There were plenty of people that fell in love with “Pitch Perfect,” a movie about a group of college kids that decide to enter a singing competition. The movie was released in 2012 and the soundtrack came out in October of that same year. Overall, there are 12 songs on the soundtrack. Here they all are, ranked from number 12 to number one, with YouTube links for each one.
12. Toner (Instrumental Suite) (Christophe Beck)
Everybody knows that a movie needs at least one good instrumental song and this one definitely counts. As a matter of fact, it would be a huge mistake not to include this song. In addition to it being an important part of the soundtrack, it’s also important for helping to set the mood of the film itself. It may be listed in the number 12 slot, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important in the grand scheme of things.
11. Trebles Finals (The Treblemakers)
The music here has all of the attention that you would expect to find when you’re right in the midst of a heated competition. That’s true of any competition, but it becomes even more so when you’re in the last stages of that competition and things are getting increasingly more intense with each passing stage. The songs used are “Bright Lights Bigger City” and “Magic.”
10. Pool Mashup (The Barden Bellas )
This is probably one of the more fun tracks on the soundtrack, not to mention scenes in the film. Of course, everyone has their favorites. That said, the songs here are hard to beat. They include “Just the Way You Are” and “Just a Dream.” Don’t be surprised if you listen to them on the soundtrack and then find yourself humming along as they play on a loop in your head for the next week or two.
9. Bellas Regionals (The Barden Bellas)
Remember, the entire purpose for these songs existing in the film are to propel the group singing them into the next level of competition. As such, they have to show that the group in question has plenty of range as well as an ability to adapt to different styles of songs. The three songs featured here accomplish all of that and more. They include “The Sign,” “Eternal Flame” and “Turn the Beat Around.”
8. Cups (Anna Kendrick)
This particular song is also known as “Pitch Perfect’s ‘When I’m Gone.’” It is a song that has some surprisingly haunting lyrics. As you can probably discern from the title, this is definitely one of the more serious songs featured in the film. It’s one that is designed to get the attention of the audience, and it does its job quite well. Of course, it only makes sense that it would appear on the soundtrack. However, it eventually proved to be so popular that it also received its own music video along with a stand-alone release of the song.
7. Let It Whip (The Treblemakers)
Here, you have a song that perfectly showcases the different musical talents and abilities of the individuals who are singing in the film. The cast includes the likes of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, among others. At the time the movie was released, it might not have been so evident that the cast was as musically gifted as they are, but any debate about that has long been put to rest.
6. Bellas Finals: Price Tag/Don’t You (The Barden Bellas)
Both of the songs performed here allow the vocalists to showcase a range of different talents and abilities. That is precisely what one must do in a singing competition, especially in the finals. In the film, you see how the stakes are getting increasingly bigger. As such, the characters are taking more and more risks with their performances. In the soundtrack, you have the opportunity to simply sit back and listen to the hard work that went into this track, not to mention the passion that shines through so effortlessly.
5. Party in the U.S.A. (The Barden Bellas)
This is supposed to be a happy, feel-good song and that’s exactly what it is. In the film, it’s used to show a bit of cheeky determination along with moving the story forward. As is the case with virtually every other time this song appears on a soundtrack (and there are many), it’s a motivating tune that is designed to put you in a good mood and get you charged up for the task ahead, whatever that may be.
4. Right Round (My Name Is Kay)
This song has often been regarded as being rather interesting. As such, it has been featured on a number of soundtracks. That said, many would argue that this is one of the more dynamic performances, one that you definitely don’t want to miss out on hearing.
3. Riff Off (The Barden Bellas and The Treblemakers)
What musical soundtrack would be complete without a riff off? The songs featured here are out of this world. They include “Like A Virgin” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Other songs that are performed here include “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Mickey.”
2. Since U Been Gone (Skylar Astin)
A lot of films like this use popular songs as covers throughout the film. This one was no exception. As such, the soundtrack ended up featuring this particular piece,one that was originally performed by Kelly Clarkson. Many would argue that the cover is just as good as the original, which is why it sits in the number two slot on this list.
1. Don’t Stop the Music (The Treblemakers)
Here you have it, the song that everyone seems to love. In reality, it’s hard to pick “the best” song from the soundtrack, as there are so many that are truly outstanding. For the most part, this is the one that most people seem to fall head-over-heels in love with.