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We Made You a Mixtape: Songs from 2014’s Best Indie Film Trailers

We Made You a Mixtape: Songs from 2014's Best Indie Film Trailers

What you hear is just as important as what you see — particularly in film trailers, which are created in the hopes of making potential moviegoers curious about an upcoming release. While you might not revisit the trailer of a film once you have seen said film in full, listening to musical tracks from a trailer might make you relive the anticipation you felt the first time you encountered it.

To help you out, Indiewire has curated this list of 17 standout independent film trailers from 2014 and subsequently identified the most memorable musical tracks used in each one. As certain films have released more than one trailer, every entry includes the trailers and audio embeds from Spotify. When we were unable to find songs on Spotify we pulled from YouTube and other sources.

To access the full playlist for this piece, click here and in a separate window, you will be re-directed to Spotify, where you can subscribe to the playlist and add to your own collection as you please.

20,000 Days on Earth

“Jubilee Street” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

“Tatilat” by Radio Tehran, “Tribe” by Federale

A Most Violent Year

“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” by Marvin Gaye


“Hero” by Family of the Year


“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Brent Smith

Note: The song you hear in the trailer is “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” performed by Brent Smith. As Smith’s version of the song is not yet available online, we have linked to a similar version by The Animals, who released a popular interpretation of the song back in the 60s.


“Saddle Up” by Mark Hadley, “Born In A Motor” by Rotor Jambreks

Inherent Vice

“I Want to Take You Higher” by Sly & The Family Stone, “(What A) Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke

“Men, Women & Children”

“I Feel Love” by The Plantains


“I’d Love to Change The World” by Jetta

Obvious Child

“The Obvious Child” by Paul Simon


“Say it Like it Really is” by Public Enemy

The Immigrant

“Exodus” by Wojciech Kilar

The Skeleton Twins

“Secret” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now” by Starship

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

“Across the Blue Mountains” by Æ

Note: The first song in the trailer is sung by a duo that performed under the name Æ. It’s a traditional Appalachian folk song called “Across the Blue Mountains,” and the version you hear in the trailer is off of Æ’s 2009 album, which you can stream on the band’s
Sonicbids page.


“Turn Away” by Beck

Honorable Mentions (Foreign Trailers):

“Eden” – French Trailer

“Da Funk,” “One More Time” and “Within,” all by Daft Punk

Incompresa” – Italian Trailer

“Kill Myself” by Il Y A Volkswagens”

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