Soundtrack, Movie Popularity Not Always Linked, New Survey Finds

‘Encanto’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Sing 2’ soundtracks are much more popular than the actual films, according to a new survey from Voices, the #1 voice marketplace.

In this latest piece of research, the team at Voices compiled data from Spotify, Metacritic, the box office, and more than 1,000 audience members across the U.S. to determine standout examples of the soundtrack truly being better than the movie. Our exhaustive data even yielded a metadata-based list of the absolute best movie soundtracks–album popularity, box office revenue, and audience opinions all considered.

‘Encanto’ stole the show, sound-wise. This soundtrack is currently the most streamed of all movie soundtracks on Spotify (rating of 98 on Spotify), and it also received a fairly high score of 75 on Metacritic. Spotify users especially loved the hit ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’, which also happens to be YouTube’s second most popular music video at the moment.

Lin-Manuel Miranda may have been the real winner in this study: He was the genius behind the highly beloved ‘Encanto’ soundtrack, as well as the playwright, composer, lyricist, and lead actor in ‘Hamilton’. ‘Hamilton’ received a rating of 89 on Spotify and managed to please the people at Metacritic, receiving a score of 90 on the film overall.

“Audience preferences do not always correspond with processional critic ratings; in fact, they often don’t,” says David Ciccarelli, Founder and CEO of Voices. “Sounds directly impact the way neurotransmitters fire in the brain, which can affect how we react to and appreciate what we’re watching. Sometimes, the soundtrack of the movie even takes on a life of its own and becomes streamed more than the movie itself is ever watched.”

By combining audience ratings, Spotify streaming data, Metacritic rankings, and box office financials, the team at Voices was also able to create a meta ranking of the very best performing movie soundtracks.

Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’, ‘Frozen 2’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lead the way as the most successful movie soundtracks.

Highlights of what our soundtrack-versus-movie research ultimately revealed:

Ten out of the 20 most popular soundtracks on Spotify belong to Disney.

The soundtrack for ‘Sing 2’ scores higher than Disney’s ‘Moana’, ‘Frozen,’ ‘Frozen 2,’ and ‘Turning Red’.

‘Aladdin’ tops the list of soundtracks respondents have listened to without seeing the movie.

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans are tired of listening to the ‘Frozen” and ‘Aladdin’ soundtracks.

Read the full report here.


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