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The Top Ten Movie Soundtracks

Sometimes, the only difference between a good movie and a sublime movie is the soundtrack. Other times, the soundtrack is what makes or breaks a movie. then, there are times when the soundtrack outpaces the movie itself. So whether you have a bunch of retro hits of the past, or contemporary songs that became Top Ten hits that year, or a combination of the old and new, the choice of what songs will accompany the movie can be one of the most critical decisions made in order to ensure its commercial success. 

To my surprise, there are some movies that do not have an official soundtrack, despite having some good-to-great songs. That made my job slightly more difficult than I originally thought. Nevertheless, there were more than enough examples, and it was not easy to widdle my list down to ten.

Obviously, Keith was more inspired by orchestral tracks, (more BGM, less OST). Meanwhile, I tried to make sure multiple genres were represented. So without further adieu, here is our lists.

The Top Ten Movie Soundtracks

Keith’s List

Movie (Year(s))

  • 10. Grease (1978)
  • 9. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • 8. Purple Rain (1984)
  • 7. The Bodyguard (1992)
  • 6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • 5. The Lost Boys (1987)
  • 4. Rocky IV (1985)
  • 3. Top Gun (1986)
  • 2. Batman Begins (2005)
  • 1. (tie) The Star Wars Trilogy (1977,1980,1983)

My List

Movie (Year)

  • 10. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • 9. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • 8. Singles (1992)
  • 7. Grease (1978)
  • 6. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • 5. The Harder They Come (1972)
  • 4. Reservoir Dogs (1994)
  • 3. Purple Rain (1984)
  • 2. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  • 1. The Blues Brothers (1980)

Honorable Mentions: Help! (1965); Beverly Hills Cop (1984); Running Scared (1986); Pretty in Pink (1986); Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979); Caddyshack (1980); Pulp Fiction (1994); Some Kind of Wonderful (1987); Yellow Submarine (1968); The Song Remains the Same (1976)

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