If movies were judged on their soundtracks alone then Purple Rain or Singles might beat out critically acclaimed films like Citizen Kane on all time lists of the best movies. No matter how good a soundtrack is, and let’s face it Purple Rain was epic, it still can’t make up for some incredibly bad acting. Prince’s masterpiece isn’t the only piece of film with a fantastic soundtrack. Let’s have a look at some incredible soundtracks from bad movies.
- Saturday Night Fever
So disco may not be your favorite style of music but this soundtrack put together by the Bee Gees capture the 70’s like nothing else…not even the leisure suit. With hits like “Stayin Alive” and “Disco Inferno” personify the decade with its dance floor moves as an average guy tries to make it in the big city. As a movie, the acting and direction were terrible but as a soundtrack it spend more than 20 years holding the title of best-selling soundtrack of all time.
- Reality Bites
If were ever an angst ridden member of Generation X in the 90’s then you probably owned a copy of the soundtrack to Reality Bites. The soundtrack mixes the old with the new featuring tracks from Lisa Loeb, Crowded House and The Knack.
- City of Angels
This was hands down one of the cheesiest movies of the 90’s and Nicholas Cage’s acting skills are nothing to write home about, the soundtrack is something else. Filled with hits like “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, “Uninvited” by Alannis Morrisette and the gut wrenching “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, makes the movie almost worth watching…or you could just grab the soundtrack.
- I am Sam
This movie wasn’t as bad as the others on the list and Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning are both critically acclaimed thespians, but the soundtrack is SO MUCH better than the film itself. Penn couldn’t secure the rights to the original Beatles songs for the soundtrack so instead there are some pretty impressive covers, including Rufus Wainwright’s “Across the Universe” and Eddie Vedder’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”.
- The Bodyguard
You simply can’t have a list like this one without mentioning “The Bodyguard”. The Dolly Parton cover made famous by Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” is played at on talent shows and at weddings everywhere. This was the soundtrack that finally supplanted “Staying Alive” as the best-selling soundtrack of all time, while the movie was less than impressive.