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The 10 Best Musical Moments From Edgar Wright Movies


Left to Right: Baby Driver (screenshot), The World's End (screenshot), Last Night In Soho (Photo: Focus Features), Shaun Of The Dead (screenshot), Scott Pilgrim Vs. The world (screenshot)

From left to right : Baby Driver (Screenshot), the end of the world (Screenshot), Last night in Soho (Photo: Focus Features), Shaun of the Dead (Screenshot), Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Screenshot)
Graphic: The AV Club

There is an argument to be made that Edgar Wright has been making stealth musicals his entire career. His Cornetto trilogy—Shaun of the Dead, Warm down, and the end of the world– feature Simon Pegg and Nick Frost battling hordes of zombies, brainwashed peasants and robots, but many of their fight scenes are choreographed to music apparently selected from Wright’s record collection. On the other hand, two of its other characteristics, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Baby Driver, feature long musical sequences that could just as easily be literal song and dance numbers. While the characters of Scott pilgrim browse Toronto’s island indie rock scene, Baby Driver pushes the concept of “soundtrack” to its logical conclusion by editing almost all of its action over time with a highly organized mixtape.

A true obsessed with blue music, Wright gives each of his films its own mood by infusing them with songs that reflect or comment on their surroundings. His latest film, Last night in Soho, is no different: Wright transports us to 1960s London basking in the glamor, the clothes and, yes, the music of the set, except that the nostalgic journey quickly turns into something darker. Just in time for Last night in Sohothe Halloween outing, The AV Club ranked the top 10 musical moments of Wright’s film career. You don’t agree with our choices? Sound off with our mixtape ranking in the comments.