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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 Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
"I was thinking who the f**k is responsible for this?" Hall & Oates star Daryl Hall laughs off the technical issue which blighted the soul duo's performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday (10Apr14).
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
Joan Jett is reportedly set to jam onstage with the surviving members of Nirvana on Thursday night (10Apr14) as the grunge rockers are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Kurt Cobain's band will be part of the Class of 2014 inducted into the Ohio music museum during a ceremony in New York, and remaining rockers Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are expected to reunite for a special performance after the bassist dropped a big hint about rehearsing for the gig on Twitter.com last week (ends04Apr14).
Now rumours suggest Jett will be joining them onstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after a photo of instruments belonging to Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana musician Pat Smear was posted on Instagram.com alongside what appeared to be Jett's distinctive Gibson Melody Maker guitar.
The group will be inducted by former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and other reports indicate he could also be standing in for late frontman Cobain alongside Jett.
The stars have not commented on the claims, but Jett and Grohl are no strangers - the Foo Fighters star previously teamed up with the I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker for a U.S. TV performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Nirvana will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates among this year's inductees.
The Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham has announced he'll be a no-show at Thursday's (10Apr14) Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after learning museum bosses have only allocated five minutes of the show to honour him and fellow svengali Brian Epstein. The two music moguls will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt among the Class of 2014, but Oldham plans to sit out the New York gala.
He recently told the audience during a talk at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Germany, "I think those people (Hall of Fame bosses) basically hijacked the name rock 'n' roll. I won't be there... It's a television show.
"Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria... and then it became a business. I think it's healthier to stay home."
Asked to confirm he would not be a part of the ceremony by a fan last week (04Apr14), the 70 year old tweeted, "Like (the late) Brian Epstein I was not consulted as regards this matter & like dear Brian I will not be going (sic)."
He and Epstein are being inducted as non-performers as part of a Hall of Fame celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the original British Invasion as the Beatles and Stones conquered the U.S.
He adds, "The Hall has adjusted for the times and... I think it may have become an event for performers only and their fans. Rush last year, Nirvana and KISS this year. Now, for the Hall Of Fame to survive, it's gone 'Simon Cowell' and that, unless you are a Rush or KISS fan, is a shame."
Linda Ronstadt will also be a no-show at the induction ceremony after revealing she's too ill to travel to the event, and KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have refused to perform after learning their current bandmates will not be honoured alongside them.
Oldham isn't the first inductee to boycott the event - Neil Young refused to turn up in 1997 when he was being honoured as a member of Buffalo Springfield and the Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose also stayed away when they were inducted.
Former Nirvana star Krist Novoselic has teased fans about a band reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony next week (10Apr14) by confirming he's rehearsing his "bass tabs". The bassist, Dave Grohl and the late Kurt Cobain will be part of the Class of 2014 inducted into the Ohio music museum, and Novoselic has suggested he'll be performing at the New York gala.
In a message posted to Twitter, the rocker writes, "Been playing those @HalLeonardBooks bass tabs to get up to speed. Muscle memory is good too. PracticeMakesPerfect @nirvana."
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Nirvana will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates among this year's inductees.
Singer Linda Ronstadt has confirmed she'll be a no-show at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - because she's too ill to attend. The Blue Bayou hitmaker revealed she is battling Parkinson's disease last year (13) - and her poor health makes it difficult for her to travel.
But she tells Billboard.com that she's not that bothered about the honour anyway, explaining, "I haven't given it one thought, I have to say. It wasn't anything I ever thought about.
"I never thought of myself as a rock 'n' roll singer; I sang it, (but) it's just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn't go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don't have anything against it; you just don't do things for those reasons. If you're working for prizes, you're in trouble."
And she's not sure Hall of Fame officials know how to contact her anyway, joking, "I don't think they have my number."
On Tuesday (01Apr14), it was announced that Eagles star Glenn Frey, who was once part of Ronstadt's backing band, will induct Ronstadt, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform a musical tribute to her at the New York ceremony.
Ronstadt will join the Class of 2014 at the Hall of Fame on 10 April (14) alongside the likes of KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.
Coldplay's Chris Martin, Stevie Nicks, country star Carrie Underwood and rocker Bruce Springsteen will be among the stars honouring this year's (14) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Boss' sidekicks, The E Street Band, will be inducted at the ceremony in New York City later this month (Apr14), and Springsteen has agreed to do the honours himself, while he will also perform with his group during the show.
Nicks and Underwood will perform a tribute to Linda Ronstadt along with Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow, and Glenn Frey, who played in Ronstadt's backing group with his Eagles bandmate Don Henley, will induct the singer.
However, Ronstadt will be absent from the ceremony due to health issues.
Nirvana will be inducted by R.E.M. star Michael Stipe, Martin will honour Peter Gabriel and Tom Morello will look after KISS, while The Roots' Questlove will introduce Hall & Oates.
Gabriel and fellow inductee Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, will also be among performers during the show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 10 April (14), but KISS have refused to take to the stage following a dispute with organisers.
Nirvana's first drummer Chad Channing has discovered he won't be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside former bandmate Krist Novoselic - by text. Channing has been talking about next month's (Apr14) induction honour in recent interviews, but he has been advised that he won't be honoured in New York.
A representative for the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio sent a text to Nirvana's manager on Monday (17Mar14), clearing up the confusion. He wrote: "Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn't being inducted... It is just Dave (Grohl), Krist and Kurt (Cobain)."
Channing pre-dated Grohl as Nirvana's drummer, and appeared on the band's Bleach album.
The drummer recently told Radio.com that he was looking forward to the induction: "I'll be there at the table ready to walk up. When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me! So much of my excitement about it is for her!"
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on 10 April (14) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Peter Gabriel, KISS and Hall & Oates will be added to the museum, alongside Nirvana.