When it comes to movies, we have our preferences, top picks and ultimate favorites. We may be able to recite a few lines however what really stands out in the crowd is the playlist. Despite the plot or all-star cast, the success of a well put together soundtrack can make or break the final numbers at the box office. At the top of our go to movie list typically includes songs that we will always associate with a good weekend flick. Trying to recreate a particular moment in the movie without its familiar tune is almost impossible to imagine. It makes you wonder if Rocky would still have made it to the top without his theme song “Gonna Fly Now” or if anyone would call the Ghostbusters without their famous jingle. Taking a nostalgic tour, here are some unforgettable music in the movies memories.
Who Could Forget?
When you hear the 80s hit “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds, you spin back to high school detention. Drawn in by 5 students and their social status (or lack of) was an iconic movie of the era. The song was passed on twice before the second intended agreed to perform the music. It instantly became a chart topper and the movie was a champion of teen movies to watch. Decades later, you can hear all ages singing and reminiscing whenever it comes across the airwaves.
Chivalrous and Charming
These two words easily describe both the movie character and gentlemanly reputation of the artist who performs the main song. In Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood came to the rescue of his fair Marion. He had proven there was nothing he wouldn’t do to protect those he cared about. “Everything I Do, I Do it For You” by Bryan Adams was the perfect theme song that made it to number 1 for a full 7 weeks in a row. It became the love song of the early 90s that every couple knew by heart.
The Disco Ditty
Dance floors that lit up under a disco ball were all the rage in the late 70s. In his famous white suit, John Travolta showed us his moves to the grooving Bee Gees. “Staying Alive” was more than a song… it became a timeless tune. When the beats begin, it invites a multi-generational gathering to the floor. It stayed at the top for four weeks in its heyday and remains a staple at the DJ booth. Ironically, the rhythm has a second purpose being often used to teach CPR compressions to paramedics and students.
Foot Loose and Fancy Free
Fighting for their right to dance, Kevin Bacon leads a group of fun seekers to a night they will never forget. Weeks of preparation has lasted for decades with Kenny Loggins foot tapping top ten tune “Footloose”. Peaking in 1984, it is hard to find a dance that does not take this song out of the memory box. The soundtrack itself had numerous hits that helped form the legendary tracks of the 80s.
Aside from the mood of a movie, music can move out of the background and into the spotlight. Pairing specific songs to a scene never happens by accident. Long hours of work and research are involved to ensure the right energy is inserted in every film. As viewers and fans, we are able to enjoy the results that keep us singing and dancing.