The best selling soundtracks in history. Top 10

The best-selling film soundtrack of all time in the US, The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album contains five songs that would become huge hits for the late Whitney Houston... Among them is the magical beauty of "I Will Always Love You" which spent 14 weeks at No. and is one of the best selling singles of all time!

Top 10 best-selling soundtracks of all time

Today we take a look at the 10 best-selling soundtracks in the history of both cinema and music! It's no secret that sound plays a big role in building the overall movie experience - whether it's melodic classics or fast-paced rock and roll! Steven Spielberg once said that he thought John Williams' soundtrack to his 1975 masterpiece Jaws was "half the success" of a film that, for a moment, grossed nearly half a billion dollars at the box office! So... there is no doubt that along with the exciting storyline and the quality of the acting, movie soundtracks still play an extremely important role in the promotion of the movie! So: these are the Top 10 best-selling soundtracks in history! Let's go!

10. Flashdance ("Flash Dance")

Flashdance ("Dance flash")
Flashdance ("Dance flash")

A high-quality soundtrack can work wonders, elevating a film to the Olympus of glory and universal delight! This refers to the Flashdance soundtrack, which, according to Paramount studio executives, should have failed ... However, everything turned out exactly the opposite! Today, Flashdance is a great example of a quality set of songs that encourages people to watch the movie starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri over and over…

The Flashdance soundtrack has sold over 6 million copies in the US and 20 million worldwide! It included songs such as Michael Sembello's "Maniac" (originally a track written for the 1980 film of the same name) and Irene Cara's "Flashdance What A Feeling".

9. Space Jam (Space Jam)

Space Jam (Space Jam)
Space Jam (Space Jam)

Space Jam is an amazing soundtrack from the 1996 animated film of the same name, starring Michael Jordan himself, the famous basketball legend. An album was also released featuring a screening of the film by James Newton Howard. The soundtrack was released by Warner Sunset and Atlantic Records on November 12, 1996.

The Space Jam soundtrack featured "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly, a song that spent four weeks at No. 1 in the US and also hit No. 1 in many other countries, including the UK! And to this day it remains a famous and beloved hit by many ...

8. Waiting to Exhale

Waiting To Exhale (Waiting to exhale)
Waiting To Exhale (Waiting to exhale)

Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album is the first of two entries on this list to feature the legend of Whitney Houston… It also includes hits from Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton and other legendary artists.

No wonder the soundtrack has sold 7 million copies (and this is only in the United States)!

7. Grease (Grease)

Grease (Grease)
Grease (Grease)

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Grease has sold over 38 million copies worldwide! It is worth noting that sales were facilitated by the huge success of the duo of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, called "You're the one that I want." The single took the lead in both the UK and the US.

The Grease soundtrack was also nominated for an Oscar for Newton-John's "Hopelessly Devoted to You". By the way: it was added to the soundtrack only after the film was completely finished. It's just that the producers decided that the character of the singer, Sandi, should have her own solo, a ballad ...

6. Titanic (Titanic)

Titanic (Titanic)
Titanic (Titanic)

Like it or not, James Cameron's greatest opus of 1997 was an unprecedented success! And with Celine Dion's single "My Heart Will Go On" becoming the second best-selling single by a female artist in the history of pop, it's no surprise to see the Titanic soundtrack on this list!

Reaching the top spot in over 20 different countries, Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture has sold over 30 million copies! This made it one of the best-selling albums of all time and the best-selling soundtrack (primarily orchestral).

5 Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (Dirty Dancing)
Dirty Dancing (Dirty Dancing)

This is one of our favorite films of the 80s! And a big part of our love for Dirty Dancing comes from its fantastic soundtrack, which features some of the best songs of the era... Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack features classics like "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and "She's Like the Wind" by the amazing Patrick Swayze...

Album sales are simply stunning: 32 million copies worldwide!

4. Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)

Surely many viewers knew that Robert Zemeckis's 1994 film "Forrest Gump" was awarded an Oscar! However, not everyone was aware of the success of his soundtrack... "Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack" is a soundtrack album that contains the music of many famous artists! For example, let's listen to "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas!

"Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack" featuring songs by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and the Beach Boys has been certified 12x platinum in the US with sales of over 6 million copies!

3. Purple Rain (Purple rain)

Prince And The Revolution - "Purple Rain" (1984)
Prince And The Revolution - "Purple Rain" (1984)

Purple Rain is Prince's sixth studio album. Today it is one of the most successful ever with sales of over 20 million worldwide! Among the main tracks are "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry" and the eponymous "Purple Rain".

2. Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever

The soundtrack to the legendary dance film starring John Travolta features eight songs from the British pop trio The Bee Gees, including classics such as "Stayin' Alive", "Jive Talkin'" and "How Deep is Your Love".

The soundtrack played a huge role in popularizing disco music all over the world! The album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide...

1. The Bodyguard (Bodyguard)

The Bodyguard (Bodyguard)
The Bodyguard (Bodyguard)

The best-selling film soundtrack of all time in the US, The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album contains five songs that would become huge hits for the late Whitney Houston… Among them is the magical beauty of “I Will Always Love You,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 and is one of the best selling singles of all time!

The soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year! It was also the first album to sell over 1 million copies in a week. In total, it has sold an incredible 45 million copies worldwide.


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