In the latest of Rolling Stone magazine's obsession with lists posted Sept. 2, it ranked “The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time” and named the Beatles' “Help!” as No. 1. The Beatles had three spots on the list that also included the soundtracks for “A Hard Day's Night” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”
It's curious that none of the Beatles albums on the list were actually soundtracks in the various forms they were released in around the world. The U.S. versions of "Help!" and "A Hard Day's Night," containing orchestral music from the films, were, while the British versions, now the ones most generally available on CD, added extra Beatles songs that weren't in the movies.
In addition, "Magical Mystery Tour," was originally released as two extended-play records in the UK containing only movie songs, but a 12-inch album in the U.S. with extra non-movie songs. A later UK release expanded "MMT" into an album matching the U.S. version and is the version available on CD now. Neither “Yellow Submarine” or “Let It Be” made Rolling Stone's rankings.
Among the others on the top 10 were “Purple Rain” with Prince at No. 2, “The Harder They Come With Jimmy Cliff at No. 3, “A Hard Day's Night at Nov. 4, the huge hit “Saturday Night Fever” with the Bee Geets at No. 5, “Super Fly” with Curtis Mayfield at No. 6 and the wonderful “O Brother Where Art Thou” at No. 10,
Bubbling under the top 10 was “Easy Rider” with music by the Byrds at No. 14, “The Graduate” (mostly with music by Simon & Garfunkel) at No. 16, the soundtrack to “American Graffiti” at No. 17 and “Magical Mystery Tour” at No. 19.
The final choice, The Monkees' “Head” at No. 25, was an interesting pick considering Rolling Stone's has ignored the Monkees as inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame citing them as a TV act. Maybe they're a real group after all, Rolling Stone?
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