10 Most Famous Songs From Movies

Saturday, January 22 by Mishka Bulldozer

If you love your cinema, you need to know about the 10 most famous songs from movies. While films on their own are amazing, what really hits is when music and cinema juxtapose to form a perfect union. You might find your favorite film amongst the following selections of the most famous songs from movies.

  1. "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds. In one of the most pivotal films of the 1980s, we got one of the most famous songs from movies. "The Breakfast Club" was, and arguably still is, one of the best films ever made as it deal with every single issue teenagers go through during high school. This song epitomized those feelings and added to the lasting sentiments felt during the film's finale.
  2. "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel. In one of the best, yet, most gut-wrenching, scenes in "Reservoir Dogs," Michael Madsen's delightfully sadistic "Mr. Blonde" dances a jig to this tune before sawing off another character's ear with a straight razor. The odd use of this song, combined with the utter brutality of the scene, has made this one of the most famous songs from movies.
  3. "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal. With a soft melody and sweet vocals, this tune definitely set a different mood for "Batman Forever." With a change in actors portraying the titular character, there was a need for a different theme, and this hauntingly-beautiful piece set the stage for this film perfectly.
  4. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. While this song definitely wasn't written for the film, this is still one of the best  scenes in an already-stellar film. A group of metal heads in the film "Wayne's World" singing along and head-banging to the greatest song by "Queen" makes this one of the most famous songs from movies ever.
  5. "Vindicated" by Dashboard Confessional. Taking away any reservations you might have about the band, consider what they contributed to the best film in the "Spider-Man" franchise. The second film in the trilogy had Peter Parke fighting with his wimpy, more mild-mannered side, and his alter-ego that spent most of his time fighting mad scientists and stopping MTA trains. 
  6. "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger. Before all of the mess with Katie Holms, Scientology, and "Mission: Impossible", Tom Cruise was just a guy dancing in his underwear to this tune in the film "Risky Business." More people remember this scene than they do the actual plot of the movie, and considering it turned Cruise into a household name, it's easy to see how this song is one of the most famous songs from movies.
  7. "You've Got a Friend in Me" by Randy Newman. Pixar's original full-length theatrical release, "Toy Story," is one of the those films that can easily establish a rapport with anyone who has ever held a toy within their lifetime. 
  8. "Goodbye Horses" by Q. Lazzarus. Easily one of the creepiest scenes in the film "Silence of the Lambs" features killer Buffalo Bill dancing around in a cloak made of human skin. This scene is made even better by the fact that he's singing this song, which has since become one of the most famous songs from movies.
  9. "The End" by The Doors. What could make Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" even more controversial, but than adding one of the most heavily-contested songs by this already-controversial band? Both the tune and the film are mysterious in the way they plumb the depths of your humanity, making them perfect for each other.
  10. "Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright. "Shrek" is an amazing movie, made even more so by the melancholy and slightly-cathartic tune. It speaks of the ogre's inner demons and self-imposed misanthropic nature, but also gives a feeling that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.
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