Entertainment Weekly Lists the 25 Best Soundtracks from the Past 25 Years

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I’m no music expert what with their fancy degrees and ability to appreciate music beyond “This sounds good.”  But I do know lists and lists generate controversy and controversy equals traffic!  And with their patented “slideshow” format which creates more hits based on an itemized story, EW.com has a real racket going!

Well, we just listed it like normal people after the jump.  Take a look, see if you agree, and scream your disbelief at how a certain album you love wasn’t included.  Also, remember that this is a list of soundtracks which are usually a collection of songs used in a movie as opposed to a score which is usually the instrumental accompaniment to the film created by a single composer (although there are obviously scores created by more than one composer).

If you want to click through the list like a chump, click here. It would have some value if they included just a small paragraph about why they chose each soundtrack for the list.

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)

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  • Xander

    Where the heck is the Garden State Soundtrack?! One of the best mixes I’ve ever heard! Seriously EW, what’s your problem? Do you have any understanding of music whatsoever. It’s probably one of your un-qualified staff writers!

  • Xander

    Where the heck is the Garden State Soundtrack?! One of the best mixes I’ve ever heard! Seriously EW, what’s your problem? Do you have any understanding of music whatsoever. It’s probably one of your un-qualified staff writers!

  • Tommy

    Totally agree on the Garden State. As well as where is Elizabeth Town, City of Angels, Empire Records, The Crow, Grind, and many many more??? Hmmm have to say not pleased with this little list of theirs.

  • Tommy

    Totally agree on the Garden State. As well as where is Elizabeth Town, City of Angels, Empire Records, The Crow, Grind, and many many more??? Hmmm have to say not pleased with this little list of theirs.

  • Nick

    Without Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas and Casino this list is a fucking joke.

  • Nick

    Without Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas and Casino this list is a fucking joke.

  • ba

    Weird Science!

  • ba

    Weird Science!

  • TheGuyInThePJs

    NO DONNIE DARKO…

    This list is dead to me.

  • TheGuyInThePJs

    NO DONNIE DARKO…

    This list is dead to me.

  • Ashley

    I’m with the above posters, I’m sorely disappointed not to see Garden State’s sound track up there.

  • Ashley

    I’m with the above posters, I’m sorely disappointed not to see Garden State’s sound track up there.

  • Omeed

    no Requiem for a Dream, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill or Gladiator??
    this is a joke…how can you put reservoir dogs but not kill bill?
    have you even seen the movies i mentioned lol

  • Omeed

    no Requiem for a Dream, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill or Gladiator??
    this is a joke…how can you put reservoir dogs but not kill bill?
    have you even seen the movies i mentioned lol

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