The Realness of the Goodfellas Soundtrack


Goodfellas is my favorite movie – and no small part of my favor lies in the absolute genius of the soundtrack. There are few films that have used music to such an artistic advantage – off the top of my head, Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Romeo + Juliet, Casino are a few that have only come close. Not only is this soundtrack incredibly fun to listen to – bridging the gap between doo-wop, R&B, blues + rock with ease – but if you’re a fan of the movie, listening to any of these songs will transport you directly to the scenes to which they correspond. The best example being Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla” and the infamous scenes in which the police discover all of the dead bodies left in Jimmy Conway’s wake.

Will anything ever get better than that? I’m doubtful.

The soundtrack is ripe for a vinyl reissue in my opinion, but in the meantime, you can buy the CD on Amazon for under $9 and/or listen right now on Spotify.

If you’re not convinced yet, check out the tracklist!

  1. “Rags to Riches” – Tony Bennett
  2. “Sincerely” – The Moonglows
  3. “Speedoo” – The Cadillacs
  4. “Stardust” – Billy Ward and His Dominoes
  5. “Look in My Eyes” – The Chantels
  6. “Life Is but a Dream” – The Harptones
  7. “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” – The Shangri-Las
  8. “Baby, I Love You” – Aretha Franklin
  9. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin
  10. “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream
  11. “Mannish Boy” – Muddy Waters
  12. “Layla (Piano Exit)” – Derek and the Dominos