January 9, 2009 by MK
So, I lived up to the title of the blog and forgot some very important [and, quite frankly] obvious songs. Also, there have been a lot of great suggestions, so it demands Alternate Universe picks. (note: sticking to one per movie)
15. You’re the Best Around from Karate Kid – one song montage motivation! So horrible it’s awesome.
14. My Endless Love from Happy Gilmore – hilarious if you wait for the reveal.
13. My Sharona from Reality Bites – Ah, dancing in a gas station.
12. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go from Zoolander – Ah, dancing in a gas station.
11. A Quick One from Rushmore – Release the bees!
10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You from The Deer Hunter – Like ‘Beautiful Girls’… if they all went to Vietnam (hat tip Nancy).
9. Red Red Wine from Bringing Out The Dead – Wine as blood. Again, Marty with the Christ metaphors.
8. You Never Can Tell from Pulp Fiction – Travolta dances again! On heroin!
7. The Sound of Silence from The Graduate – one of the magnificent endings. Uncertainty personified.
6. Puttin’ on the Ritz from Young Frankenstein – okay, so this is the funniest use of song in a movie. Ever. (hat tip Anne D)
5. Fire and Rain from Running on Empty – both in the kitchen scene and in the ending, a wonderful mix of melancholy and celebration. Very underrated movie with standout performances from Judd Hirsch and River Phoenix.
4. Best of My Love from Boogie Nights – killer opening, killer tracking shot, killer song.
3. In Your Eyes from Say Anything – Cameron Crowe can really do no wrong (if you forget about Elizabethtown) and this was his first classic movie/music scene.
2. The End from Apocalypse Now – madness as Kurtz ends. Best shot: Sheen rising from the muddy water.
1. Layla from GoodFellas – the original master of pop music in movies, Scorsese turns in a bravura sequence that reminds us the best part of Layla is the outro.