The cinema does a great job when it comes to picking songs for movies. Most movies feature popular songs and that is a continued trend today. Here are 10 iconic movie songs that should be on your playlist.
#1. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
Eminem wrote and produced this song about his 8 Mile character, B-Rabbit. A fictional take on the struggles of the real life of Marshall Mathers. The track itself went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards.
#2. “Stuck In The Middle With You” – Stealers Wheel
This song was used in Quentin Tarantino‘s film debut, Reservoir Dogs. The scene when Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) taunts and tortures the police officer, Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz), while singing and dancing to the song.
The scene became popular to a point where The Simpson’s parodied the scene in the episode Simpsonscalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious, and in the episode Charlie Finds A Leprechaun from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
#3. “These Eyes” – The Guess Who
“These Eyes” became well known for being used in Superbad. The scene when Evan (Michael Cera) is in a room at a party, surrounded by coke head’s who ask him to sing them a song and he reluctantly does. This scene is nothing but hilarity and comedic gold.
#4. “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry
We already know that John Travolta can dance from his Greece and Saturday Night Fever days. This time around, Travolta makes a comeback in the crime thriller Pulp Fiction. The legendary dance scene between Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) was smooth and filled with many twists and turns while dancing to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.”
#5. “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John
Cameron Crowe‘s autobiographical film, Almost Famous, was based on him hitting the road as a young Rolling Stone writer. A scene that stood out most in this movie was when he was on the tour bus with the band, who’s all mad at each other until “Tiny Dancer” comes on the radio. That leads into a sing along and ends with Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) telling William Miller (Patrick Fugit) that he’s home.
#6. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds
A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal walk into a library together and John Hughes directed one of the best movies from the 80’s. Originally, Billy Idol and Cy Curnin from The Fixx‘s all passed on the recording of the song before it went to Scottish band, Simple Minds. John Hughes would use this song at the end of Breakfast Club that would become one of the most iconic scenes for anyone who has seen the movie.
#7. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody enjoyed renewed popularity when the song was featured in Wayne’s World. Director Penelope Spheeris was hesitant to use the song since it would not fit with the lead characters. However, Mike Myers insisted on using the song for the movie and it would fit perfectly well with the characters. The use of the song once again became a major hit as the song continues to be popular to this day.
#8. “Old Time Rock & Roll” – Bob Seger
Seger’s hit from 1979 was used in Risky Business. Tom Cruise‘s character, Joel Goodson, famously lip-syncs and dances to the song in a buttoned shirt, boxers, socks and sunglasses after his parents leave him home alone.
#9. “Twist And Shout” – The Beatles
(Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
One of the most iconic scenes in the movie, Ferris (Matthew Broderick) takes over a float in downtown Chicago. Ferris then struts his stuff to “Twist And Shout” which had everyone in the Windy City going absolutely wild.
#10. “Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band
Arguably one of the funniest Will Ferrell movies to date, Anchorman was a parody of the news industry in the 70’s. Outside of the great cast and comedy, the hit “Afternoon Delight” made an appearance in the movie.
It was used in the scene where Ron Burgundy talks about love to his co-workers, who go on to share their stories about love. Then it comes back to Ron who tells them the true meaning of love by singing “Afternoon Delight.” This scene became an instant classic for the movie.