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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 67.8k votes 11.0k voters 243.1k 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
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    1,181

    "Hound Dog"

    "California Dreamin'"

    "On the Road Again"

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  • 2
    Dirty Dancing
    1,400
    1,078

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

    "She's Like the Wind"

    "Hungry Eyes"

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  • 3
    Back to the Future

    "The Power of Love"

    "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

    "Johnny B. Goode"

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  • 4
    Footloose
    1,113
    850

    "Footloose"

    "Almost Paradise"

    "Dancing In The Sheets"

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    Pulp Fiction
    1,628
    1,262

    "Let's Stay Together"

    "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

    "Son of a Preacher Man"

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  • 6
    Walk the Line

    "Ring of Fire"

    "I Walk the Line"

    "Wildwood Flower"

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  • 7
    Ghostbusters

    "Ghostbusters"

    "In the Name of Love"

    "I Can Wait Forever"

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  • 8
    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    "In the Flesh?"

    "Mother"

    "Goodbye Cruel World"

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  • 9
    Top Gun
    1,157
    886

    "Danger Zone"

    "Take My Breath Away"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

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  • 10
    Purple Rain
    1,755
    1,385

    "When Doves Cry"

    "Let's Go Crazy"

    "Purple Rain"

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  • 11
    Stand by Me

    "Let the Good Times Roll"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

    "Stand by Me"

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  • 12
    The Breakfast Club

    "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

    "Waiting"

    "Fire in the Twilight"

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  • 13
    Guardians of the Galaxy
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  • 14
    Help!
    542
    416

    "The Night Before"

    "Ticket to Ride"

    "Yesterday"

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  • 15
    The Graduate

    "The Sound of Silence"

    "Mrs. Robinson"

    "April Come She Will"

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  • 16
    Reservoir Dogs

    "Hooked on a Feeling"

    "Stuck in the Middle with You"

    "Coconut"

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  • 17
    The Bodyguard

    "I Will Always Love You"

    "I'm Every Woman"

    "Queen of the Night"

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  • 18
    Flashdance

    "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

    "Maniac"

    "Romeo"

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  • 19
    Almost Famous

    "Sparks"

    "Tiny Dancer"

    "Something in the Air"

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  • 20
    Saturday Night Fever

    "Stayin' Alive"

    "More Than a Woman"

    "Boogie Shoes"

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  • 21
    The Lost Boys
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  • 22
    American Graffiti

    "At the Hop"

    "Almost Grown"

    "The Great Pretender"

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  • 23
    Pretty in Pink

    "If You Leave"

    "Pretty in Pink"

    "Wouldn't It Be Good"

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  • 24
    Good Morning, Vietnam
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  • 25
    Trainspotting

    "Lust for Life"

    "Temptation"

    "Our Lips Are Sealed"

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