We will always love a film soundtrack. A films’ music can be powerful and can help turn a film into the one that you want. It’s a tale as old as time that a catchy tune or an emotional power ballad can help you have the time of your life when watching a film. Both the score and the songs written for a film have their own categories at award ceremonies, including an Oscar, so kick off your Sunday shoes and enjoy our Top 5 bestselling movie soundtracks. What a feeling!
Number Five: Grease. As well as featuring the talents of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John this soundtrack to the timeless musical Grease also features rock n roll band Sha Na Na and Bee Gee Barry Gibb with Frankie Valli (of the Four Seasons). They all go together like ramalamadamadadingdadingdadong to produce one of the best loved soundtracks of all time. The film produced two number one singles and the most popular end to a family disco mash-up ever. Selling 28 million copies worldwide, The Grease soundtrack sneaks into the Top 5. Let’s gloss over how many the Grease 2 soundtrack sold……
Number Four: Titanic. Both the film and the title track by Celine Dion do indeed go on. And on. And on. Regardless of how you feel about the film or My Heart Will Go On it is undeniable that the music from Titanic was popular. Celine Dion’s famous warbling won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. To think that James Cameron, director of the film, didn’t want vocals over the top of the credits, it’s just as well music composer James Horner disagreed. The soundtrack has sold 30 million copies worldwide placing it in the top 5 best-selling soundtracks of all time.
Number Three: Dirty Dancing. Do you love me, now that I can dance? Watch me now. This film made legends of Patrick Swayze’s hips and Jennifer Grey’s nose. The film also showcased some of the best talent of 1960’s music including The Four Seasons, The Ronettes and Otis Reading. The album also included the vocal talents of one Patrick Swayze who sings the song She’s Like The Wind. It is Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes that will always be remembered for providing one of the most popular wedding songs of all time, I’ve Had The Time Of My Life. The soundtrack sold 32 million copies worldwide and spawned a follow up album and a complete collection. Don’t forget, never put Baby in a corner.
Number Two: Saturday Night Fever. Disco is the name of the game in Saturday Night Fever. The second soundtrack in the Top 5 for a film that features John Travolta and stayed in the US album charts for 120 weeks on its release in 1978. Saturday Night Fever reigned as the number 1 soundtrack until the current number 1 was released and featured hit singles from the Bee Gees such as How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman and Stayin’ Alive. The soundtrack epitomised the disco movement of the time and sold 45 million copies to date worldwide.
Number One: The Bodyguard. The Bodyguard is still one of the most famous and best loved chick flicks. Having been adapted into a stage musical the love for this film stays strong. The film produced one of the best-selling songs of all time, I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, who is also the star of the film. Houston sang and produced many of the songs in the film and the first side of the soundtrack is solely her. The soundtrack, released in 1992, is still one of the best-selling albums of all time. To date the album has sold over 47 million copies worldwide. The soundtrack won itself a Grammy for Album of the Year and Whitney proved that she truly was the Queen of the Night.