Best Movie Soundtrack Songs

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Based on the Hilarious novel by RODDY DOYLE!
Based on the Hilarious novel by RODDY DOYLE!

The songs listed below don't have to appear on a soundtrack album to be eligible for this list and they are not automatically eligible if they were. These are basically 'Movie Moments" where no other song could have captured the moment like these did. I also tried to avoid using musicals like 'Grease' or 'Willie Wonka' or biographical films about musicians like La Bamba or Walk The Line since that's just too easy.

Hi Brad.
Hi Brad.
You ever listen to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies?  It's my personal favorite.
You ever listen to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies? It's my personal favorite.
It puts the lotion into the basket otherwise it gets the hose again.
It puts the lotion into the basket otherwise it gets the hose again.
FLASH! bumbumbumbumbum AAAh aaah  boomboom HE'S A MIRACLE!
FLASH! bumbumbumbumbum AAAh aaah boomboom HE'S A MIRACLE!
Here comes Johnny Yen again!!!!!     With the liquor and drugs,~~~~     & a flesh machine... He's gonna do another strip tease
Here comes Johnny Yen again!!!!! With the liquor and drugs,~~~~ & a flesh machine... He's gonna do another strip tease
Getting Strongerrrrrrrr
Getting Strongerrrrrrrr
I found out long ago Owhoa Owhoa Oh  It's a long way down the holiday road Owhoa Owhoa,  HOLIDAY ROAAAAOAAOOOOAAD!
I found out long ago Owhoa Owhoa Oh It's a long way down the holiday road Owhoa Owhoa, HOLIDAY ROAAAAOAAOOOOAAD!

The Greatest Musical Movie Moments or MMMs

Listed by SONG, (Scene in which the song appears) and MOVIE.

  1. MOVING IN STEREO by THE CARS (Phoebe Cates comes out of the pool and adolescence will never be the same in) FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
  2. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU by STEALER'S WHEEL (The ear-chopping scene with the cop Marvin in) RESERVOIR DOGS
  3. GOODBYE HORSES by Q LAZZARUS (The tuck your penis in and dance like a total trans-gender psycho song in) THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
  4. DAY-O (THE BANANA BOAT SONG) by HARRY BELAFONTE (The amusing séance song from) BEETLEJUICE
  5. IN YOUR EYES by PETER GABRIEL (John Cusack's overhead boombox for unrequited love in) SAY ANYTHING...
  6. THEME FROM "FLASH" by QUEEN (The greatest soundtrack theme ever created by a rock band from) FLASH GORDON
  7. I GOT YOU BABE by SONNY & CHER (The wake up and start it all over again song from) GROUNDHOG DAY
  9. GIMME SHELTER by THE ROLLING STONES (The drug-induced spinout of Henry Hill and his cocaine mistress in) GOODFELLAS
  10. LUST FOR LIFE by IGGY POP (The opening chase scene / hit by a car in) TRAINSPOTTING

  11. DAMN, IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A GANGSTA by GETO BOYS (Getting seriously gangsta on the Copy Machine in) OFFICE SPACE

  12. ROCKY'S THEME (GONNA FLY NOW) by BILL CONTI (Running through the Streets of Philly with all the kids and then up the steps from) ROCKY and ROCKY II

  13. ARTHUR'S THEME (BEST THAT YOU CAN DO) by CHRISTOPHER CROSS (Take me through the park Bitterman, you know how much I love the park! from) ARTHUR

  14. IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP by THREE SIX MAFIA (The studio recording scene in) HUSTLE & FLOW


  16. SHOUT by Otis Day & The Knights (Live from the frat house in) NATIONAL LAMPOON'S "ANIMAL HOUSE"


  18. BRAND NEW KEY by MELANIE (The Rollergirl Strip song in) BOOGIE NIGHTS

  19. ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU by THE MOLDY PEACHES (The closing duet between Cera & Page in) JUNO

  20. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE by GUNS N' ROSES (The violent opening scene transition in ) LEAN ON ME

  21. EYE OF THE TIGER by SURVIVOR (training montage in) ROCKY III

  22. THIS WOMAN'S WORK by KATE BUSH (Kevin Bacon's maternity waiting room song from) SHE'S HAVING A BABY

  23. MRS. ROBINSON by SIMON & GARFUNKEL (The coming of age pool scene in) THE GRADUATE

  24. TROUBLE by CAT STEVENS (Teenage heartbreak of a whole other kind from) HAROLD AND MAUDE

  25. QUE SERA SERA by SYD STRAW (Backyard Croquet in) HEATHERS




  29. FIGHT THE POWER by PUBLIC ENEMY (used throughout the amazing and important) DO THE RIGHT THING

  30. BURNIN' FOR YOU by BLUE OYSTER CULT (Vampire in the Backseat song in) LET ME IN

  31. FOOTBALL RAP by LL COOL J (The closing credits song with Goldie Hawn and cast) WILDCATS

  32. IT'S COLD OUTSIDE by WILL FERRELL & ZOE DESCHANEL (The funny shower-room scene in) ELF


  34. FREE BIRD by LYNYRD SKYNYRD (The final highway shootout in) THE DEVIL'S REJECTS

  35. IF YOU WERE HERE by THOMPSON TWINS (The closing kiss, wish 'already came true' song in) SIXTEEN CANDLES

  36. MAKING TIME by CREATION (Bill Murray's bicycle run-over revenge in) RUSHMORE

  37. SINGING IN THE RAIN by Malcolm McDowell (The shockingly funny rape scene in) CLOCKWORK ORANGE

  38. HIP TO BE SQUARE by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS (The greatest murder in the film is done to this hilariously bad song from) AMERICAN PSYCHO

  39. SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY by ESQUIVEL (The Troublemakers theme in) FOUR ROOMS

  40. TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS by THE COMMITMENTS (their best performance before utter implosion) THE COMMITMENTS


  42. TOO YOUNG by PHOENIX (The streets of Tokyo in) LOST IN TRANSLATION

  43. PEOPLE ARE STRANGE by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (Welcome to Santa Carla theme from) THE LOST BOYS


  45. DREAM AWAY by GEORGE HARRISON (The closing credits to) TIME BANDITS

  46. CANNED HEAT by JAMIROQUAI (The 'VOTE FOR PEDRO' big dance contest winner in) NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

  47. WHERE IS MY MIND? by THE PIXIES (The world collapsing on itself in) FIGHT CLUB

  48. ALL BY MYSELF by ERIC CARMEN (The hilarious funeral boombox in) TO DIE FOR

  49. NOT READY TO MAKE NICE by THE DIXIE CHICKS (The Free Speech anthem from) SHUT UP & SING



  52. THE BABYSITTING BLUES by ELIZABETH SHUE (Nobody leave this place without sangin' the blues song from) ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING



  55. BLACK BETTY by RAM JAM (for the Dope runs to South America in) BLOW

  56. WHITE RABBIT by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (The hysterical attempted bathtub suicide in) FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

  57. GOT TO GIVE IT UP (Pt. 1) by MARVIN GAYE (The song that keeps the peace in the) BARBERSHOP

  58. WISE UP by AIMEE MANN (The song they all spontaneously start singing in) MAGNOLIA

  59. LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL by HOWARD JONES (The 'Fix up the car with a foreign exchange student' song in) BETTER OFF DEAD


  61. ROLLING WITH MY HOMIES by COOLIO (the hilarious Brittany Murphy version in) CLUELESS


  63. WAVE OF MUTILATION by THE PIXIES (Walking home paranoid as hell in) PUMP UP THE VOLUME

  64. EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' by NILSSON (Gigolo Cowboy Street-combing in NYC) MIDNIGHT COWBOY

  65. HEY YOU by PINK FLOYD (The Un-original song sung by Jesse Eisenberg in) THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

  66. I CAN'T TELL YOU WHY by THE EAGLES (Will Ferrell's version is heartbreaking in) WINTER PASSING {a must-see}

  67. AMERICA by NEIL DIAMOND (the big concert at the end of) THE JAZZ SINGER

  68. DON'T BE SHY by CAT STEVENS (The amazing opening of) HAROLD AND MAUDE

  69. MARY JANE by RICK JAMES (For a joint over at Smokey's house in ) FRIDAY

  70. BOYS BETTER by THE DANDY WARHOLS (The Sound of New York City in) IGBY GOES DOWN

  71. UNCHAINED MELODY by THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS (The clay mold love scene in ) GHOST


  73. SUMMER IN THE CITY by THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL (Opening credits and a bomb going off in Manhattan in) DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

  74. READY TO TAKE A CHANCE AGAIN by BARRY MANILOW (The opening West Coast Highway song in) FOUL PLAY

  75. GIRL, YOU'LL BE A WOMAN SOON by URGE OVERKILL (Uma dances and then...Overdose!!!! in) PULP FICTION

  76. SUMMER BREEZE by SEALS & CROFTS (Out til the morning light in) DAZED & CONFUSED

  77. SOMEBODY'S BABY by JACKSON BROWNE (The losing your virginity at a baseball field song in) FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH


  79. DANCING IN HEAVEN (Orbital Be Bop) by Q-Feel (The Dance Contest Song from) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

  80. MIDNIGHT RIDER by GREGG ALLMAN (The opening credit sequence to) THE DEVIL'S REJECTS

  81. MAY THIS BE LOVE by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE (the "gettin to know you" song in) SINGLES

  82. NEW JACK HUSTLER (NINO'S THEME) by ICE-T (The big chase after Chris Rock on the bike from) NEW JACK CITY

  83. IT MUST BE LOVE by MADNESS (The funny love scene in which Jeff Goldbum & Emma Thompson trash the apartment in) THE TALL GUY

  84. BOOM SHAK-A-LAK by APACHE INDIAN (The Shaggin' Wagon theme to) DUMB AND DUMBER

  85. WALKING ON SUNSHINE by KATRINA AND THE WAVES (Used in too many films to count but hilarious in) HIGH FIDELITY

  86. LOVE IS STRANGE by MICKEY AND SYLVIA (Dance lesson classic in) DIRTY DANCING

  87. SUPERSTITION by STEVIE WONDER (Watching the infected dog walking around camp in) THE THING

  88. [tie] NO EASY WAY OUT by ROBERT TEPPER (The angry drive-history montage); HEART'S ON FIRE by JOHN CAFFERTY (Training montage in the snow from) ROCKY IV

  89. THE PROMISE by WHEN IN ROME (The tether-ball song in) NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

  90. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by BONNIE TYLER (Playing chicken on the tractors) FOOTLOOSE

  91. YOU'RE THE BEST! by GERALDO ESPOSITO (the karate finale in) THE KARATE KID

  92. I'M CASTING MY LASSO TOWARDS THE SKY by SLIM WHITMAN (The song that saves the earth in) MARS ATTACKS!

  93. BORN SLIPPY by UNDERWORLD (The 'how it worked out' ending of) TRAINSPOTTING

  94. DUELING BANJOS by ??? (The Holy Shit, where the hell are we? song in) DELIVERANCE

  95. SWEET EMOTION by AEROSMITH (The opening minutes of the first day of school 1976 from) DAZED AND CONFUSED

  96. LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR by Pete Townshend (Steve Carell vs. Dane Cook love triangle song in) DAN IN REAL LIFE

  97. IT MIGHT BE YOU by Stephen Bishop (The realizing you're in love with a woman who thinks you're a woman song from) TOOTSIE

  98. YOU NEVER CAN TELL by CHUCK BERRY (The twist contest at Jack Rabbit Slim's in) PULP FICTION

  99. HEY PAULA by PAUL AND PAULA (The guitar smashing Belushi in) NATIONAL LAMPOON'S "ANIMAL HOUSE"

  100. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! by VAN HALEN (The claymation hamburger song in) BETTER OFF DEAD

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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

DJ Funktual,

May I start out by saying that no one could possibly read any of your hubs and not realize the incredible amount of thought you put into them. I would also be surprized if there were a movie or song made that you HAVEN'T seen or heard. That being said, I shouldn't have tried to joke around with you like someone I know, because I dont. Sorry about that.

I also tried to think of what the "defining" moment was in the movie when Just Another was playing and you were right in that there wasn't any real action going on then .......and maybe this is a chick point of view, have two best friends that are not just attracted to, but truly in love with the same woman and that same woman finally finds what she has been looking for, but only with both of them and knows that choosing just one will ruin everything. Then there is the song that takes all the things you feel right then and wraps it up like a gift that you get to open again and again. I can never hear that song now without immediately remembering that moment, and also maybe an impossible situation from my own past, and the bittersweet feeling that comes with it. To me, that is a defining movie moment.

You dont have to keep this comment either, as I really just wrote it to you to help explain what I meant before. I really wasn't trying to be a smartass.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Of course not. I'm so glad you wrote. The only reason I deleted our past convo was I overreacted and killed the thread.

Plus I was genuinely confused about Bandits, which may look from DVD box like just another Bruce Willis bad comedy. Or another perverted BillyBob comedy. This movie has genuine sparkle. It was touched by the film gods, you could say.

Where did we first get on the subject, was it not on the 100 greatest of the 2000s list?

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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

It all started when I read your profile and your top 10 all-time favorite movies. Thought I recognized a kindred spirit. Keep up the great work, I love your hubs.

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Would you consider Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan, from the Wonder Boys soundtrack?

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Love the song and love the soundtrack but it does it strike you as a movie moment. I love that movie but there isn't a defining moment in the film to draw from.

That is the topic if you read the intro.

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Did read the intro, sorry...haven't watched the movie in a very long time, it's what I think of when I hear the song. But you're right, I guess it really is more of a connection than defining moment thing.

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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

What the....

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Yeah Right!

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rockinjoe 8 years ago from Standing right behind you!

Happy Birhtday to You! Happy Birthday to You! You deserve cheap-assed steak knives. Happy Birthday to you!

Sorry I haven't been around. I've been soooo friggin' busy. (Which is a good thing)

You can email me here. (Take out the EATSPAM)

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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Not that I see a lot of movies, unless they are kid movies anymore, but of those that I have watched, the ones on your list, when I hear them now, I think of the movie. Especially holiday road and the Shallow Hal one.

Great job. Donna

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Thanks guys!

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Rhythm City Prod. 8 years ago

FOOTBALL RAP by LL COOL J (The closing credits song with Goldie Hawn and cast) WILDCATS

Aw Hell yeah!

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

OH NO! The inmates have left the asylum! What up fellas!

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DPL 8 years ago

i would of put football rap way higher...not sure if you had any songs from the departed on the list? i could go back and check but i am bout the end credit song? who is that Ray Lamontagne? prob the most underated guitar player ever.

Fletch 8 years ago

The Dueling Banjos - Deliverance.... :O)

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

EXCELLENT CHOICE Fletch. That might have to get a mention.

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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

I dig the whole list, but when I got to number 51 (Rolling With My Homies, in Clueless), that brought me baaaaaaaaaack.  That movie was full of great music pairings.  Another one that comes to mind:

"All The Young Dudes," with Cher talking about the greasy highschool boys being the reason she's a virgin...

Anyway, great list.  As always, your hubs are full of thought and show your love for music, plainly!

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Great choice Maddie! I almost used ALRIGHT by Supergrass too where they are posing for the photo by the fountain.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

I have just deleted Flashdance in favor of Fletch's EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!

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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

Ah, the memories! You know, I still sometimes find myself singing "Supermodel" (by Jill Sobule, from the movie, NOT the RuPaul song, in case there's any ambiguity) in the shower, getting dressed, or walking down the street with girlfriends...

Although, actually, I've been known to sing the RuPaul song too. ;)

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Thanks for reminiscing with me Maddie.  i don't know if you've been to my new

100 Funniest Movies Series (I've only gotten from 100-80 so far) but since it's you and you're in with the big guys I can reveal ahead of time that CLUELESS starring Silverstone, Murphy and RUUD as in Paul! or is it Rudd.? yeah it's Rudd, I'm a dumbass, anyway it will be coming in on our countdown at # 39!

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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

Paul Rudd, yes.  Paul Ruud is my father, among others.  It's a rather popular name among Scandinavians and Scando-Americans.

I'll check it out.  Sounds right up my alley!

PS: I loved "The Commitments." Been many years, perhaps I should rent it again...

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summer10 8 years ago from my happy place :)

Brilliant Hub... your list is eclectic, superior and that of a raving lunatic. I love your organized madness. I can't wait to read more.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Wow. Thank You very much.

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hglick 8 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY


Boy!! This Must Have Taken you a year to gather info on and write about

Loved the BeetleJuice Number 

Just Wanted To add one to the list of my own personal favorites:

Remember The Breakfast Club and The Simple Minds Tune "Don't You Forget About Me"

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

This only took me two hours off th etop of my head actually. I don't have a hard time drawing on these moments for some reason.

Re: your selection >> Good call, Judd Nelson pumps his fist at the end, sure.

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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

I have to nominate another one. "Let my love open the door" Pete Townshed. During the family talent show in Dan In Real Life. Gets me every time.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

I LOVED that moment. It's in!!!! Which 1 do I take off ? hmmmm.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Sister Act nuns was lame anyways. Good job Rhym.

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woody201 8 years ago

how about down with the sickness-dawn of the dead

and we belong-talledaga nights

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epictruth 8 years ago from Frisco

Great hub! You are all of the place but I want to read more. :)

-Your newest fan

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Wow! I'm just going to quote Rhym here "May I start out by saying that no one could possibly read any of your hubs and not realize the incredible amount of thought you put into them." Over and over...I'm fascinated by your columns! Fantastic!

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drimrankhan 8 years ago

hi so much

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stanleyreese 8 years ago from Alabama

#64, "Everybody's talking". That one song made the movie. Midnight Cowboy, itself, was a very disturbing movie. If it had not been for Voight's acting, a few nude scenes and some great music, it would be a bust. Instead, it is an American classic.

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britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

wow this is really great list.... most of the listed songs i know about..and they are really nice ...thanx for sharing...

sakshi 8 years ago

aren,t there hindi songs???????????????

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

No. Make your own list.

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Iphigenia 7 years ago

I love this list and would be hard pushed to pick my number one from it thre are only two films mentioned that I have not seen.

I'd have to add 'Superfreak' from "Little Miss Sunshine" - defining moment in which the vision of a stoned (and very recently dead) grandfather propels his grandaughter willingly into the spotlight where she totally teras apart the sick notion of beauty pageants for little girls.

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AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

Great list.

I tried to listed/watch some of the videos, but they have all been removed.

Arabic music 7 years ago

I love this one


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Great songs!  Great scenes!  Great hub! 

I'm glad you included Wise Up from Magnolia.  It's a great scene.

Not on your list, but the scene in Almost Famous where the characters (one by one) start singing along to Tiny Dancer always get my full attention.

Summer Nights in Grease is a fun scene.

Uncle Fucka in South Park is hilarious!

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I don't think I could compile a list this comprehensive even WITH Google! You are amazing! Makes me want to soundtrack my own life!

Here are two that I would add:

1. "Afternoon Delight" as sung by Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his cronies (in harmony) in Anchorman.

2. I like the one you picked for Goodfellas, but my absolute FAVE is the cocaine-paranoid-helicopters-are-on-your-tail-and-the-shit's-about-to-go-down scene. I can never listen to Nilson's "Jump Into the Fire" without thinking of Henry Hill...

ReallyGoodOne 7 years ago

Disappointing. I thought these were going to be movie songs. These are songs thrown into movies probably because they didn't want to pay some song writers and performers to do original music for the movies. Why promote such a cheap-ass way of doing things?

Watto 7 years ago

Yep a really great list...great memories of songs and movies....and a fantastic resource for a night of relaxation!

sasquatch666 7 years ago

the song sweet jane was originally by velvet underground in the late sixties and is the greatest song of all time you should listen to it

Ernie 7 years ago

Don't forget "the touch" from Transormers 86 AND Boogie Night!!STAN BUSH!

john 7 years ago

good start but I suggest you see more movies and try again. I mean you don't even have neil young's philadelphia from the movie philadelphia or bob dylans knockin on heavens door from pat garrett and billy the kid or the doors the end from apocalypse now or mr. sandman from halloween etc etc etc try again

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DJ Funktual 7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

I must tell you JOHN, that I am quite happy with this list HOWEVER, every single one you mentioned is incredible. So my only reaction is...why don't YOU try putting together 100 and we'll compare them. Rather than me try again to appease you, why don't you step up to the plate. You obviously have a grasp of the concept at hand.

Amazooo 7 years ago

What about "My Heart will go on" in Titanic?

Mike 7 years ago

Great list and I agree with 80% of the songs listed. But you forgot a couple. Theme song to The Good, Bad and the Ugly and the theme song to Cool Hand Luke. You really should consider putting these at least in your top 25.

Kenny 7 years ago

Hi maybe you could add Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' to the list? Its from the movie 8 Mile and its a pretty classy song also 'Little Wonders' by Rob Thomas from Meet the Robinsons and 'You're Gonna Go Far, Kid' by The Offspring from Van Wilder: Freshman Year?

Shannon 7 years ago

Hey just wondering did you consider Elton Johns-Tiny Dancer from ALmost Famous i thought that scene was priceless.

Other then that good list, keep up the good work and i totally agree with you when you say Queens album, Flash Gordon is the greatest soundtrack ever made by a rock band.

Peace Out and Keep Up The Good Work!

Whitney? 7 years ago

Whitney Houston's I will always love you, from the the best selling movie soundtrack of all time is not on this list?

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DJ Funktual 7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Read the criteria Whitney, not eligible.

Jen 7 years ago

I agree with most of it. I would add, "If You Were Here" by the Thompson Twins for the last scene in Sixteen Candles.

"I Believe" by Stevie Wonder for the last scene/ending credits of High Fildelity. That one is perfect because Jack Black makes such a big deal out of not having "I Just Called To Say I love You" and he also asks if it wrong to punish a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away? And then of course because Rob is making the mix tape for Laura, with things she would like. Multiple reasons it is a great movie song.

I always think of Bandits, not Footloose for "I Need A Hero." I also think of Bandits for "Total Eclipse of the Heart.

kai 7 years ago

what about "chariots of fire"

didn't make the list, but easily better than any here.

Steven Ingram 7 years ago

Two songs from Pulp Fiction and no Ghostbusters? Come on. Who ya gonna call?

Steven Ingram 7 years ago

Correction: THREE songs from Pulp Fiction and no Ghostbusters. That's a crime.

Kim 7 years ago

what about "Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous

A.W. 6 years ago

what about "I don't want to miss a thing"?

TSM 6 years ago

"Bittersweet Symphony" Cruel Intentions

Isi 6 years ago

Guns and roses You could be mine. Terminator 2

ramsubramani 6 years ago

awesome list.

Isi 6 years ago

Vanilla Ice, Ninja Rap TMNT2

bezabdiel 6 years ago

What about "My Sharona" by the Knack...from the movie Reality Bites?

jrs 6 years ago

showdown, from kingpin.

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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

What an awesome selection! Great hub.

Steph 6 years ago

Great list. Do you happen to know what movie that starred Cher, Bette Midler, and sorry, can't remember the third. The three of them ( at least Cher was) sang Mr. Sandman. Neither my husband or I can think of the name of the movie.

Vagabond1974 6 years ago

.... and "Midnight run" By Danny Elfman

bubba 6 years ago

Enjoyed the list. I didn't see Leaving Las Vegas in there anywhere. I haven't seen the movie in a while, yet I remember "Lonely old town" and "Angel eyes" beautifully interwoven with the emotion of the story.

And the movie "Thief" (a while back) used Tangerine Dream to great effect.

eric 6 years ago

Karate Kid song needs to be moved up to top 20 imo!!

Close... 6 years ago

No banana splits by dickies in the film kick-ass?

ultraviolence with a childrens tv theme song...

works. really. well.

chris. 6 years ago

Trisha Yearwood - How Do I Live. closing scene of Con Air.


Lebowski 6 years ago

Great list - this is something to be proud of. A couple of my choices - Top Gun tunes - Danger Zone, Take my Breath Away, and Mess Around from Planes, Trains, and Autos.

BCJ 6 years ago

Dueling Banjos: Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell

JLH 6 years ago

Love the list, but I would have to include, from Purple Rain, "The Beautiful Ones." I cannot hear the song without visualizing the movie.

Awesome 6 years ago

Amazing! Thanks!

Kyra 6 years ago

This list is amazing! Thank you!

Austin 6 years ago

Hmm... Not too shabby, but I'm confused how Neil Diamond's America could be in a movie made in 1927...

Nikhil 6 years ago

Few of them are my lifetime favourites!! By the way, Thanks a million for the list, I will try other tracks also!

AdamD 6 years ago

Great List One That Should Be in the top 10 is Gary Jules' "Mad World" at the end of Donnie Darko. Or even Echo and the bunny men's "The Killing Moon" at the beginning of Donnie Darko.

noone 6 years ago

What about New Divide from Linkin Park in Transformers 2 and Lose Yourself by Eminem in 8 Mile? C'mon, those were great!

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Jo 6 years ago

You forgot sugarhigh by coyote shivers in empire records!!

Rockerantsch 6 years ago

First of all...Great list ! I spent much time with your Hub's !! Q Lazzarus caused Goose pimples (is that the right word ?!), great song :) But i miss Oliver Onions Songs, the whole "Death Proof" Soundtrack is great, Top Gun, Old habits die hard (Alfie), All i need is you (Over the Top), No easy way out (Rocky), Oakenfold - Ready steady go (Collateral) and things like that !

Greets from Germany ;)

Rockerantsch 6 years ago

Statler Brothers - Flowers on the wall.... Bruce Willis in this Honda !

Rizles 6 years ago

great list, thanks for sharing

martyn hicks  6 years ago

oh god your 100 is so wrong, you forget about platoon, fight club, 28 days later, the pianist. i dont think i need to go on but i will ammend your whole site of you like so that its actually sane

Tom Byrnes  6 years ago

these days - nico (margot gets off bus to see brother in) The Royal Tenenbaums

Sarah 6 years ago

Hi movieman

Some excellent choices - some weird i.e. the one from Silence of the Lambs - that gave me shivers! I was surprised no Against all Odds, Phil Collins. Great reading though, thanks.

cheese 6 years ago

the doors - the end. opening scene of apocalypse now

Frim 6 years ago

I just got finished watching The Warriors and got to thinking about the best songs played at the end of a movie. In the city has got to be one of the best for me. So I did a search for others and found this list.

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Eugene Sung 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Duuude, just reading through that list brought back so many good memories of great movies!

Zoonos 6 years ago

Great list. I really like "Love on railtrain" with tangerine dreams from the movie Risky Business and "don´t fear the reaper" with blue oyster cult from the stand. Another favorite is the main theme from das boot or "pet semetary" with the ramones from Pet semetary.

But your list was truly amazing.

TOM! 6 years ago

you make my dreams by hall and oates in (500) days of summer. that. scene. rocks. mostly because of the contrast between that scene and the next one, otherwise, an astoundingly good list

2coolforschool 6 years ago

Great playlist!! Thanks a million

Great suggestions for both classic movies and amazing songs !

Jenny 6 years ago

What a great list. Thank you!

Xirith 6 years ago

I miss the soundtrack from "Requiem for a dream"!!!!!!!!!

best soundtrack ever!!!!

hear the original at youtube and i promise you, that you want to watch the film!!! ;)

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patdmania 6 years ago from waterford, mi

Pretty cool list! Thanks

SoILGal 6 years ago

Bennie and the Jets from the bar scene of 27 Dresses!!

Great List!!

Taras 6 years ago

John Murphy's - Sunshine

Harper 6 years ago

Twist and shout, Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Really?! How memorable was that. Its just a transient song in that film.

But yet no Ghostbusters, Neverending Story, Magic Dance (Labyrinth), the Last Unicorn, He's Back (Jason 7), The Gael (The Last of the Mohicans), The Living Daylights, Story Book Love (The Princess Bride) and more.

These are all exciting, memorable and canonical songs written specifically for those great movies.

Unlike "WALKING ON SUNSHINE by KATRINA AND THE WAVES (Used in too many films to count but hilarious in)"

John 6 years ago

New Dawn Fades - Moby (joy division cover) used when Pacione follows Deniro on the highway in HEAT

Destiny Handy 6 years ago

I'm looking for another movie soundtrack.

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TopUniverse 6 years ago

Pretty huge list of movie soundtrack songs.


shaun 6 years ago

lisa gerrard now we are free in gladiator, music couldn't sum up the situation any better

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hacker86taxi 6 years ago

How about Gimme Some Loving from Days of Thunder. Fits in perfectly with Tom Cruise learning about NASCAR

Sanaajeet 6 years ago

Thank you so very much for taking the time to compose this list it totally ROCKS! :)

Pounding Metal 6 years ago

Great list! One of my favorite movie moments highlighted by a fantatic song would be in the movie "Like Father, Like Son" when Kirk Cameron decks the school bully. As his fist makes contact with the bully's face, in slow-mo, Motley Crue's Wild Side comes blasting in! AWESOME!

pavel168 6 years ago

How come "Cruel Intentions" soundtrack is not anywhere on the list?

Rémy 5 years ago

The Rock (1996) undefeatable soundtracks and best of the bests from the beginning till the end.

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joseph 5 years ago

huey lewis' hip to be square is not a terrible song!

Dale Barber 5 years ago

i do love your article

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Gene 5 years ago

Great list ... one add: THe amazing E. Coli mix of Pete Townsend's "Let My Love Open the Door" from Grosse Point Blanke

Gene 5 years ago

Whoops ... How could I forget David Bowie's "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" from Se7en?

Brian 5 years ago

first off, GREAT LIST! Second, where are the Righteous Brothers with You've lost that lovin feelin? Top Gun Soundtrack. End credits.

Sara 5 years ago

Hi, really enjoyable choices, was humming away with memories. My age late 40's so if I did a list from the 60's/70's/80's I would name 'The Way we Were' (Barbara Streisand) and also Barbara for the movie she did with Kris Kristofferson 'A Star is Born' for the music, which sadly at this time the exact name of the theme tune escapes me, although I can remember the tune and words! It goes 'Love, soft as an easy chair, love, fresh as the morning air, One Love, that is shared by know!! Anyway good read, thank you!

Nerijus 5 years ago

Woke up this morning (Sopranos)

Benji 5 years ago

u didn't see 'my heart will go on' anywhere. dissapointing :/

Earnest P Whurl 5 years ago

have you considered sympathy for the devil by the rolling stones in the credits for the movie Fallen

Jayne 5 years ago

Thanks for your list!

How about "All Summer Long" at the end of American Graffiti?

Jayne 5 years ago

Or "Bohemian Rhapsady" from Wayne's World...

Messypopper 5 years ago

Battleme - "Hey Hey, My My"

The last song, in the last show, on the 3rd season of SOA..Sweet potatoe!

DJ Fisher 5 years ago

I love the connection of pop/rock songs and movies. How about Charlie Sheen's theme in Major League, Wild Thing by the Troggs? How about (I can't get no) Satisfaction while going up river in Apocalypse Now? Bad to the Bone in Terminator 2? or 3? Just too many to get them all. I love this stuff......

sean 5 years ago

surprised not to see any from almost famous on here that film has an amazing soundtrack

marwan 5 years ago

what's about soundtracks film """the messege?

Angel 5 years ago

Only english music

Only american films...

the list has no credibility

Terry 5 years ago

Hi, the song that slim whitman sang in "Mars attacks" that saved the world was "Indian Love Call" and not "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky". Hope this is of help.

anshuman 5 years ago

tracks of my tears - deer hunter

Forest Gump almost all the songs

Butch cassidy - Raindrops keep falling on my head

Layla instumental exit good fellas

Cant you hear me Knocking Blow

Ripper007 5 years ago

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (REAL GENIUS) ... every time i hear it, i think of a house exploding from popping popcorn.

drew 5 years ago

sinnerman - cellular

Bharadwaj 5 years ago

Great great list! loved it! although i was looking for "Angel" by Massive Attack, from Snatch, you know that scene where Brad Pitt's mum's caravan is burning, with his mum inside...I thought that was a genuine scene-maker.

Somebody else might have already suggested that, i was too lazy to read all the comments.

BDLOPEZ 5 years ago

Where Is? Eddie & The Cruisers...On The Dark Side

Ross Jarvis 5 years ago

What about when Ferris says goodbye to Sloane and The Edge of Forever by The Dream Academy.

rmbrattica 5 years ago

great list but as far as fear and loathing goes i always thought of "expecting to fly" by buffalo springfield as the song the truly defines a moment in the movie as it occurs when thompson realizes the falseness of the ideals he had set out to live due to those "who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the acid culture"

kroney 5 years ago

what about 'Men In Black' by Will Smith

Ben 5 years ago

My goodness - where is Arms of an Angel?

Darrell 5 years ago

John Murphy - Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) from the movie Sunshine should be up there.

You obviously haven't seen the movie otherwise it would be one there. In fact there's no John Murphy or Danny Elfman or even Hans Zimmer which basically makes this list invalid.

just sayin 5 years ago

Just letting you know that Making Time by creation is a fabulous song in one of my all time favorite movies Rushmore BUT it's not during Murray's run over bicycle revenge scene, its during the very beginning when they show all the clubs he is in at Rushmore. The bicycle scene has another great song A quick one while he's away by The Who.

Gary ONeill 5 years ago

"Jump in the Line" was used at the end of "Beetlejuice"

"The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" was the song used in the séance.

Kw 5 years ago

No Blues Brothers?

gary o'neill 5 years ago

# 32 "Baby, it's cold outside" performed by Zooey Deschannel & Leon Redbone (not Will Ferrell)

Lewis Duncan 5 years ago

What about Kashmir by Led Zeppelin? Defos one of the best movie soundtracks

MP 5 years ago

What about "Staying alive" in Saturday night fever, "East bound and Down" in Smokey and the Bandit, "Fight to Survive" in Bloodsport, "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan in the Hurricane, "Don't you forget about me" in Breakfast Club, "Mad World" Donnie Darko, "Looking for Love" or "Cherokee Fiddle" in Urban Cowboy by Johnny Lee

MP 5 years ago

Or "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis in Back to the Future, "Only the Young" by Journey in Vision Quest, "Born to be Wild" from Easy Rider, "White Wedding" from Wedding Singer,

lou 5 years ago

good list. animal house scene with "hey, hey paula" was when Donald Sutherland smoked with his students. Check out "lunatic fringe" in the movie "Vision Quest". how about that Motown? song scene in Platoon when they were smoking through their guns.

Steve 5 years ago

Great list.

I love #3.

I would have gone with 'Let's Stay Together' from Pulp Fiction. "Walk On By" by Issac Hayes in "Dead Presidents" is also great. The whole Dead Presidents soundtrack is actually pretty money.

dude 4 years ago

1.Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

Dan Jolley 4 years ago

Jonny B Goode - Back to the future?!?

kjok 4 years ago

Titanic. My heart will go on!!?!

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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Awesome job on this hub..

Nat 4 years ago

I'm sure somebody has probably mentioned this, but Harry Belafonte's 'Jump in the Line' is actually played at the end of Beetlejuice, when Winona Rider gets her good marks and gets to dance in the air. The tune played during the meal where the guests get possessed is Belafonte's version of 'Day-O' (The Banana Boat Song). During the séance scene it is just creepy Danny Elfman music.

It doesn't detract from the fact that 'Jump in the Line' is one of the greatest soundtrack tunes ever though! I'm a reggae and party DJ and it's one of my absolute favourite songs and I play it almost without fail every set. Beetlejuice is also one of my favourite movies.

Sorry to correct you!


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Hayden Angel 4 years ago

When Maximus dies in Gladiator and Lisa Gerard sings on the Gladiator movie soundtrack. That is one of the greatest film music moments of all time.

Jenna 4 years ago

"Lose Yourself" by Eminem in 8 Mile?

"MY Heart Will Go on" in Titanic?

"Johnny B. Goode" in Back To The Future?

"Bohemian Rhapsody" in Wayne's World?

zoran 4 years ago

Come On! ''Hold Tight'' - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

Drive and die in a car crash (''Bulletproof '' of Quentin Tarantino

zoran 4 years ago

Oops, sorry for mistake. Movie is ''Death Proof''

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Beror 4 years ago

No El Tango De Roxanne?

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kereeves3 3 years ago from Salem, OR

I am really pulling for "Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous. Such a great MMM!!

stl327 2 years ago

Love the list. one correction. Number 17 is sung by Olivia Newton John.

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