Great Gatsby, the new Oscar-bait film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and set in the roaring 1920s, is hitting theatres this week. And with it, a glitzy soundtrack packed with Roaring Twenties jazz, world music, and even classical pieces. This will likely be more of a background listen for most audiences. But that's not to say there aren’t some standouts on this 37-track album. Here are our top 5 favorite tracks from The Great Gatsby soundtrack (in no particular order).
Jay-Z and Justin Timerlake - “Fucking Problems”
The first track on the album sets the tone with a modern hip-hop track. “Fucking Problems” is actually a remix to an original track by Major Lazer. But the new version is clearly aimed at a more mainstream audience. While the rest of the Great Gatsby soundtrack is designed to be background music, this track is designed to get people up and moving. It’s a bold opener, and it works.
Lana Del Rey - “Young and Beautiful”
This track (which was released as a single a couple of weeks ago) is a beautiful, haunting ballad that seems to capture the mood of the story. Lana Del Rey’s voice is sultry and wistful in the way that it so often is. It’s a very tender song, especially in the way that it is being used in the Great Gatsby soundtrack. Young and Beautiful is a tender love song, but it’s also a song about lost love. It’s about the feeling at the end of a relationship when you’re trying to hold onto everything that you felt while it was still new.
Calvin Harris - “Together” (feat. Ellie Goulding)
This is another modern track that is sure to get a lot of people dancing. It’s a catchy club track that will likely be a fan favorite come party time. Calvin Harris is a talented producer, and it really shows in this track. He’s created something both very danceable and very melodic. Ellie Goulding’s vocals also sound amazing on this track. Her voice is ethereal and beautiful, and it really complements the beat of the track perfectly. Together is a great track to throw on when you’re feeling alone and want to shake off the blues.
Spanish Guitar - “Mendocino” (feat. will.i.am)
Spanish Guitar’s contribution to the Great Gatsby soundtrack is a smooth and sultry track. It’s full of Latin flavor, and it’s a welcome break from the hip-hop tracks that make up much of the album. Mendocino is a very soothing track. It’s the kind of music that you could close your eyes to and really get lost in. The lyrics are pretty much unintelligible, which is a shame, but they’re still really beautiful. It’s a track that would be perfect for a lazy afternoon spent by the pool or on the beach.
Yo-Yo Ma with the London Symphony Orchestra - “ strain
Yo-Yo Ma is an absolute musical legend, and he’s got an absolutely beautiful track on the Great Gatsby soundtrack. strain is a track that is very classical in feel. It’s a very slow and somber track, but it’s also very powerful. It’s a gorgeous track with Yo-Yo Ma’s cello as the main instrument. Strain is the kind of track that you could play when you’re feeling low to help calm you down. It has a very soothing quality that many of the other tracks on the Great Gatsby soundtrack lack. Yo-Yo Ma and the London Symphony Orchestra have created something truly beautiful with this track.
The Great Gatsby soundtrack is a great collection of tracks that really reflects the themes and aesthetics of the film. There are hip-hop tracks to get the party started, some sultry Latin tracks to help mellow out, and even some classical pieces to help you unwind and relax. It’s a great soundtrack that’s perfect for any Great Gatsby party. Or, even if you just want to relax with a drink and some smooth jazz in the background. This is one soundtrack that you should definitely check out.