5 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2017/Classic Soundtracks Edition

By Patrick DeMarco

Oh, the days when soundtracks were just as big as their accompanying films. Doesn’t it seem like a long lost art? 

That’s because it most certainly is and once you dive or maybe lift into the soundtracks of Dirty Dancing, Sister Act, Titanic, Saturday Night Fever and even Mo’ Money, you’ll be reminded on how they truly just don’t make ’em like they used to anymore. 

Saturday Night Fever/1977  John Travolta.Bee Gees...”Stayin’ Alive” and everything else they jived up on this soundtrack…Yvette Ellman‘s “If I Can’t Have You…Wyclef Jean. Well, that pretty much sums up this ’70s movie going experience all sorts of up.

And what an experience it was and always will be thanks to its long-lasting strobe lit soundtrack containing all of those hits, honey. Admit it…you’re about to put the needle on the 8 track right about..now. 

Dirty Dancing/1987  Since you took those Dirty Dancing classes in the ’80s, Blanche, you know just how delightfully dirrrty any of the tracks on the almost three decade old soundtrack to the smash ’80s box office hit. 

To practicing that lift until we get it right to “I’ve Had the Time Of My Life” to Eric Carmen‘s feisty “Hungry Eyes” to classics “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes to “Love Is Strange” by Micky & Sylvia, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and the film itself are the pop culture gifts that keep on giving. 

And when it comes to the dearly departed Patrick Swayze‘s star contribution, “She’s Like the Wind,” grab a Kleenex because you’re going to need one right now.

Sister Act/1992  Since this movie and its heavenly accompanying soundtrack still make us clutch our Sister Mary Clarence pearls upon every whimsical listening and viewing party, there’s no reason to discuss how “Rescue Me,” “Gravy,” “My God,” “I Will Follow Him” and “Hail Holy Queen” have affected our Whoopi lives ever since they were put into one fabulous movie twenty-five years ago. 

But the real question here is…what the f#$k happened to the lovely ladies of Lady Soul who sang Sister‘s theme song, “If My Sister’s in Trouble?” We have a feeling they might be in trouble since they haven’t been seen or heard from since 1992. While that be a true mystery from above, here will have a beautiful soundtrack that even Ms. Maggie Smith, err, Mother Superior would still approve of. 

Oh, and may C+C Music Factory‘s “Just a Touch of Love (Everyday)” always take a piece of our movie montage hearts with it whenever this movie is on. Which is indeed like, everyday. You betta werk, Sister Mary Patrick

Mo’ Money/1992  From Ralph Tresvant‘s “Money Can’t Buy You Love” to Johnny Gill‘s “Let’s Just Run Away to MC Lyte‘s delicious “Ice Cream Dream” to Caron Wheeler‘s “I Adore You” to Big Daddy Kane‘s “A Job Ain’t Nothin But Work” to, well, you get the idea of the fine display of early ’90s hip hop and R&B truth that will forever be laced on the Mo’ Money soundtrack.

Although the Damon Wayons starring film itself is sort of forgettable (thank you, Ms. Dash), these tracks seemingly get better with age, especially when it comes to “Best Things in Life Are Free” by Ms. Janet and the dearly departed. Mr. Luther Vandross. Not only is the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced number the most underrated track in both artists’ music vault, it’s the reason we’ll always be saying “Oooh…Luther” for life.

Isn’t that right. Ms. J? Yas.

Titanic/1997 I mean….if you need any kind of explanation for this soundtrack and its movie that took over our ’97 and beyond lives….you have no idea who Celine Dion is and you let go of Jack way too soon. Plus, you never had him go down and get it for you in the end and realized that awwe… he shouldn’t have. Enough said. 

And, you know, that version of “My Heart Will Go On” with all of the Titanic dialogue you love still rips us apart every time. 

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