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2012-01-28 02:52:32 PM  
List fails without John Travolta strutting with a paint can to "Staying Alive".
 
2012-01-28 03:00:39 PM  
List Fails without "Johnny B Goode" from "Back to the Future." And what about the song that they slowed down in "Inception" every time they went into another dream. It was actually pretty clever how they incorporated it.

Oh and where is "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta" from Office Space???

C'mon!
 
2012-01-28 03:02:40 PM  
And I have one more complaint...

"Spirit in the Sky" from "Apollo 13." I can't hear that song on the radio without thinking of Tom Hanks and crew floating around in the Command Module with that song playing.
 
2012-01-28 03:03:32 PM  
"Going Home" from Local Hero. Perfect song for the end sequence.
 
2012-01-28 03:08:42 PM  
I usually hate this kind of music, but "Angel" by Massive Attack was used so perfectly in "Flight of the Phoenix." It was very haunting and emotional (when one of the crew members was shot by the nomads-turned-thieves. This is the exact same song used in "The West Wing," when President Bartlett's daughter was kidnapped and Leo was running to break the news to the president. Used very effectively there as well. Like I said, I hate this kind of music, but can appreciate it when it is used so effectively to complement a scene in an integral way.
 
2012-01-28 03:14:52 PM  

The Banana Thug: I usually hate this kind of music, but "Angel" by Massive Attack was used so perfectly in "Flight of the Phoenix." It was very haunting and emotional (when one of the crew members was shot by the nomads-turned-thieves. This is the exact same song used in "The West Wing," when President Bartlett's daughter was kidnapped and Leo was running to break the news to the president. Used very effectively there as well. Like I said, I hate this kind of music, but can appreciate it when it is used so effectively to complement a scene in an integral way.


Link (new window) Also used well in Snatch. (powerful part starts at 1:10)
 
2012-01-28 03:21:47 PM  
Inna Gadda Da Vida, from Manhunter (nsfw, sweary and violent)

(this is the full climax of the movie)
 
2012-01-28 03:33:24 PM  
Personal favorite: RATM's "Wake Up" at the end of The Matrix. If only they'd just left it at that...
 
2012-01-28 03:34:38 PM  
Casino: Gimme Shelter. Scorcese uses the entire song for the montage of Pesci rising in power.

Rushmore: Ooh La La.
 
2012-01-28 03:49:36 PM  
I really like this list as a "50 Great Uses of Songs in Movies" rather than the 50 "best". There are so many other great ones not on this list, many mentioned in these comments already, but I have to say that I do like all of the ones that they picked as well. My personal favorite top 3 uses of songs in movies are:

1 - Tiny Dancer - Almost Famous
2 - Sister Christian - Boogie Nights
3 - Ride of the Valkyries - Apocalypse Now

I can't ever hear these songs without thinking of the scene in the movie.
 
2012-01-28 03:49:45 PM  
Another scene from Boogie Nights that could have been on here is the pool party scene with
Mama Told Me Not To Come/ Spill The Wine. (new window)
 
2012-01-28 04:21:54 PM  
Thank you, TCM, for helping me remember another awesome song use right now: "Summer Madness" in Rocky.
 
2012-01-28 04:33:13 PM  

Badgers: I know they'd have to pick 2 songs from the same movie, but come on...


Oh, so very much this!

Let we forget.... Link (new window)">Link (new window)

Or, perhaps using a great version of 'Don't Let me Be Misunderstood' for this!: Link (new window)

That does it! Tarantino fest at my house tonight!
 
2012-01-28 04:35:52 PM  

BeatrixK: Badgers: I know they'd have to pick 2 songs from the same movie, but come on...

Oh, so very much this!

Let we forget.... Link (new window)">Link (new window)

Or, perhaps using a great version of 'Don't Let me Be Misunderstood' for this!: Link (new window)

That does it! Tarantino fest at my house tonight!


Lemmi try that first one was again: Link (new window)
 
2012-01-28 04:38:24 PM  

walrusonion: Another scene from Boogie Nights that could have been on here is the pool party scene with
Mama Told Me Not To Come/ Spill The Wine. (new window)


I was thinking of a different scene, obviously, but man that part where Guzman's character is looking for Amber Waves by her real name when her daughter calls is just low-key devastating.
 
2012-01-28 04:57:27 PM  
Best use of Delibes' "Flower Duet" ever.

i759.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-28 05:19:27 PM  

the nameless one: Number 1 should have been lovely lovely ludwig van's 5th used in a clockwork orange


It was his 9th. I thought "Singing in the Rain" was used to better effect in Clockwork Orange.
 
2012-01-28 05:51:40 PM  
Merry Christmas! (new window)
 
2012-01-28 05:53:38 PM  

EKU Colonel: Oh and where is "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta" from Office Space???


The entire Office Space soundtrack.

"I've got my pistol pawn cocked. Ready ta lay shots nonstop until I see your monkey ass drop. And let your homies know who done it "

(black guy walks buy holding flowers)

*locks car door*

"Cuz when it comes to this gangsta shiat you motherfarkers know who run it

(black guy walks off)

"I got this killa up inside of me I can't talk to my mother so I talk to my diary!"
 
2012-01-28 07:04:42 PM  
No mention of The Big Chill?

I can think of three strong uses of music in that flick.
 
2012-01-28 08:15:22 PM  

tbriggs: "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when....."
The perfect distillation of 'good war' nostalgia fueling the cold war, as seen over a montage of nuclear destruction. It doesn't get any better than that.


Agreed. Love that scene.
 
2012-01-28 08:22:56 PM  
List completely and utterly fails without this one...

Link (new window)

I know they probably didn't want to use two Queen songs in the list, but this blows away "Wayne's World."
 
2012-01-28 08:34:23 PM  
'Wise Up' from Magnolia.

Link (new window)
 
2012-01-28 09:12:28 PM  
I would have liked to have seen this one. AWOOOOO! (new window)
Scorsese is just a genius with music for soundtracks.
And the scene from Miller's Crossing shoulda been higher.

/The Old Man's still an artist with the Thompson.
 
2012-01-28 10:40:01 PM  
List fails without "What is Love" by Haddaway in Night at the Roxbury.

/I keed

//or do I?
 
2012-01-28 11:14:33 PM  
Quentin Tarentino and Martin Scorsese, seem particularly adept at selecting the perfect song for a scene, and cutting the scene to the music.

"Battle Without Honour or Humanity" has become cliché because it was overused after Kill Bill Vol. 1, but that happened largely because it was so good in that scene.

Also, immediately preceding that scene, was an awesome use of "The Green Hornet Theme"

I can't find a link to the "Whip It" scene in which DeNiro and his entourage strut into the club in Casino, but it was another excellent match of visuals and music.
 
2012-01-28 11:32:43 PM  
the crew race from Social Network. everytime i hear that song now...
 
2012-01-29 03:14:45 AM  
can't really argue with # 1.
 
2012-01-29 08:35:28 AM  
Liked the inclusion of "In Your Eyes" from Say Anything, but I'd also include "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2.
 
2012-01-29 11:17:00 AM  

Killer Refresh Rate: Not in the list, but I'd say an honorable mention should go to Ordinary World, in Layer Cake. (new window)


Came here to say this.....
Unforgettable scene.
 
2012-01-29 01:31:57 PM  
NotoriousW.O.P: Scorsese is just a genius with music for soundtracks.

HopScotchNSoda: Quentin Tarentino and Martin Scorsese, seem particularly adept at selecting the perfect song for a scene, and cutting the scene to the music

I find Scorsese's use of songs to be intrusive to the experience and it always feels as if he uses them as a crutch to telegraph emotional content. Tarantino does this too, but it doesn't irk me same way because his films never try to be as "serious" as Scorsese's. Martin S may make homages, but never pastiches.

Earguy: No mention of The Big Chill?

#35, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
 
2012-01-29 05:55:32 PM  
If The Long Walk doesn't include running on empty, I'll be sorely disappointed.
 
2012-01-29 08:37:07 PM  
I CBA to click through those slideshow pages, but my favorite recent one was "The Show" in "MoneyBall."
 
2012-01-29 08:48:12 PM  
Needle in the hay- Elliott Smith in Royal Tennebaums.
 
2012-01-30 10:01:15 AM  
Pixies at the end of Fight Club
 
2012-01-30 12:44:11 PM  
Coming late to the party, but Magnolia's use of Aimee Mann's Wise Up deserves mention. Great song, awesome scene, superbly integrated.
 
2012-01-30 04:10:27 PM  
Good list! I just kinda scanned over this this thread and will enjoy it later, but two that come to mind for me that weren't on the list were in "The Color Purple" when Shug sings "Sister" to Celie, and the opera song in "The Shawshank Redemption".
 
2012-01-30 05:53:53 PM  

Garet Garrett: Coming late to the party, but Magnolia's use of Aimee Mann's Wise Up deserves mention. Great song, awesome scene, superbly integrated.


I was thinking "Save Me" at the end...also very fitting.
 
2012-01-30 06:08:24 PM  
I really liked "Some where over the rainbow" in "Face Off". Can't find a link, but the mom puts it on the kids walkman when the police are raiding the apartment.
 
2012-01-30 10:31:48 PM  

Garet Garrett: Coming late to the party, but Magnolia's use of Aimee Mann's Wise Up deserves mention. Great song, awesome scene, superbly integrated.


I mentioned that Saturday afternoon. Not hacking on you, just pointing out that someone else appreciates the scene/song.
 
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