Five 2012 Movie Soundtracks That Pop and Rock

It was a pleasant surprise to see pop stars like Adele and Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes Awards last weekend and not just because they love to hog the red carpet. Both singers were nominated for Best Original Song (Adele won for “Skyfall” over Taylor’s “Safe & Sound”).

Movie awards season is in full swing which means movie soundtracks are getting a lot of attention.  Life of Pi won Best Original Score at the Globes and is nominated for an Oscar. Also up for musical Oscars are Anna Karenina, Argo, Lincoln and Skyfall.  Alexandre Desplat’s Zero Dark Thirty score is also garnering critical praise and so is the star-studded new soundtrack for Les Miserables. (Hugh Jackman sings!)

But even if you’re not an opera or James Bond fan, there’s a lot of noteworthy pop, hip-hop and rock soundtracks to explore and download with our cloud-based music delivery service. Here are 5 worth listening to:

The Avengers – The superhero mashup features grunge tracks from Soundgarden, Scott Weiland, and more ‘90s rockers.

The Hunger Games – Taylor’s afore-mentioned folk duo with The Civil Wars was nominated for a Globe, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine makes a cameo, Arcade Fire plays two tracks and even Kid Cudi steps in with “The Ruler and the Killer.”

Katy Perry: Part of Me –The Teenage Dream’s movie companion CD features cotton candy favorites like “Firework,” “Last Friday Night,” and “Wide Awake.”

The Man with the Iron Fists — Edgy alt bands like The Black Keys go up against rappers Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and RZA, who also directs and stars in this martial arts pic.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Passion Pit and Christina Perri join rockers like Green Day (“The Forgotten”) and electronica sensation Ellie Goulding (“Bittersweet”).

Our Top 10 Movie Soundtracks

Want to spark some party chatter or get a rousing Facebook debate going? Ask your friends to recommend their favorite movie soundtracks.

Faster than you can say “Twilight,” you’ll have more movie titles than you can shake a clove of garlic at. From the rich, violet funk of Prince’s “Purple Rain” to the giddy ‘60s love songs from “Dirty Dancing,” people can’t help raving about their cinema darlings.

With MyMusicCloud, you can even hear your new finds before you exit the movie theater. Our cloud-based music delivery system has an online music store where you can search, find and download new soundtracks straight to almost any portable device.

You can even alert your Facebook friends to your new discoveries with our convenient “Share” button. Tell them you’re enjoying the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games” or bopping along to an old favorite like “Summer Lovin’” from “Grease.”

Or throw a themed DVD-watching party at home and pre-mix a playlist with MyMusicCloud showcasing all your favorite romantic comedy, ‘70s disco or even horror movie music. Your friends will be amazed!

Here are some of our favorite movie soundtracks to get you started:

1.       Pulp Fiction: Shimmy like John & Uma to this eclectic rock mix.

2.       Grease:  Bubbly high-school pop from the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies.

3.       Trainspotting: Mesmerizing alt rock from Iggy Pop, Blur, and Underworld.

4.       A Hard Day’s Night: Romp along with Beatles classics.

5.       Purple Rain: Dance-happy ‘80s hits from his Royal Purpleness.

6.       Dirty Dancing: Have the time of your life with this ode to ‘60s pop.

7.       Once: Acoustic harmonies for romantics.

8.       Singles: The best of ‘90s grunge.

9.       The Graduate:  Haunting folk from Simon & Garfunkel.

10.     Saturday Night Fever: Hip-shaking fun with the Bee Gees.

What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Tell us in the comment section below …