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Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel poses on July 28, 2015 with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney's "Frozen" during "Frozen Summer Fun" at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Menzel took a break from her world tour to visit Walt Disney World Resort. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

Like a lot of people, I’ve loved movies since I was a kid. Before I got into radio, I worked at a movie theater in my hometown of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It was nice to be making some money as a perpetually broke teenager, but I think I truly appreciated that job for the access to free movies.

While snippets of dialogue from our favorite films have a way of staying with us for years, the same can be said of the music. After all, what would a movie be without music? Whether it’s a hit song like Kenny Loggins’ title track from “Footloose” or the dramatic scores composed by John Williams for “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” and the “Indiana Jones” films, music is an integral part of any motion picture.

24/7 Wall Street has compiled data based on the Billboard 200 album chart data to determine the 40 most popular movie soundtracks of all time. Did you know the first movie soundtrack ever released came from Disney’s 1937 animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?” From then on, soundtrack albums grew in popularity, selling exceptionally well in the 1960s. Here are the top 10 overall:

  • 10. “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

    – 137 weeks on Billboard 200, with 24 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees.

  • 9. “High School Musical” (2006)

    – 108 weeks on Billboard 200, with 2 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Breaking Free” by Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens.

  • 8. “O Brother, Where Are Thou?” (2000)

    – 112 weeks on Billboard 200, with 2 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” by The Soggy Bottom Boys, Dan Tyminski.

  • 7. “Frozen” (2013)

    – 178 weeks on Billboard 200, with 13 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel.

  • 6. “My Fair Lady” (1964)

    – 111 weeks on Billboard 200, with 2 weeks at number four.
    – Biggest song: “I Could Have Danced All Night” by Marni Nixon.

  • 5. “Mary Poppins” (1964)

    – 122 weeks on Billboard 200, with 14 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, The Pearlie Chorus.

  • 4. “The Greatest Showman” (2017)

    – 190 weeks on Billboard 200, with 2 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “This Is Me” by Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble.

  • 3. “Doctor Zhivago” (1965)

    – 157 weeks on Billboard 200, with 1 week at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Interior Student Cafe” by Maurice Jarre.

  • 2. “Moana” (2016)

    – 316 weeks on Billboard 200, with 1 week at number two.
    – Biggest song: “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara.

  • 1. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

    – 238 weeks on Billboard 200, with 2 weeks at number one.
    – Biggest song: “Do-Re-Mi” by Angela Cartwright, Charmian Carr, Debbie Turner, Duane Chase, Heather Menzies, Irwin Kosal, Julie Andrews, Kym Karath, Nicholas Hammond

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