Best Selling MP3 Movie Soundtracks

Thomma Lyn Grindstaff
Grease movie soundtrack

With MP3 movie soundtracks, you can listen to your favorite movie music with the click of a mouse or on the go. Great soundtracks are like a fabulous, eclectic mix tape. They bring together good music from all over the musical map and put it in one place. They often feature just the right mix of classic material and new discoveries to keep music fans interested.

MP3 Movie Soundtracks

Some movie soundtracks actually become as popular, if not even more popular, than the movie itself. Sometimes this is due to one massive hit single, but most often it's because the songs combine to create a great record that stands apart from the film.

List of Best Selling Soundtracks

The following movie soundtracks rank among the top selling of all time:

  • The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston had the radio airwaves on lockdown with her cover of the Dolly Parton classic I Will Always Love You, the theme song to The Bodyguard. You couldn't turn around without hearing it, but many people just couldn't get enough. This soundtrack moved over 17 million units.
  • Purple Rain - Purple Rain stands so well on its own as a Prince album that it makes sense even without the movie. Prince may be the only artist for whom a soundtrack marked the peak of his career.
  • Dirty Dancing - The original collection of 1960s classics from the beloved chick flick was so popular that they had to follow up with More Dirty Dancing.
  • Titanic - Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On topped charts worldwide and was such a smash hit that it sent 26 million people to the store for this soundtrack.
  • Footloose - Songs from Kevin Bacon's story of dancing triumph continue to have people tapping their feet (law permitting, of course) more than two decades after its release.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Masterful performances by Gillian Welsh, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, among others, woke people up to the fact that maybe they like folk and traditional country music, after all.
  • The Big Chill - Self-absorbed 1980s yuppies hanging out in one of the best houses in the movies, mourning a friend, and listening to the 60s music of their college years made for a soundtrack that serves as a beloved introduction to Motown.
  • Waiting to Exhale - This might not be an obvious inclusion in a list of best selling soundtracks, but the combination of Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, and a who's who of 1990s female R&B artists has made this soundtrack a steady seller: over 16 million units moved worldwide.
  • Grease - For over three decades, Grease has remained the word. This high-energy soundtrack, featuring 1950s songs sung by Sha Na Na and original songs performed by stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, has become as much a pop culture classic as the movie itself.
  • Juno - With its engaging combination of rock and folk music punctuated with original songs performed by Kimya Dawson, the soundtrack for Juno is suffused with the distinctively warm and witty personality that won critical acclaim for the film.
  • Hunger Games - This chart-topping soundtrack commanded people's attention not only with its stellar array of musical artists but also with its diverse blend of styles, from introspective folk to hard-edged rock to intensely felt country.
  • Twilight - Like the movie for which it was created, the Twilight soundtrack simmers with dark, angsty love songs. On the artist roster are Muse and Linkin Park, whose music inspired Stephanie Meyer, the author of the novels on which the movie is based.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - The original score for the first Harry Potter movie was composed by John Williams. With an enchanting ambiance that pays tribute to classical composers, the score feels as magical to its listeners as Harry Potter himself.
  • The Lion King - No doubt about it, when you combine superstar Elton John and critically-acclaimed film score composer Hans Zimmer with a heartfelt Disney tale, you will come up with a roaring good soundtrack.
  • Forrest Gump - The Forrest Gump soundtrack is a trip in a time machine back to the musical landscape of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and oh, what a fabulous ride for over 12 million listeners!
  • 8 Mile - Featuring Eminem and a roster of other top-notch rappers, the 8 Mile soundtrack delivers a powerful punch, lyrically, rhythmically, and thematically.
  • Sleepless in Seattle - Any die hard romantic will love the collection of songs in the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack, which range from standards sung by Nat King Cole and Gene Autry to winsome pop numbers sung by Celine Dion and Carly Simon.
  • Easy Rider - The soundtrack for Easy Rider struck just the right chord with millions of people with its open-air, road trip feel and is every bit as laid back and cool as the film itself.
  • Pretty in Pink - The Pretty in Pink soundtrack with its new wave tracks was cutting edge for the 1980s, and its plaintive coming-of-age sound continues to attract fans today.
  • Somewhere in Time - John Barry's achingly romantic original film score became a cult classic with devoted fans of the movie, and it still retains its timeless appeal.
  • My Best Friend's Wedding - The soundtrack for My Best Friend's Wedding works well as a mixture of artists both old and new performing much-loved old standard love songs.
  • High School Musical - The soundtrack for High School Musical became the best selling album of 2006, and its songs are still regularly performed for talent shows in middle schools and high schools far and wide.
  • The Jungle Book - The Jungle Book boasts a soundtrack that has become, with its gentle whimsy and humor, a "bare necessity" for millions and a multigenerational delight.
  • Top Gun - The Top Gun soundtrack took flight almost immediately, reaching number one on the charts and staying there for four weeks, becoming a one album hit-making machine.
  • Braveheart - Over the years since its release Braveheart has become a cult classic, and John Horner's lush and poignant original score continues to be appreciated by fans old and new.

Lasting Enjoyment

The best movie soundtracks are their own rewards. Sure, a good soundtrack will enhance your enjoyment of a favorite film, making it live longer in your memory. You will know, though, when a movie soundtrack is something truly special when the music takes on a life of its own and becomes a musical pleasure that lasts throughout the years.

Best Selling MP3 Movie Soundtracks