Thursday, June 07, 2007

music and movies

We all know of the marriage of music and movies. It started with the use of Bill Haley & The Comets in the film Blackboard Jungle. The use of that music helped jump start a music genre for the masses.

AOL has a list of the 77 best uses of pop music in film. Check out the link as the list includes youtube links of the scene in the film where the music was used or the video itself.

The list is pretty good as it includes obvious classic rock nods like Lou Reed's Perfect Day in Trainspotting as well as newer stuff like the use of the Shins' song New Slang in the 2004 film Garden State.

The list does include the bizarre inclusion of BJ Thomas' Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. I like the film but the use of that song in a turn-of-the century film is one of the weirdest use of music in the history of film.

I won't talk about the #1 song on the list but I completely disagree. It was a song I loved but after it was included in that film, I have never been able to listen to it since.

As you can see from the picture I have included in this entry. #1 should have been Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes in the film Say Anything. It is high on the list...but not enough.

Top 5 Peter Gabriel songs
1. Family Snapshot
2. Shaking The Tree
3. Solsbury Hill
4. Games Without Frontiers
5. Party Man (with the Worldbeaters)

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