Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Top 5 Film Songs

Now, it's my long-awaited part 2 to my movie music posts. This time around, it's film SONGS and that means music with both melody and lyrics. In order to qualify for this list, the film has to be just as good (if not better) than the song plus it has to be specifically written for the film so unfortunately, "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca will not be eligible.Also not eligible are a lot of great songs from film adaptations of Broadway musicals. (Of course like the previous, I had to have seen the film as well.)

5. "I'm Easy" from Nashville
Written and performed by Keith Carradine

Nashville is one of the masterpieces of the great American director Robert Altman. It follows 25 characters in the course of a day or two in, where else, Nashville, each one involved in country or gospel music. There are lots of original songs in this film, some of which were actually written by the actors themselves, including this one written by Keith Carradine which probably is the most popular of the bunch (and, IMO, at least, the best and probably the most memorable). It won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

4. "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast
Written by Alan Menken (music) & Howard Ashman (lyrics)
Performed by Angela Lansbury
Disney has given us a lot of great, memorable movie songs from "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" to "When You Wish Upon a Star" to "A Whole New World" and tons and tons of others but this one is probably my favorite. Such a simple, beautiful song that perfectly, perfectly captures the spirit of the great animated musical it was written for. It deservedly won the Best Original Song Oscar as well. I know there's a pop version performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson but I think Angela Lansbury's version is the best.

3. "Mrs. Robinson" from The Graduate
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
The Graduate is one of the most groundbreaking and definitive films of the 1960s and one of the things that helped it achieve its classic status is its fantastic soundtrack which deftly captured both the film and the era in which it was released. "Mrs. Robinson" is a classic movie song. However, it was not even nominated for an Oscar. Why? Because Paul Simon forgot to submit the proper paperwork. Oh, drugs.

2. "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Written by Henry Mancini (music) & Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
Performed by Audrey Hepburn
Breakfast at Tiffany's is director Blake Edwards' romantic-dramedy that's an adaptation of a work by Truman Capote. It stars Audrey Hepburn in one of her most famous roles. It's also where the song "Moon River" came from. It's a simple yet beautiful and moving song. It has been covered tons of times most famously by Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams. Audrey Hepburn sings it in the film and although she doesn't have the most perfect voice, she captures the song's moving simplicity and sweetness better than a lot of the singers that covered it subsequently.

1. "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz
Written by Harold Arlen (music) & E.Y. Harburg (lyrics)
Performed by Judy Garland
You shouldn't be surprised. Personally, I don't think a Top 5 Movie Songs list has any credibility if this particular is not in there somewhere. It's probably one of the most beautiful songs ever written period. Yes, I'll say it and I'm not ashamed. Like "Moon River", tons and tons of singers have covered it but I think the best version is still Judy Garland's from the film itself. And to think, the studio heads almost cut this song out because they felt it slowed the movie down! That would've been tragic. 


YeamieWaffles said...

Mrs Robinson is so awesome man. I wasn't even aware it was famous for being a film song. This is a great list in any way buddy, nice job with this.

Mark said...

Somewhere over the rainbow is a pretty good song from a pretty good movie. Disney also used to be good at the whole music thing, but I don't think so anymore.

Anonymous said...

I like the number 3.

Rawr said...

number 3. the best!

Bersercules said...

I liked most of the songs on the list, but for me my favorite song in a movie is "Rain Drops Keep Fallin' on my Head" from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Anonymous said...

I remember number 1 .

MRanthrope said...

"Singin'in the rain" and "Part of your world" from Little Mermaid would be on my list.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Great post! My favorite is "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman.

Damon said...

nice selection :P
i like the number 1

Major.Mack said...

yeah, i blast "over the rainbow" at all times when rolling in my truck.

Gizmo said...

I like Moon River!

Adam said...

Over the rainbow is a great choice

Copyboy said...

Love the PLASTICS speech!!! And visually it was an amazing film.

Bart said...

dont stop believing - steel panther. fuck yeah!

i_love_weed said...

ive heard tons of versions of over the rainbow but i never knew where it cam efrom, thanks dude,... the more ou know

Reilly said...

loved em all

msmariah said...

Ha, this is a great list. I like your picks.