I watch VH1 sometimes when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m on the treadmill, and last night they had this special on the top 20 soundtracks. They let people vote online to make up the list. As soon as I hear the title of the show, I figured I had the top 10 figured out. They would include Top Gun, The Bodyguard, Purple Rain, and defiantly Saturday Night Fever.
I was certain that Saturday Night Fever would be #1. I figured it sold a shit load of copies, and half the damn album was hit singles back then. I put Purple Rain in at #2, and The Bodyguard somewhere in the top 5 because it had the most successful single from any soundtrack.
But something weird happened. As I was ready to turn off the TV and head to bed, I had to stop and watch. Saturday Night Fever came in at something like #5! And Purple Rain was even lower on the list. For a minute my mind started racing and coming up with other soundtracks that may have beat it out. I was thinking 8 Mile, Garden State, The GraduateÃ¢â‚¬ ¦ Then it hit me; they took votes on the Web. So I quickly thought of what would be the most cult soundtrack on the on the Web. Spinal Tap was already played, so that was ruled out. The next best betÃ¢â‚¬ ¦Rocky Horror Picture Show. I love being right.
The cool part is that before the hot chick even said who was #1, she confirmed that a fan site of RHPS linked to the voting and skewed the numbers a bit. That kind of puts a new spin on things when you think about it. Rocky Horror surely didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t produce a lot of hit singles, and I doubt the sales have come anywhere close to a Purple Rain or Saturday Night Fever, but when it comes to people feeling strongly about it, no other soundtrack could hold itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own against it. I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty cool.