The anthem of this year’s “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” is surprisingly not from Linkin Park. Instead, the band Paramore has picked up steam and shows no sign of slowing down, with the single “Monster” off the soundtrack. Though Linkin Park does have a single on the soundtrack, “Iridescent”, they are not the focus of the film as in the previous installments where their singles “What I’ve Done” and “New Divide” took a stronghold on the films’ scores.

I have to commend Michael Bay and the soundtrack producers, because time after time, they prove that they have their fingers on the pulse of the music world (as far as I am concerned) with bands that no other soundtrack dare put on their records. Taking Back Sunday, my all time favorite band, has appeared on only a hand full of soundtracks, including ALL THREE “Transformers” soundtracks and “Spider-Man 2”, another personal favorite film. The Goo Goo Dolls are also featured on multiple “Transformers” soundtracks, most notably the first film with “Before It’s Too Late”, a song that will remain one of my favorite romantic songs for years to come. They are also included on the newest film’s soundtrack with “All That You Are”.

Off the new album, additional bands include My Chemical Romance, Skillet, and Middle Class Rut, all bands that have very little exposure when it comes to soundtracks. Another rather new favorite performer of mine by the name of Biffy Clyro also made the soundtrack and as soon as I saw the listing for the bands gracing the film, seeing Biffy was a welcomed shock, believing that I was one of the very few to actually know who he was. My love for his music began with the single “Mountains” which is a ringtone on my phone to this day (as is Shia LaBeouf screaming like a girl in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). “Many Of Horror” is the song on the soundtrack and the fact that it plays in the end credits gave me chills during my first screening of the film.

With Paramore gaining popularity with their single “Decode” on the “Twilight” soundtrack, they are sure to continue to skyrocket in popularity following the success of this film and rightfully so. Without a doubt, the “Transformers” soundtracks are by far my favorite soundtracks released and I pray that just as the films keep getting released, the soundtracks that accompany them will remain the same perfection that they have held for years now.

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