The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More

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This Friday (May 10) will mark the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed incarnation of book-based classic “The Great Gatsby.” Ahead of its theatrical debut, today (May 7) the effort’s soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby,” hits stores. Acclaimed rapper Jay-Z functions as executive music producer of the set, gathering up artists like Fergie, Emeli Sande and Lana Del Rey for both covers and original cuts.

How Great Will the "Gatsby" Soundtrack Be?

Putting so much money into an album of its kind is risky. But it could make a big splash on the Billboard 200 next week, which got us thinking: It’s been a while since a soundtrack has hit the charts hard and had staying power. Below, take a look at the soundtracks that spent the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

"West Side Story"
Weeks at No. 1: 54

Remember when Adele's "21" spent a staggering 24 weeks at No. 1 to become one of the best-selling albums of all time? That run didn't even equal half of what the "West Side Story" soundtrack was able to accomplish upon its release in 1962. With timeless stage compositions like "I Feel Pretty," "Maria" and "Jet Song," the Bernstein-Sondheim collaboration spent a mind-boggling 54 weeks in the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart -- still a record today, and one that is likely to stand in place for years.

"South Pacific"
Weeks at No. 1: 31

The 1958 album was based on the acclaimed World War II musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and is highlighted by the sullen, yet joyous “There is Nothing Like a Dame," where the guys both celebrate and miss the women they’ve left for battle.  

"Saturday Night Fever"
Weeks at No. 1: 24

Though they weren’t the only act featured on the album, which supported the John Travolta-starring disco-era movie, the Bee Gees are undoubtedly the stars of the set. “How Deep is Your Love,” “Night Fever” and, of course, “Stayin’ Alive” made this effort a classic.

"Purple Rain"
Weeks at No. 1: 24

Prince’s semi-autobiographical flick inspired arguably one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. Marking the peak of his ascension to pop royalty, “Purple Rain” features several hits, including the introspective jam “When Doves Cry.”

"The Bodyguard"
Weeks at No. 1: 20

Six years after Whitney Houston lost the Album of the Year award at the Grammys with her "Whitney" album, the superstar captured the trophy as the lead artist on the staggeringly successful soundtrack to her film "The Bodyguard." What could have been perceived as a Kevin Costner vehicle was actually a showcase for Houston's monumental voice and some of her most unforgettable hits -- "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing," and of course, "I Will Always Love You." That final sequence in the film gave audiences chills, and compelled them to keep the "Bodyguard" soundtrack at No. 1 for five months.

"Blue Hawaii"
Weeks at No. 1: 20

Elvis Presley's most iconic soundtrack doubles as one of the most successful album releases of the 1960s. Taken from the superstar's film of the same name, the "Blue Hawaii" compilation is highlighted by breezy tracks like "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Rock-A-Hula Baby." Earlier in 1961, Presley tossed out another No. 1 album -- the studio set "Something for Everybody" included songs like "Sentimental Me" and "Starting Today."

"Dirty Dancing"
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.

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"
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.

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.