The Five Best Selling Movie Soundtracks Of All Time

The Five Best Selling Movie Soundtracks Of All TimeIn September, a new road movie/spy thriller will premiere online: Move On, starring Mads Mikkelsen and directed by Asger Leth (Man On A Ledge). What makes this Deutsche Telekom-financed movie unique is the way that the online community is involved in the production.

Many aspects of Move On were voted on by fans online – from small roles to cars and locations being used. Still open is the voting for “Soundtrack”. Any artist or band can upload one of their own videos and the winning entry will be heard in the finished movie. And on that note, we take a look at the best-selling movie soundtracks of all time.

5. Purple Rain (1984)

Regularly listed as one the greatest albums of the 80s (if not all time), Purple Rain sold over 20 million copies wordwide. Two singles , “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, went on to top charts all over the world. And then, of course, there is the title track and that five minute guitar solo …

4. Titanic (1997)

Titanic has the only primarily orchestral soundtrack in the Top 5, with Celine Dion’s ballad “My Heart Will Go On” only appearing near the end of the album (and over the movies end credits). The rest is a grand sweeping score from James Horner, who wound up winning two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Original Dramatic Score. The album sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

3. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

A monster smash from the 70s, Saturday Night Fever made an iconic figure of John Travolta in a white suit and put the Bee Gees at the forefront of the disco craze. Songs like “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive” became all time dance floor classics. But it’s not all Bee Gees – disco stalwarts like KC & the Sunshine Band and Kool & the Gang also contributed to the sales of 40 million albums.

2. Dirty Dancing (1987)

A modest low budget movie, Dirty Dancing became one of cinemas greatest success stories and made the late Patrick Swayze a superstar. The soundtrack, consisting of 60s pop classics as well as original songs, went through the roof as well, selling 42 million copies worldwide. “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”, a duet sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, bagged an Oscar.

1. The Bodyguard (1992)

In the early 90s, Whitney Houston was at the top of her fame and far removed from the drug problems that would end up claiming her life. That the movie became a hit owed more to her co-star Kevin Costner, the biggest male movie star of the time, but the phenomenal success of the soundtrack (45 million copies sold) is all Houston. Biggest smash: a cover version of Dolly Parton’s “I will always love you”.

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