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Movies with the Best Soundtracks

Updated September 18, 2020 41.1k votes 5.6k voters 58.0k views315 items

List RulesVote up the best full movie soundtracks, not scores - NO MUSICALS!

What movies have the best soundtracks? Director Quentin Tarantino once compared his movie soundtrack to "a kind of a personal mix-tape that I'm making for you," with carefully selected songs that he hopes you haven't already heard "a gazillion times before." This list includes many of the most memorable movies with outstanding soundtracks, from 'Saturday Night Fever' disco to 'Singles' grunge. While Ranker also has a list of the greatest film scores of all time, this is different, with focus on the eclectic mix of songs on the film soundtrack rather than just the memorable instrumentals over, say, the fight scenes.

Many of the films listed here are considered some of the best movies of all time. Which movie do you think has the best soundtrack ever recorded? Time to decide, with votes. Vote for your favorites, and feel free to add any movies that might be missing. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want by clicking the blue button below.

Movies with fantastic soundtracks are automatically more memorable. You recall the plot, but more than that, you can sing the movie in your head, too. Some films would literally be shells without their awesome music soundtracks. Can you imagine 'Dirty Dancing' without "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"? And really, Kevin Bacon's angry dance in the warehouse in 'Footloose' would be far less momentous without that cheesy Moving Pictures song, right? And who didn't get 'Lovefool' stuck in his head after seeing 'Romeo + Juliet'?

If you're a movie score/soundtrack fan, be sure to cast your votes for the best James Bond movie theme ever(there are so many great ones, it's hard to decide).
  • 1

    1. Hound Dog
    2. Rebel Rouser
    3. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do
    4. Walk Right In
    5. Land of 1000 Dances
    6. Blowin' in the Wind
    7. Fortunate Son
    8. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
    9. Respect
    10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    11. Sloop John B
    12. California Dreamin'
    13. For What It's Worth
    14. What the World Needs Now Is Love
    15. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
    16. Mrs. Robinson
    17. Volunteers
    18. Get Together
    19. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
    20. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
    21. Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
    22. Everybody's Talkin'
    23. Joy to the World
    24. Stoned Love
    25. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
    26. Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)
    27. Sweet Home Alabama
    28. Running On Empty
    29. It Keeps You Runnin'
    30. I've Got to Use My Imagination
    31. Go Your Own Way
    32. On the Road Again
    33. Against the Wind
    34. Forrest Gump Suite

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  • 2

    1. Footloose
    2. Let's Hear It for the Boy
    3. Almost Paradise
    4. Holding Out for a Hero
    5. Dancing In The Sheets
    6. I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
    7. Somebody's Eyes
    8. The Girl Gets Around
    9. Never
    10. Metal Health (Bang Your Head)
    11. Hurts So Good
    12. Waiting for a Girl Like You
    13. Dancing in the Sheets

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  • 3

    1. Stayin' Alive
    2. How Deep Is Your Love
    3. Night Fever
    4. More Than a Woman
    5. If I Can't Have You
    6. A Fifth of Beethoven
    7. More Than a Woman
    8. Manhattan Skyline
    9. Calypso Breakdown
    10. Night on Disco Mountain
    11. Open Sesame
    12. Jive Talkin' 
    13. You Should Be Dancing
    14. Boogie Shoes
    15. Salsation
    16. K-Jee
    17. Disco Inferno

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  • 4

    1. Po' Lazarus
    2. Big Rock Candy Mountain
    3. You Are My Sunshine
    4. Down to the River to Pray
    5. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
    6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
    7. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
    8. Keep On the Sunny Side
    9. I'll Fly Away
    10. Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby
    11. In the Highways
    12. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)
    13. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
    14. O Death
    15. In the Jailhouse Now
    16. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
    17. Indian War Whoop
    18. Lonesome Valley
    19. Angel Band

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  • 5

    1. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
    2. Slow Ride
    3. School's Out
    4. Jim Dandy
    5. Tush
    6. Love Hurts
    7. Stranglehold
    8. Cherry Bomb
    9. Fox on the Run
    10. Low Rider
    11. Tuesday's Gone
    12. Highway Star
    13. Rock and Roll All Nite
    14. Paranoid

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  • 6

    1. Hooked on a Feeling
    2. Go All the Way
    3. Spirit in the Sky
    4. Moonage Daydream
    5. Fooled Around and Fell in Love
    6. I'm Not in Love
    7. I Want You Back
    8. Come and Get Your Love
    9. Cherry Bomb
    10. Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
    11. O-o-h Child
    12. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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  • 7

    1. The Power of Love
    2. Time Bomb Town
    3. Back to the Future
    4. Heaven Is One Step Away
    5. Back in Time
    6. Back to the Future Overture
    7. The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry)
    8. Night Train
    9. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
    10. Johnny B. Goode"

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  • 8

    1. Don't You (Forget About Me)
    2. Waiting
    3. Fire in the Twilight
    4. I'm the Dude
    5. Heart Too Hot to Hold
    6. Dream Montage
    7. We Are Not Alone
    8. Reggae
    9. Didn't I Tell You?
    10. Love Theme

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  • 9

    1. Danger Zone
    2. Mighty Wings
    3. Playing with the Boys
    4. Lead Me On
    5. Take My Breath Away
    6. Hot Summer Nights
    7. Heaven in Your Eyes
    8. Through the Fire
    9. Destination Unknown
    10. Top Gun Anthem

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  • 10

    1. Video Killed the Radio Star
    2. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
    3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
    4. How Soon Is Now?
    5. Love My Way
    6. Hold Me Now
    7. Everyday I Write the Book
    8. White Wedding
    9. China Girl
    10. Blue Monday
    11. Pass the Dutchie
    12. Have You Written Anything Lately?
    13. Somebody Kill Me
    14. Rapper's Delight

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  • 11

    1. Rock Around the Clock
    2. 16 Candles
    3. Runaway
    4. Why Do Fools Fall in Love  
    5. That'll Be the Day
    6. Fanny Mae   
    7. At the Hop   
    8. She's So Fine   
    9. The Stroll
    10. See You In September    
    11. Surfin' Safari    
    12. (He's) The Great Imposter  
    13. Almost Grown
    14. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes   
    15. Little Darlin'
    16. Peppermint Twist 
    17. Barbara Ann
    18. The Book of Love 
    19. Maybe Baby    
    20. Ya Ya   
    21. The Great Pretender

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  • 12

    1. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny/Misirlou
    2. Royale with Cheese (dialogue)
    3. Jungle Boogie
    4. Let's Stay Together
    5. Bustin' Surfboards
    6. Lonesome Town
    7. Son of a Preacher Man
    8. Zed's Dead, Baby/Bullwinkle Part II
    9. Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest/You Never Can Tell
    10. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
    11. If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)
    12. Bring Out the Gimp/Comanche
    13. Flowers on the Wall
    14. Personality Goes a Long Way
    15. Surf Rider
    16. Ezekiel 25:17

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  • 13
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  • 14

    1. Intro (Feel the Heat)
    2. Best of My Love
    3. Jungle Fever
    4. Brand New Key
    5. Spill the Wine
    6. Got to Give It Up (Part 1)
    7. Machine Gun
    8. Magnet and Steel
    9. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
    10. Sister Christian
    11. Livin' Thing
    12. God Only Knows
    13. The Big Top
    14. The Touch

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  • 15
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  • 16
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  • 17

    1. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
    2. Be My Baby
    3. She's Like the Wind
    4. Hungry Eyes
    5. Stay
    6. Yes
    7. You Don't Own Me
    8. Hey! Baby
    9. Overload
    10. Love Is Strange
    11. Where Are You Tonight?
    12. In the Still of the Night

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  • 18

    1. Magic Carpet Ride
    2. Madonna Speech
    3. Fool for Love
    4. Super Sounds
    5. Stuck in the Middle with You
    6. Harvest Moon
    7. Let's Get a Taco
    8. Keep on Truckin'
    9. Coconut
    10. Home of Rock
    11. And Now Little Green Bag...
    12. Little Green Bag
    13. Rock Flock of Five
    14. Hooked on a Feeling
    15. Bohemiath
    16. I Gotcha

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  • 19
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  • 20

    1. America
    2. Sparks
    3. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
    4. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move
    5. Feel Flows
    6. Fever Dog
    7. Every Picture Tells a Story
    8. Mr. Farmer
    9. One Way Out (Live)
    10. Simple Man
    11. That's the Way
    12. Tiny Dancer
    13. Lucky Trumble
    14. I'm Waiting for the Man
    15. The Wind
    16. Slip Away
    17. Something in the Air

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  • 21

    8 Mile


    1. Lose Yourself
    2. Love Me
    3. 8 Mile
    4. Adrenaline Rush
    5. Places to Go
    6. Rap Game
    7. 8 Miles and Runnin'
    8. Spit Shine
    9. Time of My Life
    10. U Wanna Be Me
    11. Wanksta
    12. Wasting My Time
    13. R.A.K.I.M.
    14. That's My Nigga fo' Real
    15. Battle

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  • 22
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  • 23

    1. If You Leave
    2. Left of Center
    3. Get to Know Ya
    4. Do Wot You Do
    5. Pretty in Pink
    6. Shellshock
    7. Round, Round
    8. Wouldn't It Be Good
    9. Bring On the Dancing Horses
    10. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

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  • 24
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  • 25



    1. Gonna Fly Now
    2. Eye of the Tiger
    3. Going the Distance
    4. Living in America
    5. Redemption
    6. Fanfare for Rocky
    7. Burning Heart
    8. Conquest
    9. Adrian
    10. No Easy Way Out
    11. Rocky's Reward
    12. Alone in the Ring
    13. Heart's on Fire
    14. Can't Stop the Fire
    15. Mickey
    16. Overture
    17. It's a Fight
    18. Gonna Fly Now
    19. The Measure of a Man

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