If you’re nostalgic for one of the most iconic and quotable movies of all time, we’ve got you covered with the best Back To The Future movie songs ranked!
What more could you want than a time-travelling DeLorean, a zany professor stealing plutonium, a paradoxical plot to save Marty’s future self and a classic story of standing up against a violent bully? Well, what about an incredible powerhouse of a soundtrack spanning the Fifties through the Eighties? Great Scott!
Keep reading to find out which Back To The Future movie songs from the soundtrack come top of our list – in reverse order, naturally. Buckle up and strap in because where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Here are the best Back To The Future movies songs ranked.
10. Time Bomb Town by Lindsey Buckingham
This is a bit of an odd song. We only hear it for about eight seconds at the start of the film when Marty’s alarm goes off and we pan to see him sleeping in his clothes. It’s very Eighties but generally sounds like a lot of breathing and groaning.
This flamenco-style Eighties tune feels a little out of place when you listen to the soundtrack as a whole. This isn’t one of the top Back To The Future movies songs. Perhaps we should leave this one in the past?
9. Back To The Future Overture by The Outatime Orchestra
The Outatime Orchestra is marketing brilliance, while this tune is a tour de force of musical motifs from the film. Hardcore fans will have this saved on their Spotify when they want to reminisce. However, a run time of 8:18 may put off more casual fans.
All in all it’s a brilliant piece of orchestration but doesn’t quite beat the simplicity of the Back To The Future theme itself.
8. The Wallflower by Etta James
Etta James is a music icon. She performed many styles including jazz, R&B, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel. This song is heard in the diner and creates the perfect Fifties atmosphere that’s so alien to Marty.
Although this is a gorgeously sung and produced song it fails to stand out in the movie and doesn’t quite hit the heights of James’ brilliant I’d Rather Go Blind and Something’s Got A Hold On Me.
7. Heaven Is One Step Away by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a rock icon and the only person to be inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame three times. This catchy song fits the movie well but it isn’t one of his most gripping tunes. The feel is reminiscent of The Police and works well to complement Marty’s laid-back youthful attitude.
6. Night Train by Marvin Berry & The Starlighters
Jazz was hugely popular in the Fifties, with stars such as Miles Davis. His album Kind Of Blue hit the charts in 1959. This song makes you want to dance. The saxophone is sensual and sultry and sets the scene for a dance that could change Marty’s life and the lives of his parents.
5. Back In Time by Huey Lewis And The News
Back In Time’s lyric “is this the Fifties or 1999?” is a perfect fit for Back To The Future. This is one of the most under-rated songs on the soundtrack, with a combination of Eighties synth, power chords and gravelly vocals. The song itself is a time capsule to the Eighties and we’re along for the ride. 10/10 for pure nostalgia.
4. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) by Marvin Berry & The Starlighters
This song creates a much-needed change of pace in Back To The Future and reflects the moment when Marty’s parents finally kiss and fall in love. Everything comes together and Marty finally has a moment to relax in an otherwise stressful film. The lyrics “I’m just a fool, a fool in love with you” reflect the emotional sensibility of the film and the song is a real treat.
3. The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis And The News
This song appears near the start of the film and immediately nails the Eighties vibe. It’s cool, smooth and hugely catchy and establishes Marty McFly as a trendy young teenager. The Power Of Love complements the style of the movie – double denim, red puffer gilet, huge sneakers, skateboards and a portable cassette player. Huey Lewis’ vocals rip through the striking opening and we’re set up for a wild ride.
2. Johnny B Goode by Marty McFly and The Starlighters
This Chuck Berry song certainly plays at the frequency of 1.21 Gigawatts. This is the song Marty plays at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance. The iconic quote “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet – but your kids are gonna love it” shows the difference in music made in the Fifties and Eighties, the proliferation of rock music and the popularity of electric guitar. This is a certified tune and will have us tapping our feet for years to come.
1. Back To The Future Main Theme by The Outatime Orchestra
What. An. Iconic. Score.
This is perhaps one of the most well-known and much-loved movie themes of all time. It perfectly captures not only the film’s high stakes, tension and mistakes but also its fun and whimsical nature. As Marty asks Doc: “You’re telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” This song creates goosebumps all over your body.
Perhaps we’re all just wishing for our own time-travelling adventure? Look to the skies, maybe a DeLorean is coming? One tip – don’t mess with your own timeline.
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