Wednesday, 8 June 2011

CRAIG'S 100 SONGS - THE TOP 10!

Well we've seen some great songs from the first list and now I am pleased to reveal my top 10 favourite movie songs. Though some of the songs aren't initially known for their placements in film, they also have a significant impact on people who remember the song from that particular film, which is why I am pleased with my choices, hope you all are too! (P.S next film list will be musical scores!)




#10. THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW - ENCHANTED - 2007


One of Disney's most recent films also produces one of my cheeriest tunes in film, and has everything from the cool references to former Disney films to the delightful Amy Adams proving her potential as the new Julie Andrews by being just so sweet with a lovely voice. Definitely a musical I can enjoy watching!




#9. DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME - THE BREAKFAST CLUB - 1985


This tune has become more popular after every viewing I've seen of The Breakfast Club, such an important song for the youth of the 80's but it certainly strikes a cord with me through my connection with those who've stayed close to me after school and university. Terrific film as well.


#8. EYE OF THE TIGER - ROCKY III - 1982


80's represents well again with another popular tune from the beginning of a film. The Rocky franchise were perhaps the first group of films to add loud pop music into the montage sequences and Eye of the Tiger took that chance and is now one of the most memorable tunes of that decade.  




#7. THE POWER OF LOVE - BACK TO THE FUTURE - 1985


One of those booming 80's tunes that began one of my all time favourite films, with Marty's frantic dash to school being backed up by Huey Lewis's iconic hit, the 80's was probably THE best decade for movie songs. A nostalgic feeling you get from watching such a popular classic.



#6. MEASURE OF A MAN - ROCKY V - 1990


Yes Rocky V was a major disappointment (though not in my opinion). But Elton John's strong vocals made this tune under appreciated after the flop of this film but the use of it in the end credits showing the Rocky films in photo montage, was more memorable, summing up an entertaining franchise with a great artist to sing it.



#5. I BELIEVE I CAN FLY - SPACE JAM - 1996


Again, very underrated song which was wrongly snubbed for an Oscar nomination. Yes I can't stand the film but nonetheless it was hugely important as an uplifting track that helps those who work hard to achieve their dreams. Beautiful and mesmerising through its mixture of soul and pop.



#4. I'VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE - DIRTY DANCING - 1987


Probably the most popular dance song ever, this was THE ultimate tune to end a cheesy but cheerful film where boy and girl get together in the climax even getting everyone in the room to dance. Though one for girls, this does hold up well after all these years, used well and the perfect movie song to get ANYONE to dance!



#3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1991


Beautifully haunting for a Disney film song, the unlikely duo of Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion delivered amazingly with a song of such strong power in the romantic elements of the film. The dance sequence version sung by Angela Lansbury was just as poignant hence this film's reputation as one of the animated greats!



#2. EVERYTHING I DO - ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES - 1991


From that same year as Beauty and the Beast, Bryan Adams was just unlucky in losing the song Oscar to the Disney classic, but with the popularity of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, this particular tune has become just as loved. Though some tease it for its sappiness, it also holds up well after all these years with its evocative chorus, though very unfortunate not to win this list.



#1. THE CIRCLE OF LIFE - THE LION KING - 1994



It had to be a Disney song to win this list, and it had to be the one which I remember well as a young boy watching it in the cinema aged 5. Like Beauty, it has the advantage of 2 wonderful versions sung powerfully by unknown Carmen Twillie in the opening sequence and then in the ending credits by British legend Elton John. Both versions are just too good to separate in one of my much-loved animated classics. A song that has no faults to it and proves the reason why the Disney franchise has been hugely followed all these years with its beloved music. Music of the heart indeed!

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