The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

From 'Easy Rider' to 'A Hard Day's Night'

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'American Graffiti' (1973)

American Graffiti
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George Lucas tapped his memories of growing up in early Sixties California for one of the greatest teen coming-of-age movies of all time, exploring America's Fifties hangover – the time just before the Beatles and the Kennedy assassination shattered its allusions. The 41-song soundtrack culled classic rock and roll (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly) and doo-wop ("I Only Have Eyes For You," "Come Go With Me"), tied together with radio show-style segues from wildman DJ Wolfman Jack – a pretty post-modern idea in 1973.

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