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Top Gun, Saturday Night Fever, Absolute Beginners... Smooth counts down ten of our favourite movie soundtracks!
10. Berlin's Take My Breath Away was the major love song of Top Gun, starring a young Tom Cruse and Kelly McDonald. It was written by Giorgio Moroder, won an Academy Award and went to No 1 across the globe.
9. The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees, is one of the most successful movie soundtracks ever, certified 15 times platinum in the US alone. Together with its movie starring a white-suited John Travolta, it epitomised the disco vogue of the 70s and has left a huge cultural legacy.
8. The Beatles' self-produced TV movie was a huge flop when it went out on Boxing Day evening in 1967, but the soundtrack more than made up for the lack of plot, coherence or decent acting. We get the title track, The Fool On The Hill, Blue Jay Way and the show-stopping I Am The Walrus: John Lennon at his most psychedelic.
7. The rock musical film, starring David Bowie and based on the novel of the same name by Colin MacInnes, didn't fare too well. But the supporting single went to No 2 in the UK and regularly features on Bowie's Best Of... compilations.
6. The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, was the second highest-grossing film of 1992. The soundtrack has become the best-selling film soundtrack ever, helped no doubt by Houston's seminal cover of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You.
5. 'Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs Robinson?' is the immortal line in The Graduate, one of the highest grossing films of all times, starring Dustin Hoffman in his breakthrough role opposite Anne Bancroft. The soundtrack includes some of the most beautiful Simon & Garfunkel songs, including Mrs Robinson and April Come She Will.
4. The soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night is the first Beatles album on which McCartney and Lennon wrote all the songs themselves, and includes such gems as the title track, Can't Buy Me Love and If I Fell.
3. Elvis Presley's dance to the title song has often been called his greatest moment on screen, but both the film and supporting soundtrack are also revered in 50s musical history!
2. The third appearance of The Beatles on this chart, Help! was released just a year after A Hard Day's Night. It included Help!, which went to No 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, Yesterday and Ticket To Ride.
1. The only film from post-millenium to feature on Smooth's list is also our number one. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and all the hits of Abba, what more could you want? Based on the enormously successful musical of the same name, the film eventually became the highest grossing musical of all time in terms of worldwide take.