Could These Be the Best Soundtrack Albums Ever?

They are for Steve Hyden, Uproxx's cultural critic
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2023 9:45 AM CDT
The Best Soundtrack Albums Ever, According to One Guy
In this 1977 file photo, John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney, left, are shown in a scene from, "Saturday Night Fever."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

If you've had your fill of this summer's tunes, and your other playlists are feeling kind of tired, revisiting movie soundtracks can be a fun way to keep the music going. Writing for Uproxx, cultural critic Steve Hyden has compiled his favorites in that genre. He lays out his criteria on what he'll consider—for instance, no albums based on musicals or film scores made the cut, nor did concert film soundtracks. Hyden also admits to certain biases, such as soundtracks that feel like stand-alone albums, or soundtracks that came out during a certain era. "At the risk of sounding like a geriatric man, a proper soundtrack album in my mind is a CD with a cracked jewel case that resided in your friend's car for a good chunk of the late 20th century," he notes. "If you are a person for whom the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack is generationally important, you are welcome to make your own soundtrack list in about 10 to 15 years," he notes. Read on for his top 10 picks:

  1. Purple Rain (1984)
  2. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  4. Singles (1992)
  5. Super Fly (1972)
  6. Boogie Nights (1997)
  7. American Graffiti (1973)
  8. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  9. Trainspotting (1996)
  10. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Check out the 40 other soundtracks Hyden thinks are worthy of a listen. (More albums stories.)

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