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.

Top 10 Best Rock Soundtrack Songs
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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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    rockfreak611
    Fortunate Son should be changed to "Every Vietnam Movie Ever" haha. Good list, glad to see School of Rock getting some rep in here!
    florence007
    And this! (possibly rh only redeeming part of "Maximum Overdrive", such a craptastic movie)
    TaV0
    Great List. "Johnny B. Goode" performed by Marty in Back to the Future is so iconic.
    fugazimats
    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.
    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.
    Dimarzio45
    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!!
    CollyOBrien
    Is there something wrong with me? Cos I think Pick Of Destiny is hilarious!
    dewitt
    I definitely liked the movie better than the soundtrack. The songs are better in context, anyway.
    latinromans
    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.
    Darrenmce
    Ehhhhh Mike Myers is still ****ing cool!
    Shadow914
    My thoughts exactly, where does UG get the audacity to make outrageous claims that Mike Myers WAS once cool. Myers is the freakin' man.
    latinromans
    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.
    FenderMaster
    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!
    Hydra150
    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.
    ScottK7
    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.
    USCENDONE BENE
    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.
    QuasarPhil
    You Know my Name by Chris Cornell from Casino Royale. After his solo album this was a relief.
    SR7s
    Eddie Vedder's album for the movie Into the Wild was great
    Holoogamooga
    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.
    Noob_Brood
    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.
    Faustus333
    Obviously this is late, but I always thought The End by The Doors was great in Apocalypse Now.