span style="font-weight: bold;">8. 'Garden State' (2004)

Highlights: 'New Slang' by the Shins, 'Such Great Heights' by Iron & Wine

Why It's a Hit: Zach Braff felt so strongly about the songs that would work in his writer-director debut that he actually wrote them into the screenplay. The result is a melancholic, hopeful masterpiece of a soundtrack that helped make indie music mainstream, propelled the Shins to stardom and won Braff a Grammy for Best Compilation for a Motion Picture. Not bad for a Jersey boy.

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7. 'Superfly' (1972)

Highlights: 'Freddie's Dead,' 'Pusherman' and 'Superfly' by Curtis Mayfield

Why It's a Hit: This blaxploitation film may have been about a coke dealer trying to escape the game, but you can't escape the irresistible funk/R&B hooks and grooves of Curtis Mayfield's pulsating soundtrack -- nor should you want to. It's one of the few soundtracks in history to gross more money than the movie itself. Take that, pusherman.

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6. 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)

Highlights: 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Can't Buy Me Love,' 'If I Fell' and 'I Should Have Known Better' by the Beatles

Why It's a Hit: So iconic is this album, many people forget that it's a soundtrack at all. But indeed, all eight original songs (plus four instrumentals) on the U.S. version are from the Beatles' first movie, and every single one remains a classic, from that memorable opening chord to the wistful harmonies of 'If I Fell.'

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5. 'The Graduate' (1968)

Highlights: 'Mrs. Robinson,' 'Sound of Silence' by Simon & Garfunkel

Why It's a Hit: With an album full of hits by Simon & Garfunkel, including the original commissioned song 'Mrs. Robinson,' this soundtrack (peppered throughout with jazzy instrumental numbers by Dave Grusin) skyrocketed to the top of the charts and made the folk duo household names.

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4. 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' (2000)

Highlights: 'I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow' by the Soggy Bottom Boys, 'Oh Death' by Ralph Stanley

Why It's a Hit: American folk music enjoyed a huge renaissance in 2000 thanks to the Coen Brothers' Depression-era comedy, which was based on Homer's 'Odyssey' (naturally) and featured George Clooney lip-synching his heart out. The album went platinum seven times over and won three Grammys, including Album of the Year. Dapper Dan men everywhere rejoiced.

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3. 'Purple Rain' (1984)

Highlights: 'When Doves Cry,' 'I Would Die 4 U,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince

Why It's a Hit: It was Prince's brilliant film debut -- and we're not referring to his acting. Though the movie was a hit, it was nowhere near the sensation of the accompanying album. At once funky, sexy and totally rockin', the LP, billed to Prince and the Revolution (except 'Take Me With U,' which included Apollonia), was nothing short of revolutionary and regularly ranks as one of the best albums of all time.

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2. 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)

Highlights: 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees, 'Disco Inferno' by the Trammps

Why It's a Hit: This epic collection defined the Bee Gees as they ushered in the disco era, and it quickly became the best-selling album of all time, only giving up the throne to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in 1984. Three decades and hits like 'Staying Alive,' 'Night Fever' and 'Disco Inferno' later, the double LP remains a commercial goldmine.

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1. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

Highlights: 'Misirlou' by Dick Dale, 'You Never Can Tell' by Chuck Berry, 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon' by Urge Overkill

Why It's a Hit: Eclectic doesn't begin to describe this collection of surf tunes, soul and funk classics and, of course, memorable clips of dialogue from the film. Where else can you find 'Son of a Preacher Man,' 'Jungle Boogie' and Samuel L. Jackson reciting Bible verses on the same CD?

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