The Great Gatsby is the adaption of a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The mysterious, self-made billionaire Jay Gatsby is impersonated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Even though the movie was released only 4 years ago, its gloomy decadence made it an instant classic. The characters may be staged in the early 1920’s, the audience hears musical influences from the 21st century. Discover the soundtrack from The Great Gatsby!
10. Jay-Z – 100$ Bill
&index=1&list=PLd-9sPyjLPb9D-XN3Rkf-2s22Jj4cV8slAfter meeting Jay Gatsby for the first time, Nick gets invited to join him for lunch. During the drive to town, Gatsby tells Nick he comes from a wealthy family and graduated from Oxford University. (*Spoiler alert* This all turns out to be a lie) They go to a speakeasy (a sort of hidden, exclusive bar) and Nick is introduced to Jay’s business partner Meyer Wolfsheim.
9. Beyonce Ft. Andre 3000 – Back To Black
&index=2&list=PLd-9sPyjLPb9D-XN3Rkf-2s22Jj4cV8slEspecially for the film adaption of The Great Gatsby, Queen B and Jay-Z recorded a slow and dark version of ‘Back To Black’. Contrary to the original version by Amy Winehouse, this version features electronic beats and an overall heavier instrumentation. Mark Ronson, the orignal producer of the song, became a big fan of this cover.
8. Sia – Kill And Run
The Australian singer Sia is most known for her recent singles like ‘The Greatest’, ‘Cheap Thrills’ and ‘Elastic Heart‘, but she has been making music for over 20 years. ‘Kill And Run’ was not featured in The Great Gatsby itself, but is one of the songs that plays during the closing credits of the movie. With its melancholic yet powerful sound, it’s perfect to let the story sink in.
7. Jack White – Love Is Blindness
Jack White had the honour to write a song for one of the most important scenes of this movie. ‘Love Is Blindness’ plays while Gatsby and Daisy drive towards ‘the valley of ashes‘, the industrial dumping site where Myrtle lives. The song is introduced by these words: “Thirty. The promise of a decade of loneliness. The formidable stroke of 30 died away as Gatsby and Daisy drove on through the cooling twilight, towards death.”
6. Will.I.Am. – Bang Bang
This song plays at the start of the first party scene in The Great Gatsby. The parties at the Gatsby house are probably the scenes that appeal most to the imagination. These nights of pure freedom, lust and decadence needed some appropriate party songs. So who else to contact than Will.I.Am?
5. Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Crazy In Love
&list=PLd-9sPyjLPb9D-XN3Rkf-2s22Jj4cV8sl&index=5″It’s not because we’re going to use modern songs that they have to sound like that” could’ve been the idea behind this cover. Or Craig Armstrong, the musical director, was just a huge fan of Beyoncé. This cover of ‘Crazy In Love’ sounds much more like a 20’s jazz composition than a 21st century party song. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra wrote almost all other 20’s inspired music that is featured in the movie.
4. Gotye – Hearts A Mess
Another Australian that is featured during the closing credits. Everybody got to know Gotye in the summer of 2011 when he released ‘Somebody That I Used To Know‘. This collaboration with singer Kimbra changed Gotye’s life. What better argument than the fact that only two years later he got to write a song for such a prestigious movie as The Great Gatsby.
3. The XX – Together
At a certain moment, Jay Gatsby loses his interest in the parties and the media attention. All he wants is to be with Daisy. “I know to be there, when and where I’ll be there”, is what The XX sing, but it’s even more what Gatsby longs to say to Daisy. No other band can compete with The XX when it comes to writing a small, quiet love song.
2. Florence And The Machine – Over The Love
It’s no surprise that extravagant parties like Gatsby’s can be very tiring. When guests start returning home while others lay down for a while, the quiet ‘Over The Love’ starts playing. When leaving the party, Jordan comes to Nick shouting that “it all makes sense now“. After asking what she’s talking about, Jordan answers him: “Everything! Oh, but here I am tantalizing you when I swore I wouldn’t tell.” Nick never finds out what she found out, another example of the many questions this movie leaves open.
1. Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful
If you’ve seen the movie and you’ve remembered only one song, it’s probably ‘Young And Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey. The scene that is accompanied by the song ends with the words “Five lost years struggled on Daisy’s lips, but all she could manage was ‘I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts”. The Great Gatsby is a movie full of decadence and contrasts, but above all it’s about all the things that none of them ever spoke about.