These days, we take for granted the availability of music. In the mood to listen to “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs? Simply cue it up on Spotify or buy it on iTunes. It wasn’t that way in the ’90s, hence the appeal of “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations and movie soundtracks. In the case of “The Wedding Singer,” buying the soundtrack was an easy and affordable way to instantly own a collection of a dozen or so classic ’80s hits all in one place, without having to seek out and buy all of the full albums the songs originally appeared on. A lot of people jumped at that chance, as the soundtrack went double platinum in the U.S. and also sold very well in Canada, Australia, and the U.K.
The soundtrack for “The Wedding Singer” was so successful, in fact, that it was the rare example of a movie soundtrack later having a “Volume 2.” The second installment not only included songs from the movie that weren’t among the first batch, but also corrected the egregious error (or perhaps shady marketing ploy) of not including Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You.” In fact, both “Wedding Singer” soundtracks are so well loved that they’ve even since been re-released in vinyl format, which is fitting for a collection of ’80s tunes.