Pop Culture Movie Soundtracks

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This is our listing of the Top Pop Movie Soundtracks since 1950.  Our Pop Culture Criteria is based upon factors such as initial box office draw, spawning of prequel and/or sequel, crossover into other genres and overall impression on our society. 

Top Pop Movie Soundtracks

Notable Tracks: Grease, You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’.



Saturday Night Fever
Notable Tracks: How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Stayin’ Alive, If I Can’t Have You, Boogie Shoes and Night Fever.



Vision Quest
Notable Tracks: Only the Young, Change, Lunatic Fringe, Hot Blooded and Crazy for You.



The Big Chill
Notable Tracks: I Heard It Through the Grapevine, My Girl, The Tracks of My Tears, Joy to the World, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Second That Emotion, Dancing in the Street, What’s Going On, Bad Moon Rising and Wouldn’t It Be Nice.



Notables Tracks: Footloose, I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man), Let’s Hear It for the Boy, Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Dancing in the Sheets and Somebody’s Eyes.



Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Notable Tracks:



American Graffiti
Notable Tracks: (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock, 16 Candles, Runaway, That’ll Be the Day, At the Hop, Surfin’ Safari, Little Darlin’, Barbara Ann, Ain’t That a Shame, Johnny B. Goode, and I Only Have Eyes for You.



Dirty Dancing
Notable Tracks: (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Be My Baby, She’s Like the Wind, Hungry Eyes, Stay, and In the Still of the Night. 



Purple Rain
Notable Tracks: Let’s Go Crazy, Jungle Love, When Doves Cry, The Bird, Purple Rain and I Would Die 4 U



The Bodyguard
Notable Tracks: I Will Always Love You, Someday (I’m Coming Back), I’m Every Woman, I Have Nothing, Run to You and (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.



Pretty in Pink


Space Jam

Back to the Future

High School Musical

The Sound of Music

Forrest Gump





Jailhouse Rock

Ocean’s 11


Rock and Roll High School

Boogie Nights

The Graduate

A Star is Born

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