This week, we’ve done the work for you. We have thought long and hard about this. We have compiled some of the most iconic music, and certainly some of our favourites, from great films over the years.
Music in film achieves a number of things. It can establish setting, create atmosphere, call attentions to various elements, and even foreshadows narrative developments. It can help give meaning to a character’s actions of translate this thoughts and it certainly can create emotion. Its also important to note that music in Hollywood operates differently from that in other world cinemas such as Hindi, Brazilian or Bengali, as national and cultural traditions create distinct practices of film music.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to recall a certain song in an exact piece of film – but that doesn’t mean that moment isn’t memorable. Take a look at this video blog by Every Frame A Painting for more on that.
You know what, it’s Friday.
So, go ahead, and enjoy this playlist that we’ve handpicked – just for you.
Try to guess which one of us picked what, or better yet, comment below with a song from your favourite movie.
Click here to listen on YouTube, or sift through this list of scores below.
Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison (from Pretty Woman)
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith (from Armageddon)
Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chilli Peppers (from Beavis and Butthead Do America)
You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman (from Toy Story)
Needle in the Hay by Elliott Smith (from Royal Tenenbaums)
Caring Is Creepy by The Shins (from Garden State)
Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen (from Donnie Darko)
Mad World by Gary Jules (from Donnie Darko)
Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti (from Rocky)
Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor (from Rocky III)
War by Vince DiCola (from Rocky IV)
Opening Theme by Richard Strauss (from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Main Theme by Brad Fidel (from Terminator 2)
Back To The Future Theme Song by Alan Silvestri (from Back To The Future)
Supermassive Black Hole by Muse (from Twilight)
Circle of Life by Elton John (from Lion King)
Live And Let Die by Paul McCartney (from James Bond)
Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey (from James Bond)
The Emperor’s Theme by John Williams (from Star Wars)
He’s A Pirate by Hans Zimmer (from Pirates of the Carribean)
Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (from Top Gun)
Hedwig’s Theme by John Williams (from Harry Potter)
Stuck In The Middle With You by Steelers Wheel (from Pulp Fiction)
The Entire Soundtrack of Lord Of The Rings
The Entire Soundtrack of Lifecycles
The Entire Soundtrack of Interstellar
The Entire Soundtrack of Half Off Snowboard by John Stark (and every other snowboarding movie)