This idea came to me the other day while I was out driving and I had my radio on the local sports talk channel. Many of the radio hosts like to add something fun to their show, in addition to all the talk of sport.
So for this particular segment, each caller, when they had finished with the purpose of their call, was asked to name their favorite movie song.
Many great songs were mentioned, so it got me thinking about what some of my favorite songs are from a movie. Here are some of them, with a little prompting from a list at Stacker.
- St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)
- (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
- To Sir, with Love
- Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
- Stayin’ Alive
- 9 To 5
- The Best That You Can Do (“Arthur’s Theme”)
- Eye Of The Tiger
- I Just Called To Say I Love You
- The Power Of Love
- I Will Always Love You
A couple of other songs come to mind that I guess did not meet Stacker’s criteria, but which I found at Good Housekeeping:
- Moon River
- As Time Goes By
- Over the Rainbow
- Mrs. Robinson
- Greased Lightning
- Every song from Sound of Music
- White Christmas
I purposely left off Disney films; I did a post about these songs a few years ago.
But somehow my favorite song did not make either list, so I had to find out why. At first I thought maybe it wasn’t written specifically for a movie, but it was. In fact, the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and four Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
So what’s the problem? The song only reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and so did not meet Stacker’s criteria of being number one or two. However, it did reach number one in Germany, France, and Austria. It peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and number four in Australia.
The song is also listed among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
I really don’t know why it wasn’t on the Good Housekeeping list; perhaps it’s the depressing nature of the song.
Wondering what the song might be?
Well if you are aware of my taste in music, i tmay come as no surprise that it is a Bruce Springsteen song, Streets of Philadelphia, a song Springsteen wrote and performed for the movie Philadelphia.
“Streets of Philadelphia” was released on February 2, 1994, as the first single from the film’s original soundtrack, with Springsteen singing and playing all the instruments.
One critic wrote: “Springsteen sings in a voice that expresses the helplessness and heartache of someone dying of AIDS as convincingly as Springsteen once conveyed the dreams and aspirations of youth.” (Wikipedia)
Here is the official video: