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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time 

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Updated November 21, 2019 141.6k votes 10.3k voters 240.8k views 299 items

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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#2,265 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #17 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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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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#167 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #687 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ghostbusters 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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#350 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #350 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted 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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Help! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"The Night Before"

"Ticket to Ride"

"Yesterday"

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#140 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #35 of 195 The Best Movies About Music #748 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hooked on a Feeling"

"Stuck in the Middle with You"

"Coconut"

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#191 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #148 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #69 of 133 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"If You Leave"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Wouldn't It Be Good"

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#51 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #1,014 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #26 of 114 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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

"Sparks"

"Tiny Dancer"

"Something in the Air"

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#99 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #542 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time