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A great movie needs a lot of things. It needs a plot that draws you in. Characters you can relate to and fall in love with. Perhaps a sedately steamy love scene like Leonardo DiCaprio in that car on the Titanic. And most importantly it needs a song or two that, eventually, become the real reason you rewatch the film, over and over and over.

Within the rarefied atmosphere of movie soundtracks, the typical constraints on musical tastes are no where to be seen. This is you chance to indulge your love for 80s kitsch. There's no shame in knowing all the words (and harmonies) to a power ballad if it's from a classic movie. It might even be a decent excuse to break into spontaneous dance or, less justifiably, rap.

A well picked soundtrack song can truly be the making of a film. Arguably, Rocky owes its success and extensive list of sequels not to Sly Stallone's boxing prowess but to the opening chords of Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger'.

The Drew Barrymore-starring Charlie's Angels cinematic experiment was all well and good, but could it honestly be said to have hit the empowering heights of Destiny's Child's 'Independent Woman Pt 1', taken from its soundtrack?

And as much as 8 Mile might've been a seminal movie moment, what do you remember more? Rabbit's struggle to leave the trailer park, or Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'?

Sometimes a soundtrack single finds itself in perfect unison with the mood of its film. Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' couldn't have been more in sync with The Breakfast Club's sense of uplifting adolescent rebellion. Kenny Loggins' 'Danger Zone' was the exact blend of camp jubilance and thrill seeking bravado Top Gun needed. Adele's sweeping Bond theme was the perfect fit for the franchise's 23rd edition.

And although you might not want to admit it, more people will know a film's classic musical accompaniment than have seen the actual film. It's true, it's true.

Everyone knows 'I Will Always Love You', and has unashamedly belted it out at an office Christmas party, but have they all seen The Bodyguard? Most people can recite at least a decent portion of 'Theme From Shaft', but who can walk us through the movie's plot? Like it or not, Steppenwolf's 'Born To Be Wild' is far more evocative of the free-loving 60s than Easy Rider.

A great movie needs lots of things. But the thing that stays with you the longest is a great film's great music.

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