After months of waiting Baby Driver is coming out and looks to be a huge hit. As of this writing Baby Driver has an impressive 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and with good reason. Director Edgar Wright’s first foray into straight up action movies is an absolute blast taking classic action film tropes and recreating them in ways never seen before. The biggest reason this all works is the strength of the soundtrack. Mixing a variety of genres tracks such as “Hocus Pocus” by Focus and Bob & Earl’s “Harlem Shuffle” blend seamlessly into what is happening on screen.
As important as the soundtrack for Baby Driver is making it so integral to a film is nothing new for Edgar Wright. Contemporary music has been crucial to his work as early as Spaced and Shaun of the Dead. In fact since the beginning of the 21st century we have seen a bit of a shift when it comes to soundtracks. Very rarely are songs made exclusively for a film but instead are used to punctuate a scene. It has led to not only the discovery of older artists but to exposing classic songs to a whole new generation. Needless to say it’s not only a great time for fans of movies but music as well. So in honor of Baby Driver here is a look at 6 of the best movie soundtracks of the 21st century.
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