The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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

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'24 Hour Party People' (2002)
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21. '24 Hour Party People' (2002)

As you'd expect from a film about the birth of Factory Records and the 1970s-1980s Manchester scene, this soundtrack draws an arc from punk rock (the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.," the Clash's "Janie Jones," the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)") to the early MDMA-powered days of acid house and its initial rave mutations (Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body," Happy Mondays' "Loose Fit"). The pivot point, and the set's soul, is the music of Joy Division and New Order, which sounds more warm-blooded in this context than on any of their LPs.

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