The term soundtrack originated in the 1950s, when film studios decided to release albums as a promotional gimmick for upcoming movies. They then labeled these recordings as “music from the original motion picture soundtrack.” Technically, the music does not come from the “soundtrack” of the film–which would also contain the dialogue and sound effects. Instead, it comes from the music track, but I digress.
Once upon a time, music featured on a soundtrack was always featured in the film. This is not the case anymore and the term soundtrack now most commonly refers to the music used in a movie and on the album sold containing that music. Any music that is featured on the album, but not in the movie, is considered “inspired by” the film.
Choosing the best movie soundtracks songs was not an easy task. In doing so, we found we had enough songs to create separate pages for both James Bond Songs and Disney Songs. So we created a special page for each of them instead of listing them here. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song.