This year has seen the release of massive movie soundtracks. Black Panther dominated the charts for the first half of 2018 thanks to involvement from Kendrick Lamar and a tracklisting that included the Compton rapper, as well SZA, Khalid, Anderson .Paak, James Blake, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and more. Fifty Shades Freed had new music from Julia Michaels, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, and Hailee Steinfeld. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again had us revisiting Abba. A Wrinkle In Time pulled Sade out of retirement.
Then there’s the Goliath of A Star Is Born, with the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper soundtrack debuting at No. 1 on Billboard and poised to clean up in the acting and musical categories once awards season begins.
It’s easy to think that the best of movie music is now in the rear view mirror for 2018, but there are still lots of big names to come in the soundtrack category. Throw some extra butter on your popcorn and let’s look at the soundtracks that will have you lining up at the box office during the next three months.
In Theatres: November 9
The latest iteration of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book about the Grinch who steals Christmas and lives on top of a mountain overlooking Whoville arrives this November and features Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the villain-turned-hero. As for the soundtrack, Tyler, The Creator has remixed the famous theme song “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” while also writing new material for the animated film. It seems like a far stretch to pair Tyler and a children’s film, but after hearing the trailer, we’re really excited for the collaboration. You could say our hearts grew three sizes…
In Theatres: October 12
We’ve already started mentally preparing for the emotional gut punch that is the Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet drama Beautiful Boy, which garnered huge praise on the festival circuit for the pair’s story about a father trying to save his teenage son from addiction. Now that the film has a soundtrack that includes new music from English artist Sampha, we’ve given up all hope of trying to cry quietly in the movie theatre. Sobs. Just sobs.
In Theatres: October 26
Thom Yorke has been making stunning and layered electronic-based music for years with Radiohead, so it was only a matter of time before the English artist transferred his penchant for dark and moody music to the big screen. Working with director Luca Guadagnino, Yorke sets the eerie tone for the remake of the 1977 classic thriller. Considering Guadagnino’s last film, Call Me By Your Name, earned a Grammy nomination for Sufjan Stevens’ work on the soundtrack, we may be on the precipice of some of the most exciting work in Yorke’s hugely accomplished career.
In Theatres: November 2
The Eminem-produced, Joseph Kahn-directed Bodied made its debut at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, but has yet to be released beyond the festival circuit. That will change in November when fans will get to hear two new Eminem tracks for the rap battle film, which also features appearances and performances from actual rap battle artists. Mom’s spaghetti.
In Theatres: October 19
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut will feature a soundtrack packed full of some of the biggest artists from the 1990s, including Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Pixies, Ginuwine, GZA, and Seal. Oh yeah, “Kiss From A Rose” totally made the cut. Hill also teamed up with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the score, with the pair previously working on The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
In Theatres: December 19
Three words: Lin-Manuel Miranda. Disney has remained tight lipped about what fans can expect when Mary Poppins flies onto screens in December, but we do know that music from the original 1964 film and new songs will make up the soundtrack. We’re hoping that Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Miranda, who penned songs for Disney’s Moana, will lend some of his Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ness to the soundtrack.