“Twister” is a 1996 film that is about hunting tornadoes in Oklahoma. Unless you’ve actually lived there, it may not sound like the most exciting thing in the world. If you have lived there, it’s probably something you never want to experience again. Despite that fact, the film itself became immensely popular. Today, it’s something of a cult classic. It also had a fairly impressive soundtrack which included no less than 14 songs. Here they are, ranked from number 14 to number one. They even have YouTube links attached to them.
14. Talula (BT’s Tornado Mix) (Tori Amos)
It’s almost funny that this song ended up being known as “the tornado mix” because when you first start listening to the lyrics, a tornado is about the last thing you think of. As a matter of fact, those initial lyrics talk about telling your former self goodbye and learning how to be more direct instead of lying to both yourself and everyone else in an attempt to please the people around you.
13. How (Lisa Loeb, Nine Stories)
This is a song that can be quite painful to listen to if you’re not in the right mindset. The lyrics themselves discuss leaving someone behind, in this particular case, a love interest. In the lyrics, the person being left behind is asking how it’s even possible to do such a thing. The lyrics then speak of responding by asking them how one breathes and how one’s heart beats. Things then take a darker turn when the lyrics start to ask how you are supposed to breathe and how is your heart supposed to beat when everything that you’ve ever loved has been pulled right out from under you?
12. Virtual Reality (Rusted Root)
The lyrics in this song largely refer to learning to become your own person, even if that means that you don’t always see eye-to-eye with the people that matter most to you in your life. It gets its title because there are times when doing that can almost make you feel like you’re living in a world that isn’t quite real. However, it’s something that almost everyone experiences at some point in their life.
11. Darling Pretty (Mark Knopfler)
Here you have the quintessential love song. The lyrics talk about how you can face anything as long as you have that special person by your side. It might sound cheesy and even cliche, but anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to have such a person by their side also knows that it’s true.
10. Miss This (Soul Asylum)
This is one of the more poignant songs in the soundtrack. It makes it clear that you should never take anything for granted. Instead, it’s imperative that you make the most of each moment and take everything in as fully as possible because if you don’t pay attention or you look away for just an instant, it may not be there when you come back. This is something that applies to many things in life from the people that you love to opportunities that present themselves and even what many would consider to be routine days. The truth is, it’s usually in those routine days where the best things actually happen.
9. Respect the Wind (Eddie and Alex Van Halen)
Here you have something that is truly unique. You have individuals that are known for the rock group Van Halen who are performing an instrumental piece. That’s not something that you get to experience on a regular basis. The truly magical thing about this is in the music itself. The song is used for the end credits in the film and it perfectly depicts the intensity, power and even the fear that you are likely to experience if you come face-to-face with a tornado, whether literally or figuratively.
8. Melancholy Mechanics (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
There are a lot of songs by this particular group that don’t tend to make a lot of sense and this one is no exception. For the most part, the song talks about feeling like your head is so full of thoughts or ideas that it feels like it might actually explode. While it’s hard to make sense out of the majority of the lyrics, most people can at least identify with this feeling.
7. No One Needs to Know (Shania Twain)
The song is actually talking about falling in love, but it’s not as simple as that. It also talks about not wanting to let anyone know how you’re actually feeling. If you’ve ever been around someone that you were really falling for, yet you didn’t want them (or anyone else) to know it for one reason or another, then you can probably identify with the lyrics in the song quite easily.
6. Long Way Down (remix) (Goo Goo Dolls)
This is what you might call the flip side of a love song. It’s about not getting along with someone that you used to get on with quite well. The lyrics go on to talk about how things weren’t supposed to end up the way they did, but since everything is going sour, there’s really nothing left that can be done or said to fix it.
5. Humans Being (Van Halen)
This is a very interesting song that puts a bit of a spiritual spin on things. It deals with the very human side of mankind and the struggle that sometimes takes place between that human nature and the desire for something bigger, in a spiritual sense. In this particular case, the song is talking about having an intimate relationship with someone and then feeling guilty because of it, wondering if any of the ensuing behavior is what God intended in the first place.
4. Twisted (Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham)
This is a very sharp-tongued song. It speaks of someone who is fighting more than their fair share of demons, yet the person who is supposed to be closest to them and give them the love and support they need to see them through those tough times is basically calling them out by saying that the only “demon” present is them. Imagine really needing help with some type of monumental personal struggle and then being told by the person that you love most that you are the cause of it all and you’re not even worth helping.
3. Love Affair (k.d. lang)
The title is a bit misleading on this one. It actually talks about not being able to be with the person that you love and how that takes all the joy out of every other aspect of life. The lyrics speak of looking out a room, only to realize that there is no view to be seen. They also speak of looking to the skies in hopes of seeing the stars, only to find that it’s completely devoid of anything but endless blackness.
2. Broken (Belly)
Although it might not sound like it from the title, this particular song is about unfettered physical love. The lyrics describe it as Heaven coming unbound. It’s a song that speaks of acting on the things that most people wish they could act on at some point in their lives, although some of them may never actually do so.
1. Moments Like This (Allison Krauss & Union Station)
Just as the title implies, this is a song about those few defining moments in a person’s life. More often than not, it’s something that the individual in question never sees coming and it can happen in what seems to be some of the most mundane times in a person’s life. Nevertheless, those are the moments that can bond people together forever and define them as human beings.