Top 5: Songs Written for Movies

The other day I was looking for something to watch on TV and I got so excited when I found Freaky Friday,  the Lindsay Lohan version. I remember watching this movie about fifty times as a kid, I’m sure my parents got tired of it.

Throughout the movie, my favorite scenes were always the ones where her band  would be playing and practicing. In fact, my favorite part of the movie is when her mom is still in her body and she has to play with the band for the Wango Tango audition. However, it’s the song the song they play that makes the scene enjoyable for movie. 

In today’s ‘Top 5’ list, I’ll be showcasing MY personal favorite songs that were written for feature films. These songs were written for and are included on the movie’s soundtrack. Unfortunately, my list will not include musicals that have been made into movies because I could do a whole other list of movie musicals alone.

Without further to do, here are my favorite movie songs. I’m going to start with two honorable mentions because I could not bring myself to eliminate them from my list.

Honorable Mention: “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile

I’m almost certain that MTV plays this movie at least once a month, and every time it’s on I always miss it. I end up catching the last part where Eminem is walking back to work and this song begins to play. It became a huge hit for Eminem, and it’s hard to find someone that hasn’t heard of it. While a lot of people make jokes about the “mom’s spaghetti” line nowadays, I still count it as one of my favorite Eminem songs.

Honroable Mention: “Night Fever” from Saturday Night Fever

People often look at me weird when I say this, but I LOVE disco music. I have no idea why I do, maybe because it’s funky and catchy, but I could listen to it all day. While Saturday Night Fever has been turned into a musical, it started as a movie. A movie that featured a large amount of BeeGee’s songs. I think “Night Fever” is one of my favorite disco songs because it’s a smoother, slightly slower  tempo, but still funky enough to dance to.

5. “Live and Let Dive” from Live and Let Die

I think my appreciation for this James Bond theme song comes from the first time I remember hearing it. My very first concert was Paul McCartney when I was 9, and when they played this song fire was shooting up from the stage and it was so energetic and my 9-year-old brain was blown. After that, I was in love with the song, so it’s only appropriate that it has a spot on this list.

4. “Gangsta’s Paradise” from Dangerous Minds

I’m going to be honest, I’ve never seen Dangerous Minds, but from what I’ve heard I must not be missing much. However, I appreciate this movie for the sole fact that it gave us Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” I’ve enjoyed this song from the first time I heard it, and I don’t think I’ll ever not enjoy it, it’ll always be one of my favorite rap songs.

3. “Take Me Away” from Freaky Friday

There was no way I was not going to include this song. I love everything about it. It’s got a solid, rock rhythm and I love the sense of youthful rebellion it gives off.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched the audition scene on YouTube just to hear the song. I used the garage rehearsal version of this song so you can hear it all the way through without a dialogue interruption, but I do recommend also watching the audition scene because it’s just as cool.

2. “You Know My Name” from Casino Royale

It’s really no surprise that I’ve got two James Bond songs on here. However, “You Know My Name” is probably my favorite Bond theme song. Chris Cornell delivers a powerful and adventurous musical number, and when you add his voice the song only gets ten times better. This was also the very first song I ever bought on iTunes, so it holds a special place in my heart and my iPod.

1. “Solar Midnite” from Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight movies were not exactly the greatest cinematic masterpieces to grace the silver screen, but they did have some pretty awesome soundtracks. Lupe Fiasco is my favorite rapper and he really delivers in this song. It’s different from his usual stuff in that it has more of a dirty rock vibe to it, but it’s still amazing. New Moon may have been the weakest part of the saga, but this song gives it a redeemable quality.


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