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What songs make you think of a movie when you hear them?

Asked by El_Cadejo (32771 points ) January 22nd, 2013

There are so many movies that just used a song so perfectly in that movie that from that point onward you can’t help but just think of that movie whenever you hear the song.

I want to use this as a theme for one of my upcoming radio shows. Here’s what I got so far.

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janbb's avatar

“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”

Pachy's avatar

Colonel Bogey March (“Bridge on the River Kwai”), Best That You Can Do (“Arthur,” the original) are two that come to mind immediately.

gailcalled's avatar

Theme from Jaws.

Theme from the Pink Panther series.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Fluther went down right as I posted this question, anyway here are the songs I thought of already….

Stuck in the Middle With You – Reservoir Dogs
Misirlou -Pulp Fiction
Bang Bang – Kill Bill
Man Tarantino is good at making songs memorable..
American Girl and Goodbye Horses – Silence of the Lambs
Somebody’s Baby – Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Don’t You Forget About Me -Breakfast Club
Take My Breathe Away and Dangerzone – Top Gun
In Your Eyes -Say Anything (where’s my boombox at?)
Sussudio -American Psycho
Oh Yeah – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Stand By Me – Stand By Me
Mad World – Donnie Darko
Let’s Get it On – High Fidelity (I know Jack Black sung it but I still think of the movie when I hear Marvins version.)
I’m Alright – Caddy Shack
Power of Love – Back to the Future
Tuesdays Gone -Happy Gilmore
Freebird – Devils Rejects
Dust in the Wind – Old School
Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta – Office Space
Johnny B Goode – Back to the Future
Slow Ride – Dazed and Confused
Afternoon Delight – Anchorman
The Man in Me – Big Lebowski
Also sprach Zarathustra – 2001 A Space Odyssey
Wake Up – The Matrix
Extreme Ways – Bourne Movies
Eye of the Tiger – Rocky
Ride of the Valkyries – Apocalypse Now
Old Time Rock and Roll – Risky Business
Stayin Alive – Saturday Night Fever
Don’t Stop Me Now – Shaun of the Dead
Down With the Sickness – Dawn of the Dead remake
You Got a Friend – Toy Story
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Lion King
Shout at the Devil – Idle Hands
Electric Avenue – Pineapple Express
Banana Boat Song – Beetlejuice

Edit: Please also include the movie the song reminds you of as well.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Footloose and Flashdance.

DrBill's avatar

One tin soldier – Billy Jack

theunkindraven's avatar

This Will Be An Everlasting Love ~ Natalie Cole, from the opening of While You Were Sleeping!

newtscamander's avatar

Comptine d’Un Autre Été – The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain

wildpotato's avatar

Marilyn Manson’s version of I Put a Spell on YouLost Highway
You’re the BestKarate Kid
Hold TightDeath Proof
Obviously something off the Dust Brothers soundtrack for Fight Club. Maybe the main theme.

I would pick Just Dropped In for Lebowski and the Urge Overkill version of Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon for Pulp Fiction.

cookieman's avatar

Werewolves of London
Warren Zevon

- from “The Color of Money”

His hair was perfect

wildpotato's avatar

Easy Rider – “It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding)” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVztbbWBiR8 (link wouldn’t work right embedded because of parentheses)
KingpinDisco Inferno.

gasman's avatar

Blue Danube Waltz – 2001: A Space Odyssey
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – The Big Chill

blueiiznh's avatar

OMG, soooo many:

Tubular Bells The Exorcist
Moon River Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Also sprach Zarathustra 2001 A Space Odyssey

Earthgirl's avatar

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in the movie Stranger Than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch. Do you know he tracked down Screamin’ Jay to be in his movie Mystery Train? Gotta love that guy. But anyways, this is a great scene. I love it. I also love the opening credits where Eva is walking down the street with a boombox playing the same song. She’s about 13 years old but she thinks she’s so damn cool.

bookish1's avatar

Mad World and The Killing Moon – Donnie Darko

One Toke Over the Line – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Born Slippy – Trainspotting

Great question, @uberbatman. Combines two of my favorite topics of discussion :D

tom_g's avatar

The Monks, I Hate You – Big Lebowski

Tom Waits, Jockey Full of Bourbon – Down By Law

Elliot Smith, Needle in the Hay – Royal Tenenbaums

@Earthgirl – I love Jarmusch! How about the commercial on the radio by Tom Waits (for “Jiffy Squid”) in Mystery Train? Great stuff.

tranquilsea's avatar

Eye of the Tiger – Rocky III

glacial's avatar

@uberbatman Your list made me laugh a few times. Some good memories there. David Bowie’s “Changes” always makes me think of The Breakfast Club as well because of the opening credits.

I came to post Moon River, but @blueiiznh beat me to it. So I’ll leave “Isn’t it Romantic?”. No video, sadly, but luckily Sabrina also features La Vie en Rose and the classic Yes we Have No Bananas! Does anyone remember the perfectly awful remake with Harrison Ford? They replaced the references to “Isn’t it Romantic?” with some new contemporary song which I think was written for the soundtrack. It was perfectly ridiculous.

Yeahright's avatar

Same as @KNOWITALL and also Grease.

The theme from Friends by Elton John. Every time I hear that song it makes me want to cry and be twelve all over again!

jordym84's avatar

Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” will always and forever remind me of The Hangover, despite the fact that I knew the song long before the movie came out.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jordym84 OOHHH GOOD ONE! I always think of that scene whenever I hear the song as well now.

Brian1946's avatar

All I Need by Country Joe and the Fish, from Zachariah.

mazingerz88's avatar

Let The River Run – Working Girl
Bolero – 10

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

Eye of the tiger will always make me think of any Rocky movie.

jordym84's avatar

@uberbatman haha yes!! That scene always comes to mind when I hear the song.

gasman's avatar

As Time Goes By – Casablanca

mazingerz88's avatar

Beethoven’s Ode To Joy – Die Hard

wildpotato's avatar

Superfreak -Little Miss Sunshine.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Don’t Want to Close My Eyes – Armageddon
My Heart Will Go On – Titantic
She Blinded Me With Science – Weird Science
Take On Me -Basketball
Man on the Moon – Man on the Moon
Cuban Pete -The Mask
Send Me On My Way – Matilda
And I really cant believe I didnt think of this one before
Dude Looks Like A Lady -Mrs Doubtfire

jonsblond's avatar

Anyone say I’m a Believer – Shrek?

If You Were Here – Sixteen Candles

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Zombieland

bookish1's avatar

Oh man, Riders on the Storm- The Basketball Diaries!

Trance24's avatar

She’s a Lady Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Trance24 reminded me of this one as well, also from Tom Jones
Its Not Unusual – Mars Attacks

Earthgirl's avatar

Oh yeah! one of my favorites that I forgot is Secret Garden from Jerry Maguire

gasman's avatar

“I Got You Babe” (Sonny & Cher) – Groundhog Day

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