Hi Izzy! Well I’m glad you came around in regards to Fury Road’s soundtrack. It was quite loud at times but the manic energy suits the film very well.

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