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Purple Rain is 'best soundtrack'
Purple Rain spent 24 weeks at number one in the US chart
Prince's Purple Rain has been named as the greatest soundtrack of all-time in a US magazine writers' poll.

It topped a list of 50 compiled by the editors of Vanity Fair magazine for a one-off publication called Movies Rock.

They called it a combination of "funk, R&B, pop, metal, and even psychedelia into a sound that defined the '80s".

But they described the film itself, released in 1984, as "perhaps the most badly-acted ever". The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night was number two on the list.

The reggae soundtrack to 1972 movie The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, was third, ahead of Pulp Fiction and The Graduate.

1. Purple Rain
2. A Hard Day's Night
3. The Harder They Come
4. Pulp Fiction
5. The Graduate
6. Superfly
7. Trainspotting
8. Saturday Night Fever
9. American Graffiti
10. The Big Chill
Source: Movies Rock/Vanity Fair

Trainspotting, the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel, was seventh.

Saturday Night Fever made eighth place, with the magazine calling its soundtrack "required listening for anyone looking to heat up the dancefloor".

"The white suit? Not so much," they added, referring to the outfit worn by star John Travolta.

Superfly, American Graffiti and The Big Chill also made the top 10.

The magazine is to launch alongside a US TV special about the stars, directors and musicians behind the movies in December.

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