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Best Movie Soundtracks

Updated on June 23, 2014

Here are some of my all time favorite songs from soundtracks of films over the years. So much goes into the making of a film from the screenplay to the cinematography. Music plays a large role and is a great contributor to your falling in love with a movie.This is just a short list but when it comes to movies and songs from their amazing soundtracks, the list can go on and on, just to remind that a movie with a great soundtrack is not necessarily a musical!

Roxette's It Must Have Been Love on the Soundtrack for Pretty Woman

Movies with Great Songs in The Soundtracks

1. Ghost

The soundtrack to the film, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg features the song, Unchained Melody sung by the Righteous Brothers. When I think of the movie, I always think of this wonderful song in association.

2. The Breakfast Club

Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me) on the Soundtrack of The Breakfast Club

3. Say Anything

4. Top Gun

Top Gun also has a lot of other great songs such as Highway to the Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. I also love the song, Take My Breath Away

5. Footloose

6. Grease

7. Save The Last Dance

8. Annie

9. The Sound of Music

10. Legends of the Fall

Twilight and Mist, the score for Legends of the Fall is truly beautiful. The music is by James Horner, Lyrics by Brock Walsh

It begins, "As evening fell, a maiden stood at the edge of a wood

In her hand lay the reins of a stallion..." The music sounds wonderful even when it is the instrumental alone, no lyrics.

11. Pretty Woman

12. Waiting to Exhale

13. The Lion King

Elton John's Circle of Life is a wonderful song, appropriate for the film.

14. Dirty Dancing

The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing has many great songs including

Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

"I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you....."

She's Like the Wind - Patrick Swayze

Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen

15. Armageddon

Aerosmith's Don't Want to Miss a Thing is a great song featured on the Armageddon soundtrack

"I could stay awake just to hear you breathing. Watch you smile while you are sleeping, while you're far away and dreaming..."

16. Selena

This movie has so many nice songs including I Could Fall in Love.

17. The Lakehouse

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane is a very moving song that is featured in the film, The Lake House.

"I walked across an empty land. I knew the pathway like the back of my hand. I felt the earth beneath my feet.."

" I came across a fallen tree. I felt the branches. Are they looking at me? Is this the place we used to love? Is this the place I've been dreaming of..."

"I'm getting old and I need something to rely on. So tell me when you're gonna let me in. I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin..."

I love this song by Keane.

18. The Bucket List

Say - John Mayer

19. Stand By Me

A movie that features a song of the same title,

Stand by Me- Ben E. King

20. The Wizard of Oz

21. The Wiz

22. The Bodyguard


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      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      You article brought back many memories. I have seen many of these movies and their sound tracks are memorable, I'm a bit surprised none of the 007 movies made the list.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Kosmo, Hoop-A-Joo, Irenebonjour, old fat man, and urgurl_bri, thank you all so much for you comments. I'm glad you like this list.

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Very nice list. I love I Will Always Love You. And some of these movie and songs are some of my favorite. And the Lion King is a great movie and those songs are so catchy. Great hub to read!

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      old fat man 

      7 years ago

      GOODFELLAS - best of all time

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      7 years ago from MA, USA

      great hub!! thanks for sharing!! please visit my hub too!!

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Whitney Houston Sings "I Will Always Love You" was one terrific song and the movie was good. Nice list you have.

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      Kelley Marks 

      9 years ago from California

      Lots of fun in this list. My favorite soundtracks are for "Risky Business" and "Dirty Dancing." You know where my mind is! And everybody loves the songs from "Wizard of Oz," of course. Later!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks Dame Scribe! I've seen some of these like the Breakfast Club and Ghost more than just once and I love the music.

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I love a lot of these songs myself, lol. Awesome choice! :)

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi Christine, thanks for commenting on this hub. This list really can go on for a long time. Dead Presidents is a good one for hip hop, and yes, the Wiz, is great for the kids. -Journey*

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      christine almaraz 

      9 years ago from colorado springs

      Nice list. I really liked Dead Presidents soundtrack. It's great if you like the older Motown sounds. My kids love The Wiz soundtrack. Michael Jackson's "You can't Win" is their fav.


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