Movies with the Best Soundtracks

Saturday Night Fever

via imdb.comSaturday Night Fever‘s soundtrack was a disco lover’s dream. When it hit the scene in 1977 it was just what the masses wanted, selling 15 million copies, and remaining the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time until another movie on our list knocked it off the top spot. The iconic album features boogie classics that are essential for any disco party dance floor. The BeeGees croon “Stayin’ Alive” and “More than a Woman,” and you’ll also hear 70s club scene standards like “Disco Inferno” and “Boogie Shoes.” Get out your mirror ball, and give it another listen!

Pretty in Pink

via imdb.comThe soundtrack to this teenage romance was put together by John Hughes himself. The movie captures the 80s era with its new wave sensibility and music that matches Molly Ringwald’s signature style—a mash-up of vintage and modern with a dash of punk. The Psychedelic Furs sing the title hit and the soundtrack also features tracks by Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, and The Smiths. It also includes the famous hit, “If You Leave.” And no one can forget Jon Cryer’s iconic turn as Duckie, lipsyncing his heart out to Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” That track didn’t make it onto the album, but the musical score captures all the heart and soul of teenage angst and first time heartbreak. These are the best 80s movies to watch—and re-watch.

Purple Rain

via imdb.comThe soundtrack to Prince’s semi-autobiographical movie Purple Rain held the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for 24 weeks. Music critics still consider this album one of the great examples of why Prince is a rock god. In 2007, Vanity Fair called it the best soundtrack of all time. The key songs are “Let’s Go Crazy” and “I Would Die 4 U” with The Revolution. Everybody loves the spare, haunting, “When Doves Cry,” and of course, the chart topper, “Purple Rain.” (Check out these movies that are worth watching for the clothes alone.)

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