Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a movie is a heartbreaking drama, an action-packed thriller or a jaw-dropping comedy, the right song at the right time will always increase the impact of a scene. Additionally, many songs written for films have remained self-contained, with the popularity of some eclipsing the films that inspired them.
The greatest example of this undoubtedly comes from 1992 The bodyguard. Although probably not everyone has seen the film, people of all generations may recognize its massive hit single: Whitney Houston’s hit ballad “I Will Always Love You.” John Travolta’s 1977 cult classic disco film Saturday night fever produced many of the Bee Gees’ biggest hits, including “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.” Even now, the power of the soundtrack continues to shine on the charts – with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet “Shallow” from the 2018 remake of A star is born and “We’re Not Talking About Bruno” from Disney’s 2021 animated film Encanto is gaining momentum globally.
Here’s a look back at the Hot 100’s 56 biggest hits that resulted from hitting the big screen.
This ranking is based on actual performances on the Billboard Hot 100 weekly chart. Songs are ranked on an inverse point system, with weeks at #1 earning the most value and weeks at #100 earning the least. To ensure a fair representation of the greatest hits from each era, certain time periods have been weighted to account for the difference in rotation rates of those years.