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Great movie soundtracks

Updated on January 17, 2016
Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction

Every movie needs to have music. It helps the movie distinguish himself from others. In some cases, it makes the movie come alive. Therefore, I've put together some of the top songs that, in my opinion, are the best soundtracks to be played in movies. Of course, some other great songs you might have loved might not appear in this list.

  • Urge Overkill - Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon, (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

For those of us who saw ''Pulp Fiction'', this song reminds us of the scene where Uma Thurman dances on the song and then takes cocaine. All that while John Travolta is in the bathroom thinking on what to do. ''Girl you'll be a woman soon'' fits perfectly this scene.

  • Kenny Loggins - Footloose, (Footloose, 1984)

This movie is the one that launched the career of Kevin Bacon. So many kids and adults just could not stop dancing on the rhythm of ''Footloose''. Therefore, this song gets a special spot on my list.

  • Bryan Adams - Everything I Do I Do It for You, (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991)

Kevin Reynolds captivated everyone with his version of Robin Hood. Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio have a big love relationship in the movie and this song captivates it even more. Several couples choose this song for their wedding which tells us how beautiful this song is.

  • Michael Sembello - Maniac, and Irene Cara - What a Feeling (Flashdance, 1983)

A dancer on the stage, lays down on a silver chair pulls on a rope and...of course you all know the scene I'm talking about. Loads of water come down pouring on her and it instantly becomes one of the most memorable scenes in the history of cinema. The soundtrack of this movie kept people singing and dancing ''Maniac'' and ''What a feeling'' for ages.

  • Des'ree - Kissing You (Romeo + Juliet, 1996)

This song plays when Romeo meets Juliet for the first at the party. Each one of them are in the bathroom and an aquarium separates them. They spot each other across the aquarium and then we can hear ''Kissing you''. One of the strongest moments in the movie and this song adds a lot to it.

  • The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (Ghost, 1990)

Idem. Ask your girlfriend if she knows what this means. Chances are she'll tell you: Awww it's from the movie ''Ghost''! Then start singing her this song and chances are she also knows where it comes from. That is why this song deserves a spot here.

  • The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (The Departed, 2006 & Apocalypse Now, 1979)

Apocalypse Now is one of the greatest war movies ever made, if not the best one. There's no better war song than this one with maybe Fortunate Son on top of the list. People will always rely ''Gimme Shelter'' to Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now to ''Gimme Shelter''. This song also plays in the beginning credits of ''The Departed''.

  • Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III, 1982)

This list would not be complete without a song from the Rocky series. Rocky IV holds many songs but they don't have vocals so I thought this one was more appropriate to put in this list. Eye of the Tiger is a song that many people use to workout these days but whenever we hear this song, the first thing that comes to our minds is Rocky fighting Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang or Ivan Draco.

  • Berlin - Take My Breath Away (Top Gun, 1986)

This song is, in my opinion, the most meaningful song of the 80's. Thanks to this song, Tom Cruise propelled his career to stardom and a classic was made, Top Gun. The scene with this song is when Maverick and Charlie (Kelly McGillis)... well you know what scene I'm talking about. It's that same scene that helped all the girls dream of Tom Cruise.

  • Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard, 1992)

Whitney Houston's version of ''I Will Always Love You'' propelled her to another sphere. This single became the most selling single of all-time by a woman. She performed incredibly well in the movie and the song was nominated for best original song at the Oscars.

  • Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On (Titanic, 1997)

When Titanic first came out in 1997, it was the big thing. It raffled 11 Oscars that year and ever since no movie has done the same. ''My heart will go on'', performed by Celine Dion, also won the Oscar for Best Song. It captured everyone's heart and still today, when I hear it, it gives me shivers even after all these years.

  • Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight ( The Lion King, 1994)

For those of us who were born in the 80's or the 90's, this song will surely remind us of our childhood. Written and performed by Elton John, this song won an Oscar for Best Song in a movie. ''Can you feel the love tonight'' was brilliantly interpreted and this song will remain in the heart of every kid and adult no matter what their age is. It still is one of the most iconic songs in a Disney movie to this date.

  • Walk The Line, Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Whiterspoon (Walk the Line, 2005)

''Walk The Line'' portrays the life of music legend Johnny Cash. The actor who portrays him is Joaquin Phoenix and he does a wonderful job. He REALLY looks like Johnny Cash and he also sings like him. Some people even say they prefer Joaquin's version to Johnny's. Joaquin Phoenix has had some struggling days after this movie but things seem to be back on track for him now. He remains a great actor and in my opinion, he deserved the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role but that is my opinion.

Well i hope you enjoyed this hub. I think these are some of the top songs to ever be played in movies. Of course this list could easily go up to 100 but I preferred to do a list of my personal top movie songs.

Let me know if you share the same music taste than me! Or if i forgot a crucial song please let me know which one!!


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      The Reminder 6 years ago from Canada

      Yeah you are right I completely forgot about that one. I should update the hub with that song anytime soon.

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      Insomniac 6 years ago

      I don't wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith needs to be on here. Armageddon was a great movie and when this song played it took it to another level.

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      The Reminder 6 years ago from Canada

      Flashdance song became a classic because of that movie. But the movie itself is great. It was great for the era.

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      Selina Kyle 6 years ago

      Some great songs and movies here! To be honest, I liked the Flashdance song more than I liked the movie! LOL nice job :)