ASSORTED: FAVOURITE USES OF SONGS IN MOVIES

*First, a warning: This is a long list. It is by no means exhaustive, as the minute I post this I will probably be kicking myself for forgetting to include a song(s) and/or movie(s) I love. It is – of course – only my opinion.

I would say that at least half of the music I listen to on a regular basis I originally heard in movies. As with most of the lists I may compose on this blog in the future, this list will not be ordered by some arbitrary rating system of “goodness,” – which would involve making too many difficult comparisons – but chronologically. The following list includes both long-held favourites, as well as newer ones.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

‘Maria’ – The Cast of the Sound of Music (the nuns)

‘I Have Confidence’ – Julie Andrews

 GREASE (1978)

‘Grease’ – Frankie Valli

‘Greased Lightnin’’ – John Travolta

 CADDYSHACK (1980)

‘I’m Alright’ – Kenny Loggins

‘Any Way You Want It’ – Journey

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This Journey song never fails to make me laugh out loud. Even when I hear it on its own – in isolation of the glorious Rodney Dangerfield dancing – I still can’t help finding it hilarious.

FOOTLOOSE (1984)

‘Footloose’ – Kenny Loggins

‘Never’ – Moving Pictures

 SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)

‘If You Were Here’ – The Thompson Twins

THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)

‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ – Simple Minds

 BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

‘Power of Love’ – Huey Lewis & the News

‘Johnny B. Goode’ – Chuck Berry

 FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)

‘Twist and Shout’ – The Beatles

Pretty in Pink (1986)

‘Try a Little Tenderness’ – Otis Redding

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To say the energy is contagious would be a ridiculous understatement.

DIRTY DANCING (1987)

‘She’s Like the Wind’ – Patrick Swayze

‘The Time of My Life’ – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

 SCHOOL TIES (1992)

‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ – The Robins

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THAT THING YOU DO (1996)

‘That Thing You Do!’ – The Wonders

THE FULL MONTY (1997)

‘You Sexy Thing’ – Hot Chocolate

‘Land of a Thousand Dances’ – Wilson Pickett

NOTTING HILL (1999)

‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – Bill Withers

 I never fail to be fascinated by this 2-minute, all-four-seasons scene.

ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)

‘Tiny Dancer’ – Elton John

A KNIGHT’S TALE (2001)

‘We Will Rock You’ – Queen

‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ – Thin Lizzy

‘Golden Years’ – David Bowie

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OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001)

‘A Little Less Conversation’ – Elvis Presley

LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)

‘Bye Bye Baby’ – Bay City Rollers

 THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)

‘Substitute’ – The Who

‘Roadrunner’ – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

‘My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)’ – Ramones

‘Edge of Seventeen’ – Stevie Nicks

 MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006)

‘Hong Kong Garden’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

‘Ceremony’ – New Order

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Apart from being beautiful to look at, the film’s pairing of the turbulent setting of the French Revolution with punk/alternative music works so well.

ONCE (2006)

‘Say It to Me Now’ – Glen Hansard

‘Falling Slowly’ –Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

 AN EDUCATION (2009)

‘Smoke Without Fire’ – Duffy

PIRATE RADIO [or] THE BOAT THAT ROCKED (2009)

‘All Day and All Of The Night’ – The Kinks

‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ – The Rolling Stones

‘Elenore’ – The Turtles

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The movie with – pretty much – the best soundtrack EVER! All two discs of it.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)

‘Si Tu Vois Ma Mère’ – Sidney Bechet

 ABOUT TIME (2013)

‘Friday I’m in Love’ – The Cure

‘Golborne Road’ – Nick Laird-Clowes

Having the job of “Music Supervisor” for a movie would – on the one hand – be an amazing thing, but I feel like it would be so difficult to find “the perfect song” for a montage/scene.

What are your favourite movie soundtracks/songs?

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