We all remember the music of the 1920s. That’s right, all of us. We were there. The decade kicked off a new wave of jazz and big band harmonies, coloring the prosperous age with a fresh American flavor. As such, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby — adapted from the iconic literary representation of the era — had better have some pretty good tunes lined up if it wants to be a worthy tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, and the ’20s in general.
It doesn’t seem that anyone with even the highest hopes for a riveting score will be disappointed. In his soundtrack, Luhrmann melds contemporary beats with the ballads of yore, producing this inspiring amalgam of Beyoncé Knowles’ “Crazy in Love” with the up-tempo stylings of Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
Along with this hybrid of past and present auditory glories, we have a handful of other enjoyable numbers lined up for Gatsby. Peruse below:
“Over the Love” by Florence + The Machine
“Young & Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock
“Where the Wind Blows” by Coco O.
“Kill and Run” by Sia
“Together” by The xx
“Into the Past” by Nero
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