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EW's 25 Soundtracks

11.04.2009

Music is the key

End of years and decades always coincide with Best/Worst Of lists, which will probably become annoying as hell by December. Might as well get a head start, like the folks of Entertainment Weekly are doing this week with music in films.

The trade decided to look beyond the decade though and list the 25 best movie soundtracks of the last 25 years. Of course this one isn't an exception to the fact that a lot of people will be screaming bloody murder at some of the choices -or lack thereof; myself first!

Anyhoo, since I hate 25-section features which is just a lame way of generating large amounts of clicks on a website, I'll spoil that list for you all. Unless you'd rather go and discover it one by one for yourselves RIGHT HERE.

Thanks to the Collider bunch for the heads-up.

25. Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

24. Grace of My Heart (1996)

23. Almost Famous (2000)

22. Magnolia (1999)

21. Juno (2008)

20. The Moderns (1988)

19. Repo Man (1984)

18. Pretty in Pink (1986)

17. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

16. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

15. Good Will Hunting (1997)

14. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

13. Singles (1992)

12. Trainspotting (1996)

11. Footloose (1984)

10. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

9. Judgment Night (1993)

8. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999)

7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

6. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

4. Do the Right Thing (1989)

3. Once (2007)

2. Rushmore (1998)

1. Purple Rain (1984)

Extra Tidbit: I'd use this to point out there's only ONE Quentin film in there, but instead I'll just scream WHERE'S GARDEN FRIGGIN STATE???

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1:33AM on 11/06/2009
I think some of you are neglecting the fact that this list only covers the last 25 years. Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and The Graduate are all much older than that. That having been said, WTF!!! No Pulp Fiction?!
I think some of you are neglecting the fact that this list only covers the last 25 years. Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and The Graduate are all much older than that. That having been said, WTF!!! No Pulp Fiction?!
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1:20AM on 11/05/2009
being an R&B fan, I don't see how Waiting To Exhale makes it and Bodyguard doesn't... Lots of other questionable choices/omissions, but the other Schmoes brought those out.
being an R&B fan, I don't see how Waiting To Exhale makes it and Bodyguard doesn't... Lots of other questionable choices/omissions, but the other Schmoes brought those out.
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11:36PM on 11/04/2009
yep - where's the crow, vision quest, back to the future or even top gun?
yep - where's the crow, vision quest, back to the future or even top gun?
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9:22PM on 11/04/2009
Once being ranked thrid makes up for the exemption of The Crow and Nightmare Before Christmas
Once being ranked thrid makes up for the exemption of The Crow and Nightmare Before Christmas
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8:43PM on 11/04/2009

Hmmm... Not Sure about this...

Where's Star Wars, Nighmare Before Christmas, Slumdog Millionaire, I thought those were brilliant scores, not to mention Chicago, Titanic, and The Wizard of Oz... Maybe that is just because I thought they were great, I thought they were widely considered to be great...
Where's Star Wars, Nighmare Before Christmas, Slumdog Millionaire, I thought those were brilliant scores, not to mention Chicago, Titanic, and The Wizard of Oz... Maybe that is just because I thought they were great, I thought they were widely considered to be great...
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6:21PM on 11/04/2009
yikes. this is pretty bad.
no Lost Highway?
and as awesome as Bernard Hermann's scores were, this list is soundtracks.
yikes. this is pretty bad.
no Lost Highway?
and as awesome as Bernard Hermann's scores were, this list is soundtracks.
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10:22PM on 11/04/2009
But what differentiates a soundtrack from a score?
But what differentiates a soundtrack from a score?
6:05PM on 11/04/2009

i will be THAT guy

THE LIST FUCKING SUCKS!!
WHERE THE FUCK IS PULP FICTION!!!
JUNO? HEDWIG?
GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE
THE LIST FUCKING SUCKS!!
WHERE THE FUCK IS PULP FICTION!!!
JUNO? HEDWIG?
GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE
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6:40PM on 11/04/2009
I'm THAT guy that totally agrees with everything you just said.
I'm THAT guy that totally agrees with everything you just said.
5:05PM on 11/04/2009

Ugh...

Awful, apart from the #1 choice. Purple Rain is a masterpiece.

And really, is "Singles" > "The Graduate"? No. And why is this mostly pop stuff? The instrumental Bernard Herrmann stuff is far better than most of this.
Awful, apart from the #1 choice. Purple Rain is a masterpiece.

And really, is "Singles" > "The Graduate"? No. And why is this mostly pop stuff? The instrumental Bernard Herrmann stuff is far better than most of this.
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3:14PM on 11/04/2009
Glad to see Good Will Hunting up there and not Titanic(fucking Celin Dion)
Glad to see Good Will Hunting up there and not Titanic(fucking Celin Dion)
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3:08PM on 11/04/2009

My Favorite Scores

always thought The Fountain and Gattaca had amazing scores
always thought The Fountain and Gattaca had amazing scores
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1:54PM on 11/04/2009
i would have to put wolciech kilar's score to coppola's dracula on the list.
i would have to put wolciech kilar's score to coppola's dracula on the list.
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1:48PM on 11/04/2009
I don't know how you could leave out Grosse Point Blank. The Clash, Violent Femmes, The Specials, Guns N'Roses, Faith No More and Bowie/Queen.
I don't know how you could leave out Grosse Point Blank. The Clash, Violent Femmes, The Specials, Guns N'Roses, Faith No More and Bowie/Queen.
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1:23PM on 11/04/2009

horrible list

that's all I can say here...don't even know where to start
that's all I can say here...don't even know where to start
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12:30PM on 11/04/2009

ok list

personally i love the devils rejects soundtrack. the score to the original conan movie rocks. kinda surprised the pulp fiction soundtrack was omitted too. woulda thought that might be more popular for misirlou alone
personally i love the devils rejects soundtrack. the score to the original conan movie rocks. kinda surprised the pulp fiction soundtrack was omitted too. woulda thought that might be more popular for misirlou alone
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12:17PM on 11/04/2009

Dang

I was really partial to "The Crow," "Natural Born Killers," "Dazed and Confused," and "Lost Highway" soundtracks. I guess a couple of those movies aren't "pop" enough for EW.
I was really partial to "The Crow," "Natural Born Killers," "Dazed and Confused," and "Lost Highway" soundtracks. I guess a couple of those movies aren't "pop" enough for EW.
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12:10PM on 11/04/2009
don't even get me started.
don't even get me started.
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11:48AM on 11/04/2009

Top 25 Soundtracks EW Snubbed

There are some very obvious and glaring omissions to EW's list:

Top 25 Soundtracks EW Snubbed

Top Gun, Big Chill, Dirty Dancing, Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Beverly Hills Cop, Moulin Rouge, Kill Bill Vol. 1, From Dusk Till Dawn, She's The One, Spider-Man, Chicago, Anchorman, Prince's Batman, Working Girl, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dazed and Confused, Armageddon, The Last Action Hero, Maximum Overdrive, Batman Forever, Titanic, This Is It.
There are some very obvious and glaring omissions to EW's list:

Top 25 Soundtracks EW Snubbed

Top Gun, Big Chill, Dirty Dancing, Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Beverly Hills Cop, Moulin Rouge, Kill Bill Vol. 1, From Dusk Till Dawn, She's The One, Spider-Man, Chicago, Anchorman, Prince's Batman, Working Girl, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dazed and Confused, Armageddon, The Last Action Hero, Maximum Overdrive, Batman Forever, Titanic, This Is It.
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12:19PM on 11/04/2009
I was about to make a comment, but you said it better than I could! This list sucks!
I was about to make a comment, but you said it better than I could! This list sucks!
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11:48AM on 11/04/2009
lol, IŽd just thought to myself, only one Tarantino movie? then I saw what you wrote..Kill Bill 1 & 2? Vangelis score for Blade Runner?
lol, IŽd just thought to myself, only one Tarantino movie? then I saw what you wrote..Kill Bill 1 & 2? Vangelis score for Blade Runner?
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11:43AM on 11/04/2009

Top 25?

On what merit did they base their judgement? Was it whatever would make themselves seem "artsy" and "cool"? How can anyone deny the major orchestral talents that have driven cinema in the last 25 years. Zimmer, Williams, Horner, the list could go on and on...
On what merit did they base their judgement? Was it whatever would make themselves seem "artsy" and "cool"? How can anyone deny the major orchestral talents that have driven cinema in the last 25 years. Zimmer, Williams, Horner, the list could go on and on...
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11:40AM on 11/04/2009

Judgement night

I'm glad to see it cracked the top 10 what a gem that soundtrack is.
I'm glad to see it cracked the top 10 what a gem that soundtrack is.
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11:26AM on 11/04/2009

What No Danny Elfman?

thank God, someone else mentioned Ghost Dog. The RZA is a musical genius. if you don't believe me listen to the afro samurai soundtrack
On that note why isn't there anything by danny elfman on here? his score work is by far the best out there. listen to the batman soundtrack or edward scissorhands or the nightmare before christmas
thank God, someone else mentioned Ghost Dog. The RZA is a musical genius. if you don't believe me listen to the afro samurai soundtrack
On that note why isn't there anything by danny elfman on here? his score work is by far the best out there. listen to the batman soundtrack or edward scissorhands or the nightmare before christmas
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11:22AM on 11/04/2009

Take My Friggin Breath Away!

No Top Gun, No Big Chill, No Dirty Dancing, No Pulp Fiction, No [link]
No Top Gun, No Big Chill, No Dirty Dancing, No Pulp Fiction, No [link]
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11:21AM on 11/04/2009

Take My Fucking Breath Away!

No Top Gun, No Big Chill, No Dirty Dancing, No Pulp Fiction, No [link]
No Top Gun, No Big Chill, No Dirty Dancing, No Pulp Fiction, No [link]
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11:10AM on 11/04/2009
No Garden State and No Dirty Dancing makes me hate this list..
No Garden State and No Dirty Dancing makes me hate this list..
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10:13AM on 11/04/2009

WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!

NO GARDEN STATE!!!!!!! This is one of the best soundtracks!!! Zach Braff choose great music for this film, every song is a hit. It's one of the best soundtracks I own in my collection. It's also one of the best films from Natalie Portman.
NO GARDEN STATE!!!!!!! This is one of the best soundtracks!!! Zach Braff choose great music for this film, every song is a hit. It's one of the best soundtracks I own in my collection. It's also one of the best films from Natalie Portman.
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10:00AM on 11/04/2009

WHAT!!!!?

No Blues Brothers? That list sucks. There are many great movies with better soundtracks. Grosse Point Blank has a great one too.
No Blues Brothers? That list sucks. There are many great movies with better soundtracks. Grosse Point Blank has a great one too.
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10:00AM on 11/04/2009
These lists lately have suckedddd
These lists lately have suckedddd
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9:58AM on 11/04/2009

TMNT 2

Can I get a "go ninja, go ninja, go!"?
Can I get a "go ninja, go ninja, go!"?
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9:55AM on 11/04/2009
And someone got paid for compiling that list....
And someone got paid for compiling that list....
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9:47AM on 11/04/2009

lame

what a lame idea for a list. the list should be top 25 Scores, since that's what makes a movie 9/10 times, and not the Soundtracks where some studio marketing dipshit just plunks songs down to capitalize on the movie's (hopeful) popularity. Lame
what a lame idea for a list. the list should be top 25 Scores, since that's what makes a movie 9/10 times, and not the Soundtracks where some studio marketing dipshit just plunks songs down to capitalize on the movie's (hopeful) popularity. Lame
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9:44AM on 11/04/2009
Do The Right Thing?

I can only remember Fight The Power being played in that movie.
Do The Right Thing?

I can only remember Fight The Power being played in that movie.
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9:34AM on 11/04/2009

pulp fiction

where???????
where???????
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9:19AM on 11/04/2009
Where the hell is Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti?!
Where the hell is Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti?!
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8:55AM on 11/04/2009
One thing I hate about these lists is that they never specify criteria. Are they including original soundtracks, I believe the songs in South Park were actually written for the film unlike most of the others.

Also, no Goodfellas or Pulp Fiction? Disgrace.
One thing I hate about these lists is that they never specify criteria. Are they including original soundtracks, I believe the songs in South Park were actually written for the film unlike most of the others.

Also, no Goodfellas or Pulp Fiction? Disgrace.
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8:53AM on 11/04/2009

hmmm...

this list could've been much worse, but glad to see Trainspotting and Magnolia there.

Still wish Garden State and Watchmen could've gotten some love.
this list could've been much worse, but glad to see Trainspotting and Magnolia there.

Still wish Garden State and Watchmen could've gotten some love.
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8:52AM on 11/04/2009
....Juno?
....Juno?
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8:35AM on 11/04/2009

um...pt2

over the top??? or the karate kid???
over the top??? or the karate kid???
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8:34AM on 11/04/2009

um...

the crow?????
the crow?????
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8:29AM on 11/04/2009

Oh boy...

The problem with these types of lists, is that you are never going to please everyone. Different people have their own favorites and I'm glad to see Purple Rain at #1. Rushmore?!? Give me a break. Hell, I'd put the 'Clerks' soundtrack way above that. But, like I said, you can't please everybody.
The problem with these types of lists, is that you are never going to please everyone. Different people have their own favorites and I'm glad to see Purple Rain at #1. Rushmore?!? Give me a break. Hell, I'd put the 'Clerks' soundtrack way above that. But, like I said, you can't please everybody.
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8:13AM on 11/04/2009

Where Is All The Good Stuff?

The Commitments? Hell, where is Dirty Dancing, for that matter?

These lists always suck, as they are merely creations to get people pissed off at what the writers conveniently forgot to include, in order to get people talking about their stupid list.

Way to go, EW... way to fall into that category yet again.
The Commitments? Hell, where is Dirty Dancing, for that matter?

These lists always suck, as they are merely creations to get people pissed off at what the writers conveniently forgot to include, in order to get people talking about their stupid list.

Way to go, EW... way to fall into that category yet again.
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8:08AM on 11/04/2009

Garden State? Please ...

Probably the most overrated film ever made. Big kudos for Judgment Night, as well.
Probably the most overrated film ever made. Big kudos for Judgment Night, as well.
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8:01AM on 11/04/2009

Call me biased, but...

As long as I see Magnolia, I'm totally fine
As long as I see Magnolia, I'm totally fine
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7:57AM on 11/04/2009
iam wid eko... GARDEN STATE Had a awesome sountrack
iam wid eko... GARDEN STATE Had a awesome sountrack
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7:45AM on 11/04/2009
I'm with that!!! Where's Garden State?
I'm with that!!! Where's Garden State?
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7:21AM on 11/04/2009

Some really good choices

As well as some really big surprises.
As well as some really big surprises.
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6:36AM on 11/04/2009

Pulp Fiction?

I hate top anything lists, but when they exist, you have to stop and wonder who comes up with this shit? Where's Pulp? Best soundtrack in the last 25 for sure. Desperado... Dusk Till Dawn... gah, whatever.
I hate top anything lists, but when they exist, you have to stop and wonder who comes up with this shit? Where's Pulp? Best soundtrack in the last 25 for sure. Desperado... Dusk Till Dawn... gah, whatever.
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