The Greatest Movie Soundtracks! (6 Lists that just MUST be right)

In honour of this week’s movie, Titanic, which has one of the most memorable and flawlessly performed themes in movie history (imho), let’s take a look at some of the great songs, soundtracks, and music moments from the silver screen. Let me know if there are any you think I’ve missed?

The Top 10 Coolest Movie Soundtracks (or the Greatest Pop-in-the-CD-and-Drive Movie Soundtracks).
These are simply great music CD’s that have more than just “that one song” or a ton of orchestra music.

10. Anchorman 5. Forrest Gump
9. The Bodyguard 4. Dirty Dancing
8. Hard Day’s Night 3. Top Gun
7. Slumdog Millionaire 2. Wayne’s World
6. Pretty Woman 1. Footloose

The Top 12 Most Fitting Songs for their Respective Movies
Titanic kicks butt in this category. “My Heart Will Go On” goes along with the movie’s theme and story so well it’s uncanny. Here are some other examples:

12. “Blaze of Glory” (Young Guns II) 6. “Lose Yourself” (8 Mile)
11. “To Sir With Love” (To Sir With Love) 5. “Ghostbusters” (Ghostbusters)
10. “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Beaches) 4. “St. Elmo’s Fire” (St. Elmo’s Fire)
9. “Tradition” (Fiddler on the Roof) 3. “Don’t You Forget About Me” (The Breakfast Club)
8.  “Eye of the Tiger” (Rocky III) 2. “Power of Love” (Back to the Future)
7. “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) 1. “Stayin’ Alive” (Saturday Night Fever)

Big Song Little Movie
Were these songs big hits? Yup. Do people still recognize them? Sing along with them? Yup. Does anyone talk about the movie it came from? Nope.

10. “Because You Loved Me” (Up Close and Personal) 5. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (Manequin)
9. “Against All Odds” (Against All Odds) 4. “Separate Lives” and “Say You Say Me” (White Nights)
8. “You Light Up My Life” (You Light Up My Life) 3. “Crazy for You” (Vision Quest)
7. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (Criminal Minds) 2. “9 to 5” (9 to 5)
6. “Two Hearts and Groovy Kind of Love” (Buster) 1. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (The Woman in Red)

The Top 10 Sing-along Movie Soundtracks.These Soundtracks are ones that most of us can sing along to, even with a stranger on a subway train.

10. The Jungle Book 5. Beauty and the Beast
9. The Little Mermaid 4. Grease
8. Help! 3. Frozen
7. Mary Poppins 2. The Sound of Music
6. Lion King 1. The Wizard of Oz

The Top 10 Epic Orchestral Movie Soundtracks.
A list of movies with the most memorable and legendary melodies:

10. The Last of the Mohicans 5. Indiana Jones
9. Superman 4. James Bond franchise
8. Jurassic Park 3. Jaws
7. Chariots of Fire 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
6. ET: the Extra Terrestrial 1. Star Wars

The Top 16 Most Iconic Music Scenes in Movies.
Pretty self explanatory. My favourites are 12, 9, and 5.

16. “Twist and Shout” in the parade (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

15. Stallone working out to “Hearts On Fire” (Rocky IV)

14. “Say A Little Prayer for You” wedding sing along (My Best Friend’s Wedding)

13. Pee-Wee Herman dances to “Tequila” (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)

12. John Cusack lifts a stereo over his head with “In Your Eyes” playing (Say Anything)

11. Mr. Blond sadistically sings “Stuck in the Middle With You” (Reservoir Dogs)

10. Tom Cruise slides in his sock feet and no pants to “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” (Risky Business)

9. Tommy and Richard listen to the car radio (Tommy Boy)

8. A Woman and a Ghost make pottery to “Unchained Melody” (Ghost)

7. TIE: Jennifer Beals dances to “Maniac” (Flashdance) AND Tommy dances to “Maniac” (Tommy Boy)

6. Swayze lip-syncs “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” to Jennifer Grey and then they tear up a rug (Dirty Dancing)

5. Michael J. Fox plays “Johnny B. Goode” at his parents’ prom (Back to the Future)

4. “Stayin’ Alive”, the dance (Saturday Night Fever)

3. Dorothy and her three friends sing about Lions and Tigers and Bears (you finish the line) The Wizard of Oz

2. Gene Kelly swings around a lamp post (Singin’ in the Rain)

1. Julie Andrews spins in a field (Sound of Music)

Congratulations Titanic. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Other than Kate Winslet, I’d say Gloria Stuart, who played the aged Rose in Titanic deserves the distinction this week. Loved her in this movie.

Best Actor: Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I realize he’s up against Leo and Johnny, but in this particular movie he is at his best. (And for me, even better than the other two performances mentioned here. And that says a lot.)

Best Quote: “Young boys should never be sent to bed… they always wake up a day older.” — JM Barrie (Jonny Depp) in Finding Neverland.

And my personal favourite movie music moments:

5. “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath being played after Tony Stark does some blowing up of stuff in Iron Man.

4. “Oh Yeah” plays as Ferris and Cameron check out his dad’s car in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

3. Marty McFly skateboards to school while “Power of Love” plays in the background in Back to the Future.

2. Kermit Sings “Rainbow Connection” in The Muppet Movie.

1. Star Wars song plays and logo appears after “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.”


10 thoughts on “The Greatest Movie Soundtracks! (6 Lists that just MUST be right)

  1. The only movie soundtrack that I can think of that really deserves honourable mention (that hasn’t already been mentioned) is That Thing You Do. The whole album is great and while “that one song” is awesome, the rest of them are just as good.

    Also, the Disney Tarzan soundtrack is a favourite in our car. My kids LOVE the Trashin’ the Camp song.

  2. My favorite soundtrack didn’t make the list… Probably because the movie is terrible, but the soundtrack is fantastic. The Big Chill… Definitely check it out. And the final performance in Whiplash would have made my list of music moments.

      • The original soundtrack includes such great hits as: My Girl, The Tracks of My Tears, Joy to the World, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Natural Woman, and A Whiter Shade of Pale… but if you get the two disc set that encompasses all three released soundtracks you’ve got hours of great music all in that same era. Not my every day music of choice, but it’s ALL feel good, sing along songs.

  3. I realize music is very subjective but for my generation the greatest movie sound track of all time after Footloose (you got that right) was The Lost Boys soundtrack. Everyone had it. Songs like: Lost in the Shadows, Cry Little Sister, People Are Strange, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Good times (lesser known but a great track) It was just fantastic. That’s all.

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