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robeiae
10-11-2010, 02:04 AM
There are some songs that--when I hear them--I automatically think of a movie that used them. I don't mean songs written to be in the movie, but rather songs that were hits in their own right, before they were used.

For instance:

Stayin' Alive by the BeeGees--I can't be the only one that can only think of the scene in Airplane! when I hear this song, can I?

One Tin Soldier by Coven--the end or beginning of Billy Jack.

Got some more? Let's hear 'em.

mellymel
10-11-2010, 02:57 AM
Eye of the Tiger--Rocky
The Time of my Life, Hungry Eyes--Dirty Dancing
Danger Zone, Take My Breath Away--Top Gun
Give My Regards to Broadway--Bring it On
Don't You--Breakfast Club

To name a few :)

LGwenn
10-11-2010, 03:06 AM
Unchained Melody-- Ghost
Footloose-
What A Feeling- Flashdance
In Your Eyes- Say Anything
:)

Silver King
10-11-2010, 03:43 AM
Not a hit song, but when I hear The End by The Doors, I can't help but think of Apocalypse Now and how well it works in that film.

poetinahat
10-11-2010, 04:25 AM
Oh Yeah, by Yello - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
You Can Leave Your Hat On, by Joe Cocker - 9 1/2 Weeks
Hip Priest, by The Fall - Silence of the Lambs
Shout, by Otis Day and the Knights - Animal House
Louie Louie, by The Kingsmen - ibid.

robeiae
10-11-2010, 04:31 AM
Not a hit song, but when I hear The End by The Doors, I can't help but think of Apocalypse Now and how well it works in that film.
Not a hit a song?!?! Not a hit song?!?! Why, I oughta...

robeiae
10-11-2010, 04:35 AM
Oh Yeah, by Yello - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I gotta admit, I think of The Secret Of My Success (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQGtSJq-dZ8&feature=related) when I hear that...

willietheshakes
10-11-2010, 04:39 AM
Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf) -- Easy Rider
99 Luftballons -- Gross Pointe Blank

poetinahat
10-11-2010, 04:39 AM
I gotta admit, I think of The Secret Of My Success (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQGtSJq-dZ8&feature=related) when I hear that...


Well, really, it makes me think of Duff Man. :e2shrug:

robeiae
10-11-2010, 04:41 AM
99 Luftballons -- Gross Pointe Blank
I would have been with you there, but then Watchmen came out...

SirOtter
10-11-2010, 05:01 AM
Herman's Hermits' 'I'm Into Something Good' - The Naked Gun

LGwenn
10-11-2010, 05:06 AM
Caught in the middle with you- Reservoir Dogs

milly
10-11-2010, 05:29 AM
"Whiter Shade of Pale" and "You Can't Always Get what you Want" - The Big Chill
"Moon River"-Breakfast at Tiffany's
"Time is on my Side"- Fallen
"Sweet Caroline"- Beautiful Girls

Williebee
10-11-2010, 05:36 AM
Actually, the one that is tied to Gross Pointe Blank for me is "Blister in the Sun"

LOG
10-11-2010, 07:03 AM
My heart will go on -- Titanic.
I see you -- Avatar (The song itself is iffy, but it and the movie are very iconic in my mind.)

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
10-11-2010, 07:52 AM
Maybe its an age thing... Chariots of Fire, Vangelis, Film of the same name.

blacbird
10-11-2010, 08:14 AM
"Singin' in the Rain", A Clockwork Orange.

Cyia
10-11-2010, 08:58 AM
"Singin' in the Rain", A Clockwork Orange.

Or, you know, Singin' in the Rain: the movie.

poetinahat
10-11-2010, 10:29 AM
Not a hit song, but when I hear The End by The Doors, I can't help but think of Apocalypse Now and how well it works in that film.
From the same film, I thought Satisfaction by the Stones was memorable - hot Mekong surfin' action!

willietheshakes
10-11-2010, 02:16 PM
"Whiter Shade of Pale" and "You Can't Always Get what you Want" - The Big Chill
"Moon River"-Breakfast at Tiffany's
"Time is on my Side"- Fallen
"Sweet Caroline"- Beautiful Girls

I'll see your Big Chill and raise you
"Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Like a Rolling Stone (live with The Band)" -- New York Stories (Life Lessons)

Diana Hignutt
10-11-2010, 02:19 PM
Watchmen etched two songs in my memory together with the movie:

Hallaluh (not spelled right, I'm sure--it's too early for spelling things right) when Night Owl and Silk Spectre, well you know...

All Along the Watch Tower - when Night Owl and Rorshach are closing in on the villains' South Pole lair.

robeiae
10-11-2010, 03:45 PM
Caught in the middle with you- Reservoir Dogs
Oh yeah. Most definitely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mCfzQOyANk&feature=related).

Wayne K
10-11-2010, 04:07 PM
Freebird from Devil's Rejects http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZarAaCCv_Y

robeiae
10-11-2010, 04:10 PM
Actually, the one that is tied to Gross Pointe Blank for me is "Blister in the Sun"
For me, it's Rudie Can't Fail.

Perks
10-11-2010, 04:20 PM
American Girl, by Tom Petty, for poor Catherine Martin in 'Silence of the Lambs'.

Diana Hignutt
10-11-2010, 04:23 PM
Shadow on the Sun (Audioslave) from Collateral.

Wayne K
10-11-2010, 04:35 PM
Hands of Time (Groove Armada) was in Collateral too. Great tune

Shadow_Ferret
10-11-2010, 04:58 PM
"As Time Goes By" Casablanca
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Wizard of Oz
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" Yankee Doodle Dandy
"White Christmas" White Christmas

gabbleandhiss
10-11-2010, 05:16 PM
"Moving in Stereo" (The Cars) + Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or, more accurately, that song + Phoebe's boobs.

Jcomp
10-11-2010, 05:26 PM
The piano part of "Layla" makes me think of Goodfellas.

CaroGirl
10-11-2010, 09:31 PM
Up Where We Belong from An Officer and a Gentleman
Minnie the Moocher and Aretha's Think from The Blues Brothers

Perks
10-11-2010, 10:19 PM
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), by The Proclaimers, in 'Benny and Joon'.

quickWit
10-11-2010, 10:35 PM
Dead Man's Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg) by Oingo Boingo from Back To School

brainstorm77
10-11-2010, 10:38 PM
Pretty Woman in Pretty Woman

blacbird
10-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Or, you know, Singin' in the Rain: the movie.

Nobody who has seen A Clockwork Orange will ever associate that song again with Gene Kelly first.

poetinahat
10-12-2010, 04:42 AM
Dead Man's Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg) by Oingo Boingo from Back To School

"What's a jacuzzi without bubbles? Hey, Bubbles... come over here!"

poetinahat
10-12-2010, 04:43 AM
Killing Me Softly, in About A Boy
Better Be Home Soon, by Crowded House, in The Sum of Us - very good father-son film with Russell Crowe as the gay son of laconic dad Jack Thompson who just doesn't see what the fuss is about

Diana Hignutt
10-12-2010, 02:25 PM
We've Only Just Begun - 1408

aruna
10-12-2010, 04:54 PM
O mio babbino caro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhyyqxiuJx0) with Room With a View. I can't hear that music without swooning for those lovers, though I can't remember a specific scene. It's the whole movie, and Florence.

SirOtter
10-12-2010, 09:11 PM
Dead Man's Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg) by Oingo Boingo from Back To School

Or Twist & Shout.

SirOtter
10-12-2010, 09:18 PM
Dick Dale & Stevie Ray Vaughn on Pipeline from Back to the Beach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWw55XhTehg

dclary
10-12-2010, 09:40 PM
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show -- David Spade and Neil Diamond in Lost and Found

Golden Years -- David Bowie in A Knight's Tale

And though the song has been terribly overused recently, Holding out for a Hero -- Jennifer Saunders in Shrek

SirOtter
10-12-2010, 10:14 PM
O mio babbino caro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhyyqxiuJx0)with Room With a View. I can't hear that music without swooning for those lovers, though I can't remember a specific scene. It's the whole movie, and Florence.

Good'un. Dame Kiri could sing a grocery list and charm the angels out of heaven.

Williebee
10-12-2010, 10:23 PM
Pretty much anything Jim Carroll did is tied in my head to "Basketball Diaries", but mostly
People Who Died (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkur2epZhyc)

Diana Hignutt
10-12-2010, 10:48 PM
Golden Years -- David Bowie in A Knight's Tale


One of the highlights of that fine film. Love it.

"Show us a dance from Ulmm"

dclary
10-12-2010, 10:54 PM
One of the highlights of that fine film. Love it.

"Show us a dance from Ulmm"

Gelderland.

He claimed to be from Gelderland.

^_^

Diana Hignutt
10-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Gelderland.

He claimed to be from Gelderland.

^_^

You're right. But, where did I get Ulmm from? Wasn't he going by the name Sir Ulrick of Ulmm, or something?

dclary
10-13-2010, 01:16 AM
You're right. But, where did I get Ulmm from? Wasn't he going by the name Sir Ulrick of Ulmm, or something?


When first addressed by Voldemor, he said "And who are you?"

"Sir Ulrick of Ummmm.." -- because he wasn't used to answering as a knight.

Williebee
10-13-2010, 02:45 AM
Voldemor?

really? As in "look, no 't' on the end! I'm not so bad!!"

WCP
10-13-2010, 08:55 PM
This isn't a movie, but I always now associate "Dont stop believing" with the finale for The Sopranos.

quickWit
10-13-2010, 08:58 PM
this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeQYGCp6z0A)

dclary
10-13-2010, 09:44 PM
Voldemor?

really? As in "look, no 't' on the end! I'm not so bad!!"


Oops. Right vowel sounds, wrong consonants.

Count Adhemar.

The V was my subconscious desire to see the new Harry Potter films emerging!

SirOtter
10-14-2010, 06:06 AM
Caught in the middle with you- Reservoir Dogs

That's actually Stuck in the Middle With You. Good call, none the less. :)

SirOtter
10-14-2010, 06:10 AM
From American Werewolf in London, three separate covers of Blue Moon, by Bobbie Vinton, Sam Cooke and the Marcels, plus Bad Moon Rising by CCR, PLUS Van Morrison's Moondance. Not sure how Cat Stevens' Moon Shadow missed the cut, but there it is.

Also, the Doors' People Are Strange from The Lost Boys.

milly
10-14-2010, 06:16 AM
Actually, the one that is tied to Gross Pointe Blank for me is "Blister in the Sun"

oooh, Violent Femmes

I soooo think of their song "Add it Up" as it relates to Reality Bites...that scene in the bar where Ethan Hawke is screaming into the microphone to Winona Ryder

sheer yumminess :)

MaryMumsy
10-14-2010, 07:04 AM
This one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2UVsyVLLcE

MM

milly
10-14-2010, 07:09 AM
"Free Falling" from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in that scene in Jerry Maguire

defcon6000
10-14-2010, 07:44 AM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9KAqhbIZ7o&feature=related) makes saxophones sexy. ;)

ETA:Okay not a hit song, but I think it ranks up there.

kuwisdelu
10-14-2010, 08:59 AM
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), by The Proclaimers, in 'Benny and Joon'.

That's what I was going to say.

Also, any of the songs from American Psycho.

SirOtter
10-14-2010, 09:27 AM
'Johnny B. Goode' from Back to the Future

RickN
10-14-2010, 08:11 PM
American Girl, by Tom Petty, for poor Catherine Martin in 'Silence of the Lambs'.

Riding around with my wife a few weeks back, this song came on the radio. I mentioned to her that this was the song the kidnapped girl was listening to in Silence of the Lambs.

I got one of those "you can't remember to mow the lawn, but you remember that?" looks.

I gave her my "duh, I'm a guy" look back.

whacko
10-14-2010, 08:30 PM
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - The Deerhunter. In fact, any time I play pool I think of that tune.

Jake Barnes
10-14-2010, 11:43 PM
The Windmills of your mind - the (first) Thomas Crown Affair.

Cyia
10-14-2010, 11:54 PM
Sh-boom, Sh-boom & shake, rattle, and roll -- Clue (<--- best ensemble comedy EVER)

Jump & all you need is love -- Love Actually.

Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show

All Star - Shrek

And you're counting hymns, "Nearer My God to Thee" playing over the sinking of the Titanic is, IMO, the most "moving" part of that story. I love the way it's matched to the scene.

dgiharris
10-15-2010, 03:20 PM
"Who ya gonna call" ----> Ghostbusters
"Men in Black" ----> Men in Black
"America F*ck ya" ----> Team America
"You're The Best" -----> Karate Kid (1980s)
"I Will ALways Love You" -----> BodyGuard
"The Power of Love" -----> Back to the Future
"Gangsta's Paradise" -----> Dangerous Minds
"We Don't Need Another Hero" ----> Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
"Fight the Power" -----> Do the Right Thing

and by the way, the 80s rule!!!!

Mel...

MaryMumsy
10-16-2010, 01:54 AM
Showing my age here: just about the entire soundtrack to "American Graffiti". I remember those songs when they were on the radio, and can still picture the scenes in the movie when I hear them.

MM

SirOtter
10-16-2010, 02:54 AM
Showing my age here: just about the entire soundtrack to "American Graffiti". I remember those songs when they were on the radio, and can still picture the scenes in the movie when I hear them.

MM

I'm almost old enough to remember some of them, but not quite. ;D I was thinking the same thing earlier today, but couldn't pick out just one or two. Maybe Flash Cadillac and the Continentals' cover of Danny & the Juniors' At the Hop. Great song. Great soundtrack. Great movie.

The 50s & 60s rock, roll and RULE!

dclary
10-16-2010, 04:16 AM
"Who ya gonna call" ----> Ghostbusters
"Men in Black" ----> Men in Black
"America F*ck ya" ----> Team America
"You're The Best" -----> Karate Kid (1980s)
"I Will ALways Love You" -----> BodyGuard
"The Power of Love" -----> Back to the Future
"Gangsta's Paradise" -----> Dangerous Minds
"We Don't Need Another Hero" ----> Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
"Fight the Power" -----> Do the Right Thing

and by the way, the 80s rule!!!!

Mel...

One of the rules of the game was pop songs not written for the movie, and that disqualifies the first five in your list, possibly the first six.

childoflight
10-16-2010, 04:42 AM
I'm gonna be [500 miles]- benny and joon
best movie. everrrrr.

MaryMumsy
10-16-2010, 04:46 AM
One of the rules of the game was pop songs not written for the movie, and that disqualifies the first five in your list, possibly the first six.

Actually, I Will Always Love You was not written for The Bodyguard. It was written for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. But few people remember it from there. And it was a far bigger hit for Whitney than for Dolly Parton. Someone asked Dolly if she minded that. She said she cried every time she cashed her royalty checks.

MM

Cyia
10-16-2010, 06:27 AM
"I Will ALways Love You" -----> BodyGuard



The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas :)

It's been a #1 for three different recordings: Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, and then Dolly & Vince Gill

The Whorehouse also spit out "Hard Candy Christmas" (the call girls' good-bye song) which is insanely popular on country music stations around here at Christmas. I seriously doubt half the people who request it know where it came from.

Grrr... looks like Mumsy beat me to it!

SirOtter
10-16-2010, 07:24 AM
Elvis' cover of Chuck Berry's 'Promised Land' from Men in Black
Irving Berlin's 'Puttin' on the Ritz' from Young Frankenstein

RickN
10-16-2010, 05:04 PM
Actually, I Will Always Love You was not written for The Bodyguard. It was written for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. But few people remember it from there. And it was a far bigger hit for Whitney than for Dolly Parton. Someone asked Dolly if she minded that. She said she cried every time she cashed her royalty checks.

MM

Your timeline's a little off. The song was released as a single in 1974 and re-released in 1982 for Whorehouse. It went to #1 on the country charts both times.

Dolly's success with the song was big (it is her signature song, after all), but Whitney's success was huge. Future-wifey and I saw that movie on a date way back when we were 19.

Cyia
10-16-2010, 11:30 PM
The Shoop Shoop Song -- Mermaids.

fredXgeorge
11-04-2010, 03:16 PM
The only one I can think of right now is My Heart Will Go On - Titanic but I know there are more lol

ether
11-05-2010, 02:45 AM
Titanic - "My Heart Will Go On"
Rules of Attraction - "Without You" (Am I the only one who saw this movie??)
Benny and Joon - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

Camilla Delvalle
11-05-2010, 06:38 PM
Fly me to the Moon - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Bmwhtly
11-05-2010, 07:20 PM
Queen - Don't stop me now -- Shaun of the Dead.
Eleanor Rigby -- The Boat That Rocked.

RayC
07-21-2011, 06:06 PM
Reservoir Dogs - Stuck in the Middle With You