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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 66.9k votes 10.7k voters 242.5k views299 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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  • 1
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    "Hound Dog"

    "California Dreamin'"

    "On the Road Again"

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  • 2
    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    1,069

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

    "She's Like the Wind"

    "Hungry Eyes"

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  • 3
    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    "Footloose"

    "Almost Paradise"

    "Dancing In The Sheets"

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  • 4
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    1,254

    "Let's Stay Together"

    "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

    "Son of a Preacher Man"

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  • 5
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "The Power of Love"

    "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

    "Johnny B. Goode"

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  • 6
    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "In the Flesh?"

    "Mother"

    "Goodbye Cruel World"

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  • 7
    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    "Danger Zone"

    "Take My Breath Away"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

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  • 8
    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Ring of Fire"

    "I Walk the Line"

    "Wildwood Flower"

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  • 9
    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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    "When Doves Cry"

    "Let's Go Crazy"

    "Purple Rain"

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  • 10
    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Let the Good Times Roll"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

    "Stand by Me"

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

    "Ghostbusters"

    "In the Name of Love"

    "I Can Wait Forever"

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  • 12
    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

    "Waiting"

    "Fire in the Twilight"

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  • 13
    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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  • 14
    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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  • 15
    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "The Sound of Silence"

    "Mrs. Robinson"

    "April Come She Will"

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

    "Hooked on a Feeling"

    "Stuck in the Middle with You"

    "Coconut"

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  • 17
    The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "I Will Always Love You"

    "I'm Every Woman"

    "Queen of the Night"

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  • 18
    Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

    "Maniac"

    "Romeo"

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  • 19
    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Sparks"

    "Tiny Dancer"

    "Something in the Air"

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  • 20
    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Stayin' Alive"

    "More Than a Woman"

    "Boogie Shoes"

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  • 21
    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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  • 22
    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "At the Hop"

    "Almost Grown"

    "The Great Pretender"

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  • 23
    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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  • 24
    Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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  • 25
    Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

    "Lust for Life"

    "Temptation"

    "Our Lips Are Sealed"

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