The 20 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2018

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top 20 soundtracks of 2018

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out extremely fast. Two members of Radiohead make appearances on this list, and we also have two soundtracks for the same film franchise -- the original film and its later update. Music for television is becoming popular too, and we have 2 such soundtracks on our list.

Read on to see our 20 best selling soundtracks of 2018 and find out what made each release so special.

The shape of water soundtrack

20. Alexandre Desplat - The Shape of Water [OST]
Release Date: CD on 12/8/17, LP on 10/5/18

Guillermo del Toro's lush fantasy romanceThe Shape of Water won big at the 2018 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. It's no surprise that this soundtrack made our top 20 best selling soundtacks of the year.

Halloween 40th anniversary soundtrack

19. John Carpenter - Halloween (1978) [40th Anniversary Transparent Orange Vinyl] [Score]
Release Date: LP on 10/26/18

Just in time for Halloween, the classic horror soundtrack arrived in a new 40th anniversary edition, complete with transparent orange color vinyl and a terrifying cover.

Mandy soundtrack

18. Johann Johannsson - MANDY [OST]
Release Date: LP on 9/25/18, CD on 10/19/18

The late Johannsson's final score, the MANDY soundtrack fires up the black metal, doom drone, and experimental ambiance. Featuring Sunn O))) guitarist Stephen O'Malley, the music swings from despair to sudden warmth and even dips into electronic for the last piece, appealing to a wide range of music lovers.

the dark crystal 35th anniversary soundtrack

17. Trevor Jones - The Dark Crystal [35th Anniversary Purple Smoke Vinyl] [OST]
Release Date: LP on 1/12/18

For its 35th anniversary, the otherworldly soundtrack of The Dark Crystal was released on ;lovely, transparent purple color vinyl with purple smoke. A master of epic and fantasy soundscapes, Trevor Jones beautifully fleshed out Jim Henson's marvelous, dark fairy tale world.

Akira soundtrack

16. Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite [OST]
Release Date: CD on 9/15/17, LP on 9/29/17

The music of 1988's riveting Akira was composed by Dr. Shoji Yamashiro of the collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi, who was given almost total freedom by director Otomo. Inspired by symphonic choral works, Japanese theater music, Indonesian folk and prog rock, the remastered soundtrack is boisterous and brutal.

Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack

15. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody [OST]
Release Date: CD on 10/19/18

Bohemian Rhapsody was a reminder of how excellent rock biopics can be, as well as an excellent excuse to round up favorites from Queen's beloved catalog, and pair them with unreleased tracks and live recordings from their legendary 1985 Live Aid concert.

guardians of the galaxy 2 soundtrack

14. Various Artists - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 [OST]
Release Date: CD on 4/28/18, LP on 8/11/18

The Guardians of the Galaxy films have become synonymous with feel-good, upbeat soundtracks, especially since the music is tied into the lead character's origin story. Featuring '70s classics from artists like ELO, Cheap Trick, and Sam Cooke, Vol. 2's soundtrack is a groovy celebration.

Twin Peaks limited event series soundtrack 13. Various Artists - Twin Peaks - Music from the Limited Series [Score]
Release Date: CD on 9/8/18, LP on 9/22/18

Twin Peaks' 18-episode return, set 25 years after the original series' ending, was an exciting television event in 2017. The new soundtrack features original composer Angelo Badalamenti, as well as Chromatics, Muddy Magnolias, and David Lynch himself, among others.
Stranger Things soundtrack season 1 & 2

12. Various Artists - Stranger Things: Music From Season 1 & 2 [OST]
Release Date: CD on 10/27/18, LP on 12/15/17

The hit Netflix series spawned several in-demand versions of its soundtrack and its synthy score. This one collects the '80s pop hits and post-punk favorites that brought the show's retro setting to life, and includes clips of dialogue from the beloved characters.

Evil Dead A Nightmare Reimagined soundtrack

11. Joe LoDuca - Evil Dead: A Nightmare Reimagined [Score]
Release Date: 7/27/18

Joe LoDuca brought a live quintet to Amoeba for his in-store performance of selections from the stunning A Nightmare Reimagined. Part of Evil Dead's cult status comes from its legendary original score, and LoDuca went back to the drawing board to fully re-record and expand it into something completely new and exciting.

Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack

10. Hans ZimmerBenjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 [OST]
Release Date: CD out 11/17/17, LP out 12/22/17

It's quite a task to score the sequel to a cult favorite like the original Blade Runner, but Zimmer and Wallfisch surpassed themselves in recreating the chilly ambiance of that familiar world, which certainly played a part in 2049's great reception.

Blade Runner soundtrack

9. Vangelis - Blade Runner [OST]
Release Date: 1/16/18

The classic hypnotic soundtrack for Blade Runner received a new vinyl release this year and was quickly snatched up by sci-fi fans and electronic/ambient fans alike. The music is just as evocative and mesmerizing today as it was in 1982.

Drive Soundtrack

8. Cliff Martinez - Drive [Gold Vinyl] [OST]
Release Date: 10/23/17

The Drive ;soundtrack continues to gain new fans with its perfect blend of night-drive pop songs from groups like Desire and College, and Cliff Martinez’s dark ambient score. The opaque gold color vinyl release was a special treat.

Baby Driver soundtrack

7. Various Artists - Baby Driver [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP on 6/23/17

Packed with classics across the board by artists like The Beach Boys, The Damned, Barry White, The Commodores, and Young MC, 2017's Baby Driver soundtrack is perhaps the most eclectic and fun in recent times, reflecting the film's fast pace and seemingly effortless style.

Phantom Thread 6. Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread [OST]
Release Date: CD out 2/9/18, LP out 4/20/18

The first album on the list composed by a member of the talented Radiohead, the Phantom Thread soundtrack is like the film in that it's ravishing and romantic, ruthless and unrelenting. Greenwood continues to evolve as an accomplished film composer.

Black Panther soundtrack the album

5. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album [OST]
Release Date: CD out 2/9/18, LP out 5/11/18

The Kendrick Lamar-curated soundtrack features artists like SZA, The Weeknd, Jorja Smith, Vince Staples, Khalid, and Lamar himself, making this a R&B/hip hop super album that feels like its own event outside of the blockbuster smash hit.

A Star Is Born soundtrack

4. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born (2018) [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP out 10/5/18

Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut with a remake of A Star Is Born starring himself and the one and only Lady Gaga. They opted to forego rehashing the songs of its previous iterations and instead provided an entirely new soundtrack, featuring contributions by Mark Ronson, Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, and of course, Gaga herself.

cHalloween 2018 soundtrack 3. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies - Halloween (2018) [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP out 10/19/18

The Horror Master himself returned to his Halloween roots with the soundtrack to the new Halloween film, this time working with his recent collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter (who is his son). The trio visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special soundtrack signing just a few days before Halloween and fans were especially excited to about a limited edition pumpkin orange color LP.

Thom Yorke Suspiria soundtrack

2. Thom Yorke - Suspiria (2018) [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP out 10/16/18

The Radiohead frontman's first film score was one of our best sellers this year and the second entry by a Radiohead member on this list. Goblin's original Suspiria soundtrack has already staked its claim as an arty, darkly beautiful classic and Thom Yorke's compositions for the Luca Guadagnino remake pay effective tribute to the film’s history, its moody horror, and dark fairytale nature.

Call Me By Your Name soundtrack

1. Various Artists - Call Me By Your Name [OST]
Release Date: CD out 11/17/17; 4 LP versions out Jan/Feb/March/August 2018

The Call Me By Your Name soundtrack was a juggernaut in 2018. Not only did the best-selling album of the year feature music by Sufjan Stevens, Giorgio Moroder, and The Psychedelic Furs, but ;fueling the excitement were multiple limited color vinyl pressings, including an Amoeba exclusive yellow LP and a peach scented edition.


Check out more of our Best of 2018 lists here.

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