|List of the Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time|
9 1/2 Weeks - Every song conjures up mesmerizing images from one of the sexiest moments in film (hint: it involved Kim Basinger). Joe Cocker's version of You Can Leave Your Hat On is reason enough to buy the soundtrack.
The Graduate (1967) - The movie that defined a generation is also the music that defined a generation. The movie is also included on our List of the Most Romantic Movie of All Time.
Almost Famous - The greatest collective tribute to 1970s Rock and Roll from one of the best movies about the 1970s Rock scene. When will Volume II be released?
Laurel Canyon - One of the most eclectic collections of sounds that range from pop to psychedelic to rap to French to mellow, but all blend nicely to seamlessly complement one of the most underrated films of 2003.
Tommy - Features early performances by Elton John, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner. If for no other reason, listen to it to hear Tina's scorching rendition of The Acid Queen. Hot! Hot! Hot! Also includes the singing talents(?) of Ann-Margaret, Oliver Reed and even Jack Nicholson.
The Big Chill - Now on a two-disc deluxe set with an extended booklet and complete liner notes. A baby-boomer guilty pleasure that features the grooving sounds of Motown. If a soundtrack includes the music of Blues Magoos, it has to be good!
Saturday Night Fever - Bee Gees, Kool and the Gang, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. The historical significance of both the movie and the music it spawned can't be denied. Inspired a whole generation of "Jive Talk"ers and leisure suit wearers.
Purple Rain - Responsible for single-handedly launching The Purple One's career to the moon. And he still hasn't landed! With Purple Rain, Prince proved that really short men can actually challenge convention and win.
Garden State - I can't think of any other soundtrack that so perfectly complements what we are seeing on the screen. Both the movie and soundtrack "will change your life, I swear!"
The Jungle Book (1967) - It doesn't get much better than Louis Prima, Phil Harris, and Richard M. Sherman. Especially scintillating is watching the music "making of" featurette included on the DVD. That Prima is one swingin' cat.
School of Rock - Classic rock with an attitude. Just like the movie, it nails the anti-establishmentarianism of the whole Rock n' Roll movement. Don't just buy this soundtrack, get the albums the songs come from as well.