With the recent airing of the 56th Grammys and the 86th Academy Awards quickly approaching, we’re taking a moment to look back at some of the best songs in movies. Perhaps over time, Despicable Me 2’s “Happy,” composed and performed by Grammy-winner and Oscar-nominee Pharrell Williams, will earn a spot on the list. Check out the top 10 below!
1. “My Heart Will Go On” – Titanic
The movie that catapulted Leo and Kate to worldwide fame also boosted Celine Dion’s career. The Canadian songstress lent her powerhouse vocals to the emotionally stirring featured song from Titanic.
2. “Mrs. Robinson” – The Graduate
Simon and Garfunkel initially wrote the song about Eleanor Roosevelt, but The Graduate director Mike Nichols was able to convince them to alter the song for his movie. The rest is history.
3. “Eye of the Tiger” – Rocky III
Although rock band Survivor’s song first appeared in the third film of the Rocky series, “Eye of the Tiger” is now permanently attached to the Rocky movie brand – as well as nearly every sports montage.
4. “Stayin’ Alive” – Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta in disco attire, the long-haired Bee Gees, and a jammin’ bass line is pretty much a recipe for success, making it no surprise that “Stayin’ Alive” is one of the most iconic movie songs.
5. “Gangsta’s Paradise” – Dangerous Minds
Coolio created a song that is generally agreed to be more important than the movie it was in. Gangsta’s Paradise embodies the best of 90s rap.
6. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – The Breakfast Club
A teen classic from the ‘80s ‘Brat Pack,’ The Breakfast Club ends with a beautifully powerful and angsty song by Simple Minds that makes the emotions of the film unforgettable.
7. “Ghostbusters” (theme song) – Ghostbusters
While there may be a slim few who haven’t yet seen the awesomeness that is Ghostbusters, pretty much everyone has heard the theme song by Ray Parker Jr. – now an essential Halloween party track.
8. “I Believe I Can Fly” – Space Jam
R. Kelly’s stirring lyrics made a regular appearance at graduations in the ‘90s…yet, they got their start in a movie about cartoon space aliens playing the NBA’s elite players. Somehow the lightheartedness of the movie and the gravity of the song make a great match.
9. “Unchained Melody” – Ghost
Demi, Patrick and pottery had enough mass appeal in 1990 to launch the 1965 The Righteous Brothers’ hit “Unchained Melody” to the top of adult contemporary charts.
10. “Lose Yourself” – 8 Mile
Eminem starred in a loosely autobiographical film and penned the quintessential rap song about striving for seemingly unattainable dreams while battling personal struggles – a guaranteed slam dunk for Mr. Mathers at the top of his game.
What are your favorite songs from movies?
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