The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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

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'Boogie Nights' (1997)

Boogie Nights
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Boogie Nights weaved great songs from the disco and soft-rock Seventies and the MTV early Eighties into a mixtape that flowed just as seamlessly as the film's sumptuous tracking shots. Tracks like Walter Egan's "Magnet and Steel" and the Commodores' "Machine Gun" perfectly punched the nostalgia buttons of late Nineties twentysomethings with vague memories of hearing them in the back of their parents' station wagons. Boogie Nights used some of these songs so well they're now inextricably linked to the movie. Whenever Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" comes on at happy hour, you can almost smell freebase sweat and firecracker smoke.

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