The 28 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

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There are certain movies that will always hold a special place in our heart, simply because the soundtracks are so good. As in, sing along to almost every scene, good. An epic song list has the ability to transport a viewer into another world, where romantic meet-cutes are accompanied by a joyful score and thrilling moments are overshadowed by suspenseful music.

Here, we compiled a list of the 28 best movie soundtracks. From Footloose to The Bodyguard, keep scrolling for the details.

RELATED: The 50 Best Musical Movies to Watch (and Sing at the Top of Your Lungs) from the Couch

28. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014)

These ’70s hits are bound to inspire your groovy side. Plus, that opening scene featuring “Come and Get Your Love” will never get old.

  • “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede

  • “Go All the Way” by Raspberries

  • “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum

  • “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie

  • “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop

  • “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc

  • “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5

  • “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone

  • “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways

  • “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes

  • “O-o-h Child” by The Five Stairsteps

  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell

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27. 'Black Panther' (2019)

Bonus: It won Best Original Score at the 2019 Oscars.

  • “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar

  • “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

  • “X” by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi

  • “The Ways” by Khalid and Swae Lee

  • “Opps” by Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok

  • “I Am” by Jorja Smith

  • “Paramedic!” by SOB X RBE

  • “Bloody Waters” by Ab-Soul, Anderson.Paak and James Blake

  • “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake

  • “Redemption Interlude” by Zacari

  • “Redemption” by Zacari and Babes Wodumo

  • “Seasons” by Mozzy, Sjava and Reason

  • “Big Shot” by Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott

  • “Pray for Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar

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26. 'Grease' (1978)

Let’s just say we’re hopelessly devoted to these timeless tracks.

  • “Grease” by Frankie Valli

  • “Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

  • “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John

  • “You’re the One That I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

  • “Sandy” by John Travolta

  • “Beauty School Drop-Out” by Frankie Avalon

  • “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” by Stockard Channing

  • “Greased Lightnin’” by John Travolta

  • “It’s Raining on Prom Night” Cindy Bullens

  • “Blue Moon” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Here to Stay” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Those Magic Changes” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Hound Dog” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Born To Hand Jive” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Tears On My Pillow” by Sha-Na-Na

  • “Mooning” by Louis St. Louis and Cindy Bullens

  • “Freddy, My Love” by Cindy Bullens

  • “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Queen” by Louis St. Louis

  • “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” by Stockard Channing

  • “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” by Olivia Newton-John

  • “We Go Together” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

  • “Grease (Reprise)” by Frankie Valli

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25. 'Romeo + Juliet' (1996)

The wedding scene wouldn’t have been complete without “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good).”

  • “#1 Crush” by Garbage

  • “Local God” by Everclear

  • “Angel” by Gavin Friday

  • “Pretty Piece of Flesh” by One Inch Punch

  • “Kissing You” by Des’ree

  • “Whatever (I Had A Dream)” by Butthole Surfers

  • “Lovefool” by The Cardigans

  • “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kym Mazelle

  • “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Quindon Tarver

  • “To You I Bestow” by Mundy

  • “Talk Show Host” by Radiohead

  • “Little Star” by Stina Nordenstam

  • “You and Me Song” by The Wannadies

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24. 'Dazed and Confused' (1993)

Name a better opening credits track than “Sweet Emotion.” We dare you.

  • “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer

  • “Slow Ride” by Foghat

  • “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

  • “Jim Dandy” by Black Oak Arkansas

  • “Tush” by ZZ Top

  • “Love Hurts” by Nazareth

  • “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

  • “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways

  • “Fox on the Run” by The Sweet

  • “Low Rider” by War

  • “Tuesday’s Gone” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • “Highway Star” by Deep Purple

  • “Rock and Roll All Night” by Kiss

  • “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath

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23. '8 Mile' (2002)

Featuring Eminem’s most iconic songs, of course this film was bound to be legendary.

  • “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

  • “Love Me” by Eminem featuring Obie Trice and 50 Cent

  • “8 Mile” by Eminem

  • “Adrenaline Rush” by Obie Trice

  • “Places to Go” by 50 Cent

  • “Rap Game” by D12

  • “8 Miles and Runnin’” by Jay-Z

  • “Spit Shine” by Xzibit

  • “Time of My Life” by Macy Gray

  • “U Wanna Be Me” by Nas

  • “Wanksta” by 50 Cent

  • “Wasting My Time” by Boomkat

  • “R.A.K.I.M.” by Rakim

  • “That's My N**** Fo' Real” by Young Zee

  • “Battle” by Gang Starr

  • “Rabbit Run” by Eminem

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22. 'Juno' (2007)

The coming-of-age indie soundtrack deserves its place on this list, thanks to hits like “All I Want Is You” and “Vampire.”

  • “All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar

  • “My Rollercoaster” by Kimya Dawson

  • “A Well Respected Man” by The Kinks

  • “Dearest” by Buddy Holly

  • “Up the Spout” by Mateo Messina

  • “Tire Swing” by Kimya Dawson

  • “Piazza, New York Catcher” by Belle & Sebastian

  • “Loose Lips” by Kimya Dawson

  • “Superstar” by Sonic Youth

  • “Sleep (Instrumental)” by Kimya Dawson

  • “Expectations” by Belle & Sebastian

  • “All the Young Dudes” Mott The Hoople

  • “So Nice So Smart” by Kimya Dawson

  • “Sea of Love” by Cat Power

  • “Tree Hugger” by Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants

  • “I’m Sticking with You” by The Velvet Underground

  • “Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches

  • “Vampire” by Antsy Pants

  • “Anyone Else but You” by Michael Cera and Ellen Page

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21. 'Marie Antionette' (2006)

You probably remember New Order’s “Ceremony,” which scored the epic party scene. Or perhaps a remix of “I Want Candy” as the soundtrack to Marie Antoinette’s 18th century shopping spree.

  • “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxsie & The Banshees

  • “Aphrodisiac” by Bow Wow Wow

  • “What Ever Happened” by The Strokes

  • “Pulling Our Weight” by The Radio Dept.

  • “Ceremony” by New Order

  • “Natural's Not in It” by Gang Of Four

  • “I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix)” by Bow Wow Wow

  • “Kings of the Wild Frontier” by Adam and the Ants

  • “Concerto in G” by Antonio Vivaldi

  • “The Melody of a Fallen Tree” by Windsor For the Derby

  • “I Don't Like It Like This” by The Radio Dept.

  • “Plainsong” by The Cure

  • “Jynweythek Ylow” by Aphex Twin

  • “Opus 17” Dustin O'Halloran

  • “Il Secondo Giorno (Instrumental)” by Air

  • “Keen on Boys” by The Radio Dept.

  • “Opus 23” by Dustin O'Halloran

  • “Les Barricades Mysterious” by François Cauperin

  • “Fools Rush In (Kevin Shields Remix)” by Bow Wow Wow

  • “Avril 14th” by Aphex Twin

  • “K. 213” by Domenico Scarlatti

  • “Tommib Help Buss” by Squarepusher

  • “Tristes Apprêts, Pâles Flambeaux” by Jean-Philippe Rameau

  • “Opus 36” by Dustin O'Halloran

  • “All Cats Are Grey” by The Cure

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20. 'The Graduate' (1967)

Think of it as a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. *Cues up “Mrs. Robinson”*

  • “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “The Singleman Party Foxtrot” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Interlude) ” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “On the Strip” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “The Folks” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “A Great Effect” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine” by Simon & Garfunkel

  • “Whew” by Simon & Garfunkel

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19. 'Clueless' (1995)

If only Elton knew how much “Rollin’ With My Homies” meant to Tai…

  • “Kids in America” by The Muffs

  • “Shake Some Action” by Cracker

  • “The Ghost in You” by Counting Crows

  • “Here (Squirmel Mix)” by Luscious Jackson

  • “All the Young Dudes” by World Party

  • “Fake Plastic Trees (Acoustic Version)” by Radiohead

  • “Change” by Lightning Seeds

  • “Need You Around” by Smoking Popes

  • “Mullet Head” by Beastie Boys

  • “Where'd You Go?” by Mighty Mighty Bosstones

  • “Rollin' With My Homies” by Coolio

  • “Alright” by Supergrass

  • “My Forgotten Favorite” by Velocity Girl

  • “Supermodel” by Jill Sobule

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18. 'Good Will Hunting' (1997)

The “How Do You Like These Apples?” scene wouldn’t be complete without Elliott Smith’s “No Name #3.”

  • “Between the Bars (Orchestral)” by Elliott Smith

  • “As the Rain” by Jeb Loy Nichols

  • “Angeles” by Elliott Smith

  • “No Name #3” by Elliott Smith

  • “Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys

  • “Why Do I Lie?” by Luscious Jackson

  • “Will Hunting (Main Titles)” by Danny Elfman

  • “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith

  • “Say Yes” by Elliott Smith

  • “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty

  • “Somebody's Baby” by Andru Donalds

  • “Boys Better” by The Dandy Warhols

  • “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green

  • “Miss Misery” by Elliott Smith

  • “Weepy Donuts” by Danny Elfman

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17. 'Lost in Translation' (2003)

Our favorite scene definitely includes Bill Murray singing “More Than This.”

  • “Intro / Tokyo” by Cast

  • “City Girl” by Kevin Shields

  • “Fantino” by Sebastien Tellier

  • “Tommib” by Squarepusher

  • “Girls” by Death in Vegas

  • “Goodbye” by Kevin Shields

  • “Too Young” by Phoenix

  • “Kaze Wo Atsumete” by Happy End

  • “On the Subway” by Brian Reitzell and Roger J. Manning Jr.

  • “Ikebana” by Kevin Shields

  • “Sometimes” by My Bloody Valentine

  • “Alone in Kyoto” by AIR

  • “Shibuya” by Brian Reitzell and Roger J. Manning Jr.

  • “Are You Awake?” by Kevin Shields

  • “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus & Mary Chain

  • “More Than This” by Bill Murray

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16. 'Help!' (1965)

If you love The Beatles, you’ve come to the right place. And you definitely need to listen to this soundtrack.

  • “Help!” by The Beatles

  • “The Night Before” by The Beatles

  • “From Me to You Fantasy” by Ken Thorne and His Orchestra

  • “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by The Beatles

  • “I Need You” by The Beatles

  • “In the Tyrol” by Ken Thorne and His Orchestra

  • “Another Girl” by The Beatles

  • “Another Hard Day’s Night” by Ken Thorne and His Orchestra

  • “Ticket to Ride” by The Beatles

  • “The Bitter End / You Can't Do That” by Ken Thorne and His Orchestra

  • “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” by The Beatles

  • “The Chase” by Ken Thorne and His Orchestra

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15. 'Rushmore' (1998)

The ’60s music will make you feel nostalgic for the times when Mark Mothersbaugh was a young, inexperienced composer.

  • “Hardest Geometry Problem in the World” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “Making Time” by Creation

  • “Concrete & Clay” by Unit 4 + 2

  • “Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl” by The Kinks

  • “Sharp Little Guy” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “The Lad with The Silver Button” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “A Summer Song” by Chad & Jeremy

  • “Edward Appleby (In Memoriam)” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “Here Comes My Baby” by Cat Stevens

  • “A Quick One While He's Away” by The Who

  • “Snowflake Music (From Bottlerocket)” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “Piranhas Are A Very Tricky Species” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “Blinuet” by Zoot Sims

  • “Friends Like You, Who Needs Friends” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “Rue St. Vincent” by Yves Montand

  • “Kite Flying Society” by Mark Mothersbaugh

  • “The Wind” by Cat Stevens

  • “Oh Yoko” by John Lennon

  • “Ooh La La” by Faces

  • “Margaret Yang’s Theme” by Mark Mothersbaugh

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14. 'Trainspotting' (1996)

Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” has basically become the movie’s unofficial theme song.

  • “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop

  • “Deep Blue Day” by Brian Eno

  • “Trainspotting” by Primal Scream

  • “Atomic” by Sleeper

  • “Temptation” by New Order

  • “Nightclubbing” by Iggy Pop

  • “Sing” by Blur

  • “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed

  • “Mile End” by Pulp

  • “For What You Dream Of (Full on Renaissance Mix)” by Bedrock Featuring KYO

  • “2:1” by Elastica

  • “A Final Hit” by Leftfield

  • “Born Slippy (NUXX)” by Underworld

  • “Closet Romantic” by Damon Albarn

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13. 'American Graffiti' (1973)

With a 40+ song soundtrack, this is bound have a song for everyone.

  • “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and The Comets

  • “Sixteen Candles” by The Crests

  • “Runaway” by Del Shannon

  • “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

  • “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and Wolfman Jack

  • “Fanny Mae” by Buster Brown and Wolfman Jack

  • “At the Hop” by Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids

  • “She’s So Fine” by Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids

  • “The Stroll” by The Diamonds

  • “See You in September” by The Tempos

  • “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys

  • “He’s the Great Imposter” by The Fleetwoods

  • “Almost Grown” by Chuck Berry

  • “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by The Platters

  • “Little Darlin’” by The Diamonds

  • “Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee & The Starlighters

  • “Barbara Anne” by The Regents and Wolfman Jack

  • “Book of Love” by The Monotones and Wolfman Jack

  • “Maybe Baby” by Buddy Holly

  • “Ya Ya” by Lee Dorsey

  • “The Great Pretender” by The Platters

  • “Ain’t That a Shame” by Fats Domino

  • “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry

  • “I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos

  • “Get a Job” by The Silhouettes

  • “To the Aisle” by The Five Satins and Wolfman Jack

  • “Do You Wanna Dance” by Bobby Freeman

  • “Party Doll” by Buddy Knox

  • “Come Go with Me” by The Del-Vikings

  • “You’re Sixteen – You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)” by Johnny Burnette

  • “Love Potion No.9” by The Clovers

  • “Since I Don't Have You” by The Skyliners

  • “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper

  • “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning

  • “Crying in the Chapel” by Sonny Till & The Orioles

  • “A Thousand Miles Away” by The Heartbeats

  • “Heart and Soul” by The Cleftones

  • “Green Onions” by Wolfman Jack and Booker T & The MG’s

  • “Only You (And You Alone)” by The Platters and Wolfman Jack

  • “Goodnight, Well It’s Time to Go” by The Spaniels

  • “All Summer Long” by The Beach Boys

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12. 'A Star Is Born' (2018)

Lukas Nelson (the son of Willie Nelson) inspired the new remake and even wrote seven of the movie’s songs. Nelson worked alongside several noteworthy producers, including Paul “DJWS” Blair, Dave Cobb, Nick Monson, Mark Ronson and DJ White Shadow. Oh, and don’t forget about the time that “Shallow” won Best Original Song at the Oscars.

  • “Intro” by Cast

  • “Black Eyes” by Bradley Cooper

  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Fabulous French (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “La Vie En Rose” by Lady Gaga

  • “I'll Wait For You (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Maybe It's Time” by Bradley Cooper

  • “Parking Lot (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Out of Time” by Bradley Cooper

  • “Alibi” by Bradley Cooper

  • “Trust Me (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  • “First Stop, Arizona (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Music to My Eyes” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  • “Diggin' My Grave” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  • “I Love You (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga

  • “Unbelievable (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “How Do You Hear It? (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Look What I Found” by Lady Gaga

  • “Memphis (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Heal Me” by Lady Gaga

  • “I Don't Know What Love Is” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  • “Vows (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Is That Alright?” by Lady Gaga

  • “SNL (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Why Did You Do That?” by Lady Gaga

  • “Hair Body Face” by Lady Gaga

  • “Scene 98 (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “Before I Cry” by Lady Gaga

  • “Too Far Gone” by Bradley Cooper

  • “Twelve Notes (Dialogue)” by Cast

  • “I'll Never Love Again (Film Version)” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  • “I'll Never Love Again (Extended Version)” by Lady Gaga

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11. 'Super Fly' (1972)

Consider this to be a starter collection of Curtis Mayfield classics.

  • “Little Child Runnin' Wild” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Pusherman” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Freddie's Dead” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Junkie Chase (Instrumental)” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Give Me Your Love (Love Song)” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Eddie You Should Know Better” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song)” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Think (Instrumental)” by Curtis Mayfield

  • “Superfly” by Curtis Mayfield

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10. 'Shaft' (1971)

“Theme from ‘Shaft’” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. As if you needed any further encouragement to listen to this album from start to finish.

  • “Theme from ‘Shaft’” by Isaac Hayes

  • “Love over and over Again” by Switch

  • “93 'Til Infinity” by Souls of Mischief

  • “Feel Me Flow” by Naughty by Nature

  • “You Know What It Is” by T.I.

  • “In This Bitch” by Lonny X

  • “WILD. (feat. Rose Gold)” by Audio Push & MyGuyMars

  • “Come Out at Night” by The Math Club

  • “Voodoo (Fight the Power)” by The Seige

  • “Moonwalk Through Customs” by Murk

  • “Mary Jane” by Rick James

  • “I Ain't No Joke” by Eric B. and Rakim

  • “They Want EFX” by Das EFX

  • “Dance with You” by The Math Club

  • “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” by Quincy Jones

  • “Best of My Love” by The Emotions

  • “Bring It to Me” by The Math Club

  • “Competition” by Eric Murray and Yuki Yano

  • “Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX

  • “Caught Up” by Caleborate

  • “Funky in Here” by The Dayton Sidewinders

  • “Gingerbread Man (Boss Edit)” by The Math Club

  • “Soft Shoe” by Eric Reed

  • Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

  • “Never Get Enough” by Jack LNDN

  • “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes

  • “Feel My Love Baby” by Stephan Stechi

  • “Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City” by Bobby “Blue” Bland

  • “Make the Earthquake” by The Math Club

  • “By Your Side” by The Math Club

  • “Too Much Shaft (with Saweetie)” by Quavo

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9. 'Above the Rim' (1994)

It was the #1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album on Billboard for ten weeks.

  • “Anything” by SWV

  • “Old Time’s Sake” by Sweet Sable

  • “Part Time Lover” by H-Town

  • “Big Pimpin’” by Tha Dogg Pound Gangstas

  • “Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” by 2nd II None

  • “Doggie Style” by D.J. Rogers

  • “Regulate” by Nate Dogg & Warren G.

  • “Pour Out A Little Liquor” by Thug Life

  • “Gonna Give It to Ya” by Jewell and Aaron Hall

  • “Afro Puffs” by The Lady of Rage

  • “Jus So Ya No” by CPO-Boss Hog

  • “Hoochies Need Love Too” by Paradise (4)

  • “I’m Still in Love With You” by Al B. Sure!

  • “Crack ’Em” by O.F.T.B.

  • “U Bring Da Dog Out” by Rhythm & Knowledge

  • “Blowed Away” by B Rezell

  • “It's Not Deep Enough” by Jewell

  • “Dogg Pound 4 Life” by Tha Dogg Pound Ganstas

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8. 'Velvet Goldmine' (1998)

When Jonathan Rhys Meyers transformed into an alien-like creature during “The Ballad of Maxwell Demon” scene, we were instantly hooked.

  • “Needle in the Camel’s Eye” by Brian Eno 3:09

  • “Hot One” by Shudder to Think

  • “20th Century Boy” by Placebo

  • “2HB” by The Venus In Furs

  • “T.V. Eye” by Wylde Ratttz

  • “Ballad of Maxwell Demon” by Shudder to Think

  • “The Whole Shebang” by Grant Lee Buffalo

  • “Ladytron” by The Venus In Furs

  • “We Are the Boyz” by Pulp

  • “Virginia Plain” by Roxy Music

  • “Personality Crisis” by Teenage Fanclub and Donna Matthews

  • “Satellite of Love” by Lou Reed

  • “Diamond Meadows” by T-Rex

  • “Bitter’s End” by Paul Kimble & Andy Mackay

  • “Baby’s on Fire” by The Venus In Furs

  • “Bitter-Sweet” by The Venus In Furs

  • “Velvet Spacetime” by Carter Burwell

  • “Tumbling Down” by The Venus In Furs

  • “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” by Steve Harley

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7. 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)

That breakup scene set to “Shell-Shock” will always bring the feels. All of the feels.

  • “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

  • “Left of Center” by Suzanne Vega

  • “Get to Know Ya” by Jesse Johnson

  • “Do Wot You Do” by INXS

  • “Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs

  • “Shell-Shock” by New Order

  • “Round, Round” by Belouis Some

  • “Wouldn't It Be Good” by Danny Hutton Hitters

  • “Bring On The Dancing Horses” by Echo & The Bunnymen

  • “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths

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6. 'Dirty Dancing' (1987)

Patrick Swayze dancing to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” will forever hold a place in our heart.

  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

  • “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes

  • “She's Like the Wind” by Patrick Swayze

  • “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen

  • “Stay” by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

  • “Yes” by Merry Clayton

  • “You Don't Own Me” by The Blow Monkeys

  • “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel

  • “Overload” by Zappacosta

  • “Love Is Strange” by Mickey and Sylvia

  • “Where Are You Tonight” by Tom Johnston

  • “In the Still of The Night” by The Five Satins

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5. 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)

Is there anything more iconic than John Travolta strutting down the street while jamming to “Stayin’ Alive”?

  • “Stayin' Alive” by Bee Gees

  • “How Deep Is Your Love?” by Bee Gees

  • “Night Fever” by Bee Gees

  • “More Than a Woman” by Bee Gees

  • “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman

  • “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy

  • “More Than a Woman” by Tavares

  • “Manhattan Skyline” by David Shire

  • “Calypso Breakdown” by Ralph MacDonald

  • “Night on Disco Mountain” by David Shire

  • “Open Sesame” by Kool & the Gang

  • “Jive Talkin’” Bee Gees

  • “You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees

  • “Boogie Shoes” by KC & the Sunshine Band

  • “Salsation” by David Shire

  • “K-Jee” by MFSB

  • “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps

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4. 'The Bodyguard' (1992)

Two songs from the soundtrack—“Run to You” and “I Have Nothing”—were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other tracks like “I Will Always Love You” and “I’m Every Woman” are just icing on the cake.

  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

  • “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston

  • “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston

  • “Run to You” by Whitney Houston

  • “Queen of the Night” by Whitney Houston

  • “Jesus Loves Me” by Whitney Houston

  • “Even If My Heart Would Break” by Kenny G and Aaron Neville

  • “Someday (I’m Coming Back)” by Lisa Stansfield

  • “It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day” by S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.

  • “(What’s So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” by Curtis Stigers

  • “Theme from the Bodyguard” by Alan Silvestri

  • “Trust in Me” by Joe Cocker

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3. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

After opening with “Misirlou,” the film transports the viewer into Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.” Talk about a classic.

  • “Pumpkin and Honey Bunny/Misirlou” by Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer/Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

  • “Royale with Cheese (dialogue)” by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta

  • “Jungle Boogie” by Kool & the Gang

  • “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

  • “Bustin’ Surfboards” by The Tornadoes

  • “Lonesome Town” by Ricky Nelson

  • “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield

  • “Zed’s Dead, Baby/Bullwinkle Part II” by Maria de Medeiros, Bruce Willis and The Centurions

  • “Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest/You Never Can Tell” by Jerome Patrick Hoban and Uma Thurman/Chuck Berry

  • “Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill

  • “If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags) ” by Maria McKee

  • “Bring Out the Gimp/Comanche” by Peter Greene, Duane Whitaker and The Revels

  • “Flowers on the Wall” by The Statler Brothers

  • “Personality Goes a Long Way” by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta

  • “Surf Rider” by The Lively Ones

  • “Ezekiel 25:17” by Samuel L. Jackson

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2. 'Footloose' (1984)

We could go on and on about “Footloose,” but there’s something about “Almost Paradise” that will forever remind us of Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer.

  • “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

  • “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams

  • “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

  • “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler

  • “Dancing in the Sheets” by Shalamar

  • “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” by Kenny Loggins

  • “Somebody’s Eyes” by Karla Bonoff

  • “The Girl Gets Around” by Sammy Hagar

  • “Never” by Moving Pictures

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1. 'Purple Rain' (1984)

A movie dubbed to Prince’s greatest hits…need we say more?

  • “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “Jungle Love” by The Time

  • “Take Me with U” by Prince and the Revolution featuring Apollonia

  • “Modernaire” by Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires

  • “Possessed” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “God (Love Theme from Purple Rain)” by Prince

  • “When Doves Cry” by Prince

  • “Computer Blue” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “Darling Nikki” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “Sex Shooter” by Apollonia 6

  • “The Bird” by The Time

  • “Purple Rain” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince and the Revolution

  • “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince and the Revolution

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