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10 of The Best Movie Scenes & Soundtracks...."Time In A Bottle", "The Wanderer", "Day-O" ..and More!

Updated on July 1, 2018

Movie songs.......

There are many movies out there that could have been included and if this page was called 50 movies & Songs then they would have been.

With movies such as Alien, Lord of the Rings, Psycho, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hurtlocker, 300, The Godfather, Equilibrium, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Trainspotting, Footloose, Flashdance, Avatar, Armageddon, Rocky, Grease and many, many more all with excellent scenes, theme tunes and songs, it was hard to pick just 10.

However I decided to go with 10 that are memorable to me.....possibly with the exception of Tropic Thunder at the bottom of the list and that was included because when I saw it I could not believe that it was Tom Cruise I was watching (Way to go Tom....both thumbs up)

The list is not in any specific order although I am amazed at the graphics and modern tech that has gone into the first video and linked with what could be considered to be an unusual song choice for a stand off scene, however given the mutants powers........ it works, and it works well.

X-Men Days of Future Past (The Quicksilver Scene)

"Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce..

This outing of the latest X-Men franchise sees the return of John Ottoman as musical director, and he doesn't disappoint.

Xavier has been given a touching theme tune in "Hope" and the inclusion of Roberta Flacks "The First Time ever I Saw Your Face" is excellent. However for me it is the scene where they have entered the room and there is a tense stand off situation.

Quicksilver just inserts his earphones, lowers his googles and speeds into action. With the fantastic effects involved and awesome execution of the scene you not only see the time slowed down but feel it through the music playing through his earphones, which is "Time in a bottle" by Jim croce.

Beetlejuice ( Day-O)

"Day-O" by Harry Belafonte..

This dark and whimsical Tim Burton movie is a classic and this is aided by Danny Elfmanns music.

There are two Harry Belafonte offerings in this 20 strong line up of musical accompaniments. The one near the end of the movie is "Jump in Line" (Shake, Shake Senora) however my favourite is the "Day-O" (Banana boat song) acted out at the dining table by possessed guests.

An exceptionally funny, unique and an amazing film, and only need to say his name three times (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beet.......maybe not).

Ghost (Unchained Melody)

"Unchained Melody" sung by The Righteous Brothers..

A romantic fantasy crime thriller of a story about a love cut short and the grieving of the widow played by Demi Moore.

Whoopi Goldberg provides the humour and Patrick Swayze is the Ghost involved in this sometimes dark yet comical love story. The musical themes provided by Maurice Jarre are exceptional however the masterpiece of the film is the scene at the potters wheel where Molly is sat working when Sam approaches her from behind and with arms around her he helps to mould the clay.....ok not practical I know and very messy with the wet clay and all, but the scene works really well with the use of the song "Unchained Melody". An uplifting powerful ballad that really matches the scene to show the depth of feeling and just how much these two characters have lost with Sams death later in the movie.

The Wanderers (The Wanderer by Dion & The Belmonts)

Sung by Dion & The Belmonts..

Often regarded as an adult version of "Grease", "The Wanderers" has become something of a cult classic over the years. The movie tells the tale of a bunch of teenagers growing up on the New York streets (circa 1963). Music plays a big role in the movie -- after all, the name of the gang in question is the title of a Dion and the Belmonts song -- still, the songs in this movie capture the early 1960s so perfectly, you can't help but lose yourself in it.

Waynes World (Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen)

Sung by Queen..

"Wayne's World" was a hot thing back in 1992. It was a fun, silly, and a strangely moving film, While the movie itself was successful, the soundtrack that came from the film was also just as great. It featured some of the hottest music you could ever hope to hear on a soundtrack.

The most popular track is without question Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." This song was featured in the Wayne's World trailers, and helped to sell the movie to audiences. In return, this movie and soundtrack also gave Queen a relative second-resurrection, gaining much more popularity, as well as being introduced to a younger generation of fans who probably had never even heard of Queen, let alone the bizarre and hypnotic "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Titanic (My Heart Will Go on)

My heart will go on - sung by Celine Dion

The soundtrack for Titanic, has been one of the best soundtracks yet made. Many will not agree but when you listen to it closely, the rhythm, words or no words, touch deep within.

The matching of music and scenes is very successful. James Horner uses every modern sound device, chorus voices, and a beautiful orchestra to portray scenes from almost a hundred years past.

Deliverance (Dueling Banjos)

Played by Eric Weissberg..

Featured in the movie "Deliverance" starring Burt Reynolds. In this scene the group have stopped for fuel and are taking a break when one member starts to tune his guitar and strum a few chords when he is matched by a local on a banjo.

Duelling Banjos is truly a fantastic piece of music, both in speed and execution. Banjoist Eric Weissberg has spent most of his career in relative obscurity as a studio musician,however he is one of the finest banjo players to ever pick up the instrument. He was musically educated at the University of Wisconsin and Juilliard, Weissberg was a seminal banjo picker who combined the power and taste of Earl Scruggs along with the progressive melodic banjo stylings of the 1960s.

The Lion King (Circle of Life)

Sung by Carmen Twillie & Lebo Morake..

An all time classic Disney movie with music by Elton John and lyrcis by Tim Rice. Although Elton John did sing a pop version of this hit, he didn't sing it in the actual movie. This was sung by Lebo Morake in the opening sequence and by Carmen Twillie in the verses.

A young cubs adventure after his reluctant departure from Pride Rock, friends met along the way in the form of Timone & Pumba, and his triumphant return......all good stuff.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Hooked on a feeling)

OogaChaka Ooga Ooga OogaChaka.....

This was the introduction to the song Hooked on a Feeling sung by Blue Swede in Marvels action packed epic space adventure movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

Music plays a major role in this movie as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she had made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth.

Did you know that there was a 1999 cover version of Hooked on a Feeling sung by David Hassellhof...............that's right The Hoffmeister himself.

Tropic Thunder ("Low" by Flo-Rida

"Low" sung by Flo-Rida

One of the funniest movies of 2008 and well done Ben Stiller who Directed, co-wrote, co-produced and co-acted in the movie.

The movie has a great soundtrack that adds humour to this war film, and the dances of Les Grossman (Tom Cruise) are inspiring. There is "Low" by Flo-Rida and also "Get Back" by Ludacris which both provide the musical backdrop for Cruises demonstration and confirmation that a fat bald guy can look good on the dance floor.....Go Thomas, Go Thomas!

© 2014 Alan Writes


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    • Alan Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Alan Writes 

      4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Thanks MA....yes Huey Lewis, not a bad way to start your day.

    • Movie Arbiter profile image

      Movie Arbiter 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I dig the list, great post! Only addition I can think of is Power of Love in Back to the Future.

    • Alan Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Alan Writes 

      4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Thanks Hezekiah, yeah the Rock.....I can see that working for you, good choice

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      4 years ago from Japan

      Nice post. For me it is definitely the Rock sound track. It gives me a boost whenever I hear it in the Gym.


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