Vanity Fair is so inspired by what we do [riiiiiight] they are putting out an one-time issue called "Movies Rock" where they will reveal their subjective editorial picks for the Top 50 Soundtracks of All Time.
Number one of their list is The Artist Formerly Known, or still known as Prince's "Purple Rain." The issue comes out in November and is only available to those that subscribe to VF (hey, Kamp, can you loan us a copy? ;)
The Purple one's soundtrack was named number one on VF's list despite the editors calling the film "perhaps the best badly acted film ever."
The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" came in at number deux and the classic reggae score to the Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" was voted third. Unsurprisingly, baby-boomer friendly soundtracks to "American Graffiti" and "The Big Chill" rounded out the top 10. Blaxploitation was represented by Curtis Mayfield's wah-wah pedal abusing "Superfly" score (and not Issac Hayes' "Shaft") and Simon & Garfunkle's anti-dramatic folk score to "The Graduate" also found its place among the list. Younger audiences with less memory and retention will be happy to know "Trainspotting" and "Pulp Fiction" also made the illustrious 10.
Fans of "Grease," "Rushmore," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Boogie Nights" and "The Biggest Little Whorehouse In Texas" are said to be blogging their "WTF!?" responses as we speak. This is the part of the blog post where we're supposed to encourage you to post your
bitchings thoughts in the comments section, but keep in mind there will be 40 more soundtracks on their list and it's only their opinion(s).
Update from Billboard - there's going to be a "Movies That Rock" concert on December 2 at the Kodak Theatre in L.A.:
Beyonce will sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz," while Carrie Underwood will tackle the title number from "The Sound of Music." Other pairings on tap include Jennifer Hudson on "Goldfinger," Fergie on "Live and Let Die," Mary J. Blige and John Legend on "As Time Goes By" and Elton John on music from animated films.Sounds kind of retarded, actually.
The top 10 list as deemed by Vanity Fair is as follows:
01. "Purple Rain"
02. "A Hard Day's Night"
03. "The Harder They Come"
04. "Pulp Fiction"
05. "The Graduate"
08. "Saturday Night Fever"
09. "American Graffiti"
10. "The Big Chill"
Jimmy Cliff - "The Harder They Come"
Prince "When Doves Cry"