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100 Plus Top Movie Songs

By Edited Oct 1, 2016 1 0

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However does one even start to make a list of top movie songs that everyone will agree with? After some contemplation, I've decided that making such a list is impossible. There will always be someone that that hates your guts because you left out their favorite song from their favorite movie.

The list below makes up, what I believe, are the top movie songs from primarily American cinema. I didn't put any kind of limit per movie restrictions because some movies have several great songs in them. The songs themselves are in bold while the movie and the artist(s) who performed the song follow. From time to time I may offer an opinion, which I'll put in italics.

100 Or So Top Movie Songs

1-Theme From Rawhide (The Blues Brothers) by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
2-Banana Boat Song (Day-O) (Beetlejuice) by Harry Belafonte
3-People Are Strange (The Lost Boys) by Echo & The Bunnymen
4-James Bond Theme (Dr. No) by John Barry Orchestra
5-I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) by The Soggy Bottom Boys
6-Tubular Bells (The Exorcist) by Mike Oldfield (Some very creepy music.)
7-When The Lights Go Out (Black Snake Moan) by The Black Keys
8-Oh Pretty Woman (Pretty Woman) by Roy Orbison
9-Sinnerman (The Thomas Crown Affair) by Nina Simone
10-Stand By Me (Stand By Me) by Ben E. King
11-(Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves) by Bryan Adams
12-Gonna Fly Now (Rocky) by Bill Conti
13-Raiders March (Raiders of the Lost Ark) by John Williams
14-Maniac (Flashdance) by Michael Sembello
15-Bad To The Bone (Christine) by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
16-I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Armageddon) by Aerosmith
17-Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters) by Ray Parker Jr.
18-Lose Yourself (8 Mile) by Eminem
19-Chariots Of Fire Theme (Chariots Of Fire) by Vangelis
20-Mouth (An American Werewolf in Paris) by Bush
21-When Doves Cry (Purple Rain) by Prince
22-Anvil Of Crom (Conan the Barbarian) by Basil Poledouris (Can be heard in the opening credits.)
23-Kiss From A Rose (Batman Forever) by Seal
24-Suicide Is Painless (MASH) by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman
25-Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop) by Harold Faltermeyer
26-Streets Of Philadelphia (Philadelphia) by Bruce Springsteen
27-(I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing) by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (Throw this song into the mix along with some good date ideas and see your date get even better.)
28-Dueling Banjos (Deliverance) by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell
29-I'm Alright (Caddyshack) by Kenny Loggins
30-Circle Of Life (The Lion King) by Elton John
31-Over The Rainbow (The Wizard Of Oz) by Judy Garland
32-Moving In Stereo (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) by The Cars
33-Beetlejuice Main Titles (Beetlejuice) by Danny Elfman
34-Holiday Road (National Lampoon's Vacation) by Lindsey Buckingham
35-The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Main Theme (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly) by Ennio Morricone
36-It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp (Hustle & Flow) by Djay featuring Shug
37-The Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) by the cast (A very entertaining and funny song.)
38-Walk the Dinosaur (Super Mario Bros.) by Was (Not Was)
39-Oh Yeah (The Secret Of My Success) by Yello (Also appears in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.")
40-Halloween Theme (Halloween) by John Carpenter (A staple song at any haunted house.)
41-You Should Be Dancing (Saturday Night Fever) by The Bee Gees
42-Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) by B.J. Thomas
43-Moon River (Breakfast At Tiffany's) by Audrey Hepburn
44-Take My Breath Away (Top Gun) by Berlin
45-Flashdance…What A Feeling (Flashdance) by Irene Cara
46-Blaze Of Glory (Young Guns II) by Jon Bon Jovi
47-Up Where We Belong (An Officer And A Gentleman) by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
48-Footloose (Footloose) by Kenny Loggins
49-Mad World (Donnie Darko) by Michael Andrews
50-St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) (St. Elmo's Fire) by John Parr
51-Unchained Melody (Ghost) by The Righteous Brothers (A really great love song.)
52-Thunderball (Thunderball) by Tom Jones
53-Stayin' Alive (Saturday Night Fever) by The Bee Gees
54-Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous) by Elton John
55-Broken (The Punisher/2004) by Seether featuring Amy Lee
56-Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Kill Bill Vol. 1) by Nancy Sinatra
57-East Bound And Down (Smokey and the Bandit) by Jerry Reed (There's nothing like traveling along the interstate while this song is playing on the radio.)
58-Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King) by Elton John
59-Gangsta's Paradise (Dangerous Minds) by Coolio featuring L.V.
60-Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie) by Kermit The Frog
61-He's A Pirate (Pirates Of The Caribbean) by Klaus Badelt
62-Earth Girls Are Easy (Earth Girls Are Easy) by Julie Brown
63-We Don't Need Another Hero (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) by Tina Turner
64-Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate) by Simon & Garfunkel
65-Shout (Animal House) by Otis Day & The Knights
66-Tequila (Pee-wee's Big Adventure) by The Champs
67-Black Betty (Blow) by Ram Jam
68-Main Title (The Magnificent Seven) by Elmer Bernstein
69-Burn (The Crow) by The Cure
70-Cry Little Sister (The Lost Boys) by Gerard Mcmann
71-Bohemian Rhapsody (Wayne's World) by Queen
72-Star Wars Main Title (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra
73-Weird Science (Weird Science) by Oingo Boingo (The perfect choice for a Halloween party.)
74-Goldfinger (Goldfinger) by Shirley Bassey
75-My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) by Celine Dion
76-When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio) by Cliff Edwards
77-Walking On Sunshine (a lot of movies) by Katrina and the Waves
78-Burning Heart (Rocky IV) by Survivor
79-It Must Have Been Love (Pretty Woman) by Roxette
80-Summer Nights (Grease) by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
81-Old Time Rock & Roll (Risky Business) by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
82-Stripes March (Stripes) by Elmer Bernstein (A hilarious movie.)
83-Holding Out For A Hero (Footloose) by Bonnie Tyler (Also played in the movie Who's Harry Crumb?)
84-Another Way To Die (Quantum Of Solace) by Jack White and Alicia Keys
85-I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard) by Whitney Houston
86-Theme From Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park) by John Williams
87-The Sound Of Music (The Sound Of Music) by Julie Andrews
88-Jaws Theme (Jaws) by John Williams (A scary movie you have to see.)
89-Lady Marmalade (Moulin Rouge) by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil' Kim
90-9 To 5 (9 To 5) by Dolly Parton
91-Theme From Shaft (Shaft) by Isaac Hayes
92-Don't You (Forget About Me) (The Breakfast Club) by Simple Minds
93-In Time (The Punisher/2004) by Mark Collie
94-Iris (City Of Angels) by The Goo Goo Dolls
95-Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Arthur) by Christopher Cross
96-Danger Zone (Top Gun) by Kenny Loggins
97-Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock) by Elvis Presley
98-Fame (Fame) by Irene Cara
99-Superman Main Theme (Superman) by John Williams
100-Son Of A Preacher Man (Pulp Fiction) by Dusty Springfield
101-Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me) by Carly Simon
102-Eye Of The Tiger (Rocky III) by Survivor
103-Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) by Steppenwolf
104-Everybody's Talkin' (Midnight Cowboy) by Harry Nilsson
105-Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta (Office Space) by Geto Boys

 

There they are. A list of unforgettable movie songs, many of them from movies that are considered timeless classics. I know that this "top movie songs" list probably isn't a complete one, which is why I may revisit it from time to time to add some found gems. Until then please feel free to tell everyone your favorite movie song in the comment section.

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