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Top 5 Disney Pixar Soundtracks

The Best Movie Soundtracks from Disney Pixar's Animated Films


The Disney Pixar company has been releasing ground-breaking animated films for almost 15 years now. From 1995's Toy Story Soundtrack to 2009's Up Soundtrack, each Disney Pixar movie has been accompanied by a wide range of music: sweeping orchestral works, pop tunes, original compositions, and cover songs. After giving them all a listen, I've chosen the Top 5 Disney Pixar Soundtracks. What's your favorite Disney Pixar Soundtrack?

5. 'Cars Soundtrack' - 2006

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Despite John Mayer's so-so cover of "Route 66," the Cars Soundtrack gets points for having so many original songs on the album written specifically for the movie. The Cars Soundtrack includes tunes by Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Randy Newman, and performances by Rascal Flatts and James Taylor. Of all the Disney Pixar soundtracks, this one, by far, features the most vocal performances.

4. 'Toy Story Soundtrack' - 1995

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Randy Newman and Disney Pixar begin a successful partnership with a classic soundtrack to a classic movie. Newman's pop gem "You've Got a Friend in Me," piano rocker "Strange Things," and heartbreaking "I Will Go Sailing No More" are worth the price of admission alone, and his instrumental themes for Buzz, Woody, the plactic soldiers, and the mutant toys are just as memorable.

3. 'Finding Nemo Soundtrack' - 2003

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Dive into Thomas Newman's first soundtrack for Disney Pixar, an eclectic musical view of Nemo's underwater world. The Finding Nemo Soundtrack perfectly captures the swirling, muted, slow-motion feel of life beneath the surface of the sea, and if Newman's work sounds familiar, it's because he also composed award-winning music for the Six Feet Under television series. The album also includes British pop star Robbie Williams' version of Bobby Darin's classic "Beyond the Sea."

2. 'WALL-E Soundtrack' - 2008

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Thomas Newman's hypnotic, floating, quirky compositions for the WALL•E Soundtrack musically mirror the effect of living and working in outer space. Newman collaborated with pop star Peter Gabriel on three compositions, including the GRAMMY-winning, beautiful "Down to Earth," "EVE," and "Define Dancing," which also won a GRAMMY. And listen for two performances by Michael Crawford from Hello, Dolly!, WALL•E's favorite film.

1. 'Up Soundtrack' - 2009

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Michael Giacchino's Up Soundtrack is a great example of classic soundtrack composition, proving that you don't have to release a CD of rehashed pop tunes or shallow tie-in songs to create a popular, yet high-quality, soundtrack album. Even better than Giacchino's previous soundtrack work for Disney Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille, his music for the Up Soundtrack is as moving, funny, and adventurous as the movie itself. And don't miss "The Spirit of Adventure," a Rudy Vallee-like song complete with megaphone vocals!
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