When was the last time you listened to (or downloaded) an entire album from beginning to end? Chances are, it was the last time you heard a good soundtrack.

A great theme song can define a film (think Diana Ross’ theme from the 1975 film Mahogany, “Do You Know, Where You’re Going To?”) but when the entire soundtrack is great, it can help turn even a so-so movie into a classic.

Submitted for your approval, theGrio’s picks for the 30 greatest black movie soundtracks.