90th Academy Awards Movie Soundtracks to Increase Your Productivity



Since it is ‘Oscars-weekend,’ we have put together a top 10 go-to recent Oscars-worthy movie soundtracks that we think will help you focus on your work, and stay productive and inspired.

Music is known to help people focus and be more productive by blocking outside stimuli. Designed to sit in the background without distracting the audience, movie soundtracks energize, control the pace, and set the mood  of motion pictures.


1.  La La Land (2016)

La La Land soundtrack is filled with upbeat songs and melodies deliver inspirational messages to dreamers who aim high and strive for success. La La Land’s composer Justin Hurwitz won two 2017 Oscars as well as Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original song (for “City of Stars”). The album peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200.



2.  Call Me By Your Name (2017)

If you ever feel stressed at work and need to slow down, immerse yourself in this tranquil album. Singer Sufjan Stevens, in collaboration with Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, made his first entry into film-scoring for the movie Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino. One of Sakamoto and Stevens’ songs “Visions of Gideon”  fluctuates between lush orchestrations, staccato-heavy piano refrains, and the singer’s heavenly vocals. The soundtrack is in line with the theme of the movie, where reading books and simply living are enough to be happy.


3.  Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (2017)

If your work requires a positive and optimistic mood in order to get stuff done, Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is for you! You will find your perfect tempo and vibes from the album’s classic rock n’ roll beats, including “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke, and “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra.


4.  Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver’s upbeat tracks will empower and lift you up to accomplish the most successful work. Give it a try and you will certainly find yourself that extra boost of motivation. Baby Driver’s soundtrack offers a diverse selection of genres, from snappy 70’s to 90’s love songs, rock n’ roll, to rap.


5.  King Arthur: Legend of The Sword (2017)

If you find lyrics distracting, instrumental soundtracks may be your work-jam. King Arthur’s epic  track will put you in a powerful (conqueror) state of mind and get you back on track, especially when you are buried in deadlines. Golden Globes nominee Daniel Pemberton used bagpipes, cello, guitar, fiddle, and a mix of Tromba Marina, Hurdy Gurdy, and even chopsticks from his Chinese takeaway, to make the entire soundtrack sound like it could have existed a few hundred years ago.


6.  T2 Trainspotting (2017)

This soundtrack is perfect for when you want to feel empowered before an important client meeting, or an important presentation. This album of “pump up songs” catches the original 1966 Trainspotting soundtrack, with a rich selection of Britpop and club music. T2’s first track opens with Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life,” echoing  the classic chase opening-scene from the original movie. T2 soundtrack is filled with vigor and vitality, with songs such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax,” Young Fathers’ “Rain or Shine,” and Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga.”


7.  Coco (2017)

Do you find yourself feeling sleepy after lunch? Replace your coffee overdose with Coco’s light Latino melodies that will keep you awake, energized, and productive. Nominated for two 90th Academy Awards (2018), this soundtracks includes a mix of traditional Mexican ballads and contemporary pop songs, ranging from mariachi bands, Hollywood orchestra, to guitar serenades.


8.  Dangal (2016)

Dangal’s delightful Bollywood soundtrack will cure your “Monday Blues.”  Composer Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya offer charming melodies, using Haryanvi folk tunes. The album opens with an extremely catchy song “Haanikaarak Bapu” that will help you reclaim your Monday motivation and enthusiasm!


9.Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)

The Last Jedi soundtrack is ideal for teamwork! The most nominated living person in the Academy Awards’ history, John Williams continues to offer his legendary mix of heavy horns and sharp orchestration that he established 40 years ago for Star Wars. Its heroic/epic tunes will pump up your team and boost the workplace mood and motivation. It may even make you feel like you are changing the world!


10. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

This lively and sweet Disney soundtrack will keep you motivated when performing relatively easy and repetitive tasks. Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice propose a refreshing and inspiring new take on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast original 1991 Beauty and the Beast soundtrack.  The remake of the classic songs such as the opening “Overture,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Gaston” will still give long-term Disney fans an instant nostalgia kick.