[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICMMfc3RZHE&feature=relatedThe first song ever I picked from a soundtrack and which remains a favorite to this day is Don’t You (Forget About Me) by the Simple Minds. Mind you, I hadn’t even watched The Breakfast Club when I fell in love with the song. I still remember how deeply disappointed I was that I couldn’t buy it on any Simple Minds record, but that it was only available on the movie soundtrack which I was not interested in buying.

Since then I have discovered soundtracks as a source for excellent music. I discovered Aimee Mann through Magnolia, The Verve through Cruel Intentions, Carly Simon through Working Girl, and Alisha’s Attic through Bridget Jones’s Diary. In each of these cases, I went and bought a CD by this artist after discovering his/her/their song on the soundtrack.

TV series can also be a great source for music, especially since you can now often look up the music that was used for a specific episode or even a specific scene on internet sites devoted to soundtracks. The music tends to be excellently well chosen, too. It’s to The O.C., for example, that I am indebted to for Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah as well as Syd Matters’ To All of You (from Someday We Foresee Obstacles).

It’s not just songs, either. I love to listen to whole soundtracks, and find them especially soothing while I’m working hard. For example, I adore the soundtracks of Much Ado About Nothing, Pirates of the Caribbean and, of course, Star Wars.

What roles do soundtracks play for you?

– Rike Horstmann