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List Rules No scores, 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"

Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

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1,607 1,268
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"

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hound Dog"

"California Dreamin'"

"On the Road Again"

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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1,357 1,483
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Stayin' Alive"

"More Than a Woman"

"Boogie Shoes"

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Circle of Life"

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

"Hakuna Matata"

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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

"She's Like the Wind"

"Hungry Eyes"

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"In the Flesh?"

"Mother"

"Goodbye Cruel World"

Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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

"Don't You (Forget About Me)"

"Waiting"

"Fire in the Twilight"

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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

"Footloose"

"Almost Paradise"

"Dancing In The Sheets"

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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

"So Long, Farewell"

"Do-Re-Mi"

"The Sound of Music"

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Danger Zone"

"Take My Breath Away"

"Great Balls of Fire"

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Over the Rainbow"

"We're Off to See the Wizard"

"If I Only Had a Brain"

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"I Can Make You a Man"

"Dammit Janet"

"Eddie"

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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975 710
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"You Are My Sunshine"

"Big Rock Candy Mountain"

"Angel Band"

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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867 587
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"A Spoonful of Sugar"

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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896 532
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Power of Love"

"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

"Johnny B. Goode"

Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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851 573
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Gonna Fly Now"

"Going the Distance"

"Alone in the Ring"

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Maria"

"Something's Coming"

"Cool"

West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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675 574
The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Sound of Silence"

"Mrs. Robinson"

"April Come She Will"

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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783 524
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Ghostbusters"

"In the Name of Love"

"I Can Wait Forever"

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Lady Marmalade"

"Your Song"

"Come What May"

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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620 550
Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

"Maniac"

"Romeo"

Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

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555 302
Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Ring of Fire"

"I Walk the Line"

"Wildwood Flower"

Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Let the Good Times Roll"

"Great Balls of Fire"

"Stand by Me"

Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more