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10 great moments from musical films

There is nothing like a good song for the soundtrack of a good movie. There are the obvious hits: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard, one of the best-selling singles of all time, My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion which helped Titanic become the hottest movie. all-time profitable Bryan Adams – Robin Hood’s Everything I Do (I Do It For You): Prince Of Thieves Who Spent 11 Weeks As The Bee Gees’ Number One and Staying Alive Saturday Night Fever from the movie soundtrack .

Some directors like Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and John Hughes used popular music as a subplot. The Bond series made the film’s theme song a star-studded event. Disney’s best themed songs are now classics like When You Wish Upon A Star by Pinocchio, Bare Necessities by The Jungle Book, and A Whole New World by Aladdin (as long as it’s not sung by Peter Andre and Jordan) .

Good songs became promotional tools for films that weren’t so good initially – I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly (Space Jam), Gangsta’s Paradise (Dangerous Minds) by Coolio and Lose Yourself by Eminem (8 Mile) to name a few.

With the Oscars taking place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, here are ten magical songs that perfectly match their moments at the movies …

1 Simon & Garfunkel – Mme Robinson (The Graduate)

Perhaps the most famous example of the perfect placement of a pop song. Director Mike Nichols convinced Paul Simon to change the words of Mrs. Roosevelt, the wife of the former President of the United States, to Mrs. Robinson, the cougar character played by Anne Bancroft who seduces Benjamin by Dustin Hoffman in the film. 1967. Actually, the song wasn’t meant to be for the movie at all, but Simon, who was asked to write three songs for the movie and only had one ready, gave up one. first demo and wrote the lyrics that directly comment on the main character. .

2 Yello – Oh Yeah (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)


At first glance, the Swiss duo’s 1985 song is pure novelty – an 80s goofball synth and percussion practice. But in the hands of director John Hughes, who was the first to use it in a movie. , the song is an honorable encapsulation of brilliant hedonistic demeanor perfectly suited to the scene when Ferris persuades Cameron to take his father’s Ferrari out for a forbidden ride. .

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3 George Baker – Small green bag (Reservoir Dogs)

Quentin Tarantino has created so many golden film soundtrack moments that there could easily be an entire roster just for him. This song, set on the opening scene, which features the sleazy gang of criminals in costume in slow motion is perhaps the coolest of them all. A forgotten jewel of a Dutch group recorded in 1969 immortalized in cinema forever.

4 Audrey Hepburn – Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Written specifically for the 1961 film and winner of the Oscar for Best Song the following year, the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer song was written with Audrey Hepburn’s vocal range in mind. It appears instrumental in the opening credits and is sung by Hepburn character Holly Golightly as she sits on the window sill of her New York apartment hauntingly playing the song on the acoustic guitar.

Helpful Trivia: Mercer won four Academy Awards for Best Song during his lifetime.

5 The Rolling Stones – Jumpin ‘Jack Flash (Mean Streets)

Marty Scorsese has an obvious love affair with rock music and with no one more than the Rolling Stones, whose iconic music has often featured in his films.

It’s never been as used as the scene which features Robert De Niro’s character Johnny Boy as he struts around a red-lit New York bar with a woman under each arm and a bad boy attitude that gets a stern and disapproving look from Harvey Keitel’s Charlie. .

6 Simple Spirits – Do not forget yourself (the breakfast club)

John Hughes was a master at capturing the teenage condition and climaxing scene at The Breakfast Club, after a group of degenerates in high school detention learned valuable life lessons, this song plays triumphantly on the last scene of air strike. In doing so, Hughes makes sure the song is a coming-of-age hymn.

7 Kym Mazelle – Young Hearts Run Free (Romeo and Juliet)

The soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s hit in 1996 was even more influential than the film itself. Among songs by The Cardigans, Radiohead, Gavin Friday and Mundy from Offaly, Mazelle’s cover of Candi Staton’s disco classic was performed by Mercutio in drag in the film’s exuberant Capulet party scene.

8 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III)

A song made so famous by its use in theaters, it’s now a shortcut for any type of testosterone-fueled exercise montage. Another song written specifically after Sylvester Stallone requested it by Chicago arena rock band Survivor, it is only matched by the song used on the workout cutout of Rocky, the soul orchestrated Gonna. Fly Now by Bill Conti.

9 Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)

The final dance between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray in the 1987 romantic film is the soundtrack to this brilliant schmaltzy ’80s duo. Swayze’s manly alley dance encourages Gray to achieve his climax and from there, the resort room bursts into a dancing bacchanal of sensual tension. See also: What A Feeling in Flashdance by Irene Cara.

10 Kermit The Frog – Rainbow Connection (the Muppet Movie)

Nominated for an Oscar in 1979, Rainbow Connection represents the magic of Jim Henson’s Muppets in song: childish, imaginative and with a message under the wacky antics.

Written by Kenneth Ascher and recent Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams, the song is the centerpiece of the opening scene and is sung by Kermit sitting in his swamp, yearning for an adventure the film will later provide.