10 Great Songs From Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Romilly West

Film buffs who love music will want to peruse these ten great songs from movies. Nothing enhances a film quite like its soundtrack. Songs, in particular, set the mood for particular scenes, raise the fun quotient for viewers, and speak to themes of the film as a whole.

  1. “Every Sperm is Sacred” from “Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.” “Every Sperm is Sacred,” one of the funniest great songs from movies, satires religious beliefs about sexuality and reproduction. It's part of one of the opening sketches in “The Meaning of Life.”
  2. “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson from “Reservoir Dogs.” In a film filled with great music, one of the best songs plays as the end credits roll. The tune of “Coconut” is downright catchy, and the song is a fitting end to one of the most intriguing and surreal crime movies ever to hit the big screen.
  3. “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf from “Easy Rider.” One of the great songs from movies, “Born to be Wild” will have you singing along. If you play the guitar, you'll probably be playing along, too. It's the perfect song for a film about two free-spirited motorcycle riders.
  4. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem from “8 Mile.” In “Lose Yourself,” Eminem sings, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow; this opportunity comes once in a lifetime…” Great advice. This song is about seizing opportunities to make your life better.
  5. “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” by Harry Belafonte from “Beetlejuice.” One of the great songs from movies, “The Banana Boat Song” pops up in one of the funniest scenes in “Beetlejuice.” The resident ghosts, Adam and Barbara, try to scare away the people who bought their house. While they fail at frightening, they succeed in entertaining.
  6. “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel from “The Graduate.” Put Simon & Garfunkel's music into a film that stars Dustin Hoffman, and you've got a winner. The entire soundtrack to “The Graduate” is outstanding, but “Mrs. Robinson,” one of the great songs from movies, is so catchy it'll stick in your head for days.
  7. “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles from “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” Combine one of the most fun movies of the 1980s with one of the most danceable songs by the Beatles, and you have a rollicking good scene. Ferris, high school student who believes in having a good time, twists and shouts in a rockin' parade.
  8. “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd from “The Devil's Rejects.” Placed into the final scene of “The Devil's Rejects,” “Free Bird” has a unique irony. The movie, about a family of twisted killers, was written and directed by heavy metal rocker, Rob Zombie.
  9. “Gangsta's Paradise” by Coolio from “Dangerous Minds.” A teacher newly retired from the Marines takes on an inner city classroom and inspires her students and makes strong connections. In “Gangsta's Paradise,” one of the great songs from movies, Coolio raps about the violence of street life.
  10. “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi from “Young Guns II.” Another film with a rocking soundtrack, “Young Guns II” features “Blaze of Glory,” one of the ten great songs from movies. Capturing the rebel spirit of the film, Bon Jovi sings, “I'm going down in a blaze of glory; take me now, but know the truth.”