Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Song From a Movie?

In conjunction with the (title pending) theme this week, I decided to turn our discussion here to the subject of Music in Movies.

As those of you who listen to our show will hear, there’s a deep connection between the two arts, and sometimes that winds up creating an inseparable bond between the two in the viewer’s mind. For me for example, I can NEVER hear The Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and NOT think of “The Breakfast Club”. Of course, that’s not the ONLY example, either…

I’m definitely leaning towards popular music songs that have been incorporated into a movie (or became hits from a movie), but if you feel the need to mention film scores, the judges will be lenient ;)

In the meantime, let’s hear it! What songs do you associate strongly with the movie it’s from? Can you hear “Stuck in the Middle With You” and not get a little grossed out? Does Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” bring up flashbacks of Tom Cruise sliding across the floor? Do you listen to “Eye of the Tiger” to get yourself psyched up?

What are YOUR Favorite Songs from Movies?!? :D

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122 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Song From a Movie?

  1. Great turn out for this one so far, folks!

    Here’s some of mine before I crash for the night.

    “Nobody does it Better” is aptly named. Thus it gets mentioned first. That piano intro? Ugh. LOVEIT.

    I can’t believe Jason and I didnt cover Bond themes on the music podcast. SMH.

    The “Sister Christian” scene in Boogie Nights is awesome. I often hear firecrackers going off now when I hear that song. LOL.

    I remember being shocked when I learned that “Oh Yeah” was an actual song before Ferris Buellers Day Off

    Movies and music rarely go better together than “Fight the Power” and “Do the Right Thing”

    And finally (cause I could go on for like 100 of these) when Matt Damon says “Fuck it, let’s go. Let’s play some fuckin’ cards” in Rounders, and then the James Gangs’ Funk #49 comes on, even though it’s a watered down version? I practically have to hold myself back from rolling down rt 2 myself.

    • Nice one with Rounders! Love that flick!
      I would love an excuse to go back and listen to all the Bond themes. (nudge)
      Think the show would’ve gone for another half hour.

      This topic could easily be 5 or 6 shows, but I thought we covered it nicely. :)

      • I have to work it out with Tanski, what the plan is going to be for “Bond 23″. I’m hoping it turns into “Bond month” LOL

        In any regard yeah, that would make an awesome podcast. :D

  2. There is many of them for me. Music can really add a lot to a movie scene and elevate a good scene to greatness and a unremarkable scene into a memorable one.
    - Stand by Me in Stand By Me
    - Don’t You Forget About Me in The Breakfast Club
    - As Time Goes By in Casablanca
    - Sparks in Wedding Crashers
    - Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    - I could go on… ;)

    As far as scores go, Promentory in The Last of the Mohicans is one of the best of all-time.

    • Yeah, there’s a lot of that with this one (the “I could go ons”…)

      You’re pretty funny with the Wedding Crashers, huh man? :D

      The Casablance and Butch Cassidy choices are total classic movie/music associations. Nice choices.

      • No, I totally remember you went from Roger Rabbit to Adagio for Strings…

        Glad you swung back. It’s tough sometimes, but I know people swing back for responses. I know because I do that myself. LOL. So, yeah, just bear with me sometimes… as a blogger I’m sure you know how it is. :D

      • You would be correct. LOL It’s actually my second favorite film of all time. I think it’s his most mature work without losing the bizarre-ness as you say, that defines him. Plus, Jeremy Irons just kills it. But, the scene in question involves a dance that can be considered “creepy” to say the least haha but actually kinda moving as well.

      • It’s on my need to see list.

        The problem I’ve been experiencing since blogging though is that I’m plowing through so many new releases that I’m left with little time to check out older flicks I haven’t seen….

  3. Don’t You Forget About Me – The Breakfast Club (though, my brain seems to link it up to the very good ep of Futurama nowadays)
    Breakout by Foo Fighters – Me, Myself & Irene – don’t like the film, but love the song so very much. Anything Foo is GREAT!
    Danger Zone – Top Gun – I can’t not
    Footloose – Footloose – Kenny Loggins did good work back then!
    Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty – Rocky IV – the best 80s film soundtrack ever.
    When Doves Cry – Romeo + Juliet

    Give me a day and I’ll give you a whole (bigger) list!

    • LOL. Looking forward to it. :D

      Half of those songs get brought up on the podcast we did this week. So thanks, makes me feel like at least we hit the right ones.

      The big debate within here though Jaina is – Rocky IV? Hearts on Fire? Are you claiming its superior to Rocky IIIs Eye of the Tiger?

      I’m going to let you think about it. But it is a BOLD statement. :D

      • Well not superior, but the whole Rocky IV soundtrack is full of classics for me … cheesy classics, but classics nonetheless. Hearts on Fire, Burning Heart, Living in America, Double or Nothing, No Easy Way Out, you gotta admit … that there is 80s gold!

      • Oh. NO argument from me, Jaina. There’s no shortcut home!

        BIG Rocky fan. Oh yeah… I love it. It’s really just a function of the fact I’m a freak for Rocky III. LOL :D

        I’M livin’ in AmeriCA…

        [James Brown foot shuffling, spin around]

  4. You said it Fogs, “Stuck in the MIddle With You” and “(Dont’ You) Forget About Me”!
    I’d add “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing – every time I listen to it, I wanna dance just like in the movie – and the queen of all sappy songs from sappy movies: “My Heart Will Go On”, Titanic.
    Oh, and best of all: Springsteen’s “Streets od Philadelphia”, of course :)

  5. Yeah, I know exactly how it is. I recently found that I missed out on responding to comments that were posted back in december. It can sometimes happen.

    As for my music taste I have a pretty broad taste. I also loved the music in Moulin Rouge for example.

  6. First song that comes to mind is “Tiny Dancer” in Almost Famous. One of my favorite scenes in any movie ever.

    Or the use of “Sweet Emotion” during Dazed and Confused’s opening. (or anything in that movie, really) I’m not even a big classic rock guy, but those two movies really do it for me.

  7. My fav all time song is Unchained Melody (credited to the Rightious Brothers, but performed by Bobby Hatfield alone), But I loved it long before it was in a movie. My fav movie soundtrack is fro Chariots of Fire.

  8. ROCKY - Gonna Fly Now (by Bill Conti)
    Blues Brothers - Everybody Needs Someone To Love
    Ferris Bueller - Oh Yeah(by Yello)
    Rudy - “Rudy” Theme (by Jerry Goldsmith)
    Man From Snowy River - soundtrack by Bruce Rowland
    Over the Top - Winner Takes it All (by Sammy Haggar)
    View to a Kill - Title Track (by Duran Duran)

    • This is the second time in a week that someone has mentioned the “Over the Top” soundtrack to me. I could live another 80 years and never type that sentence again. LOL

      Some good choices though. Although, it’s strange to me I dont instantly recall Rudy’s music… must go research now. LOL :D See? Teaching each other up!!

      • Rudy – great movie; great score; clips attached.
        This guy was oldest of 14 kids achieved his goal after time in the Navy actually.


        slow part they use in many sport events now esp golf for some reason


        the tryout scene with theme

        Enjoy :-)

  9. I think I’d be remiss to this topic if I didn’t mention the one and only time I’ve been in a theater and witnessed people stand up, clap, and/or sing during a movie.

    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — Remember the Titans

    And I have to wonder now if that was a locality phenomenon. We in Kansas City do love our football, after all.

    • Denzel at his best; great song; excellent film.
      Nice pick Kelley (hope you enjoy some great football when Weiss takes over at KU).

    • Great soundtrack – the Big Chill. It was a college staple in my crew…

      Must have been too long since I’ve seen the movie though. Did they use it over the intro? Over the casket? Other than that I’d just have to say it’s been too long for me. I’ll have to revisit and see if its MTESS worthy.

      Meanwhile, the Superman soundtrack has some great stuff from Williams on it, true for sure! Krypton’s not my personal fave, but yeah, man, its a good one. The main theme and the love theme really stick with me on that one…

      • Yeah, it was played at the funeral, and I can’t think of something better to play at the funeral of a suicide.

        Main theme and love theme were great too. I think I enjoy the Krypton theme just for it’s ballsiness… you don’t find too many out-and-out fanfares sitting in the middle of a soundtrack (much less after a long over-the-credits overture).

  10. There’s a definite difference between a good song shoe horned into a movie to sell a soundtrack CD, and a song that is intergral to the movie, take for instance any Superhero movie with whatever’s current, plus the obligatory “music inspired by” crap….!
    For me, thematically, stylistically, American Werewolf in London is my favourite use of songs in a movie, “Bluemoon” in several different guises is used well throughout the movie, and “Bad Moon Rising” and “Moondance” are great examples of the way a song can be used in a powerful way to convey all kinds of emotion, but that’s a down to Landis an the editing! These songs have stayed with me since I first saw the movie as a teenager, but I can’t for the life of me, think of any other songs from movies , other than scores that I like!

      • Thanks! Yeah, it’s a movie that’s straddled my love for horror as a teenager, with that for good story telling and comedy… it’s something I can appreciate still, after all these years!
        I’m actually going to doing some screen prints of the AWIL poster shortly, to sell, so if anyone might be interested, I’ll drop you a link when they’re ready!

  11. As the week (eesh, two weeks…) progressed, I kept dwelling on this. Came up with a few that were noteworthy to me.

    Huey Lewis and the News, “It’s Hip to be Square” — American Psycho (Axe murder and 80s music? Count me in!)
    Bonnie Tyler “Holding Out for a Hero” — Short Circuit 2 (There may be no more heroic scene to me than that broken, leaking robot chasing after the bad guy with his last ounce of battery power)
    Vera Lynn “We’ll Meet Again” — Dr Strangelove (Any sort of world ending explosions set to counter-intuitive music scores with me.)

    • Wow.

      Two great choices and then… SHORT CIRCUIT 2? (Sound of record needle ripping across record)

      (Old man double check, hoping Kelley is old enough to know that sound. LOL)

      I’m going to point this out to Jaina I think. You and she can start a Short Circuit fan club. LOL :D

      Meanwhile, much props to the other two, and you know you have the green light to mock me and my choices too ;)

      Extra props to the AP choice, btw. Love that flick. Your comment triggered this memory, and made me sad I didnt share it last week on Facebook…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1qHvJKbwjE

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