Radio Days Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.50/10 from 36000 votes
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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Días de radio

Title in Italiano:

Radio Days

Title in Português:

Os Dias da Rádio


Radio Days

Joe, a New York Jew, fondly recalls his growing up period in the late 1930s and early 1940s in Rockaway, Queens. He not only lived with his parents - his father who would not divulge his occupation to Joe - but also with his mother's extended family out of financial necessity. That family consisted of biological aunts, an uncle by marriage, his grandmother and a cousin. Each member of the family had his or her routine - such as his cousin Ruthie listening to the neighbors' goings-on through the telephone party line - which grounded the activities. With the diversity of those activities, what tied the family together was listening to the radio. While the adults listened to a variety of talk shows and game shows - the former often providing an escape of being able to peer into the lives of the rich and famous - Joe loved the serials, and would have done anything to get a Masked Avenger secret decoder ring, the 15-cents which he didn't have to send away for it.

Joe also recalls the back stories of some of the players in the New York radio scene, one in particular, Sally White, who wanted desperately to become a radio star, who worked as a cigarette girl at a Broadway club where many radio personalities hung out, and who was saddled with a non-radio Brooklyn accent. The radio also was the conduit for breaking news, some on a global scale - such as the US entering the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor - and some more on a personal scale, both which nonetheless kept the listener glued to the radio for the outcome. But what everyone listened to was the music, especially his single Aunt Bea who wanted to get married but who always seemed to attract the wrong type of man.

Joe still places certain songs from the era with certain events in his and his family's lives. But with each passing year, those memories become less pronounced in his brain.

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Radio Days
The Flight of the Bumblebee
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Performer
Harry James: Performer
Dancing in the Dark
Arthur Schwartz: Performer
Howard Dietz: Lyrics
Chinatown, My Chinatown
William Jerome: Lyrics
Jean Schwartz: Performer
Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing
September Song
Kurt Weill: Performer
Body and Soul
In the Mood
Radio Show Themes
I Double Dare You
You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
La Cumparsita
Tico Tico
Begin the Beguine
Opus One
All or Nothing at All
The Donkey Serenade
You and I
Paper Doll
Pistol Packin' Mama
South American Way
Mairzy Doats
If You Are But a Dream
If I Didn't Care
Schloff mein Kind
I Don't Want to Walk Without You
Remember Pearl Harbor
They're Either Too Young or Too Old
That Old Feeling
Re-Lax Jingle
(There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
Lullaby of Broadway
American Patrol
Take the 'A' Train
You'll Never Know
One, Two, Three, Kick
Just One of Those Things
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Night and Day

User reviews

Michael Johnson

The soundtrack of Radio Days is truly a nostalgic journey through the late 1930s and early 1940s, capturing the essence of that era with authenticity and charm.

Betty Baker

The music in Radio Days enhances the overall viewing experience, immersing the audience in the world of the characters and their love for radio.

Steven Roberts

The soundtrack features a diverse range of musical styles, catering to different tastes and preferences of the characters in the film.

Mary Thompson

The soundtrack of Radio Days lacks depth and emotion, failing to capture the nostalgic and sentimental essence of the film's storyline set in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

William Lopez

The musical choices in the film feel disconnected from the characters' experiences and do not effectively enhance the audience's connection to the era portrayed, resulting in a missed opportunity to create a more immersive viewing experience.

Elizabeth Thompson

The jazzy and swing tunes featured in the soundtrack bring a lively energy to the film, reflecting the vibrant spirit of the time period.

Michelle Gonzalez

The music selection perfectly complements the storyline, enhancing the emotional impact of the characters' experiences and memories.

Timothy Lewis

The soundtrack of Radio Days beautifully captures the nostalgic atmosphere of the late 1930s and early 1940s in New York.

Jennifer Gonzalez

The incorporation of popular songs from the era adds an authentic touch to the film, transporting the audience back in time through the power of music.

Thomas Clark

The songs chosen for the film evoke a sense of nostalgia and longing, resonating with the themes of family, love, and growing up.

Amanda Gonzalez

The repetitive use of generic background music throughout the movie becomes monotonous and distracts from the dialogue and key moments, diminishing the overall impact of the film's storytelling.

Dorothy Rodriguez

The way certain songs are intertwined with pivotal moments in the characters' lives adds a layer of depth to the storytelling, enhancing the overall impact of the film and leaving a lasting impression on the viewer.

Kimberly Brown

The radio plays a central role in the film, and the soundtrack effectively conveys the importance of this medium in shaping the characters' lives.

Amanda King

The music in the film perfectly captures the essence of the era, transporting the audience back in time with its classic tunes and melodies.

Amanda Wilson

The music selection in the film perfectly complements the storyline, evoking emotions and memories that resonate deeply with the audience, creating a sense of connection to the characters and their experiences.

Margaret Evans

Overall, the soundtrack of Radio Days is a fitting tribute to the golden age of radio, capturing the magic and nostalgia of a bygone era.

Anthony King

The use of radio broadcasts as a storytelling device adds depth to the narrative, creating a sense of connection between the characters and the audience.

Richard Young

The soundtrack effectively sets the mood for each scene, enhancing the emotional impact of key moments in the film.

Andrew Lee

The soundtrack of Radio Days offers a nostalgic and authentic glimpse into the radio culture of the late 1930s and early 1940s.