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The Top 10 Greatest Music Moments in Movie History

by dsussman   February 15, 2011 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 33,467

Besides an original score, some of the greatest directors have used their favorite musical tunes to make certain scenes simply unforgettable. By using these particular tracks, the songs, as well as the moving pictures, seem to become one and sometimes even become lost without the other. 

10. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Wayne’s World

Source: Paramount Pictures

First and foremost, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the greatest pop song ever written. Period. Although people did seem to forget about the 1975 Queen hit up until Wayne’s World paid a wacky lip-syncing tribute to it 20 years after it was first released. The popularity of Wayne’s World propelled the song back to number two on the singles charts and the soundtrack to the film also hit number one on Billboard. I remember when this film came out and the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in the car was the only thing anyone was talking about. Don’t hate. You know it’s awesome.

9. “The Man In Me” - The Big Lebowski

Source: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

The Coen brothers are legit pros when it comes to placing the perfect musical numbers over brilliant moving pictures. Besides the O Brother, Where Art Thou? original soundtrack, The Big Lebowski has to be their finest hour when it comes to this category. There are endless an number of classic musical moments to choose from in BL, but I gotta go classy and pick the amazing opening credits sequence featuring Bob Dylan’s 1970 jam “The Man In Me.” A close second would have to go to "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, but “The Man In Me” gives viewers the perfect introduction to the world of The Dude, Walter and Donny. 

8. “In Your Eyes” - Say Anything

Source: 20th Century Fox

We all know the scene and we all know the song. Initially supposed to be a track by Fishbone, writer/director Cameron Crowe made the right move and used one of Peter Gabriel’s crowning pop achievements during the dramatic climax of his romantic teen tale Say Anything. The ‘boombox’ scene still resonates today and it is one of the greatest moments where music and film collide. Sport of the future, guys. Sport of the future.

7. “Stuck in the Middle with You” - Reservoir Dogs

Source: Miramax Films

Like Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino could have easily made up half of this list. With this said, I wanted to use a cinematic moment that was the crowning origin of Quentin’s amazing ability to mix graphic images with amazing pop tunes. This is that moment, y’all. The second Michael Madison starting jammin’ out to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” after cutting off a cop’s ear, we all instantly knew that this was a classic moment that would live on in cult status forever.

6. “Eye of the Tiger” – Rocky III

Source: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

This list would not be complete without Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” Even if it’s not one of the greatest songs ever written, the song’s epicness still lives on present day and will as long as there’s an Internet. Mostly all of the Rocky films are known for their amazing soundtracks, but ironically enough, this song might be the most memorable of the lot. Stallone will always be known as the King of the montage and this 1982 rock number is one of the main reasons why. How can you not love watching Sly and Mr. T knock fools out to this song? You can’t. Bill Conti’s Rocky theme “Gonna Fly Now” will always be a favorite among fans, but the cheesy nostalgia of Rocky 3’s “Eye of the Tiger” has taken the song to a whole ‘nother level.