18 movie soundtracks to put on repeat

By Sandra Gonzalez

Published December 28, 2018

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Here's a look at movies that should go down in the soundtrack hall of fame.

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"A Star Is Born" (2018)

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shined as performers in this film, especially during "Shallow," which earned an Academy Award and Golden Globe for original song.

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"La La Land" (2016)

"Another Day of Sun" shines brightly on screen and on your 100th listen.

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"Black Panther" (2018)

Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd's "Pray for Me" packs a punch worthy of Marvel's game-changing superhero.


"Flashdance" (1983)

If the opening bars of "Flashdance…What a Feeling" by Irene Cara don't make you believe dreams can come true, nothing will.

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"Pulp Fiction" (1994)

Neil Diamond’s "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" got a second life when covered by alt rock band Urge Overkill and now enjoys eternal life.


"Footloose" (1984)

Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" is essentially musical caffeine.

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"Grease" (1978)

This album is filled with classics, but every karaoke bar owner would agree that "You're the One That I Want" is the one that got our chills multiplyin'.

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"Titanic" (1997)

Like it or not, you’ll never be able to stop belting out “Near, far, wherever you are I believe that the heart does go on.”

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"Waiting to Exhale" (1995)

Babyface wrote and produced most of the songs on this packed-with-female-power soundtrack, which was anchored by Whitney Houston's golden voice in "Exhale."

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"Dirty Dancing" (1987)

An entire generation of school dance attendees probably have the memorable "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to thank for their first slow dance.

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"Saturday Night Fever" (1977)

It was hard to pick from an album with some of the Bee Gees' greatest hits, but "Stayin' Alive" reminds you why bein' alive can be so much fun.

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"The Bodyguard" (1992)

"I Will Always Love You" is one of the biggest songs of all time and remains one we will always love.

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"Frozen" (2013)

Dear parents who got sick of this song: just “Let It Go.”

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"A Hard Day's Night" (1964)

We can't pick the most iconic song. Not touching this live wire and activating all the Beatles stans.

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"Selma" (2015)

The Oscar-winning song "Glory" by Common and John Legend is a less of a "track" and more of an anthem.

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"Moulin Rouge" (2001)

If you disagree with "Come What May," Google "Virtue and Moir Moulin Rogue" and tell me you still don't feel this song's power.

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"Purple Rain" (1984)

Obviously our pick is the Prince guided us into the purple rain in the summer of 1984. We haven't left.


"The Greatest Showman" (2017)

The power-tune "This is Me" is as empowering as songs come. It's also a breathtaking showcase for the talents of Broadway performer Keala Settle.

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