The best movie soundtracks

10 Apr

I have written a post about my favorite movies and another about classic movies quotes, but until now I hadn’t written one about the best movie soundtracks.

I have a number of movie soundtracks in my CD collection. Some are outstanding collections of songs from terrible movies and some others have only a few songs that are worth listening to…but I enjoy listening to all of the soundtracks on this list and I recommend picking them up if you don’t already own them.

So, here they are in no particular order (other than the order in which I remembered them as I mentally cataloged my CD collection)…the songs that I like are written in red:


Who Made Who (the official soundtrack for the movie Maximum Overdrive)

AC/DC "Who Made Who"

Track listing (all songs by AC/DC):

1. Who Made Who
2. You Shook Me All Night Long
3. D.T.
4. Sink The Pink
5. Ride On
6. Hells Bells
7. Shake Your Foundations
8. Chase The Ace
9. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

The movie is called “Maximum Overdrive” and was written and directed by Stephen King, so you’d think the movie would be good…but it’s unbearably bad.
The soundtrack though (titled “Who Made Who“) is an AC/DC album and, as you’d expect, is excellent. That said, though, it’s mostly a “greatest hits” type collection…only three songs were new songs written for the movie: “Who Made Who“, “D.T.“, and “Chase The Ace“. Of those three, the title track is a good song but the other two are instrumentals, which I personally don’t care for. And the other six tracks are AC/DC classics.


Last Action Hero

This is an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (one of his three films that Danny DeVito co-stars in) and, similarly to Maximum Overdrive, it’s a bad movie with a great soundtrack.
Personally though, I don’t like five of the songs on the album but the other seven songs are on my i-pod.

Track listing:

1. Big Gun (by AC/DC)…great song.
2. What The Hell Have I (by Alice In Chains)…I don’t like this one much.
3. Angry Again (by Megadeth)…great song.
4. Real World (by Queensryche)…I like Queensryche but not this song.
5. Two Steps Behind (by Def Leppard)…I’m not a fan of this one either.
6. Poison My Eyes (by Anthrax)…great song.
7. Dream On (by Aerosmith)…classic great song.
8. A Little Bitter (by Alice In Chains)…much better than their other track on this album.
9. Cock The Hammer (by Cypress Hill)…this song’s not bad.
10. Swim (by Fishbone)…I don’t like this one at all.
11. Last Action Hero (by Tesla)…great song.
12. Jack And The Ripper (by Michael Kamen and Buckethead)…I don’t like it.


Detroit Rock City

This is the second “KISS movie” (the first was the ridiculous “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park“) and stars Edward Furlong as a teenager trying to get to a sold-out KISS concert in Detroit. It’s not as boring as it sounds…it’s actually kinda entertaining.

As I’m a fan of the band KISS, naturally I have this movie on DVD and the soundtrack on CD.

Track listing:

1. The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy cover by Everclear)…not bad.
2. Shout It Out Loud (by KISS)…classic great song.
3. Runnin’ With The Devil (by Van Halen)…great song.
4. Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent cover by Pantera)…great remake of a great song.
5. Iron Man (by Black Sabbath)…great song.
6. Highway To Hell (AC/DC cover by Marilyn Manson)…Marilyn should’ve stayed truer to this excellent song!
7. 20th Century Boy (by T.Rex)…this song is alright.
8. Detroit Rock City (by KISS)…classic great song.
9. Jailbreak (by Thin Lizzy)…great song.
10. Surrender (by Cheap Trick)…it’s alright.
11. Rebel Rebel (by David Bowie)…I don’t like David Bowie’s music.
12. Strutter (KISS cover by The Donnas)…pretty good remake of a great song.
13. School Days (by The Runaways)…I don’t enjoy this song much.
14. Little Willy (by Sweet)…I don’t this too much either.
15. Nothing Can Keep Me From You (by KISS)…it might be blasphemous for a KISS fan to say—but I hate this song!



Another terrible movie with a good soundtrack. Shocker is a horror movie by director Wes Craven (who wrote and directed “A Nightmare On Elm Street“) about a serial killer who is given the death penalty for his crimes but “becomes” electricity after death with the power to possess other people…or something stupid like that.

I remember watching this as a teenager and recognized the voice of Paul Stanley (of KISS) singing the closing-credits song…so I bought the soundtrack to get the new “KISS song” which, it turned out, is a song by “The Dudes Of Wrath“, which was a special one-time collaboration of Paul Stanley with members of Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Motley Crue.

Track listing:

1. Sword And Stone (by Bonfire)…I don’t like this song much.
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy (Alice Cooper cover by Megadeth)…great remake of a great song.
3. Shocker (by “The Dudes Of The Wrath“)…it’s alright.
4. Timeless Love (by Saraya)…I don’t like this song either.
5. Demon Bell (by Dangerous Toys)…great song.
6. Love Transfusion (by Iggy Pop)…not so good.
7. Different Breed (by Dead On)…great song.


Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey

Another stupid movie with a good soundtrack. If this even had a plot I can’t remember what it was.

Track listing:

1. Shout It Out (by Slaughter)…not a great song, but not horrible.
2. Battle Stations (by Winger)…not a favorite but alright.
3. God Gave Rock ‘N Roll To You II (by KISS)…good but certainly not one KISS‘s best.
4. Drinking Again (by Neverland)…it’s alright, I guess but not really my style.
5. Dream Of A New Day (by Richie Kotzen)…it’s alright.
6. The Reaper (by Steve Vai)…Steve Vai is a guitar wizard but I don’t care for instrumentals much.
7. The Perfect Crime (by Faith No More)…pretty good.
8. Go To Hell (by Megadeth)…great song.
9. Tommy The Cat (by Primus)…this band was too weird for me.
10. Junior’s Gone Wild (by King’s X)…I don’t like King’s X.
11. Showdown (by Love On Ice)…not so good.
12. The Reaper Rap (by Steve Vai)…this “song” is stupid!


Mission: Impossible II

The movie was alright and the soundtrack has some gems hidden amongst some tripe.

Rather than listing this album’s entire track listing, I’ll list the few good songs on it (with it’s track number):

1. Take A Look Around (by Limp Bizket)…this band has a couple of good songs and this is one of them.
2. I Disappear (by Metallica)…great song.
3. Scum Of The Earth (by Rob Zombie)…great song.
6. Have A Cigar (Pink Floyd cover by the Foo Fighters and Brian May)…excellent remake.
8. Goin’ Down (by Godsmack)…pretty good.
12. Alone (by Buckcherry)…pretty good.


Iron Man 2

The sequel to the movie about the American superhero character. I can’t elaborate because I haven’t watch the film…but, like the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack, this one is entirely by AC/DC (and all the song’s are great, of course).

Track listing:

1. Shoot To Thrill
2. Rock ‘N Roll Damnation
3. Guns For Hire
4. Cold Hearted Man
5. Back In Black
6. Thunderstruck
7. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
8. Evil Walks
9. T.N.T.
10. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
11. Have A Drink On Me
12. The Razor’s Edge
13. Let There Be Rock
14. War Machine
15. Highway To Hell

What are your favorite movie soundtracks?

14 Responses to “The best movie soundtracks”

  1. Chris B April 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    LOVE “Shoot to thrill”!!

    That whole album rocked!

    “Whole lotta Rosie” is my fave AC/DC tune


    • tokyo5 April 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      >LOVE “Shoot to thrill”!!
      That whole album rocked!

      “Shoot To Thrill” is a song on the AC/DC “Back In Black” album.

      >“Whole lotta Rosie” is my fave AC/DC tune

      From their “Let There Be Rock” album.

      Their best song, in my opinion, is “Highway To Hell”.


      • Chris B April 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

        I know the proper albums. I was bangin them pluz Zep,Floyd,Hendrix until the cassettes were worn out.. I was making 2 comments. I shoulda pointed that out 😉


      • tokyo5 April 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

        >I know the proper albums.

        I figured that you probably did.


        Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix…all legends!


  2. metalodyssey April 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Yes, “Who Made Who” is the last AC/DC album I need to complete my CD “upgrade” of their catalog. I owned it on vinyl years ago. I did buy the “Iron Man” soundtrack… excellent liner notes too! It’s a mini-book of AC/DC history that is hard to put down. I do like “Ride On”… a mellow song for the Bon Scott era AC/DC. Now I have this song in my head!

    Shocker was a movie that I went to see when it came out… (It was always cool to be seen by my peers, going in to see a slasher/Horror film back in those days). Sounds corndog I know.


    • tokyo5 April 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      >“Who Made Who”…on vinyl

      You had it on LP? By the time that album came out I had already quit buying records and got it on cassette (which, of course, are crap). I have it on CD now.

      >I do like “Ride On”…

      In my case, that’s one of the three songs on that album that I skip over.

      >Shocker was a movie that I went to see when it came out…

      I saw it at the theater with some of my friends when I was a teenager too.

      >slasher/Horror film

      Horror films are to movies what heavy metal is to music! 🙂 That’s why so many horror movie soundtracks have metal songs, I think.

      By the way, have you seen the Karate Kid movie starring Jackie Chan?
      It’s a good movie. I don’t have the soundtrack on CD, but during the movie they played “Higher Ground” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “Back In Black” by AC/DC so I guess those two songs are on the OST.


      • metalodyssey April 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

        Yeah, I bought “Who Made Who” through the Columbia Record Club back then… I don’t know if that “club” is still around anymore. My last vinyl album I bought, while vinyl albums were still being “mass produced” in some capacity, was…

        Soundgarden “Superunknown”… man, for a band that only released five studio albums since 1988, (5 ep’s too), they are LEGENDARY!! I just bought their new live CD… “Live On I-5″… it’s very, very, good.

        Jackie Chan is the best… he was in “The Cannonball Run” from 1981… a legend in his own right he is. Jackie Chan can make me laugh… and he is one fine martial arts dude too.


      • tokyo5 April 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

        >the Columbia Record Club

        I was a member of that club when I was a teenager too.

        >Soundgarden “Superunknown”

        I’ve never owned any of their work. I’ll pick up one of their albums from the CD rental shop and check them out since you recommend them so strongly.
        Which album is their best?

        >Jackie Chan is the best…

        He does a lot of dangerous things in his movies…and never uses a stuntman!
        And even after all these years, he’s still lightning quick.

        About ten years ago or so, he owned a restaurant in here in Tokyo. (It’s gone out-of-business though).


      • metalodyssey April 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

        Pick up “Superunknown” first, then “Badmotorfinger”. “Down On The Upside” is third… then “Louder Than Love” and “Ultramega OK”. Then again, if just one title is only available, buy it and enjoy this band! I am guilty of liking all of their material. 🙂


      • tokyo5 April 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

        I’ll see which of their albums they have and I’ll try to choose “Superunknown” first, if they have it.


  3. Sven April 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    You wanna know which soundtrack I hate? The rock music in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Not that I dislike rock music, but in that context I found it terribly out of place.


    • tokyo5 April 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      I haven’t watched that movie since I don’t really like that type of movie…and I really dislike Sofia Coppola’s movies!

      But I just checked the track listing of the soundtrack online…it includes music by bands like Bow Wow Wow and The Cure. I agree, seems an odd choice for a movie that set in the late 18th century. And I don’t like that type of music either. 😉


  4. gigihawaii April 10, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    I love Broadway musicals — especially Phantom of the Opera. Besides musicals, I tend to like soundtracks to romantic comedies, such as Sleepless in Seattle.


    • tokyo5 April 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      >Phantom of the Opera

      It’s quite famous but I’ve never seen that play…nor listened to the soundtrack.

      >Sleepless in Seattle

      Personally I don’t like “love stories” and I’m not much of a “Tom Hanks fan”. I liked his movies Big, Castaway and The Green Mile, but that’s about it. I don’t understand the popularity of most his other films such as Forrest Gump or The DaVinci Code.


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