The Top 15 Film Soundtracks Of All Time

At Jon Barrie we love our music, not quite as much as our fashion but it’s up there. We compiled a list of our favourite films soundtracks through history, you might not agree with some but we think that the choices are solid choices, matching the great films they work so perfectly with.


15. Hanna – The Chemical Brothers
First up is The Chemical Brothers electronica album for the 2011 film ‘Hanna’. You’d be right in thinking that there is little The Chemical Brothers can do wrong which is proved by this beautiful accompaniment for the film. The electronic tones work pretty well with the films sometimes darker tones. Unfortunately the album was received with mixed reviews leaving it only getting to #77 on the itunes chart.

IMDB Rating: 6.8


14. About A Boy – Badly Drawn Boy
An incredible artist, soundtrack and film so well deserved of a spot on our list. It’s hard to believe the Weitz brothers comedy is over a decade old and around that time the only musician who was the perfect choice for the soundtrack was Badly Drawn Boy. The folk rock tones fit in exceptionally over the film. Sadly Badly Drawn Boy seems to have dropped off the radar of late, with his last album being released back in 2012.
IMDB Rating: 7.1

13. Tron: Legacy – Daft Punk
Not a great film, but an excellent soundtrack. A poor follow up from the 1982 hit, the sequel drafted in Daft Punk to score the film. Churning out hit after hit, Daft Punk have really become one of the biggest music acts on the planet, and the electric dance of Daft Punk’s music does work in the favour of Tron: Legacy.
IMDB Rating: 6.8

12. Inside Llewyn Davis – Various Artists
The Coen brother’s 2013 film follows a struggling folk artist, so obviously the soundtrack had to be perfect to match the tone of the film. Songs written by Mumford & Sons and Justin Timberlake (who also features in the film) are some of the personal highlights, plus the film’s star Isaac Oscar is a dab hand at guitar playing and singing.
IMDB Rating: 7.3

11. The Breakfast Club – Various Artists
Possibly one of the most iconic films of the 80’s with an incredibly memorable soundtrack to go with it. The catchy ‘Don’t you forget about me’ propelled Simple Minds to even higher levels of stardom and it’s hard not to shed a tear now when we hear the tune.
IMDB Rating: 7.9

10. Purple Rain – Prince
Incredible artist, not such a great actor. The film is still a hugely enjoyable watch mainly because of the stellar soundtrack. Everyone knows Prince is one of the all time greats and the Purple Rain soundtrack just goes with his already flawless repertoire, plus it produces one of, if not his most popular songs of all time, Purple Rain.
IMDB Rating: 6.3

9. The Great Gatsby – Various Artists
Baz Luhrmann’s 2012 version of The Great Gatsby was ultimately a hit after much speculation, the soundtrack on the other hand was an even bigger success. Featuring a range of the biggest and best hip/hop songs at the time they work surprisingly very well with the film’s tones. A re-working of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ and new songs from Jay Z, and Fergie are our favourites.
IMDB Rating: 7.3

8. Pulp Fiction – Various Artists
The 90’s greatest film with a soundtrack to match. Tarantino’s ‘94 blockbuster was his second film that boasted a meticulously hand picked soundtrack to work in favour of each story. The highlight of course is Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’.
IMDB Rating : 8.9

7. Reservoir Dogs – Various Artists
Before Pulp Fiction, we had this incredible film from Tarantino, with the soundtrack capturing the very best of the 80’s to fit in with the dark setting of the film. Our highlight is Michael Madsen turning on the radio and dancing to ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ before the film’s most iconic, and gory, scene. The soundtrack also features monologue from the film, which when you listen to the album on it’s own is just spectacular.
IMDB Rating: 8.4

6. Drive – Various Artists
Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 neo-art film, his first of a few with Ryan Gosling, was ultimately a huge hit. The darker overtones of the film are encapsulated perfectly with the soundtrack, which did rather well on it’s own in the music charts. Composed mainly by the great Cliff Martinez, bravo for getting it pretty much spot on.
IMDB Rating: 7.8

5. Blues Brothers – Various Artists
Easily the most upbeat, and funkiest soundtrack in our list. The 1980 film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi churned out hit after hit after hit with a pretty impressive list of musical cameos. If Ray Charles singing ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’, Aretha Franklin singing ‘Think’ or the classics including ‘Rawhide Theme’ & ‘Minnie The Moocher’ is not for you, then you seriously need to re-think a few things.
IMDB Rating: 8.0

4. Trainspotting – Various Artists
The 1996 Danny Boyle film is probably one of the greatest films set in Scotland and it has a banging soundtrack to go with it. Try to listen to Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’ without imagining Ewan McGregor running down that street at the beginning. With a host of pretty impressive artists, it’s the closing song ‘Born Slippy’ by Underworld which is our favourite, a classic dance song that defined the 90’s.
IMDB Rating: 8.2

3. The Lion King – Elton John
As one of the greatest kids films of all times, Elton John was pretty much the perfect choice for this soundtrack. There really isn’t a down point on the album, every songs is just as catchy and as iconic as the last. Partnering up with Hans Zimmer, the pair produced one of the greatest albums of all time, reaching the top spot in pretty much every chart around the world, and with songs including ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Can you Feel The Love Tonight’ it’s really hard not to love it.
IMDB Rating: 8.5

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy – Various Artists
The newest film to be released on our list and boasting one of the best soundtracks! This album is packed with hits from the 70’s, and with an impressive amount of music royalty attached to it, including The Jackson 5, David Bowie and Marvin Gaye it’s hard not to move a little bit when you’re listening to it. If this is the ‘The Awesome Mix Vol 1’ we can’t wait for volume 2!
IMDB Rating: 8.1

1. Quadrophenia – The Who
Finally our top spot, and in our eyes a clear winner, though many may not agree with it! As one of the greatest albums of all time (even without being attached to a film) there is no better band to head up the ‘mod’ scene. The album may not feature The Who’s most well known songs, but musically it is faultless, featuring hits such as ‘Bell Boy’ ‘5:15’ and ‘Zoot Suite’. The soundtrack to the 1979 film perfectly captures an era in time whilst also seeming like it hasn’t aged a day.
IMDB Rating: 7.3

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