The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More
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"Dirty Dancing"
1987
Weeks at No. 1: 18

This soundtrack stems from 1987 box office smash “Dirty Dancing.” It was No. 1 for more than four months, mostly on the shoulders of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." The cut plays during the film’s climax, when actor Patrick Swayze’s Johnny lifts Jennifer Grey's Frances over his head in a dramatic dance sequence.

"Titanic"
1998
Weeks at No. 1: 16

As massive of a hit as James Cameron's "Titanic" film was -- it still resides in the Top 5 highest-grossing U.S. films of all time -- the sweeping romance also produced an unsinkable (see what we did there?) pop single that highlighted its blockbuster soundtrack. Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" was inescapable upon its release, giving the Canadian vocalist the biggest hit of her career as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Despite being the only song on the soundtrack with vocals, "My Heart Will Go On" propelled the "Titanic" soundtrack to sales of 10.2 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Mary Poppins"
1965
Weeks at No. 1: 14

Along with a Best Actress Oscar for Julie Andrews, the whimsical 1964 Disney film earned Academy Awards for Original Music Score and Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee," one of the many standout tracks on the hit soundtrack. Need a pick-me-up? Just take "A Spoonful of Sugar." In search of some tongue-twisting fun? Try "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" on for size. Like the titular character clutching onto her magical umbrella, the "Mary Poppins" soundtrack soared on the Billboard 200 chart, notching 14 weeks at No. 1.

"Exodus"
1961
Weeks at No. 1: 14

This album was from the 1960 film, which focused on the ship that carried Jewish emigrants (Holocaust survivors) from France to British Mandatory Palestine on July 11, 1947. The sullen film was paired with an equally dramatic soundscape, one that top the charts for more than three months.

 

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