My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

With the release of Baby Driver, and it's huge list of finger-tapping and head-bobbing songs, I thought I'd take a look at some of the best movie soundtracks of all time. This list is only for soundtracks with songs from artists, not original scores like John Williams or Hans Zimmer. Of course opinions will differ as this is strictly my opinion so feel free to give me yours in the comments. If you want to purchase these albums, the links to them are at the bottom of the page.

10. Easy Rider (1969)

This masterpiece of biker lore gave us the classic from Steppenwolf, "Born to Be Wild" which gave America a view at the freedom of the open road and the wind in your hair. It also gave us the song, "If 6 Was 9" by the legend Jimi Hendrix. 

9. Last Action Hero (1993)

Say what you will about the movie but there's no denying this album kicks some serious ass. I mean just look at that lineup if you're a rock and metal fan you've got AC/DC with "Big Gun", Megadeth's "Angry Again", with tracks from Anthrax, Alice in Chains and even some Cypress Hill thrown in. 

8. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Quentin Tarantino's classic brought back some oldies into the mainstream when he inserted them into this all-star movie. Everyone knows "Misirlou" by Dick Dale's surf guitar and blaring trumpets now thanks to its use in the opening robbery scene. Then of course, who can forget Uma Thurman's overdose scene set to Urge Overkill's cover of the Neil Diamond song, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon".

7. Above the Rim (1994)

Even if you're not a rap or hip-hop fan, it's hard to deny the appeal of this soundtrack which featured acts like Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and The Beastie Boys. There were so many tracks that they didn't have room for them all and some were released as B-sides for various album singles. On this soundtrack, you'll also find the song everyone knows thanks to its opening using a clip from Young Guns. That song of course is "Regulate" by Warren G ft. Nate Dogg. 

6. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

The movie is all about The Ramones telling kids that it's okay to fight the establishment. The soundtrack is a head-bopper from the title track by The Ramones to the last track by shock rocker Alice Cooper that every kid from that era associates with freedom, "School's Out". In between those tracks you'll also find cuts from Chuck Berry ("School Days") and Brownsville Stations ("Smokin' in the Boys Room")

5. American Graffiti (1973)

This soundtrack from the George Lucas movie is a veritable who's who of oldies from the get-go with Bill Haley's "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" followed by Del Shannon, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry. If you are throwing a 50s themed party, this is what you want playing. 

4. Trainspotting (1996)

While I may not really like this movie all that much, the soundtrack is pretty damn good with tracks from Iggy Pop like, "The Passenger", David Bowie's "Golden Years" and "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed.

3. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

You may hate the 70s but there's no denying the popularity by the ridiculous amount of albums this sold: 15 million. That's certified platinum status 15 times. It was #1 on the Billboard charts for 24 weeks. It was led by five songs from the Bee Gees alone, including "Night Fever", "You Should Be Dancing" and the super hit, "Staying Alive" which has been used in everything from a Wyclef Jean song to how to do the correct number of chest compressions per minute during CPR. 

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2

I'm combining these two albums because they are so awesome. These two albums introduced me and countless others to some really great songs I now have on daily shuffle that I never would have known about if it wasn't for these movies. Some of those songs include: "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO, the Raspberries "Go All the Way", "Come a Little Bit Closer" by Jay and The Americans (which provides the backing track for my favorite scene of the two movies) and Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah's "Lakeshore Drive". The two soundtracks aren't just lesser-known songs though. Other artists include Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Sam Cooke, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie.

All the above albums are awesome in their own right and Guardians Vol. 1 & 2 would have been #1 on my list but you can't deny the power of the album that occupies the top spot even if it's by only one artist and that album is.....

1. Purple Rain (1984)


Unlike other albums on this list that have multiple artists, this hit machine is nothing but Prince and The Revolution, which is a good thing. It's got so many Prince classics it will make your head spin. It kicks off with the party starter "Let's Go Crazy", followed up by "When Doves Cry", "I Would Die 4 U", "Baby I'm a Star" and ends with the title track that The Purple One played at Super Bowl XLI in what is considered by many to be one of the greatest performances ever at the game, "Purple Rain". Oh, and it's also sold over 25 million albums, so there's that.


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