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The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time 

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Updated November 21, 2019 141.2k votes 10.3k voters 240.5k views 299 items

List Rules No 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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

"She's Like the Wind"

"Hungry Eyes"

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"When Doves Cry"

"Let's Go Crazy"

"Purple Rain"

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"The Sound of Silence"

"Mrs. Robinson"

"April Come She Will"

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Ring of Fire"

"I Walk the Line"

"Wildwood Flower"

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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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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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Hooked on a Feeling"

"Stuck in the Middle with You"

"Coconut"

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

"Maniac"

"Romeo"

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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"I Will Always Love You"

"I'm Every Woman"

"Queen of the Night"

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"If You Leave"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Wouldn't It Be Good"

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time
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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

"My Girl"

"Dancing in the Street"

"What's Going On"

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