top 10 movie soundtracks of all time

best movie soundtracks

Ever since watching Begin Again this past weekend (which I highly recommend you rent or stream, stat), I have had its soundtrack on repeat via Spotify. It’s not a long soundtrack, and some of the songs double (even triple up) but I enjoyed the film so much that listening to the music makes me feel like I am back in the film’s space and time, and I feel that much closer to Adam Levine.

Pulling up the Begin Again soundtrack got me thinking about movie soundtracks in general, and then tonight on The Voice, a contestant sang “Stuck in the Middle With You,” from the 90’s classic Reservoir Dogs, and I knew I had to compile this list of Best Movie Soundtracks.

These are in no particular order, but if you haven’t heard these soundtracks all the way through, you’ve got some good music listening ahead of you. And I’ve pulled my favorite track from each album as a little teaser.

1. Pulp Fiction — This movie and this soundtrack changed my life.

2. Reservoir Dogs — Three of life’s best songs all on one album: Hooked on a Feeling, Stuck in the Middle With You, and Coconut.

3. Pretty in Pink — I wouldn’t be a true product of the 80’s if I didn’t include at least one John Hughes film soundtrack on this list.

4. The Big Chill – Oh how I need to watch this movie now that I’m old enough to understand it. One thing I’ve always understood is how

important music is to a film, and this music is timeless.

5. Harold and Maude — The entire soundtrack is by Cat Stevens (or the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens) and is perfectly maude-lin and luscious.

6. I Am Sam — Beatles covers. Boom!

7. Garden State — This soundtrack satiated the indie in me, over and over again. Love this film and every single song on this album.

8. Magnolia — This one is mostly comprised of haunting music by Aimee Mann that will make you want to wear a black beret and drink a doppio espresso at a coffee shop.

9. Dirty Dancing — Nobody puts baby in a corner. Ever.

10. The Sting — This is an ode to my dad since the soundtrack to this classic film is all Ragtime music by Scott Joplin. I think all “youngsters” as my dad would’ve called them, should watch this film AND listen to the music. Here is my favorite song from the film, Solace.

While we’re on the subject, check out my list of the Top 25 Albums of All Time.

What are your favorite movie soundtracks?



  1. 1
    Lynne says:

    saturday night fever & Clueless!

  2. 2
    Sondra says:

    Great list. I’d for sure add Guardians of the Galaxy and Dead Presidents to this list.

  3. 3
    Jennifer says:

    Gross Pointe Blamk, Greese, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Commitments, Once….

  4. 4
    Mariana says:

    Boogie Nights is one of my faves of all time! Kill Bill 2 soundtrack pretty great too.

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