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

"You're the One That I Want"

"Summer Nights"

"Grease Lightnin'"

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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

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

"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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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Purple Rain

"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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1,206 1,055
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Pulp Fiction

"Let's Stay Together"

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

"Son of a Preacher Man"

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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

"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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Sound of Music

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

"(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) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Pink Floyd – The Wall

"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) 10 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Breakfast Club

"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) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Footloose

"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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A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
A Hard Day's Night

"A Hard Day's Night"

"Can't Buy Me Love"

"When I Get Home"

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

The Best Movie Soundtracks of 2017

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Wizard of Oz

"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) 14 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"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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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Top Gun

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

"Main Title"

"Imperial Attack"

"Cantina Band"

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
willyboymcoy added The Blues Brothers

"Gimme Some Lovin'"

"Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"

"Jailhouse Rock"

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

"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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Mary Poppins

"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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
West Side Story

"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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Back to the Future

"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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Rocky

"Gonna Fly Now"

"Going the Distance"

"Alone in the Ring"

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

The Best Songs in the History of South Park

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

"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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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Dazed and Confused

"Slow Ride"

"Cherry Bomb"

"Low Rider"

Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Singin' in the Rain

"Singin' in the Rain"

"Make 'Em Laugh"

"Good Morning"

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Moulin Rouge!

"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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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Ghostbusters

"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

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Flashdance

"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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Beauty and the Beast

"Be Our Guest"

"Beauty and the Beast"

"Something There"

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Walk the Line

"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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Tommy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Tommy

"The Acid Queen"

"Pinball Wizard"

"Go to the Mirror!"

Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
American Graffiti

"At the Hop"

"Almost Grown"

"The Great Pretender"

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Reservoir Dogs

"Hooked on a Feeling"

"Stuck in the Middle with You"

"Coconut"

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Help! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
richerb added Help!

"The Night Before"

"Ticket to Ride"

"Yesterday"

Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Stand by Me

"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

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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Yellow Submarine

"Yellow Submarine"

"All Together Now"

"All You Need Is Love"

Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Phantom of the Opera

"The Phantom of the Opera"

"The Music of the Night"

"All I Ask of You"

The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

The Social Issues You Care About Most

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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
david2006 added The Bodyguard

"I Will Always Love You"

"I'm Every Woman"

"Queen of the Night"

The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Godfather

"I Have But One Heart"

"Main Title"

"Love Theme from the Godfather"

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Amadeus

"The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384"

"Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466"

"Don Giovanni, K. 527"

Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Almost Famous

"Sparks"

"Tiny Dancer"

"Something in the Air"

Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas

"This Is Halloween"

"What's This?"

"Oogie Boogie's Song"

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

The Best James Bond Movie Theme Songs

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Trainspotting

"Lust for Life"

"Temptation"

"Our Lips Are Sealed"

Trainspotting is a 1996 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Pretty in Pink

"If You Leave"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Wouldn't It Be Good"

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

"Here Comes the Sun"

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a 1978 American jukebox musical film. Its soundtrack, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, features new versions of songs originally written and ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
aldous_42 added Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Little Mermaid

"Under the Sea"

"Part of Your World"

"Kiss the Girl"

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Crow

"Big Empty"

"Ghostrider"

"Burn"

The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
Aladdin

"Friend Like Me"

"One Jump Ahead"

"A Whole New World"

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
The Big Chill

"My Girl"

"Dancing in the Street"

"What's Going On"

The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and ...more