A film’s soundtrack can arguably have more of an impact than its visuals, the right choice of song can really make that vital scene all that more memorable. Whether its specifically recorded for the film or just a good fit to build tension, show emotion or simply to get that catchy tune stuck in our heads. Don’t underestimate the power of ‘pop’ music, Quentin Tarantino is a prime example of this with the soundtracks to his movies often being the best part. Today we take a look at Ten Iconic Songs from Movies.
10. 8 Mile – Lose Yourself
When Eminem tried his hat at acting staring in the unofficial story of his life it was only natural that he would also write the theme tune, sing the theme tune. Surprisingly what we got was a relatively decent film married with a massive hit song in the form of Lose Yourself because you know, you only get one shot.
9. Batman – Batdance
In 1989 Tim Burton unveiled his vision of Batman onto the big screen with the great Michael Keaton playing everyone’s favourite caped crusader. To back this up Prince also teamed up with them to create his eleventh studio album and the soundtrack to the movie. It resulted in another multi-platinum hit album and with songs The Future, Trust and Batdance – which as you can see from the music video was completely batshit crazy but then again what did you expect.
8. T2: Judgement Day – You Could Be Mine
Taken from Guns N’ Roses fourth studio album You Could Be Mine was eventually picked as the theme tune for James Cameron’s 1991 sci-fi blockbuster after a number of scenes referencing the band. They were the band of choice for a young John Connor and that’s ok with us as he ultimately was the key to our freedom in the fight against machines.
7. Iron Man – Back In Black
We simply had to include AC/DC’s Back In Black in our list, the movie that officially kicked off the MCU as we know it today and most definitely turned Robert Downey Jr from Hollywood’s bad boy into its golden child. This was made all the better at the time by director John Favreau declaring that he ‘always wanted to make a film that opened with Back in Black‘. Good call we say.
6. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – When The Man Comes Around
Zack Snyders first feature film was a 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s classic zombie movie Dawn of the Dead. While still honing his skills, before eventually landing the job directing some of the DC’s biggest names, this offering initially looked like it was one that didn’t need to be re-told. Running zombies and CGI effects made this look like it could well be a turkey, that was until the opening credits rolled alongside the song When The Man Comes Around by the legendary Johnny Cash.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Mr Blue Sky
James Gunn is Guardians of the Galaxy and that is all the more reason why we are sad about the whole future situation, that aside we did get two excellent entries into the MCU that most of us weren’t expecting. Both movies were accompanied by absolutely sublime soundtracks handpicking some of the best songs from the ’70s and ’80s. It was a tough call but we decided to go with Electric Light Orchestras – Mr Blue Sky which opened volume two with a dancing Baby Groot.
4. The Big Lebowski – Just Dropped In
Said to reflect the experience of taking LSD Kenny Rodgers and the First Edition’s Just Dropped In was the perfect accompaniment to the dream sequence in the Coen Brothers 1998 cult hit The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges is the dude with the moves in this trailer within the main movie entitled ‘Gutterballs’.
3. Reservoir Dogs – Stuck in the Middle With You
As we mentioned at the start Quentin Tarantino has a way with music in his films. In this now iconic torture scene we see Michael Madsen’s Mr Blonde turning on the radio to K Billy’s Super Sounds of the ’70s just at the point where Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You begins, the rest is history as they say.
2. Rocky – Eye of the Tiger
Over the years Sylvester Stallone has given us more iconic characters that we care to remember, none more so than Rocky. Still going strong today, in the form of the Creed movies, the franchise is alive and kicking. Whether or not you like or even know about the films Survivor’s 1982 hit song Eye of the Tiger is a karaoke dream that’ll get you punching in the air and running around like a mad person – queue the montage.
1. Ghostbusters (1984) – Ghostbusters
With the recently released teaser for the new Ghostbusters movie we are proud to say that our favourite iconic movie song is the Ghostbusters theme tune by Ray Park Jr. The 1984 music video featured a number of the stars and recaptured the magic of the film in its four-minute runtime. We can’t wait for the new movie but in the meantime – if you’re seeing things running through your head, who you gonna call?
There you have it a measly ten iconic songs from movies, lots had to make way and really this could have been a list of fifty or more. What we really want is for you to tell us what you think and update us on all the songs we left out in the comments below, on our Twitter and Facebook page.