The Best Soundtracks to Your Favorite Movies

Music and movies go together like two peas in a pod. Setting a scene to the right song can transform it, taking it from “pretty good” to iconic in a matter of seconds. Because of this, movie directors and producers spend a great deal of time curating the music for their films, often choosing to have artists create new tracks just for the move.

All of this attention being given to a movie’s music has led to some pretty awesome soundtracks over the years, many of which have gone on to win awards in their own right, propel artists to new levels of fame, and stand alone as their own works of art. 

It would be impossible to choose the absolute best soundtracks from all the movies ever made. There are just too many. But some stand out as truly exceptional and that deserves a listen no matter if you’re in the mood for the movie or not. Sometimes, just listening to the music can take you back through a film’s plot, allowing you to relive it in a totally new way.

21 of the Best Soundtracks to Your Favorite Movies

While we could easily come up with a list of 100 or more classic movie soundtracks, we’ve narrowed things down to the top 21. But that’s about the best we could do. Trying to rank these tracklists could never do justice to these gems. 

Here are the best soundtracks from your favorite movies, including tracklists, to help you navigate the world of movie music, and also to give you some inspiration for your next movie night. 

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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One of the most popular and critically-acclaimed independent films of all time, music is at the heart of Quentin Tarantino’s classic (and arguably best) film, Pulp Fiction. 

In fact, Tarantino himself has said that he started conceiving the film through music, digging through his own record collection to find the songs that would serve as “the spirit of the movie.” 

What he came up with is an eclectic mix of soul, surf rock, rock and roll, and pop music that has become as iconic as the film itself. Just looking at the tracklist will take you on a musical adventure that practically no other film can top. 


  1. “Pumpkin and Honey Bunny” — Tim Rother, Amanda Plummer
  2. “Misirlou” — Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
  3. “Royale with Cheese” — John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson
  4. “Jungle Boogie” — Kool and the Gang
  5. “Let’s Stay Together” — Al Green
  6. “Bustin’ Surfboards” — The Tornados
  7. “Lonesome Town” — Ricky Nelson
  8. “Son of a Preacher Man” — Dusty Springfield
  9. “Zed’s Dead Body” — Maria De Medeiros, Bruce Willis
  10. “Bullwinkle” - Pt. 2 — The Centurians
  11. “Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest” — Jerome Patrick Hoban
  12. “You Never Can Tell” — Chuck Berry
  13. “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” — Urge Overkill
  14. “If Love is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” — Maria McKee
  15. “Bring Out the Gimp” — Peter Greene, Duane Whitaker
  16. “Comanche” — The Revels
  17. “Flowers on the Wall” — The Statler Brothers
  18. “Personality Goes a Long Way” — John Travolta, Samuel Jackson
  19. “Surf Rider” — The Lively Ones
  20. “Ezekiel 25:17” — Samuel L. Jackson

Kill Bill (2003)

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Given how much emphasis Quentin Tarantino gives to music in his films, it is not shocking to see another one of his films make this list. Kill Bill, which was released as two separate films thanks to its 4+ hour runtime, stars Uma Thurman, who rose to prominence in large part because of her role in Pulp Fiction. 

As an homage to spaghetti westerns, blaxploitation, and martial arts films, and also as a Tarantino film, the collection of songs found in Kill Bill is all over the place. But that’s part of what makes it so compelling. As you move through the tracklist, you will jump from country music to old-timey western scores to instrumental guitar solos that will make your mind spin. 

Like all his other films, Kill Bill is strange. But it’s another example of Tarantino’s genius, and the same can be said about its music.


  1. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" — Nancy Sinatra
  2. "That Certain Female" — Charlie Feathers
  3. "The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)" by Luis Bacalov
  4. "Twisted Nerve" by Bernard Herrmann
  5. "Queen of the Crime Council" dialogue by Lucy Liu and Julie Dreyfus 
  6. "Ode To Oren Ishii" by The RZA
  7. "Run Fay Run" (from "Three Tough Guys") by Isaac Hayes
  8. "Green Hornet" by Al Hirt
  9. "Battle Without Honor or Humanity"— Tomoyasu Hotei 
  10. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmeralda Suite" — Santa Esmeralda featuring Leroy Gómez
  11. "Woo Hoo" — The's
  12. "Crane / White Lightning" — The RZA / Charles Bernstein
  13. "The Flower of Carnage" — Meiko Kaji
  14. "The Lonely Shepherd" — James Last & Gheorghe Zamfir
  15. "You're My Wicked Life" — David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus, and Uma Thurman
  16. "Ironside" (excerpt) — Quincy Jones
  17. "Super 16" (excerpt) — Neu! 
  18. "Yakuza Oren 1" — The RZA 
  19. "Banister Fight" — The RZA 

That Thing You Do! (1996)

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The only film written, directed, and co-starred by Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! follows four young men from Erie, Pennsylvania as their garage band The Wonders rises to national fame on the backs of their hit song: “That Thing You Do!” 

All of the songs on this soundtrack were written for the movie, including several composed by Hanks himself. The title track was the work of the late Adam Schlesinger, the lead singer of the group Fountains of Wayne, which reached fame thanks to their song “Stacy’s Mom.”

None of these songs will exactly knock your socks off, but the fact that their creators were able to come up with a collection of tracks that could all have easily been hits in their heyday speaks volumes to their musical ability, and also makes this film a fantastic homage to the rock and roll craze that swept the nation in the 1960s. 

If you haven’t seen this little-known gem yet, check it out and get ready to tap your feet and shake your hips for the full two hours.

Tracklist (Given that the performers were fictional, songwriters are credited below):

  1. “Lovin’ You Lots and Lots” — Tom Hanks
  2. “That Thing You Do!” — Adam Schlesinger
  3. “Little Wild One” — David Gibbs, Steve Hurley, Phil Hurley, Fred Eltringham
  4. “Dance With Me Tonight” — Scott Rogness, Rick Elias
  5. “All My Only Dreams” — Scott Rogness, Rick Elias
  6. “I Need You (That Thing You Do)” — Scott Rogness, Rick Elias, Linda Elias
  7. “She Knows It” — Scott Rogness, Rick Elias
  8. “Mr. Downtown” — Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mike Piccirillo
  9. “Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart” — Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mike Piccirillo
  10. “Voyage Around the Moon” — Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mike Piccirillo
  11. “My World is Over” — Mike Piccirillo
  12. “Drive Faster” — Scott Rogness, Rick Elias
  13. “Shrimp Shack” — Mike Piccirillo
  14. “Time to Blow” — Steve Tyrell, Robert Mann
  15. "That Thing You Do! (Live at the Hollywood Television Showcase)" — Adam Schlesinger

Juno (2007)

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Another indie classic, Juno follows the story of a misfit teenage girl who finds herself pregnant and confused. She decides to give the baby up for adoption, but her journey through the pregnancy teaches her a lot about herself and the world. 

This journey, however, is very much guided and defined by music, which features prominently throughout the film. The tracklist features some well-known classics as well as some unknown gems, but they all tie together perfectly to make the film what it is. Excellent as part of the film but also worth a listen on its own, the Juno soundtrack is one you’re definitely going to want in your personal library.

  1. "All I Want Is You" — Barry Louis Polisar 
  2. "My Rollercoaster" — Kimya Dawson 
  3. "A Well Respected Man" — The Kinks 
  4. "(Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest" — Buddy Holly 
  5. "Up the Spout" — Mateo Messina 
  6. "Tire Swing" — Kimya Dawson 
  7. "Piazza, New York Catcher" — Belle & Sebastian 
  8. "Loose Lips" — Kimya Dawson 
  9. "Superstar" — Sonic Youth 
  10. "Sleep" — Kimya Dawson 
  11. "All the Young Dudes" — Mott the Hoople
  12. "So Nice So Smart" — Kimya Dawson
  13. "Sea of Love" — Cat Power  
  14. "Tree Hugger" — Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants  
  15. "I'm Sticking with You" — The Velvet Underground  
  16. "Anyone Else but You" — The Moldy Peaches  
  17. "Vampire" — Antsy Pants 
  18. "Anyone Else but You" — Michael Cera and Elliot Page  

The Graduate (1967)

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Members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and arguably some of the most influential folk artists of all time, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, known collectively as Simon & Garfunkel, did some of their best work specifically for the film The Graduate. 

Starring Dustin Hoffman, the movie follows a troubled college graduate as he tries to figure out his life. His first adventure is an affair with the wife of one of his parents’ friends, Mrs. Robinson, the focal point and title character of the movie’s signature song, “Mrs. Robinson. 

All in all, The Graduate was meant to speak to the troubled minds of the younger generation living in the 1960s, a period of great social and cultural upheaval, and the music does a perfect job of encapsulating that sentiment. Dominated by Simon & Garfunkel, it also features several tracks from Dave Grusin that are also worth a listen. If you haven’t yet, check out the film and its killer soundtrack.

  1. The Sound of Silence — Simon & Garfunkel
  2. “The Singleman Party Foxtrot” — Dave Grusin
  3. “Mrs. Robinson” — Simon & Garfunkel
  4. “Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha” — Dave Grusin
  5. “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (Interlude) — Simon & Garfunkel
  6. “On the Strip” — Dave Grusin
  7. “April She Will Come” — Simon & Garfunkel
  8. “The Folks” — Dave Grusin
  9. “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (Extended Version) — Simon & Garfunkel
  10. “A Great Effect” — Dave Grusin
  11. "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" — Simon & Garfunkel
  12. "Whew" — Dave Grusin
  13. "Mrs. Robinson" (Version 2) — Simon & Garfunkel
  14. "The Sound of Silence" (Alternate version) — Simon & Garfunkel

Dirty Dancing (1987)

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Set in the 1950s in a resort town in the Adirondacks, Dirty Dancing is a story about teenage rebelliousness and the innate desire every young person has to break free from their parents and make their own life. And the music from the movie does a near-perfect job capturing that. 

Using tunes from the era in which it takes place, which was the early days of the cultural revolution that went on to define the decades that came after, it’s impossible not to itch for your own freedom while watching and listening. 

Plus, this is a great way to get to know some of the gems that came from this era, such as “In the Still of the Night” by The Five Satins. If you’re ready for a musical and theatrical blast from the past, then check out this movie and soundtrack


  1. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" — Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  2. "Be My Baby" — The Ronettes
  3. "She's Like the Wind" — Patrick Swayze
  4. "Hungry Eyes" — Eric Carmen
  5. "Stay" — Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
  6. "Yes" — Merry Clayton
  7. "You Don't Own Me" — Blow Monkeys
  8. "Hey! Baby" — Bruce Channel
  9. "Overload" — Alfie Zappacosta
  10. "Love Is Strange" — Mickey & Sylvia
  11. "Where Are You Tonight?" — Tom Johnston
  12. "In the Still of the Night" — The Five Satins

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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One of the most influential rap groups of all time, N.W.A., which includes Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and DJ Yella, told its story in a 2015 biopic that followed the group in its rise to fame. 

The title of the film, Straight Outta Compton, is an homage to the album of the same name, which was the group's first. Released in 1987, it put N.W.A. on the map with songs such as “F$#@ the Police.” 

The soundtrack, which features songs from the title album as well as other tracks recorded by the group, as well as several solo works by different group members, serves as an excellent anthology of what has gone down as one of the most successful rap groups of all time. 

As a bonus, the soundtrack also includes music from other artists that either influenced the group or that played a role in their success.

Even if you don’t watch the movie, listening to the soundtrack will bring you back to the early 1990s, when the rap scene was blowing up and will give you a great smattering of music by N.W.A., aka “the world’s most dangerous group.”


  1. "Straight Outta Compton" — N.W.A
  2. "Flash Light" — Parliament
  3.  "We Want Eazy" — Eazy-E featuring Dr. Dre and MC Ren
  4. "Gangsta Gangsta" — N.W.A 
  5. "(Not Just) Knee Deep" — Funkadelic 
  6. "Boyz-n-the-Hood" — Eazy E 
  7. "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" — Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  8. "Dopeman (Remix)" — N.W.A
  9. "Fuck the Police" — N.W.A
  10. "Express Yourself" — N.W.A
  11. "Weak at the Knees" — Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame
  12. "Quiet on the Set"  — N.W.A
  13. "8 Ball (Remix)" — N.W.A 
  14. "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate" — Ice Cube
  15. "Real Niggaz" — N.W.A 
  16. "No Vaseline" — Ice Cube
  17. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" — Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg

Dazed and Confused (1993)

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There’s no day quite like the last day of school, especially when you’re in high school. In Dazed and Confused, a film that follows the lives of several different Texas teenagers on the final day of the school year, we can all transport ourselves back to those fun, exciting, rebellious, and sometimes dangerous times at the end of the year. 

The soundtrack to the movie follows right along with this theme. Featuring some of rock n’ roll’s best anthems (“Love Hurts” by Nazareth, “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss, “Stranglehold by Ted Nugent”, and many, many more) the tracklist serves as an homage to the heyday of rock, as well as a chance for many viewers to step back into their pasts. 

Initially, a failure, Dazed and Confused has gone on to become a cult classic and is considered one of the better teen movies of all time, though anyone of any age is sure to enjoy this rock-inspired classic.


  1. "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" — Rick Derringer
  2. "Slow Ride" (Single version)  — Foghat
  3. "School's Out" — Alice Cooper
  4. "Jim Dandy" — Black Oak Arkansas
  5.  "Tush" — ZZ Top
  6.  "Love Hurts"  — Nazareth
  7. "Stranglehold"  — Ted Nugent
  8. "Cherry Bomb" — The Runaways
  9.  "Fox on the Run" — Sweet
  10. "Low Rider"  — War
  11. "Tuesday's Gone" —  Lynyrd Skynyrd
  12. "Highway Star" —  Deep Purple
  13. "Rock and Roll All Nite" — Kiss
  14. "Paranoid" —   Black Sabbath

Boogie Nights (1997)

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A film about a teenage kid with a massive _____ who makes it big in the porn industry? Sure, why not!? 

In fact, many have called this joke a big joke because it uses a similar storytelling technique as that employed by Scorsese and others in films such as Goodfellas but includes a much different subject matter. 

In the end, however, it doesn’t matter. This movie is funny, dark, exciting, scary, and everything in between, and its killer soundtrack, which is all over the place in terms of genre, is just as exciting. 

One of Mark Wahlberg’s first films and the one that put him on the world’s radar, this movie and its music is a wild ride, to say the least.


  1. "Intro (Feel the Heat)" — John C. Reilly and Mark Wahlberg
  2. "Best of My Love"  — The Emotions
  3. "Jungle Fever" — Chakachas
  4. "Brand New Key" — Melanie  Safka
  5. "Spill the Wine" — Eric Burdon and War
  6. "Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1" —  Marvin Gaye
  7. "Machine Gun" — Commodores
  8. "Magnet and Steel" — Walter Egan
  9. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" — Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
  10. "Sister Christian"— Night Ranger
  11. "Livin' Thing" — Electric Light Orchestra
  12. "God Only Knows" — The Beach Boys
  13. "The Big Top (Theme from "Boogie Nights")" — Michael Penn and Patrick Warren

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Superhero movies aren’t exactly known for their soundtracks, but Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt breaks down this stereotype and is set to a group of jams that will have everyone watching bobbing their heads and tapping their feet. 

What’s more, is that the music — which is recorded on a cassette tape that is Pratt’s only lasting heirloom from his dead mother — very much goes with the storyline. So, even if you don’t have time to watch this action-packed and surprisingly funny movie, you can relive the story just by listening along to this gem of a soundtrack. 

Or, if you’re too busy to make a playlist for your next gathering, pop this on and let the people dance.


  1. "Hooked on a Feeling" — Blue Swede
  2. "Go All the Way" — Raspberries
  3. "Spirit in the Sky" — Norman Greenbaum
  4. "Moonage Daydream"  — David Bowie
  5. "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" — Elvin Bishop
  6. "I'm Not in Love" — 10cc
  7.  "I Want You Back" — The Jackson 5
  8. "Come and Get Your Love" —  Redbone
  9. "Cherry Bomb"  — The Runaways
  10. "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" — Rupert Holmes
  11. "O-o-h Child" — Five Stairsteps
  12.  "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" — Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Footloose (1984)

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It would be tough for a movie about a town that has banned rock & roll and dancing to not have a killer soundtrack. After all, if it weren’t any good, why would they outlaw it?

One of the more classic films from Kevin Bacon, much of the music of the film, including the title track “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins was written specifically for the movie. But despite being brand new in 1984, these tunes do a wonderful job of capturing the sounds of the 50s that were making everyone crazy, unleashing a revolution, and instilling paranoia in the aging conservatives who just didn’t like the way those kids’ hips were moving.


  1. "Footloose" — Kenny Loggins
  2. "Let's Hear It for the Boy" — Deniece Williams
  3. "Almost Paradise" — Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
  4. "Holding Out for a Hero" — Bonnie Tyler
  5. "Dancing in the Sheets" — Shalamar
  6. "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" — Kenny Loggins
  7. "Somebody's Eyes" — Karla Bonoff
  8. "The Girl Gets Around" — Sammy Haga
  9. "Never" — Moving Pictures

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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One of John Travolta’s signature movies, Saturday Night Fever perfectly encapsulates the disco era. And the music created for the movie, which includes classics such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Jive Talkin’” by the Bee Gees does the same. Who could not start dancing once Barry Gibb breaks out his falsetto atop that groove??

Proof of the soundtrack’s epicness can be found in the numbers. It is certified platinum 16 times and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling movie soundtrack of all time.


  1. "Stayin' Alive" — Bee Gees  
  2. “How Deep Is Your Love" — Bee Gees  
  3. "Night Fever” — Bee Gees   
  4. "More Than a Woman" — Bee Gees   
  5. "If I Can't Have You" — Yvonne Elliman
  6. "A Fifth of Beethoven" — Walter Murphy    
  7. "More Than a Woman" — Tavares
  8. "Manhattan Skyline" —David Shire
  9. "Calypso Breakdown" — William Eaton    
  10.  "Night on Disco Mountain" — David Shire    
  11. "Open Sesame" — Kool & the Gang
  12. "Jive Talkin' " — Bee Gees    
  13. "You Should Be Dancing" — Bee Gees    
  14. "Boogie Shoes"  — KC and the Sunshine Band
  15. "Salsation" — David Shire
  16. "K-Jee" — MFSB
  17. "Disco Inferno" — The Trammps    

Grease (1978)

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One of the only soundtracks on this list featuring not only original music but songs actually sung by the cast members, the hits from Grease remain just as catchy and moving today as they were when the movie first hit theaters back in 1978.

Fresh off his success the year before in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta shines again in this 1950s high school love story that features immortal songs such as “Summer Nights” and “Sandy.” In fact, the music from the movie was such a hit that it went on to inspire a Broadway musical. Usually, it’s the other way around. But this just reminds us how good this soundtrack was and still is.


  1. "Grease" — Frankie Vall
  2. "Summer Nights" — John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" — Olivia Newton-John
  4.  "You're the One That I Want" — John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  5. "Sandy" — John Travolta
  6. "Beauty School Dropout" — Frankie Avalon
  7. "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" — Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff, and Jamie Donnelly
  8. "Greased Lightnin'"  — John Travolta, Jeff Conaway
  9. "It's Raining on Prom Night" — Cindy Bullens
  10. "Alone at a Drive-In Movie" (Instrumental) — Instrumental
  11. "Blue Moon" — Sha-Na-Na

The Bodyguard (1992)

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Is there any 90s pop song more powerful than Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You?” In fact, is there any pop song from any era that can beat it? Maybe. But probably not. 

Interestingly, that song was originally written by Dolly Parton but was never a hit when she sang it. But when it was adapted for the movie The Bodyguard starring Houston and Kevin Costner, it went on to be one of the most popular songs of the 1990s, helping make the movie’s soundtrack the best selling of all time. Oh, and it also defined Houston’s epic career. No big deal. 

The movie itself received very mixed reviews and few people remember it as the debut medium of the song. But beyond “I Will Always Love You,” there are several more Houston classics, as well as a few gems from other artists such as Kenny G that make this one of the better movie soundtracks of all time.


  1. "I Will Always Love You" — Whitney Houston
  2.  "I Have Nothing" — Whitney Houston
  3. "I'm Every Woman" — Whitney Houston
  4. "Run to You" — Whitney Houston
  5.  "Queen of the Night" — Whitney Houston
  6. "Jesus Loves Me" — Whitney Houston
  7. "Even If My Heart Would Break" — Kenny G and Aaron Neville    
  8. "Someday (I'm Coming Back)" — Lisa Stansfield
  9. "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" — The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.   
  10. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" — Curtis Stigers
  11. "Waiting for You" — Kenny G
  12. "Trust in Me" — Joe Cocker featuring Sass Jordan
  13. "Theme from The Bodyguard" — Alan Silvestri

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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The directing and screenwriting duo of Joel and Ethan Cohen, often referred to as “The Cohen Brothers,” have gifted us with several classic films: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, and so on. But O Brother, Where Out There? is the only one that is also a musical masterpiece. 

Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, the movie follows three jailbirds as they break free and wander about rural Mississippi during the Great Depression to try and find their freedom. 

The three men, in an attempt to escape the law, wind up forming a musical group called The Soggy Bottom Boys. 

In the film, their signature song, “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” became a major hit, and it did in real life, too. 

In fact, the men who sang the song (the music was dubbed) later formed their own group and went on tour. All in all, the music of this movie, which is all original, brings to life the folk music from the era and, in the process, the era itself. 


  1. "Po' Lazarus" — James Carter and the Prisoners 
  2. "Big Rock Candy Mountain" — Harry McClintock
  3. "You Are My Sunshine" — Norman Blake
  4. "Down to the River to Pray" — Alison Krauss
  5. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" — The Soggy Bottom Boys
  6. "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" — Chris Thomas King
  7.  "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (instrumental) — Norman Blake 
  8.  "Keep On the Sunny Side" — The Whites
  9. "I'll Fly Away"— Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch
  10. "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby"  — Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch  
  11. "In the Highways" — The Peasall Sisters 
  12. "I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)" —The Cox Family
  13. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" — John Hartford
  14. "O Death" — Ralph Stanley
  15. "In the Jailhouse Now" — The Soggy Bottom Boys
  16. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" — The Soggy Bottom Boys
  17. "Indian War Whoop" — John Hartford
  18. "Lonesome Valley" — The Fairfield Four
  19. "Angel Band" — The Stanley Brothers

Purple Rain (1984)

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Prince’s acting debut, Purple Rain was meant to introduce the world to the rock legend, and boy did it do that. Featuring nothing but music from Prince, this soundtrack could easily be considered one of his best albums if not one of the best albums of all time. Even if you don’t bother with the movie, the soundtrack is well worth it.

  1. "Let's Go Crazy" – Prince and the Revolution
  2. "Jungle Love" – The Time
  3. "Take Me with U" – Prince and the Revolution featuring Apollonia
  4. "Modernaire" – Dez Dickerson and the Modernaires
  5. "Possessed" – Prince and the Revolution
  6. "The Beautiful Ones" – Prince and the Revolution
  7. "God (Love Theme from Purple Rain)" – Prince
  8. "When Doves Cry" – Prince
  9. “Father’s Song” - Prince
  10. "Computer Blue" – Prince and the Revolution
  11. "Darling Nikki" – Prince and the Revolution
  12. "Sex Shooter" – Apollonia 6
  13. "The Bird" – The Time
  14. "Purple Rain" – Prince and the Revolution
  15. "I Would Die 4 U" – Prince and the Revolution
  16. "Baby I'm a Star" – Prince and the Revolution

The Lion King (1994/2019)

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All songs from this Disney classic were written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Pretty much everyone knows the words to “Hakuna Matata” and if you’re not moved by “The Circle of Life,” then who are you? In the 2019 version, Beyonce treats us with “Spirit” and we also get classics such as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “He Lives in You,” helping make these two soundtracks some of the best of all time. 

  1. "Circle of Life"  — Carmen Twillie, Lebo M.
  2.  "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" — Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Laura Williams
  3. "Be Prepared"— Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings
  4. "Hakuna Matata" — Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams
  5. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Kristle Edwards
  6. "This Land" (score) — Hans Zimmer
  7. "...To Die For" (score) — Hans Zimmer
  8. "Under the Stars" (score) — Hans Zimmer
  9. "King of Pride Rock" (score) —  Hans Zimmer
  10. "Circle of Life" —  Elton John
  11. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" — Elton John
  12. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (end title) — Elton John

Forrest Gump (1994)

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As a film meant to walk us through American history from the 1950s until the 1990s, following the story of a slow-minded yet fast-legged man, Forrest Gump, it only makes sense that the music matches the path we follow as viewers.

What could be more iconic than “Fortunate Son” playing as the camera pans over the hellish scenes in Vietnam? Not much. 

With 34 tracks, this is a long one. But each song is carefully curated to match the moment being depicted in the film, helping enshrine this movie as one of the best ever made.

  1. "Hound Dog" — Elvis Presley 
  2. "Rebel Rouser"— Duane Eddy 
  3. "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" — Clarence "Frogman" Henry 
  4. "Walk Right In"— the Rooftop Singers 
  5. "Land of 1000 Dances" — Wilson Pickett
  6. "Blowin' in the Wind" — Joan Baez 
  7. "Fortunate Son" — Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. "I Can't Help Myself — the Four Tops
  9. "Respect" (1967) — Aretha Franklin
  10. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" — Bob Dylan 
  11. "Sloop John B" — the Beach Boys 
  12. "California Dreamin'" — Mamas & the Papas
  13. "For What It's Worth" — Buffalo Springfield
  14. "What the World Needs Now Is Love" —  Jackie DeShannon
  15. "Break on Through —  the Doors
  16. "Mrs. Robinson" — Simon & Garfunkel
  17. "Volunteers" — Jefferson Airplane
  18. "Get Together" — the Youngbloods 
  19. "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" — Scott McKenzie
  20. "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" — the Byrds
  21. "Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" — the 5th Dimension
  22. "Everybody's Talkin'" — Harry Nilsson
  23. "Joy to the World" — Three Dog Night
  24. "Stoned Love" (1970) — the Supremes
  25. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" — B. J. Thomas
  26. "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)" — Randy Newman
  27. "Sweet Home Alabama" — Lynyrd Skynyrd
  28. "Running On Empty" — Jackson Browne
  29. "It Keeps You Runnin'"— the Doobie Brothers
  30. "I've Got to Use My Imagination"  — Gladys Knight & the Pips
  31. "Go Your Own Way" — Fleetwood Mac
  32. "On the Road Again" — Willie Nelson
  33. "Against the Wind" — Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
  34. "Forrest Gump Suite" — Alan Silvestri

8 Mile (2002)

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Although some of the lyrics from this soundtrack are now…problematic, 8 Mile remains a classic film, and its soundtrack features some of the best work ever made by Eminen, including “Lose Yourself,” which won the artist an Oscar in 2002. 

Loosely based on the life of Eminem himself, this story shows us the journey of a white rapper trying to make it in the scene. Gritty and at times hard to watch, it received several award nominations and is well worth a watch. And even if you don’t want to watch it, the soundtrack stands alone as one of the best rap compilations of all time.


  1. "Lose Yourself" — Eminem
  2. "Love Me" — Eminem, Obie Trice, and 50 Cent
  3. "8 Mile" — Eminem 
  4. "Adrenaline Rush"— Obie Trice
  5. "Places to Go" — 50 Cent    
  6. "Rap Game" — D12 featuring 50 Cent
  7. "8 Miles and Runnin'" — Jay-Z featuring Freeway
  8. "Spit Shine" — Xzibit
  9. "Time of My Life" — Macy Gray
  10. "U Wanna Be Me" — Nas
  11. "Wanksta" — 50 Cent
  12. "Wasting My Time" — Boomkat
  13. "R.A.K.I.M." — Rakim
  14. "That's My Nigga fo' Real" — Young Zee
  15. "Battle" — Gang Starr
  16. "Rabbit Run" — Eminem

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