You might not remember the love scene, or the exact moment when you secretly wished the love-torn couple would live happily ever after. You might not recall where you were the first time Freddy Kruger made you jump, or how old you were when you started rethinking what’s inside the TV after seeing Poltergeist. You can probably recite the most common lines from your generation’s most talked about movies, and you might win a round of pop-culture movie trivia on game night at the local pub - but can you remember the movie that made your feet tap, or your heart sing?
In some cases, it’s the soundtrack of a movie that propels the film to new heights. We’ll always remember “Low Rider” in Dazed and Confused, and the first chords of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic have been burned into our brains (and it still gives us chills whenever we see a cruise ship). But some movies made a name for themselves because of their music scenes, so we compiled a list of our top favorites. Dim the lights, and try to remember where you were the first time you heard these songs in “Music that Makes the Movie”:
- “Tiny Dancer” – Almost Famous: Because at one point in our lives, we all wanted to be famous…
- “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Big Chill: Even during the worst of times, like the death of a loved one, music can lift your spirits.
- “Light My Fire” – The Doors: No one did it like Jim Morrison (via Val Kilmer)
- “Rawhide” – The Blues Brothers: At the end of the day, all you need is a hat and a pair of sunglasses, and you’re ready to rule the world.
- “The Man in Me” – The Big Lebowski: If The Dude does it, it must be right.
- “Shout” – Animal House: You might not be ready to own up to your wild nights in college, but you can at least cover them up, thanks to this scene from one of the top college movies of all time.
- “Stuck in the Middle with You” – Reservoir Dogs: The music lends a thoughtful hand to the out-of-sequence narrative of this crazy diamond heist.
- “Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangster” – Office Space: Because at one point in your career, you wanted to take a bat to the computer’s hard drive…
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Wayne’s World: Just because you couldn’t host a cable TV show from your basement doesn’t mean you can’t dream.
- “In Your Eyes” – Say Anything: The John Hughes love story continues to be the anthem of teenagers around the world, and the song continues to hold a special place on prom night.
***Bonus: “Rainbow Connection” - The Muppet Movie: Because when you think you’ve lost it all, just remember the magic is on the other side of the rainbow… with the lovers and the dreamers…