had a huge musical impact. Not only was the theme song a #1 hit, but the soundtrack, featuring two Glenn Frey songs written specifically for the show ("Smuggler's Blues
" and "You Belong To The City
") and two established hits used in first season episodes ("In The Air Tonight
," "Better Be Good To Me
"), topped the US Albums chart for 11 weeks in 1985, giving it the longest run at the top of any TV soundtrack.
It was certified as 4x Platinum, with sales of over 4 million in America, making it by far the best-selling TV soundtrack to that point (Disney's 2006 High School Musical
soundtrack put up similar numbers, also certified at 4x Platinum, but that was from a TV movie, not a series).
The Miami Vice
soundtrack ushered in a new era of TV shows spinning off albums. The previous compilation from a TV series to hit #1 was The Music from Peter Gunn