Top 10 Best Soundtracks of All Time

Art is a form of expression that will always stand the test time. Forever evolving, but never changing as far as its impact on life is concerned. When a so called style of music changes the classics always remain in our hearts. By the time one of your favorite movies has grown old you always remember what it was like watching it for the first time. That is why this page is all about the best movie soundtracks of all time. Based off their position on the billboard charts, to their total gross sales, to the overall impact they had on people’s lives, we present to you the top soundtracks of all time.

10. The Harder They Come, July 7 1972


The Harder They Come makes this list based off its sheer impact on music culture. Jimmy Cliff gave an incredible performance on screen and off screen. Playing a starring role in the soundtrack with classics such as “Many Rivers to Cross.” With the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop,” the Melodians’ “Rivers of Babylon” and Desmond Dekker’s “007 (Shanty Town). He amongst others involved in the project are truly owed credit for opening the eyes of many Americans to the
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9. Grease The Original Soundtrack, April 14, 1978


With our number nine position we credit the soundtrack to the movie Grease. This soundtrack was an iconic album specifically in the US and the UK. One of the most well­known disco/pop albums ever made. Worldwide it has sold almost 45 million copies; Making it the second highest selling soundtrack of all time. “You’re the One That I Want” and Summer Nights” reached No.1 on the Billboards for nine and seven weeks respectively.

8. City Of Angels, March 31, 1998


Coming in at number 8 on our list is the soundtrack to the City of Angels. Showcasing alternative rock group the Goo Goo Dolls chart topping Iris, Along with other Alternative rock stars such as Alanis Morissette, and U2. Peaking at number 1 on the Billboard’s top 40. The soundtrack also went 5x platinum in the US, and 7x platinum in Canada.

7. Titanic, November 18, 1997


Number 7 on our list goes to the soundtrack to the Titanic. The Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture was released by Sony Classical and sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it not only one of the highest selling soundtracks but one of the highest selling albums of all time. It is also the highest selling primarily orchestral soundtrack ever. It spent 16 weeks at number 1 on the billboard top 200, and currently holds number 5 on Billboard’s End­of­Decade chart.

6. Dirty Dancing: August 21, 1987


Making our number 6 spot is the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. Not only was Dirty Dancing a box office smash but also was one of the highest selling albums of all time. To date this soundtrack has a list of accolades; going Diamond in Canada, and France and going 11x platinum in the US; this soundtrack has sold over 32 million copies worldwide.

5. Pulp Fiction, September 27,1994


Number 5 may not have been as well received in some categories as some of the others on this list but this soundtrack is considered a cult classic to so many people. Not only is the movie highly regarded as one of the best crime dramas of all time but the music to accompany the film equally matches the quality of the movie. Going platinum in Canada and selling over 2 million copies worldwide. This piece of art featured music from several genres of m music including alternative music, surf rock, to pop and soul. This soundtrack is a perfect blend of music to match the grittiness of one of the best movies of the 90’s.

4. The Crow, March 29, 1994


Number 4 on our top 10 list goes to the soundtrack of The Crow. This soundtrack highlighted a much darker sound than the other soundtracks on this list, but it appealed to millions worldwide. Unlike some of the other soundtracks it did not receive the same level of notoriety although it still managed to reach number 1 on the Billboard top 200. This soundtrack was a cultural phenomenon and anyone who was a young adult during this time period knows the impact it played on alternative music and the Seattle grunge scene as well. It showcased a variety of songs from several categories: Alternative rock, alternative metal, industrial rock, gothic rock, groove metal this album truly a cult classic filled songs that stood the test of time. Burn, written by the Cure, specifically for this film was notably the soundtracks biggest single.

3. Top Gun, May 13, 1986


The number 3 spot goes to the soundtrack to the motion picture Top gun and rightly deserved. When alternative music was really making its name in the music scene Top Gun did not disappoint, producing one of the greatest alternative music soundtracks of the 80’s. Top gun spent 5 nonconsecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard top 200, and managing going platinum all over the world. To date Top Gun has sold over nine million copies in the US alone. It has gone 5x platinum in Canada, 2x platinum in France, 2x platinum in the United Kingdom, and platinum in Hong Kong and Germany. A worldwide success Top Gun helped brilliantly aid in elevating Alternative music to the platform it currently sits today.

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2. Purple Rain, June 25 1984


Purple Rain, the name itself pretty much sums it up. Coming in at number 2 on our list written by one of the kings of music Prince. Prince really outperformed on this soundtrack, many would tell you it is their clear winner for best soundtrack of all time. To date it has sold over 22 million copies worldwide and is highly regarded as one of the best albums of all time. With groundbreaking and experimental featured tracks such as “When Doves Cry,” Prince’s Purple Rain has gone platinum over 13x in the Unites States, 6x in Canada, and 2x in the United Kingdom ­ not to mention other countries as well. Spending 24 weeks straight at number 1 on the billboard top 200. Although it is almost impossible to place this album into one genre of music Purple Rain helped solidify Prince as one of the top figureheads for all of pop music.

1. The Bodyguard, November 17,1992


For our grand finale coming in at number 1 we had to choose the soundtrack to The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. A 2 disc album, disc one consisting entirely of the queen herself Whitney Houston; The Bodyguard has sold over 45 million copies worldwide making it the highest selling soundtrack of all time. This soundtrack was the first album verified by the Nielsen SoundScan computerized sales monitoring system to have sold more than one million copies during its first week. It also won a Grammy for album of the year and was certified 17x platinum in the Unites States. Ranking number one in several categories all across the Billboard’s top album lists; spending a total of 20 weeks in the top 200. Whitney Houston’s beautiful performance on the soundtrack on The Bodyguard touched the souls of millions of people all across the globe easily earning it the top spot on best movie soundtracks of all time.

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