It's not really possible to do better than this for a movie soundtrack, so Hollywood might as well stop now. As well as a corking selection of rock and pop songs, there are two superb orchestral pieces from the inspired Alan Silvestri-penned score.
This collection excels where many others - not least the sequels to this very film - fall down, in that there is a bit of everything.
Huey Lewis & the News contribute 'The Power of Love' and the equally rampant 'Back in Time', and these are strongly complemented by songs from Eric Clapton and Lindsay Buckingham for the 1985 era.
The album's second half details the tracks from Marty's jaunt in 1955 - Etta James' boisterous 'Roll with me Henry' and three songs from the fictitious (but no less capable for it) Marvin Berry & the Starlighters, culminating in the magical 'Earth Angel' and a rip-roaring 'Johnny B Goode'.
It helps if you've seen the film, but even if not, this is a musical feast underpinned by a film score good enough to knock E.T. into a cocked hat.