There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the best love songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that pumped us up and made us ready to face anything the world might throw at us.
"Change" in Vision Quest
Matthew Modine's wrestler scales a peg board while John Waite's hit drives him on. It got our heart pumping in 1985 and some things ain't ever going to change.
"Eye of the Tiger" in Rocky III
Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" was still used for the training montage in the third Rocky film, but Survivor's chart-topping smash does a nice job of getting things going as Sylvester Stallone pummels some opponents while Mr. T looks on angrily.
"That Thing You Do" in That Thing You Do
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear your song played on the radio for the first time, we're guessing that it would be pretty close to the way that The Wonders react in Tom Hanks' directorial debut. By the middle chorus, you want to jump around with Liv Tyler and Steve Zahn, too.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Okay, so it's a little bit odd that Matthew Broderick's Ferris knows all the words to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen," but let's not nitpick. There isn't anyone that wouldn't love to jump on a float and lead all of downtown Chicago in an impromptu musical number set to The Beatles.
"Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club
"Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club." We're all the same deep down was the message of the movie and Simple Minds made it unforgettable. You throw that fist up, Judd Nelson! Throw it up high!
"Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous
We've all been there… you're sick of your life and your friends and everything else. Then the perfect song comes on the radio and things melt away. Cameron Crowe managed to meld Kate Hudson and Elton John into the perfect antidote for the tedium of a tour bus.
"Footloose" in Footloose
"Let's dance!" Kevin Bacon screams just before Kenny Loggins' hit starts the joyful teen toes tapping in the '80s megahit. We're still not sure how all of them know how to breakdance since it was banned just before that, but we still dance along with Chris Penn's rhythmically challenged Willard anyway.
"You're the Best Around" in The Karate Kid
How can Ralph Macchio's Daniel possibly beat the Cobra Kai? With the love of Elisabeth Shue and the help of Joe Esposito's rousing pop ditty, of course. Not even the great William Zabka is a match for that.
"Danger Zone" in Top Gun
Loggins was the master of the soundtrack in the '80s when seemingly every movie had to have a hit song attached to it. No matter what you think of the jingoistic message of the Tom Cruise classic, it's hard not to get a little bit pumped up as he flies off into the danger zone.
"Maniac" in Flashdance
Sure, we all know that Jennifer Beals had a butt-double for the famous running in place dance warm-up set to the Michael Sembello song, but the combination of music and action made it a butt worth striving for. Years later, it still makes you want to run out and take a spin class.
"My Sharona" in Reality Bites
Janeane Garofalo's bangs are still just as unfortunate now as they were in 1994, but we still want to dance when she leads Winona Ryder and Steve Zahn into the impromptu convenience store dance party upon hearing The Knack classic on the radio.
"I Got a Name" in Django Unchained
Only Quentin Tarantino would think to stick Jim Croce's 1973 hit in a movie set in the 1800s, but as Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz ride off to fight injustice, we all know that the former slave has a name and that name is Django.
"Let It Go" in Frozen
If there's a more rousing ode to girl power than Idina Menzel's instant classic from the Disney smash, we haven't heard it.
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There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
Singer The Mighty Hannibal has died, aged 74. Hannibal, born James Timothy Shaw, passed away last week (30Jan14) at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York after experiencing breathing problems.
Shaw began his career in the 1950s in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sung with a local group, The Overalls.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, he released his debut solo single, Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um, under the name Jimmy Shaw.
In the 1960s, he returned to Atlanta and penned Hymn No. 5, one of his most successful singles.
But his success was short-lived - he developed a heroin addiction and served 18 months in jail for an unpaid tax bill.
In the 1970s, he revived his career as King Hannibal and in 2009, he co-wrote Elton John and Leon Russell's There's No Tomorrow single for their 2010 album The Union, according to RollingStone.com.
Paying tribute to his one-time collaborator on Wednesday (05Feb14), Elton John says, "Dear Mighty Hannibal, it was a pleasure to know you. Thanks for all the great music."
Sir Elton John has attacked Russian leader Vladimir Putin for suggesting homosexuality is akin to paedophilia just days after the President saluted the rock star for honouring his commitment to perform in Moscow and Kazan in December (13). Gay rights activists urged Elton to boycott the country in protest to anti-gay propaganda legislation, which was introduced to Russia last year, but he insisted his fans deserved to see him live.
He made little of the nation's new laws during his concerts, simply calling them "inhumane" and "isolating".
But now he has had a chance to take stock of his Russian gigs, he has taken aim at Putin in a fiery new post on his website.
Elton writes, "I met with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Moscow. Although I was still welcomed as an openly gay foreigner, I wanted to really understand at first-hand what difference the legislation had made to Russian LGBT in their own country.
"What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people's basic human rights.
"The people I met in Moscow - gay men and lesbians in their 20s, 30s and 40s - told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would 'cure' them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up. One young man was stalked outside a gay club by someone posing as a taxi driver who tried to garrotte him with a guitar string because he was a 'sodomite'.
"Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse - at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street - since the legislation came into force last June. And some of the vital work providing HIV prevention information to the gay community has been labelled 'homosexual propaganda' and shut down.
"It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country.
"It is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong. The people I met in Moscow were decent, kind, patriotic men and women who had no thought of forcing their sexuality on anyone. Whatever the intention of Russia's homosexuality and paedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society.
"I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit."
Elton's comments come just days after Putin hailed the gay rocker as an "extraordinary person" and "distinguished musician".
Sir Elton John has opened up about his close links with Britain's royal family, revealing he has danced with Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne, and once took Princess Margaret out on a date. The Rocket Man hitmaker has long been a favoured pop star in the royal household and has performed at many high-profile events, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert last year (12) and Diana, Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997.
Now he has spoken out about his ties to the British Establishment and recalled how the monarch once cut in on his dance with her daughter at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday party in 1981.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Princess Margaret and I became friends. I took her to the cinema once at the Odeon Kensington. We had a lovely time and then we went out to dinner and I took her home. Nothing happened of course!
"I also once danced with Princess Anne at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday and the Queen came over and said, 'May I join you?'. We danced to Bill Hayley's Rock Around the Clock. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. Having been born in a council house in Pinner (near London) the chances of dancing with the Queen at Windsor Castle were pretty long."
Elton John has revealed he and longtime partner David Furnish are eager to wed following Parliament's decision to legalise same-sex marriages in the U.K. In July (13), gay couples were finally given permission to legally tie the knot after British lawmakers passed the landmark bill, which goes into effect next summer (14), and the Rocket Man hitmaker and his longtime partner are hoping to be among the first married gay couples in the country after legally entering into a civil partnership in 2005.
John explained their decision to exchange vows once again to U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and said, "Absolutely, we're going to get married. We had our civil partnership on the first day it was legally possible. Same sex people have been waiting a long time for things to happen to them.
"I've been through hell for through my 50s and 60s and even before then, so when a government gives you this legislation, which is so wonderful and we didn't expect it to come so soon in society, then you seize it by the horns and you say, 'Yes, we're gonna do this because it's such a gift and we never thought we'd have it'.
"It did make a difference when we had our civil partnership. When we exchanged vows it made our relationship stronger. We're 20 years together this year, but commitment like that really strengthened our relationship."
He added, "Now, with the marriage thing, we won't have a big wedding because we already did that with our civil partnership."
Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry will be among the performers at the upcoming iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas in September (13). Sir Elton John, who recently axed his European tour due to appendicitis, is also on the bill, while Bruno Mars, Queen featuring Adam Lambert, Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne are also listed for the event. The festival runs from 20-21 September (13).
Fans with tickets to a music festival in London on Friday (12Jul13) will be able to enjoy the show for free after Sir Elton John cancelled his headline slot. The Rocket Man hitmaker was due to top the bill at the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time event in Hyde Park, but pulled out on Tuesday (09Jul13) after doctors diagnosed him with appendicitis.
Organisers of the event have now confirmed ticketholders for Friday's event will receive a full refund, but the show will still go ahead.
Fans will be able to see performances from other acts on the bill, including The Kinks star Ray Davies and Elvis Costello, for free.
A statement posted on the event's website reads, "Following Sir Elton John's cancellation... due to appendicitis, AEG Live and The Royal Parks confirm that the show will go on with the remaining stellar line-up for free and existing ticket holders will receive a full refund."
Rob Hallett of AEG Live adds, "We certainly wish Elton a speedy recovery and know that he would have hated for us to cancel the whole day's events because of this... Our show goes on! And there's no better way to enjoy the start of our final weekend with a free event for all to enjoy with some excellent headline artists."
Sir Elton has halted his European tour following the diagnosis and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone refused to attend his daughter Tamara's wedding party in France earlier this month (Jun13) as he feared the lavish four-day celebration was "too much". The billionaire racing boss flew to the French Riviera to give his daughter away when she married Jay Rutland in an extravagant ceremony, which was part of four days of events rumoured to have cost around $5.4 million (£3.5 million).
The socialite reportedly hired chart-topping acts Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie and Mark Ronson to perform during the celebrations, but Bernie admits he left before the end as he didn't see the point of the parties.
He tells Britain's The Times, "I don't celebrate. I don't see the point. I went to my daughter's wedding last week and walked her down the aisle. But I didn't go to the celebrations the next day. I went home. I was there to do a job (give her away) and was happy to do that. I didn't want to hang around. The whole thing was a huge affair, too much really."
However, the 82-year-old mogul insists he didn't open his wallet for his daughter's big day, leaving his ex-wife Slavica to foot the extortionate bill: "I didn't pay for it. My ex-wife did."
Bernie and Slavica, who also have a 24-year-old daughter named Petra, divorced in 2009.
Sir Elton John, Hilary Swank and Melanie Griffith and were among the stars who turned out to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering ball in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night (25May13). The Life Ball, Europe's biggest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS charities, was hosted by pregnant Black Eyed Peas star Fergie, who showed off her baby bump in a long, black gown, and included performances from Azealia Banks and Adam Lambert.
Lambert performed a song called Love Wins Over Glamour, which he wrote especially for the event, while other famous faces in the crowd included Kelly Osbourne, Carmen Electra and Bill Clinton.
Sir Elton John, who is a passionate fundraiser for AIDS research, gave a speech at the event and Swank was enlisted to present one of the awards.