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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

Updated May 21, 2021 65.6k votes 11.6k voters 245.6k views290 items

List RulesNo 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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    "Hound Dog"

    "California Dreamin'"

    "On the Road Again"

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  • 2
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    1,081

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

    "She's Like the Wind"

    "Hungry Eyes"

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  • 3

    "In the Flesh?"

    "Mother"

    "Goodbye Cruel World"

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  • 4

    "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

    "Waiting"

    "Fire in the Twilight"

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  • 5

    "Ring of Fire"

    "I Walk the Line"

    "Wildwood Flower"

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    "Footloose"

    "Almost Paradise"

    "Dancing In The Sheets"

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  • 7
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    "When Doves Cry"

    "Let's Go Crazy"

    "Purple Rain"

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  • 8

    "Sparks"

    "Tiny Dancer"

    "Something in the Air"

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  • 9

    "Hooked on a Feeling"

    "Stuck in the Middle with You"

    "Coconut"

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  • 10
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    "Let's Stay Together"

    "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

    "Son of a Preacher Man"

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  • 11

    "I Will Always Love You"

    "I'm Every Woman"

    "Queen of the Night"

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    "Danger Zone"

    "Take My Breath Away"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

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  • 13
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  • 14

    "The Sound of Silence"

    "Mrs. Robinson"

    "April Come She Will"

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  • 15
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    "The Night Before"

    "Ticket to Ride"

    "Yesterday"

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  • 16

    "Let the Good Times Roll"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

    "Stand by Me"

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  • 17

    "Ghostbusters"

    "In the Name of Love"

    "I Can Wait Forever"

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  • 18

    "The Power of Love"

    "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

    "Johnny B. Goode"

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  • 19

    "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

    "Maniac"

    "Romeo"

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  • 20

    "Stayin' Alive"

    "More Than a Woman"

    "Boogie Shoes"

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  • 21
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  • 22

    "At the Hop"

    "Almost Grown"

    "The Great Pretender"

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  • 23

    "If You Leave"

    "Pretty in Pink"

    "Wouldn't It Be Good"

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  • 24
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  • 25

    "Lust for Life"

    "Temptation"

    "Our Lips Are Sealed"

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