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Songs you can't hear without thinking of a film

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#1 of 149 EugeneR


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Posted February 05 2003 - 05:04 PM

As I was sitting in my dentist's chair this afternoon (Posted Image ), the classical station that was on started playing "Flight of the Valkyries" by Wagner. As my eyes wandered to a child's drawing of a helicopter on the wall, I couldn't help but think of Apocalypse Now . I actually can't ever hear that piece without thinking of the movie.

I thought about it and realized that there are several songs/melodies which immediately make me think of a movie as soon as I hear it. Some of my others:

"American Girl" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: The Silence of the Lambs
"Stuck in the Middle With You" by ? Reservoir Dogs
Beethoven Fifth?:b--

Just about any song on the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction

"We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn: Dr. Strangelove

Was wondering what are some of your "song=movie" associations? By the way, songs written specifically for, or first introduced in a movie don't count. Posted Image

#2 of 149 RobertR


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Posted February 05 2003 - 05:20 PM

Beethoven Fifth?

Beethoven's masterpiece is not heard in 2001. You're probably thinking of Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz or Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Posted February 05 2003 - 06:51 PM

not sure if these count, with your restriction against "specifically written for or first introduced":

Take My Breath Away - Berlin - Top Gun
Fallen - Lauren Wood - Pretty Woman

don't know why these two seem so "tied up" with the respective movies.


Hot Stuff - Donna Summer - Full Monty
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate - Full Monty
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - Wayne's World (but that's a deliberate tribute, no?)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Cruise/Edwards - Top Gun

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Posted February 05 2003 - 07:48 PM

Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen MaryA Clockwork Orange
Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” – Say Anything

I bet if you heard anything but the first 2 minutes (the fanfare) of Also Sprach Zarathustra you wouldn’t associate it with 2001. The whole thing is about a half-hour long.
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Posted February 05 2003 - 08:19 PM

"This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush (covered by Maxwell) - She's Having A Baby

"The Sensual World" by Kate Bush - Felicia's Journey

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears - Real Genius

"You Took Advantage of Me" - by Carmen McRae - Real Genius

Any song that was used in Moulin Rouge. Even songs I didn't particularly care for, I now have a soft spot because they were in that movie.

Any Mozart - Amadeus (or sometimes, Trading Places)

Any Chopin, now - The Pianist

The song "Brazil" by anybody - Brazil
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Posted February 05 2003 - 09:36 PM

Beethoven - Ode to Joy - I always think of Immortal Beloved

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Posted February 05 2003 - 11:03 PM

I'll second:
"Stuck in the Middle With You" by Steelers Wheel Reservoir Dogs


Hot Stuff - Donna Summer - Full Monty
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate - Full Monty

As for Beethoven's Ode to Joy, I can't hear that without thinking of Die Hard.

#8 of 149 Qui-Gon John

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Posted February 06 2003 - 12:59 AM

"Over the Rainbow" - The Wizard of Oz !

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Posted February 06 2003 - 01:14 AM

Bad Moon Rising - CCR - American Werewolf in London
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Posted February 06 2003 - 02:31 AM

Tiny Dancer - Elton John - Almost Famous

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Posted February 06 2003 - 02:34 AM

"Time of my Life" Bill and Jennifer (somebodies) - Dirty Dancing
"Stuck in the middle with you" Steeler's Wheels - ResDogs
"Danger Zone" Kenny Loggins - Top Gun
"Take my breath away" Berlin - Top Gun
"What a feeling" Irene Cara - Flashdance
"Staying Alive" BeeGees - Staying Alive
"Summer Nights" - Grease
"Kiss from a Rose" Seal - Batman
"I'm Alright" Kenny Loggins - Caddieshack
"Tiny Dancer" Elton John - Almost Famous
"Power of Love" Huey Lewis & t News - Back to the Future
"Axel F" Harold Faltermeyer - Beverly Hills Cop
"Who wants to live forever" Queen - Highlander
"Don't you forget about me" Simple Minds - Breakfast Club
"It's in the way you use it" Eric Clapton - Color of Money
"Slow Ride" ? - Dazed and Confused
"Oh Yeah" Yello - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
"Hazy shade of winter" Bangles - Less than Zero
"Bohemian Rhaposdy" Queen - Wayne's World

"Your eyes" Peter Gabriel - Say Anything
"Must have been Love" Roxette - Pretty Woman

"Change the world" Eric Clapton - Phenomenon
It always makes me happy sad. When I watch the movie, I usually am teary when this song comes up.

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#12 of 149 Jonathan Perregaux

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Posted February 06 2003 - 02:48 AM

Beethoven's 9th... Die Hard.

#13 of 149 Jeremy Stockwell

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Posted February 06 2003 - 02:49 AM

Doobie Brothers - It Keeps You Runnin
Jackson Browne - Running On Empty

from Forrest Gump - several others from FG too.
Break On Through - The Doors
Mr. President - Randy Newman

Several of these are mainly because this movie was my first association with these songs.(born 1974) :b

Also, agree with several songs from Moulin Rouge, although sevaral of these were not first associations for me.
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Posted February 06 2003 - 03:23 AM

if you leave-omd, from pretty in pink.

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Posted February 06 2003 - 03:30 AM

John Waite - In Dreams (From Q&A scene of True Romance)

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Posted February 06 2003 - 03:49 AM

"I'm Alright" Kenny Loggins Caddyshack
"Do Wah Diddy" Manfred Mann Stripes
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Posted February 06 2003 - 04:04 AM

"On Broadway" George Benson from All that Jazz

When is that movie coming to DVD anyway? It's one I've been waiting for.

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#18 of 149 LawrenceZ


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Posted February 06 2003 - 04:06 AM

In addtion to a bunch of others, this is the first one that popped into my head when I read the thread title:

The End by The Doors - Apocolypse Now. That's the defining moment in that movie for me, when Willard rises out of that water with The End playing. Every time I watch the movie, I'm looking forward to that scene.

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Posted February 06 2003 - 04:36 AM

"Do Wah Diddy" Manfred Mann Stripes


So right. Totally slipped my mind.

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Posted February 06 2003 - 04:46 AM

"The Banana Boat Song"-Beetlejuice
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