It’s no secret that some of the most memorable and catchy songs ever created were written for movies. Soundtracks are an essential part of movie making and even have the ability to make or break a movie. When asked about The Wizard of Oz, the first thing that probably comes to people’s minds is “Somewhere above the rainbow”, and the same reaction occurs with Titanic‘s “My heart will continue.” One of the beautiful things about music is that it allows us to convey something that can only be felt through song. In movies, we look to music to enhance a scene and improve the overall pace of a story.
The collaboration between music and cinema is a collaboration that will never go out of fashion. There are so many amazing singers from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga who have been able to create timeless musical pieces through the collaboration of the two media, and these artists are examples of the beauty of music and film coming together. Here are ten original movie songs we will never get enough of.
ten “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings (Live and Let Die)
This song is perhaps one of the most iconic songs ever written for a James Bond movie. In 1973, Roger Moore made his 007 debut in the film Live and Let Die and has gone on to star in six other Bond films since. Paul McCartney released the song “Live and Let Die” especially for this film and his upbeat but mysterious nature perfectly represents the theme of the work.
9 “Can’t Help but Fall in Love” with Elvis Presley (Blue Hawaii)
While most of Elvis Presley’s films don’t stand the test of time, his music certainly does. One of the singer’s most beloved songs of all time is “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which comes from the 1961 musical. Hawaii Blue. For decades after the film’s release Elvis performed this song live and even now in 2022 the song is finding new audiences due to the number of artists covering the work. This song is iconic and will likely be listened to forever.
8 “Mme Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel (The Graduate)
The graduation is a romance / comedy-drama by director Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. While the film was nominated for seven Oscars and won the Oscar for Best Director, perhaps the most memorable aspect of the film is the song “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel. This song was originally written for The graduation and became a favorite on his own, in addition to making his return to the big screen in 2013. A cover of Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads can be heard in Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio the wolf of Wall Street.
seven “Miss misery” by Elliott Smith (The Hunt for Goodwill)
As Will Hunting finally realizes that he must at least try to use his gift and strive for something better, if not for himself and his friends around him, we see him coming out of Boston. without telling anyone where he is going. During this very moving scene, Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” plays in the background. The lyrics say, “I know you’d rather see me go than the way I am,” which is exactly how the audience and all of the characters in Goodwill hunting think of Will.
6 “The Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens (Call me by your name)
Call me by your name is the complex and raw love story between Elio Perlman (TimothÃ©e Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). The two fall in love when Oliver comes to stay with Elio and his family for a summer in 1980s Italy, and audiences watch them grow as people – and as a couple – while discovering how to make a relationship work in it. a world where they feel they must keep it a secret. Towards the end of the film, when all the audiences want is Elio and Oliver to end up together, Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” begins to act. The song is beautiful on its own, but gets a lot more electric when paired with this story. âMystery of Loveâ even landed a nomination for Best Original Song at the Oscars in 2018.
5 “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (The Breakfast Club)
This song and this movie are both simply iconic. The breakfast club is a 1985 teen drama film starring Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez. It’s so impressive to see how, even more than thirty-five years later, The breakfast club and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” are more relevant than ever. This movie is still being played in high schools across the country and the image of John Bender pumping with his fist with “Don’t You” will play will be forever etched in our minds.
4 “Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Audrey Hepburn is a symbol of beauty, elegance and grace. His performance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is electric and innocent at the same time. The song “Moon River” was originally slated to be cut from the movie, but Hepburn told producers they had to leave it because it was a vital moment in the movie. She was absolutely right, and today “Moon River” is one of the most beloved original movie songs of all time.
3 Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” (A Star is Born)
A star is born is filled with great songs from “Never Love Again”, “Always Remember Us This Way” and “Is That Alright?”, but Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet “Shallow” is by far the most famous. “Shallow” is so important to the movie because it’s one of the reasons our two main characters, Ally and Jackson, fall in love with each other. Once they’ve performed “Shallow” on stage together, their hearts are forever bound. The song became an instant hit as it went number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2019.
2 Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (Titanic)
When you think of James Cameron’s romance / drama in 1997 Titanic, you think of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. It’s hard to think of a song that fits a movie more perfectly than this pairing. The song composed by James Horner with lyrics by Will Jennings has the ability to incorporate everything we felt during the three hour movie into a three minute song. “My Heart Will Go On” won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1998 and, just like Titanic, is nothing less than beautiful, dramatic and epic.
1 “Somewhere on the Rainbow” by Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz)
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most classic and beloved movies of all time. The story of the young girl trying to get home to Kansas and meeting a scarecrow, a tinsmith, and a lion on the way is a story that will be told forever. Judy Garland is a true star and has a quality that resonates with audiences of all generations. Countless people have tried singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, but no one does it quite like Garland. Despite the difficulties she faced in her personal life, Judy Garland will always be remembered as a brilliant performer who managed to light up every screen she appeared on and gave hope to millions of people. in the world through his songs.
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