The list of the 10 best movie soundtracks of all time includes albums with some of the most recognizable songs in history. Though ofte taken for granted during the movie, music goes a long way toward setting the tone and atmosphere of a film. Any one of these soundtracks provides great entertainment, both in and out of the movie.

  1. “The Graduate” Folk duo Simon and Garfunkel wrote the music for 1968’s “The Graduate.” One of the best movie soundtracks of all time, it contains some of the couple’s most-recognizable songs, such as "The Sounds of Silence" and “Mrs. Robinson.”

  2. “A Hard Day’s Night" Perhaps it’s cheating a bit to put this on the list of the best movie soundtracks of all time, but this album, the third released by The Beatles, was used as the soundtrack for their movie of the same name. The albums features "A Hard Day's Night" and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” among other greats.

  3. “The Sound of Music” Since its release in 1965, this soundtrack, one of the best movie soundtracks of all time, has sold over 11 million copies. From the classic film of the same name and starring the iconic Julie Andrews, the album features songs that have been played, copied and parodied for decades.

  4. “Saturday Night Fever” The movie that made John Travolta a superstar had one of the best movie soundtracks of all time. It sold 15 million copies and helped keep disco fever alive, helped along, of course, by Travolta’s moves in the film.

  5. “West Side Story” This classic musical contributed many songs to popular culture after its release in 1961 and won a Grammy the year it was released. “America” and “I Feel Pretty” are both immediately recognizable.

  6. “The Wizard of Oz” This movie is deep in the heart of every American and there are few people who can’t sing along with some of the song’s signature songs, such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Judy Garland was young, but had a great set of pipes.

  7. “2001: A Space Odyssey” This film is different from the others on this list in that it represents films with great soundtracks populated with classical music. Powerful songs such as “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss were used in this epic and powerful film.

  8. “Mary Poppins” This Disney classic is the second on this list starring Julie Andrews, a testament to her contributions to movie music. A story about a magical nanny come to help lonely children, she uses songs to brighten things up throughout.

  9. “The Lion King” This 1994 animated classic featured songs from brilliant writers Elton John and Tim Rice, and had a Broadway-esque feel to it, similar to other Disney films of the time. The “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” will live on for many, many years.

  10. “O Brother, Where Art Thou” This soundtrack is from the 2000 movie of the same name and is populated with country, blue grass and folk songs. One of the best movie soundtracks of all time, it won the Grammy for album of the year and has sold nearly eight million copies.