Movie soundtracks offer essential cultural contributions to both movies and music, and we’ve rounded up the 50 best of all time. Movie soundtracks offer essential cultural contributions to both movies and music, and we’ve rounded up the 50 best of all time.
Perhaps the best part about this soundtrack is how it seamlessly blends the best parts of all previous Star Wars films into one giant celebration of John Williams’s music. The “End Credits” track feels like it should be renamed “Star Wars Greatest Hits,” as it weaves in all of the most memorable pieces in the saga.
The soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States, India, and Pakistan) was released on 30 October 2001. The film's score was composed and conducted by John Williams. The soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Score at the 74th Academy Awards.
Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score to the 1993 Steven Spielberg film of the same name, composed and conducted by John Williams. John Neufeld orchestrated most of the cues, while Alexander Courage entirely orchestrated three and Conrad Pope partially orchestrated two others.
8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the official soundtrack to the 2002 movie 8 Mile. The album, performed by various artists, was released under Shady Records. It spawned the hit single "Lose Yourself" by American rapper Eminem, who also stars in the semi-autobiographical movie.
Blade Runner is a soundtrack composed by Greek electronic composer Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott.
The soundtrack to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a score release of the film's music, first released on CD & LP in 1984 and reissued on CD in 2008. Numerous cues from the film were missing from the soundtrack's initial LP issue due to the inherent length limitations of a single LP (approximately forty minutes).
The Dark Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2008 film of the same name, which is a sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2005 film Batman Begins. The soundtrack was released on July 15, 2008, in three editions: CD, limited edition CD digipak, and digital download.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring the songs present on Peter Quill's mixtape in the film, the album was released by Hollywood Records on July 29, 2014.
Psycho: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album to the 1998 remake of Psycho. The record was released on December 1, 1998 via Geffen label. Background. The album includes three adaptations of Bernard Herrmann's score to the original by Danny Elfman (Elfman's adaptation was later released on a separate album.
The Mission is the soundtrack from the film of the same name (directed by Roland Joffé), composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Ennio Morricone. The work combines liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the same track, in an attempt to capture the varying cultures depicted in the film.
Inception: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 2010 film of the same name directed by Christopher Nolan, released under Reprise Records on July 13, 2010. Hans Zimmer scored the film, marking his third collaboration with Nolan following Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
(soundtrack) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score for the 2004 film of the same name, composed and conducted by John Williams. It introduced two major themes: "Window to the Past" and "Double Trouble", although neither were featured in the series's other films.
Requiem for a Dream is the soundtrack album from the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream. It was composed by Clint Mansell and performed by the Kronos Quartet. The music for the film is noted for its minimalist qualities in which it uses constant harmonies, a steady pulse, and often variation of musical phrases to drive a point.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack is the film score to the 1982 film of the same name composed and conducted by John Williams. The score was released by MCA Records on June 11, 1982. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
How to Train Your Dragon: Music from the Motion Picture is a soundtrack album composed by John Powell for the film of the same name and released by Varèse Sarabande on March 23, 2010. The score earned Powell his first Academy Award nomination and his third BAFTA nomination, which he lost to The Social Network and The King's Speech, respectively.
It also has two tracks of Alan Silvestri's music score. We get to hear two uncut versions of Huey Lewis and the News songs from the movie. People claim the annoying music in Back to the Future The Nintendo Game is Huey Lewis' The Power of Love! The animated Back to the Future on CBS had a cover of Back in Time.
Director Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park masterpiece is one of the most successful films in worldwide box office history and remains a compelling and spectacular experience. This thrilling adventure features Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.
The Nutty Professor soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 1996 Universal Pictures comedy film, The Nutty Professor. It was released the same year through Def Jam Recordings, which was distributed by PolyGram Records and contained hip hop and R&B music.
He Got Game is a soundtrack and sixth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on April 28, 1998 under Def Jam Recordings. It was released as the soundtrack to Spike Lee's 1998 film of the same name and was the group's last album for Def Jam. He Got Game was produced by members of the Bomb Squad, along with producers Abnes Dubose, Danny Saber, D. R. Period, and Jack Dangers.
If you think a movie theme is missing, feel free to add it. To vote on the movies with the best "mix tape" style soundtracks, not scores, check out Movies with the Best Soundtracks. For best all-around sound, vote on The Greatest Soundtracks in Film History.
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. It remains the best selling soundtrack of all time with over 45 million units sold. In the United States, the album was certified 16× Platinum for shipments of at least 16 million units.
Super Fly is the third studio album by American soul musician Curtis Mayfield, released in July 1972 on Curtom Records. It was released as the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation film of the same name. Widely considered a classic of 1970s soul and funk music, Super Fly was a nearly immediate hit.
Shaft is the soundtrack to the 2000 action film, Shaft. A mix of contemporary R&B and hip hop, it was released on June 6, 2000 through LaFace Records. The album peaked at number 22 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The song "Bad Man", by R. Kelly, was released as a single.