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Purple Rain named greatest film soundtrack

Purple Rain

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCE’S Purple Rain is the greatest film soundtrack of all time, according to Vanity Fair.

The combination of “funk, R&B, pop, metal and even psychedelia” produced a sound that defined an era, according to the one-off publication, Movies Rock.

However, the fiom itself, released in 1984 and starring Prince himself, was described as “perhaps the most badly acted ever”.

The Purple Rain soundtrack contains some of Prince’s biggest and most enduring hits, including the title track and When Doves Cry.

It beat The Beatles’ A Hard Days’ Night into second place and The Harder They Come, which featured a reggae soundtrack, into third.

Pulp Fiction was fourth, The Graduate fifth and Trainspotting, the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Walsh’s novel, was seventh.

Incredibly, Saturday Night Fever only made eighth place on the list of 50, even though the magazine described its soundtrack as “required listening for anyone looking to heat up the dancefloor”.

Superfly, American Graffiti and The Big Chill rounded off the top 10.

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