Music is a massive part of any film, though often the tunes are used for little more than scene or character building. Occasionally a song is so iconic that it completes the movie and is forever associated with that film. There are so many potential additions to this list, so we’ve opted for some of the most popular, recognised, and resonant pieces for our collection.
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Lose Yourself is arguably one of Eminem’s biggest hits and we’re not surprised. In 2002, the Detroit born rapper brought out the biopic movie 8 Mile which looked back at his troubled childhood, turbulent past, and what it took to become who he is today. The film would not be as successful without this incredible anthem depicting Marshall Mathers’ desolate personal experiences.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Ray Parker Jr’s hit not only won him an Oscar nomination, but a part in both the cinematic and music hall of fame. As soon as the first few notes begin to play everyone listening realises that ‘there’s something strange in the neighbourhood’. The song will forever be relevant and associated with the 1984 classic.
Originally, the song Sylvester Stallone wanted to accompany his montage in Rocky III was Another One Bites the Dust by Queen, though this was not possible due to licencing issues. Survivor was drafted in as a replacement and the rest is history. There were numerous iconic moments to come out of the Rocky franchise, yet Eye of the Tiger takes the trophy. To write this song Survivor timed the beat to that of Rocky’s punches, resulting in an instant hit still heard on workout playlists everywhere.
This song was actually originally sang by Dolly Parton in 1975, but was only made stratospherically popular when Whitney Houston belted it out on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. It has since gone down as one of the most evocative love songs of all time and unfortunately one of the most regularly covered on television talent shows. Find out which one of Whitney Houston’s songs was a best seller in the 90s with our Best Selling Songs of the 90s blog.
This is the perfect example of when a song perfectly complements a moment in a film. The climactic dance scene featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey immediately comes to mind when the first few notes of this tune are played.
From one of the most iconic actresses of all time comes one of the most iconic songs of all time featured in one of the most iconic movies of all time. It was a recipe for success from the outset. In those tender few moments when Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, begins to softly caress the notes of Moon River on her balcony below the engrossed Paul Varjack, played by George Peppard, we knew this was the moment that would define the film.
How can you not love this song? It’s catchy, enthusiastic, silly, and fun. All of the necessary ingredients for the theme tune to a comedy about a secret government agency battling aliens and starring Will Smith.
Let It Go is undoubtedly one of the most popular songs to come out of a movie franchise in recent years. It is adored by children and adults alike and has seen phenomenal success since the release of Frozen. How can it not feature in this list?
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