We are all in for a treat today as we take a look at the best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl. We have looked at many other great vinyl collections such as our Best Sounding Classic Rock Vinyl article which was a lot of fun, but today we are turning our attention to the silver screen. I love movies and we have actually looked at many projectors here on the site too. What we are looking at today though is a mixture of movies and music and that is something that gets me very excited.
Knowing The “Score”
Before we start there are a couple of things I do want to address with you guys. One is that there is a difference between a movie soundtrack and a movie score. A great example of this is the Guardians of the Galaxy Original Score which is a great album and features the music that was used in the movie. However, you will not find the likes of Hooked On A Feeling which was prominently featured on this album as it is the score only. You do get some albums that have both actual music and the score on them, but this is something you need to keep an eye out for when we are looking for the best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl.
Showing Them Off
I am a collector of many things and one of these was… well still kind of is, is laserdisc. The reason that these appealed to me was the large artwork that would be on a jacket. You just do not get that with a Blu-Ray. I think a huge part of the fun of collecting movie soundtracks is showing them off! The reason I say this is that they usually feature the movie poster on the cover or some original artwork that looks awesome when out on display. Granted, you cannot have a ton of vinyl face on as it takes up a ton of space. What I do is I have a few of these Ilyapa Metal Vinyl Record Shelf Wall Mounts above my turntable and I will have a few of my favorite looking albums sitting on display here. You can have fun by switching them out every once and a while.
The 10 Best Sounding Movie Soundtrack Albums On Vinyl
As is the case with any kind of music guide that I do here on the site. These are all albums that are in my personal collection, albums that I can vouch for and promise you are awesome and well worth adding to your collection. I have to say that this was really hard to narrow down so we may revisit this at a later date!
We are starting with what I consider to be the greatest soundtrack of all time (I am dead serious by the way) The Transformers: The Movie. This album was what inspired me to write this best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl list! To say this album kicks ass is a massive understatement. The main song on here is, of course, The Touch by Stan Bush, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for this album.
While that is the song that gets all of the attention, I would argue that Dare which is also by Stan Bush is the best song from this movie.
The cover artwork is fantastic and this is an album that I will probably rebuy every time they release it. I recently just pre-ordered The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary – Zavvi Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Limited Collectors Edition (which is now the 6th time I have purchased this movie!) so this is a soundtrack that I am very, very familiar with. It is on regular rotation on my phone when I am at the gym and it always gets me jacked up and ready to go. This is a soundtrack that does not get the respect it deserves; it is 80s rock at its very best and it is a must own that even if you do not like The Transformers has to be in your collection.
I will admit that adding Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe Vinyl Edition to our best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl list is a bit of a cheat. You see this is a special release that as well as containing Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol 1 contains the score for the movie as well so you are getting the best of both worlds with this. This is a gorgeous looking record and one that as I write this I have proudly on display above my record player. It is also stacked with some classics from the 70s such as the iconic Hooked on a Feeling I mentioned earlier.
For me, it is I Want You Back by the Jackson 5 that makes me smile when I think of this soundtrack as who can forget little Groot dancing while trying not to be seen by Drax?
I want to add that a couple of Christmases ago my wife got me The Art of Guardians of the Galaxy (which is hard to find now) and the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: The Art of the Movie art books and I love to listen to the movie soundtracks including Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 which is another great album while I am looking at these two fantastic artbooks.
Look, I love the movie Labyrinth, but had I not put this on our list of the best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl my wife would have probably divorced me! To be fair, I actually do think this is a fantastic soundtrack too. The Labyrinth Soundtrack is one of those records that I like to have on display because the album cover looks like the movie poster and that is something which I always think is very cool. This features the incredible work of David Bowie who is just amazing in this movie, I legit could not think of another actor who could have pulled of Jareth the way that he did.
This album is just so much fun to listen to from start to end. Of course, the song that we all know and love is Magic Dance which I would easily put in my top ten movie songs of all time!
I honestly could not tell you how many times we have had this album on in our house. It is an album that always makes my wife smile and whenever we watch the movie (which probably happens once a year) she will want to listen to this record. I will say that the price of this is certainly getting up there, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we are getting very close to a re-release of this album which I assure you I will be picking up!
4. Rock of Ages
I can tell you right now that Rock of Ages is my favorite live stage show that I have ever seen. The wife and I saw it in London a few years back and this guy called Shayne Ward was playing the role of Stacy Jaxx (played by Tom Cruise in the movie) and before the show, I was sure he was going to be terrible, but let me tell you this dude rocked! Having the soundtrack for the Rock of Ages was an absolute no-brainer for me. I grew up in the 80s with parents who were metalheads so these are all songs that I know and love.
The thing with this soundtrack is that you get the versions of these classic rock songs from the actual actors in the movie which is awesome. Tom Cruise is awesome and he and Julian Hough do this kickass rendition of Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi.
Another fun song on here is Hit Me With Your Best Shot which is performed by Catherine Zeta Jones.
This soundtrack is just a ton of fun and I say this as someone who loves the majority of these songs by their original artists.
Next up on our list of the best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl, we have a firm favorite of my sons and that is the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack. I will admit that I am not the biggest modern rap music fan. There are the odd songs I like, but for the most part, I am pretty stuck in my 90s and early 00s ways when it comes to this kind of music. Then my son and I went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and I was blown away by the actual movie, but the soundtrack was just so fitting and fitted the characters and the situations perfectly. I also want to add that the album sleeve for this is awesome and very eye-catching, but some people on Amazon said that when they got this album, it just came in a clear sleeve so that could be something to watch out for.
The first song that you really hear is Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee and while the music video for this song is cool and all, the scene in the movie was great.
It is probably one of my favorite musical scenes in any superhero movie actually. This is just a great album and probably the only “modern” hip hop album that I can see myself buying… unless the sequel to this movie also has a fantastic soundtrack of course. I know I already did this with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this is another movie where I love to look at the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -The Art of the Movie while I listen to the album. This artbook is available for under 20 bucks and it is an essential purchase if you have the album if you ask me!
6. Forrest Gump
32 American Classics on 2 LPs is how they describe the Forrest Gump Soundtrack. This is actually a recent addition to my collection. After not seeing the movie for years, I picked up the Forrest Gump 4K as it was on special offer on Amazon. I forgot how good the movie was and also how awesome the soundtrack was. With songs taken from different parts of Forrest’s life, the soundtrack adds a real air of authenticity to the movie. This soundtrack is very, very special and I would argue one of the more underrated ones out there.
My favorite song on this album is Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival which is featured when Forrest and Bubba are arriving for their tour of Vietnam.
With Elvis, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more, it truly is like a collection of some of the greatest American artists and bands of all time. I legit watched the movie, then went straight on Amazon to buy the vinyl which I was very happy to see was not super expensive!
I know you are thinking how can a guy that says he loves rock music and rap have the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack on his list of best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl? Well, I have a very interesting history with this movie, my mother and sister loved it back in the 80s so I saw it a few times as a kid. My wife also loves the movie, actually, as I write this I have a Funko POP! Johnny figure over my shoulder. My niece also loves this movie so it is a movie that has been a big part of my life.
What I love about the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing is that it captures the era the movie is set in perfectly. She’s Like The Wind by Patrick Swayze is just amazing, a truly awesome ballad.
Such a shame we lost him far too soon as he was such a talented man. It is just truly a great album and one that I feel has to be in a collection if you are trying to get the best movie soundtracks. One other thing I want to mention about this is that Netflix did an episode about Dirty Dancing as part of their The Movies That Made Us series and it is fantastic. It will not just give you more appreciation for the movie and the people that made it, but the soundtrack as well.
Before I saw The Greatest Showman I was already a massive fan of Hugh Jackman thanks to his work in the X-Men Movie Franchise. I knew that he did work on the stage before making the transition to Hollywood, but it was not until this movie that I realized just how talented and amazing he was. No best sounding movie soundtrack albums on vinyl list could be complete without The Greatest Showman Soundtrack on it! My favorite song on this album is The Other Side by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. These two have fantastic chemistry and it is not just my favorite song, but my favorite scene from the movie as well.
This is one of those albums that when I put it on, I always put it on with the intent of listening to it from start to end. I am such a big fan of this that I actually have the CD version as well in my car. I do also want to take a moment to mention The Greatest Showman Reimagined which is another fantastic album. This features songs from the movie sung by other artists. My favorite track being A Million Dreams by Pink and this is coming from someone who is not a massive Pink fan, but she absolutely nails this song and the fact she got her daughter on here with her is really sweet.
Not only is The Lost Boys the greatest vampire movie ever made, but The Lost Boys Soundtrack is also fantastic. I am still waiting for them to release this movie on 4K, what the heck is taking so long! To start with this album cover for this is very interesting. At first glance, it looks so plain and boring, but I think it is cool. It has a very not trying very hard kind of thing going on and with the logo from the movie and then a list of the artists in a kind of blood red color, it is very eye-catching indeed.
One of the most memorable songs is I Still Believe from Tim Cappello which features a kick ass saxophone solo.
The main theme from the movie, Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann is a truly haunting piece of music that captures the movie perfectly.
That is what I love about this album, each song that is on here fits the vibe and style of the movie perfectly. I really hope that we get a new version of this at some point with a fancy record and jacket!
Last, but by no means least we have the incredible Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Soundtrack which is a very underrated movie and soundtrack! The movie has started to develop a bit of a cult following which is awesome. I enjoyed the books and think that they did a good job with the movie too. This is a great album to have in your collection as it comes on three different colored discs which are very cool and collectible. This movie has a very punk rock kind of soundtrack and that is captured very well here on this album.
There are some great tracks on here with We are sex Bob-omb by the band from the movie, kicking this album off perfectly.
All of the songs that are done by Sex Bob-omb from the movie are great and the main reason that this album is worth having in my opinion. These songs were done by Beck who I am a huge fan of. Before you get this album, I highly recommend that you check out the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie first. It will give you much more appreciation for the music, especially the stuff Beck did for it, but also this is a very fun, weird, and awesome movie that is well worth your time. You can get the 4K version of it for like 15 bucks and it comes packaged with the Blu-Ray!