The Wizard of Oz was such an important film that it is still changing lives 80 years after it first graced the silver screen in Its music is a big part of its charm. Dorothy Gale Judy Garland sings the song while she is daydreaming in Kansas before she makes her journey to Oz. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper had such a strong connection on screen in the film A Star Is Born that viewers started speculating that they must have a real-life romance. It can actually be heard three different times in the film and is its signature song. The film follows the marches to Selma, Alabama. The soundtrack to the controversial movie The Graduate became a symbolic soundtrack for the youth of a generation. Robinson is the name of the infamous character in The Graduate who seduces young Benjamin. Her song was critically acclaimed along with the film. Suicide is, of course, very painful for all involved, so the title comes from the fact that the song is written in the film as a joke, and director Robert Altman intended for it to be stupid.
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins ("Footloose")
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal ("Batman Forever")
From the moment Al Jolson started warbling on screen in , songs in movies have found a treasured place in the popular consciousness. The song lights up a memorable scene during which a tuxedoed Astaire declares his love for Rogers dancing elegantly in a feathery white gown. The song has also been covered numerous times down the years, including by jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on their album Ella And Louis. But when it was sung in the film version by Paul Robeson, his moving baritone voice — and edgier interpretation — took the song to a new level. The song was almost cut from the film, though, because MGM thought the opening Kansas sequence was too long. There have been numerous cover versions since, from artists as diverse as Eric Clapton , John Martyn and Ariana Grande. Their song for Edwards became a jazz standard, covered by Dave Brubeck and Louis Armstrong, among others. Who would have thought that a song written for an Abbott and Costello comedy would become a wartime classic? Patty, Maxene and Laverne Andrews based their early style on the close harmonising of The Boswell Sisters , and the public loved it. The same old story, and fight for love and glory, has echoed down the decades since, in versions by Frank Sinatra , Julie London and even Bob Dylan.
Subscriber Account active since. A film's soundtrack is one of the most important parts of the movie-going experience, whether we realize it or not as we're watching. The right music helps set the scene, sparking emotions from the viewer, even telling a story all on its own, elevating our experience and bringing us into the world being shown before us. But some songs, whether specifically made for the movie or just perfectly added to an integral scene, seem to transcend the films they were featured in. Others become inextricably linked to their films, becoming a part of pop culture history for generations to come. These are some of the most iconic movie songs of all time, in no particular order. These songs transcend decades and genres but are all unmistakably linked to the movies they're featured in. Note: We did not include iconic movie scores, the instrumental music from a film, because those are honestly worthy of their own list. The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in , in no small part thanks to Loggins' now-iconic song. It's impossible not to dance when you hear it, which is probably why the song topped the charts for three weeks in a row on the US Billboard Hot , becoming such a massive hit that Loggins himself was blown away by its success.
F rom A Space Odyssey to pretty much every Edgar Wright film, some of the best films of all time have effectively used needle drops to take their films to the next level. This list runs through the best movie songs of all time, and as you go through the scenes, you will find they all have one thing in common. Subscribe for more filmmaking videos like this. The songs on this list all range in genre and style. It is important to recognize that a memorable song moment is more than just plopping some music over a scene. It requires the filmmaker to understand both the song and the scene and know how he or she wants the audience to feel in that moment. Some songs provide catharsis and allow the audience a moment to breathe while the protagonist is bolting a hit song. Other needle drops are present simply to let the audience know the time period they are in. Some of the most famous movie moments of all time are on this list. Others are a bit underrated.