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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time 

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List Rules No scores, no musicals, or concert films; just soundtracks.

The best soundtracks ever are more than just a collection of songs in a particular order; they evoke and accentuates the feelings of a movie during, and long after, it has been viewed. This is a list of the greatest soundtracks ever recorded, as ranked by the Ranker Community. Sometimes a great soundtrack can elevate a mediocre movie into something that makes it iconic. Top Gun, Footloose, Grease... (best soundtracks ever!) these are great soundtrack albums that you listened to over and over, making the songs themselves so ingrained with the movie that they BECAME the movie in your head.

What are the top soundtracks ever? Vote on this list of the best soundtracks of all time, pick your faves, add what's missing, and rank the best!

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"When Doves Cry"

"Let's Go Crazy"

"Purple Rain"

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#42 of 3,637 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #44 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Let's Stay Together"

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

"Son of a Preacher Man"

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#20 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Genius Fan Theories About What's In The Briefcase In 'Pulp Fiction'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Stayin' Alive"

"More Than a Woman"

"Boogie Shoes"

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#23 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Don't You (Forget About Me)"

"Waiting"

"Fire in the Twilight"

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#27 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #77 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Footloose"

"Almost Paradise"

"Dancing In The Sheets"

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#1,822 of 3,637 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #13 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songsfeaturing Cut Loose With The Best 'Footloose' Quotes

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

"She's Like the Wind"

"Hungry Eyes"

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#1,917 of 3,637 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #17 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Danger Zone"

"Take My Breath Away"

"Great Balls of Fire"

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#2,743 of 3,637 The Greatest Albums of All-Timefeaturing Everything You Don't Know About The Making Of 'Top Gun'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Sound of Silence"

"Mrs. Robinson"

"April Come She Will"

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#467 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #281 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Ring of Fire"

"I Walk the Line"

"Wildwood Flower"

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#459 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #4 of 205 The Best Movies About Musiclisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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#40 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #741 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing The Comic Book Backstory Behind How Groot Went From Tree Monster To Guardian Of The Galaxy

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hooked on a Feeling"

"Stuck in the Middle with You"

"Coconut"

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#204 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #164 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Help! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"The Night Before"

"Ticket to Ride"

"Yesterday"

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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

"Maniac"

"Romeo"

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#106 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"I Will Always Love You"

"I'm Every Woman"

"Queen of the Night"

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#306 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in The Bodyguard, Ranked by Singability

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"At the Hop"

"Almost Grown"

"The Great Pretender"

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#42 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #414 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Lust for Life"

"Temptation"

"Our Lips Are Sealed"

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#485 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #90 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Sparks"

"Tiny Dancer"

"Something in the Air"

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#187 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"If You Leave"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Wouldn't It Be Good"

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"My Girl"

"Dancing in the Street"

"What's Going On"

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#447 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #244 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked