Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Top 10 Soundtrack Moments Since 1989

There are some songs, whenever or wherever I hear them, which always bring me back to a particular movie scene. It doesn’t even matter whether I liked the movie or not, and I'm not sure why certain pairings stick more than others (ideas, anyone?), but so it is. And after it happens, the song no longer exists without the scene, nor the scene without the song. Enjoy this mini mental archive, which I’ve limited to movies that came out when I was alive, and feel free to share your own as well.

1. Teen Witch - Top That by The Michael Terry Rappers; Polly flirts with Rhet in a freestyle battle

2. Empire Records - Snakeface by Throwing Muses; Corey seduces Rex Manning

3. Dangerous Minds - Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio; Ms. Johnson pays a home visit to two former students

4. Good Will Hunting - Miss Misery by Elliott Smith; Will finally leaves town

5. Can't Hardly Wait - Paradise City by Guns N' Roses; William rocks the house party and then crowd-surfs

6. Cruel Intentions - Colorblind by Counting Crows; Annette finds Sebastian waiting at the top of the escalator

7. 40 Days and 40 Nights - The One You Have Not Seen by Sophie B. Hawkins; Matt blows flower petals across Erica's body

8. The Girl Next Door - This Year's Love by David Gray; Matthew runs back into the party and kisses Danielle

9. Once - If You Want Me by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová; busker and flower seller sing an intimate duet

10. Armaggedon - Leaving (On A Jetplane) by the cast; A.J. says goodbye to Grace before his big expedition

1 comment:

  1. Great list.

    You really could have picked any song from the soundtrack to Once.
    Anyone who loves music should check that movie out. And I still can't help but think of Cruel Intentions every time I hear "Colorblind," though "Bittersweet Symphony" would have been a good choice too.

    Here are some all top greats:

    1. "Rocky theme" - Phil Conti in Rocky. (when one song comes to define a city and that city is the one you live in, you have to put it at number one all time).

    2. "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon and Garkfunel in The Graduate (another one
    that cannot be left off the list).

    (And, unfortunately, I have to add "Singin In The Rain" from A Clockwork Orange)

    And here's a top ten since 1990:

    1. "Where is my mind?" - the Pixies in Fight Club.

    2. "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye in High Fidelity.

    3. "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John in Almost Famous.

    4. "Guaranteed" - Eddie Vedder in Into the Wild. (Check out the whole
    soundtrack, great stuff).

    5. "Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones in The Departed.

    6. "Damn It Feels Good To Be Gangsta" - Geto Boys in Office Space.

    7. "Peace Train" - Cat Stevens in Remember the Titans.

    8. "Shout" - The Isley Brothers in Animal House and Wedding Crashers.

    9. "Layla" - Derek And The Dominoes in Goodfellas.

    10. "Can't You See" - The Marshall Tucker Band in Half Nelson.