May 17, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

”Billboard Top Movie Hits”

Each of these CDs culls hits that began life in films — either in cover versions, as was prevalent in the ’40s and ’50s, or by the original artists, which later became the norm. The first three volumes get points for their Doris Day tracks; 1960s is a baby boomer’s delight, and 1970s has the haunting Midnight Cowboy theme. Movie music, it appears, has always been an iffy proposition; really, is there that much aesthetic high ground covered between 1950’s ”Abba Daba Honeymoon” and 1977’s ”You Light Up My Life”? 1940s: B+ 1950-54: B 1955-59: B 1960s: B+ 1970s: B

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