Ten Most Favorite Movie Songs

I thought, “This will be easy….”  and that was 3 hours ago.  I’ma have to divide this into several categories and call these:

10 (OR SO) FAVORITE MOVIE SONGS…TODAY

First I was thinking in this direction:

MOVIE SONGS

  1. Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies – “Repo Man”….Talk about capturing the zeitgeist of the moment!
  2. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan – “Breakin'”….This was a sort of a forgettable breakdancing movie – tho’ the dancing was mostly terrific and Ice T is in it, the acting and the story weren’t fab.  What folks DON’T remember is that this monster tour de force of Chaka’s came from the rather excellent soundtrack. Almost this whole song is in the movie and it accompanies a rather tedious “teaching Kelly to dance” sequence.
  3. Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding – “Pretty in Pink”….watch the video and feel the love.
  4. Fight the Power – Public Enemy – “Do the Right Thing”….Another zeitgeist moment.
  5. The Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte – “Beetlejuice”
  6. His Eye Is On the Sparrow – Tanya Blount & Lauryn Hill – “Sister Act 2″…They totally blew the top of this song; a just-before-the-Fugees-hit Lauryn Hill has a big part in the movie.
  7. You got a friend in me – Randy Newman – “Toy Story”
  8. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Dan Tyminski -“O Brother Where Are Thou”
  9. Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy – “A Knight’s Tale”…I started to laugh when I watched the film – I just couldn’t believe they put it in there…it was perfect.    Slide to 1:39 for the clip
  10. Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle – “The Life of Brian”
  11. Tequila – The Champs – “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”…His last request before the bikers kill him…
  12. As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson – “Casablanca”
  13. Why – Annie Lennox – “Boys on the Side”…This song is a masterpiece – the whole soundtrack is pretty good and so was the movie…but it could have been great.  It had such potential. :::sigh:::
  14. Oh Yeah – Yello – “The Secret of My Success” & “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  15. Slide to 1:40 miss the set-up and just hear the song.

  16. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai – “Napoleon Dynamite”
  17. Lose Yourself – Eminem – “8 Mile”

Then I started thinking about:

MOVIE THEME SONGS

  1. The Entertainer – “the Sting”
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – the Ramones – “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”
  3. Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & the Comets – “Blackboard Jungle”
  4. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf – “Easy Rider”
  5. Do You Know Where You’re Going To? -Diana Ross -“Mahogany”
  6. Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry – “Ode to Billie Joe”
  7. Evergreen -Barbra Streisand – “A Star Is Born”
  8. Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney,  Goldfinger- Shirley Bassey, Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon – James Bond 007 movies
  9. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
  10. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – “An Officer & A Gentleman”

But then I said, “Wait a minute.  What about…?”

MOVIE MUSICALS

  1. THE SOUND OF MUSIC -“Edelweiss”, Do Re Mi”, “So Long, Farewell”
  2. THE WIZARD OF OZ -“Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had A Brain”
  3. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – “Singin’ In the Rain”, “Good Morning”
  4. THE WIZ- “Ease On Down the Road”, “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”
  5. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
  6. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – “Sweet Transvestite”,”Time Warp”
  7. ALADDIN – “I Can Show You The World”, “One Jump Ahead” (and THE LITTLE MERMAID & THE LION KING)
  8. THE MUPPET MOVIE – “Rainbow Connection” (and THE MUPPETS TREASURE ISLAND & A MUPPETS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL)
  9. TOMMY – “Pinball Wizard”
  10. JAILHOUSE ROCK & BLUE HAWAII & KING CREOLE
  11. HAIR – “Three Five Zero Zero”, “Easy to Be Hard”, “Frank Mills”
  12. MOULIN ROUGE

Which led me to:

INSTRUMENTAL ORCHESTRAL SCORES

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Good the Bad & the Ugly
  3. Life as a House – Mark Isham is a bloomin’ genius.
  4. The Pianist
  5. Amadeus – How can you go wrong with Mozart?
  6. Harry Potter
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Not only was Strauss a genius, so was Stanley Kubrick.  I still get chills every time I hear the main theme.
  8. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini – I cannot think of any piece of music that evokes as immediate a mood as this does.
  9. Life Is Beautiful – Not as well known, but truly lovely.
  10. Schindler’s List
  11. Shakespeare In Love

SOME HONORABLE MENTIONS (or stuff that doesn’t fit into the above categories)

  • BLUE VELVET – Angelo Badlamenti at his weird best.  Throw in Bobby Vinton and the most surreal placement of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”, it’s simply unnerving.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Both Danny Elfman’s and Tim Burton’s masterwork IMO.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Pure fun.
  • Dr. Zhivago – “Somewhere My Love” definitely evokes a mood, but the costumes and the musical arrangments appear very dated to me now.
  • Purple Rain & Batman – Prince is beyond a genius; he’s from another galaxy.
  • The Decline Of Western Civilization – American punk from way before Nirvana.
  • Chariots of Fire & Axel F both win for overexposure.
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