The easiest part about shopping for a pop culture fanatic is that they’re very vocal about their obsessions. From the die-hard cinephile to the small-screen binger, we’ve assembled the best soundtrack gifts for them this Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Spooky season has ended, but holiday season is nigh, so why not get the Danny Elfman soundtrack that has it all? From ‘This Is Halloween’ to ‘Making Christmas’, this timeless soundtrack transcends seasons and will get any listener in the spirit.
The Lion King: The Songs, The Lion King: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The true Pride Rock enthusiasts can sink their teeth into two soundtracks for the new, live-action version of The Lion King. The Lion King: The Songs features the original classic hits performed by the new star-studded cast of Beyoncé, Donald Glover and JD McCrary, while Sir Elton John returns with a new song, ‘Never Too Late’. The OST version features the new tracks, plus a new score from master film composer Hans Zimmer.
The Princess And The Frog: The Songs picture disc
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the film release, this collectible picture disc features images of the confident Tiana and smooth-talking Dr Facilier, and includes the songs ‘Almost There’ and ‘Down In New Orleans’, penned by the self-proclaimed Night Tripper and late Crescent City icon, Dr John.
Tarzan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) picture disc
Navigating gift-buying can be a real jungle, so get the vine-swinging soundtrack to satisfy the Disney fan and the Phil Collins fanatic on your gift-list this season.
The best of the rest: TV
Peaky Blinders (Season 1-5)
You’ve got the Shelby haircut, now get the soundtrack to match all that tweed suiting and Birmingham bad-assery. The Peaky Blinders soundtrack features a mix of iconic artists, including Joy Division and David Bowie, and original songs from the BBC series. (Look out for PJ Harvey’s surprise cover of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’.)
13 Reasons Why (Season 2)
Billie Eilish. Selena Gomez. OneRepublic. If you can’t decide which chart-topping pop star’s album to give this holiday, the soundtrack to the second season of the hugely popular Netflix series 13 Reasons features something from each of them.
Big Little Lies (Seasons 1-2)
Just because you’re freezing with your friends and relatives somewhere this winter doesn’t mean you can’t live like the infamous Monterey Five with this breezy California coastal soundtrack from the hit HBO series. Beach-front property, luxury vehicle and dysfunctional marriage not included with purchase.
Daniel Pemberton: Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, Vol.1
This one will put a smile on the face of even the grumpiest Skeksis in your family. The original soundtrack from the new Netflix series, based on the 1982 film, will dazzle and delight listeners of every generation.
Monty Python: Sings (Again) vinyl
Britain’s most beloved comedy troupe, Monty Python, celebrated their golden anniversary this year with the reissue of their seminal album, Monty Python Sings (Again). The double-album spans their illustrious career and includes 32 classic songs, along with Stephen Hawking’s 2015 version of ‘Galaxy Song’. The perfect gift for those who want to look on the bright side of life.
Little Steven: Lilyhammer: The Score (Volumes 1 And 2)
This soundtrack has all the music you’d expect from the mob-centric Netflix drama starring E Street Band member and former Sopranos star Steven Van Zandt. Featuring sultry jazz that would make The Rat Pack proud, this melodic soundtrack is perfect for late nights or swinging dinner parties.
The best of the rest: cinema
Shrek green vinyl
Make the record collector in your family Shrek-green with envy this year with this swampified-vinyl edition of the soundtrack. Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’ and The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ will keep your family of ogres jamming well into the new year.
Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Good morning, angels! Whether you’re still working on becoming a covert secret agent backed by an anonymous billionaire, or you’re just excited by the movie reboot, the new star-studded soundtrack includes four new songs from Ariana Grande, including the smash hit ‘Don’t Call Me Angel’, along with new tracks from Kash Doll, Kim Petras, Alma and Stefflon Don.
The Warriors violet vinyl
Santa, come out to play… Nothing says “happy holidays” like a slice of gritty New York gang warfare courtesy of the cult classic The Warriors. Barry De Vorzon’s ominous instrumental score sets the scene with dark disco and menacing synths. But there are plenty of jams here, too, including the soul-funk track ‘Echoes In My Mind’. Now on translucent violet vinyl, it’s the perfect gift for the cinephile who loves vintage scores.
David Newman: Heathers
Just as timeless as the oversized preppy blazer, the 30th anniversary of the Heathers soundtrack offers up an equally stylish arrangement of tunes, from ‘Strip Croquet’ to ‘Poor Little Heather’. Enjoy the hellishly good 80s teenage angst, without the carnage.
Tyler Bates/Joel J Richard: John Wick 3: Parabellum
What to get the dog-lover who has everything? Why, the John Wick 3 soundtrack, of course. This score offers original songs as electrifying as the cult-classic film series itself, and is sure to give listeners a much-needed shot of adrenaline after the tryptophan sets in post-Thanksgiving turkey.