The list kicks off with The Monkees‘ 1968 WTF-fest, Head. The film flopped at the box office, which probably had something to do with the poorly structured/non-existent storyline, though its choice of tunes hasn’t gone unnoticed.
With Tupac and Samuel L. Jackson front-and-centre, the 1992 hood classic Juice made it in the list at #23. Lost In Translation was rightfully included, directed by Sofia Coppola, the film put the guitar work of a post-My Bloody Valentine Kevin Shields as the main source of noise.
Coming-of-age masterpiece and the inspiration for Superbad, American Graffiti made it in at #17. It wasn’t just the plight of teenagers that the film caught onto, but their tunes and their dynamic radio show segues, which tastefully broke up the banter in the film as well as its 41-song soundtrack.
Three Beatles-penned soundtracks made it onto the list and we suspect more would have been added had there been room. Magical Mystery Tour and A Hard Day’s Night made the list at #19 and #4 respectively, with Help! declared the greatest soundtrack of all time.
We wonder what Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet did to Rolling Stone to deserve exclusion? You can check out the full list with a cover art gallery below.