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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 66.1k votes 11.1k voters 243.8k views291 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!

  • Forrest Gump1

    "Hound Dog"

    "California Dreamin'"

    "On the Road Again"

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  • Dirty Dancing2

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

    "She's Like the Wind"

    "Hungry Eyes"

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  • Footloose3


    "Almost Paradise"

    "Dancing In The Sheets"

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  • Back to the Future4

    "The Power of Love"

    "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"

    "Johnny B. Goode"

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  • Pulp Fiction5

    "Let's Stay Together"

    "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

    "Son of a Preacher Man"

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  • Top Gun6

    "Danger Zone"

    "Take My Breath Away"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

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  • Walk the Line7

    "Ring of Fire"

    "I Walk the Line"

    "Wildwood Flower"

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  • Purple Rain8

    "When Doves Cry"

    "Let's Go Crazy"

    "Purple Rain"

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  • Pink Floyd – The Wall9

    "In the Flesh?"


    "Goodbye Cruel World"

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  • Stand by Me10

    "Let the Good Times Roll"

    "Great Balls of Fire"

    "Stand by Me"

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  • Ghostbusters11


    "In the Name of Love"

    "I Can Wait Forever"

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  • The Breakfast Club12

    "Don't You (Forget About Me)"


    "Fire in the Twilight"

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy13
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  • Help!14

    "The Night Before"

    "Ticket to Ride"


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  • The Graduate15

    "The Sound of Silence"

    "Mrs. Robinson"

    "April Come She Will"

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  • Reservoir Dogs16

    "Hooked on a Feeling"

    "Stuck in the Middle with You"


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  • The Bodyguard17

    "I Will Always Love You"

    "I'm Every Woman"

    "Queen of the Night"

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  • Flashdance18

    "Flashdance... What a Feeling"



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  • Almost Famous19


    "Tiny Dancer"

    "Something in the Air"

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  • Saturday Night Fever20

    "Stayin' Alive"

    "More Than a Woman"

    "Boogie Shoes"

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  • The Lost Boys21
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  • American Graffiti22

    "At the Hop"

    "Almost Grown"

    "The Great Pretender"

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  • Pretty in Pink23

    "If You Leave"

    "Pretty in Pink"

    "Wouldn't It Be Good"

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam24
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  • Trainspotting25

    "Lust for Life"


    "Our Lips Are Sealed"

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