10 Soundtracks That Were Way Better Than The Movies They Were Made For

A good soundtrack can make a great movie just that much better: what would Top Gun be without “Danger Zone” or Flashdance without “Maniac?” However, sometimes a soundtrack is SO good that it helps us forget that the movie we’re watching really isn’t, which is especially the case for these next 10 movies.

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Batman Forever (1995)

The soundtrack that almost single-handedly made Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” the smash-hit that it was, we could almost forgive it for being attached to the second-worst Batman movie of all time.

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

The movie was a massive it in its time, but let’s get real here, if it wasn’t for the BeeGees, nobody would’ve cared. The soundtrack is the absolute best of the disco era, and it still holds up well if you like that sort of thing.

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Purple Rain (1984)

Purple Rain the movie is just kind of okay. Purple Rain the album, on the other hand, is an absolute masterpiece of rock and funk, released by a master of the craft.

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The Bodyguard (1992)

This mediocre star vehicle for both Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston is saved by a soundtrack featuring some of her absolute best work, to the point that it’s still beloved to this day.

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These next few movies definitely had way better soundtracks than they probably deserved…

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Ginger Snaps (2000)

This weird, little-known horror movie gets an absolutely stellar soundtrack, featuring early 2000s heavy metal mainstays like Fear Factory, Soulfly, Killswitch Engage, and Cradle of Filth.

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Bulworth (1998)

This often-forgotten movie starring Warren Beatty had a soundtrack that went Platinum, thanks to the hit song “Ghetto Supastar.”

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Singles (1992)

The Cameron Crowe movie isn’t bad at all, but the soundtrack is some of the absolute best of what early 90s gunge had to offer. It has excellent cuts from Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam, and even features a pre-massive fame song from The Smashing Pumpkins.

Shaft (1971)

Much like the case of Purple Rain, the movie was alright, while the soundtrack is an absolute legend of funk music. Isaac Hayes has never sounded smoother.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

The second of many, MANY movies based on the horror video game series has a pretty killer soundtrack, featuring heavy metal titans like Slipknot, Lacuna Coil and Killswitch Engage, alongside more melancholy fare like The Cure, A Perfect Circle, and Massive Attack.

Flash Gordon (1980)

The cheesiest, craziest sci-fi you could ever watch, all set to the music of Queen. What else could you want?!

What soundtrack do you like better than the movie it’s for? Let us know in the comments!

Emma C
Freelance Writer