Top 10 Best Rock Soundtrack Songs

What are the best rock songs to feature in movie soundtracks? Find out here, but be warned - this playlist is disturbingly awesome.

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What are the best rock soundtrack songs of all time?

That's what we asked UG readers this week.

While the poll was open to all media platforms including video games, it was just movies that made the grade this time. Still, the resulting playlist is fantastic.

So what tracks made it to the top 10?

10) Guns N' Roses "You Could Be Mine" from "Terminator 2"

Back when GNR were in their classic lineup, they were so big that producers for one of the biggest grossing movies of its era called on them to write the official song for its sequel.

9) Tenacious D "The Pick of Destiny" from "The Pick of Destiny"

Tenacious D were once kings, but this movie dropped them in the estimation of many original fans. If anything good came from the film, though, it's this relentless, dramatic concept soundtrack.

8) Steppenwolf "Born to Be Wild" from "Easy Rider"

One of the all-time best road trip songs. When it was first released in 1968, this was about as heavy as music had ever been - and some still credit it as being the original metal song.

7) Paul McCartney & Wings "Live and Let Die" from "Live and Let Die"

You don't have to like classical music to love this track. Outside of the Beatles, it's probably one of McCartney's best works ever, and darn catchy too. Few can capture what Bond is all about, but this song did it better than almost any - apart from that odd little middle eight, perhaps.

6) Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" from "Ghostbusters"

Some of the funkiest synths this side of the Atlantic, but what is this video all about? What's Ray doing under the bed at 1:27? Cheeky!

5) The Pixies "Where's My Mind?" from "Fight Club"

The perfect song to close a flawless movie. Without spoiling the twist for those who are yet to see "Fight Club," let's say it's a powerful moment when the world is about to hit financial collapse and this song kicks in over the credits. Magnificent.

4) Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son" from "Forrest Gump"

This also appeared in "Die Hard 4.0," but it's the timeless "Forrest Gump" and its story of a man stumbling through a career in the US Army and across America that many will remember it.

3) Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" from "Wayne's World"

Believe it or not, actor Mike Myers used to be quite cool. This movie about two dumb rockers helped this old Queen classic shoot back into the charts. It's a shame the humor in this movie didn't endure in the same way Queen does.

2) "Zach's Song" from "School of Rock"

"School of Rock" was a fantastic way to introduce youngsters to the joys of rock, but it proved to be a lot of fun for other family members. If you haven't seen it, you'd be surprised by the calibre of references as Jack Black teaches his students about the best bands ever - there's some underground tips that might even teach you a lesson or two.

1) Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode" from "Back to the Future"

Where better to end than the original rock song? One of the most influential songs of all time - especially if the fantasy of Marty McFly travelling through time and introducing it to an older generation were true.

(Now, all together: "Hey, McFly!")

That's the end of our roundup of the best movie soundtrack songs of all time. What's your favourite, and what would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments, and hit 'like' to share.

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    Fortunate Son should be changed to "Every Vietnam Movie Ever" haha. Good list, glad to see School of Rock getting some rep in here!
    And this! (possibly rh only redeeming part of "Maximum Overdrive", such a craptastic movie)
    Great List. "Johnny B. Goode" performed by Marty in Back to the Future is so iconic.
    Darth Wader
    Pretty good list. Would have liked to have seen "Mad World" from Donnie Darko, "Society" from Into The Wild, and "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop. Oh well, life goes on.
    Totally agree. I would add the INXS song from Donnie Darko, too. Also, I was expecting "Power of Love" for Back to the Future but still, BACK TO THE FUTURE!!
    I'm glad the pixies was on there. I watched the film because the song was in it. It was pretty obvious what was going to be No.1.
    Is there something wrong with me? Cos I think Pick Of Destiny is hilarious!
    I definitely liked the movie better than the soundtrack. The songs are better in context, anyway.
    No, music is not about having fun and enjoying yourself. As a self respecting musician you must remain dignified at all times by locking yourself in your room practicing and regurgitating whatever is approved by the group of music snobs you have decided to swear allegiance to.
    Ehhhhh Mike Myers is still ****ing cool!
    My thoughts exactly, where does UG get the audacity to make outrageous claims that Mike Myers WAS once cool. Myers is the freakin' man.
    And seriously, how is Wayne's world anymore more cheesy and dated than queen? They are both ridiculous, over the top, and proud of it and I know I wouldn't have it any other way.
    It's a shame the humor in this movie didn't endure in the same way Queen does. Agree, what a load of bollocks, Waynes World is still an amazing film!
    Anyone else think this is a better song to represent Terminator 2?
    That film had such a great score too, the music during the chase scenes was so cool, and that main theme is iconic.
    Yes. You Could Be Mine was the first sign that GnR was a one-album-wonder. Well, maybe the second sign - Patience was pretty cheesy too.
    As a collection of songs making up a whole soundtrack, 'Singles' is brilliant. But in terms of individual songs this list is pretty good, imo.
    You Know my Name by Chris Cornell from Casino Royale. After his solo album this was a relief.
    Eddie Vedder's album for the movie Into the Wild was great
    Obviously this is late, but I always thought The End by The Doors was great in Apocalypse Now.
    My first thought was Forty Six and Two, but I think it was only in the trailer for the first Captain America, not the movie itself. Unfortunate.
    I think it was just for the trailer also...I don't recall ever hearing any part of 46&2 in any part of the movie...but I'd have to see if it actually made the soundtrack listing.
    No Eye of the Tiger? not a bad list but a little usrprised at this
    Here's my list: 1. The Perfect Drug 2. The Perfect Drug 3. The Perfect Drug 4. The Perfect Drug 5. The Perfect Drug 6. The Perfect Drug 7. The Perfect Drug 8. The Perfect Drug 9. The Perfect Drug 10. The Perfect Drug
    Van Guff
    I actually really enjoyed Skyfall (by Adele). I did't vote so I'm not going to complain, but I think the song is fantastic. "It's not rock" I hear you saying and yeah it's not. A band called Our Last Night covered the song (youtube it) and it's brilliant!
    No Princess fo th universe T.T thats real soundtrack song and bohemi rhap is just taken from album its not soundtrack
    Great list. Forrest Gump just had an excellent soundtrack throughout the entire movie.
    Hoped Radioheads "Talk show host" would make it... Ah well, at least The pixies made it! IMO there could not be any other song to close off FC.
    No Soul to Squeeze by the Chilis from the Coneheads? Hated the movie, but lets be real about the song.
    I'm not disputing Queen's position in the list, but I do think a more iconic song deserves the spot - I wouldn't call Bo Rhap part of the "soundtrack"... I'd go for The Hero from Flash Gordon or Gimme the Prize (Highlander)... Can't complain though, I didn't vote
    im not disputing queens position in the list, but heres why im disputing queens position on this list....nice logic bro
    It is definitely part of the soundtrack. I think I know what you mean, though, because it wasn't recorded specifically for the movie, but pretty much the whole song is played in that scene. That's more than can be said for pretty much any other song on this list, and if that doesn't qualify it as being part of the soundtrack, I don't know what does. I think this list could have been more interesting if it'd been more about original recordings for films, but in the way it's set up, Bohemian Rhapsody deserves to be there as much as anything.
    The School of Rock scene is great but ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody from Wayne's World? Nahhhhh, great list though
    Songs I would've add to the list: Seasons - Chris Cornell (Singles) Hard Sun - Eddie Vedder (Into The Wild) Leave Me Alone - Jerry Cantrell (Cable Guy) Show Me Your Soul - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Pretty Woman) Clerks - Love Among Freaks (Clerks) Jungle Love - Morris Day & The Time (Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back) Because I Got High - Afroman (Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back) The Keeper - Chris Cornell (Machine Gun Preacher) Kiss From A Rose - Seal (Batman Forever) Destination Anywhere - The Commitments (The Commitments) any song from The Blues Brothers' soundtrack and something from Danny Elfman or Ennio Morricone's scores.
    I liked killing moon by echo and the bunnymen from Donnie darko, man in me by Dylan in big lebowski was awesome too... Waynes world should have got the top spot though
    I didn't even know about this. Whatever. I think "Zack's Song" should've been #1, but my favorite is either "Goofy Goober" from the Spongebob movie, or "Tear It Down" from Battlefield Of The Mind.
    Not a huge fan of the song, but you couldn't turn on MTV in the late 90's and NOT hear this song:
    I clicked on the article expecting to see this at1 or very close. This song use to drive me crazy. All the chavs would listen to it yet have no clue who Aerosmith are.
    Yeah this definitely should be on the list for popularity, even though it too drives me insane.
    I'm upset not to see 1. Stand up and shout from "rockstar" 2. Fever dog from "almost famous" 3. Heavy metal from "heavy metal"
    Pet Semetary by The Ramones?! c'mon! that song and movie is amazing
    Pet Semetary was on part 2 wasnt it...? or was it on both.. its been awhile since i seen any of them...
    pet semetary was on the end credits to the first one and poison heart was on the end of the second movie
    I really dug What the Hell Have I? by Alice in Chains on The Last Action Hero soundtrack