Now, I'm all about campy, and I'm all about bridging the gap between popular movies and musicals, but today I was thinking about some really great songs that define and underscore (pun) movie moments without starting a sing-along. So, I started making a (totally subjective) list of my favorite unsung movie music:
8. Simple Minds, "Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club;
7. Harry Nilsson, "Everybody's Talkin'" in Midnight Cowboy;
6. The Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in The Big Chill;
5. Simon and Garfunkel, "The Only Living Boy in New York" in Garden State;
4. Queen, "Don't Stop Me Now" in Shaun of the Dead;
3. Yellow, "Oh Yeah" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off;
2. Elliott Smith, "Needle in the Hay" in The Royal Tenenbaums;
And, my personal favorite, for which I will NOT include a video (those of you who've seen it know why):
1. Stealers Wheel, "Stuck in the Middle With You" in Reservoir Dogs.
I'd only gotten this far when I mentioned this list to my friend Ben Sheehan (he created that Conan tribute video that I posted on the blog and that is now apparently going viral all over the place). He said it would be waaaaaay funnier (he uses a lot of "a's") and more entertaining if I made a list of the WORST movie music moments. And, maybe he's right. So, here are the (totally objective) moments that were so memorable and so abrasive that they either ruined the film, or ruined the song for us forever:
6. The Wallflowers, "Heroes" in Gozilla;
5. The Cardigans, "Love Fool" in Romeo + Juliet;
4. R. Kelly, "I Believe I Can Fly" in Space Jam;
3. Seal, "Kiss from A Rose" in Batman Forever;
2. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On" in Titanic;
1. Aerosmith, "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" in Armageddon.
Now, is it just a COINCIDENCE all these movies were made in the '90s? I don't think so. I think the 1960s and 1970s used up all the real musical talent there was in the universe, and then the 1980s used up all the novelty and synth there was in the universe, and the 1990s were left with nothing but cheesy pop songs and boy bands. I mean, Bob Dylan's son doing a cover of a David Bowie song for a movie remake of GODZILLA? That is the most blasphemous thing I have ever heard.
So, feel free to blow up the Comments with your suggestions for either category. And, since no one has ever blown up my Comments section before, you can consider this a desperate cry for attention.