Prince’s “Purple Rain” has been voted Hollywood’s greatest soundtrack by the editors of Vanity Fair, beating out other classics like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Trainspotting” and “Saturday Night Fever.”
The magazine revealed their top 10 soundtracks Wednesday, whittling the list down from 50.
“Purple Rain,” from the 1984 movie of the same name, was described by editors as “a sound that defined the ’80s,” combining “funk, R&B, pop, metal and even psychedelia.”
They also called the film “perhaps the best badly acted film ever.” Prince, at the height of his success in the 1980s, plays a talented young performer dealing with family issues and love.
The magazine’s selection of 50 soundtracks will be explored in a one-off publication titled “Movies Rock” in November, which will feature actor Bill Murray’s impression of Elvis Presley on the cover.
Issues will be sent to subscribers of the 14 titles published by Condé Nast, which also publishes Vanity Fair.
Here is Vanity Fair’s list of the top 10 greatest soundtracks:
1. Purple Rain
2. A Hard Day’s Night
3. The Harder They Come
4. Pulp Fiction
5. The Graduate
8. Saturday Night Fever
9. American Graffiti
10. The Big Chill
To accompany the special magazine issue, Condé Nast is hosting a “Movies Rock” concert on Dec. 2 at Los Angeles’s Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards also take place.
Artists such as Elton John, Carrie Underwood, John Legend and Beyoncé will perform famous music from the movies.
The concert will be broadcast as a two-hour television special on CBS on Dec. 7.