January 9, 2009 by MK
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15. Johnny B. Goode from Back to the Future – Michael J. Fox “sings” and “shreds” his way through the 50’s. “You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well listen to this!”
14. Blinded By The Light from Blow – a synthesizer soundtracks the raking in of money. Thank you cocaine!
13. Sweet Emotion from Dazed & Confused – tone setter. A car circa ’76 circles the school parking lot in the baked sunlit morning. School’s almost out.
12. Sweet Caroline from Beautiful Girls – nothing like dudes in a bar reconnecting for a singalong.
11. Where Is My Mind from Fight Club – a match for the WTF? feeling of the ending as buildings and Jack/Tyler collapse.
10. Go Daddy-O from Swingers – Mikey finally becomes a big bear with claws and goes after the bunny.
9. Everything In Its Right Place from Vanilla Sky – Waking up to Radiohead and a world in which nothing is in its right place except this eerie, lonely song.
8. Let’s Get It On from High Fidelity – Barry Jive & The Uptown Five bring it home and Jack Black caps off his breakthrough role.
7. Bohemian Rhapsody from Wayne’s World – The funniest use of song in a movie. Ever.
6. Twist & Shout from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Everyone wanted to be Ferris Bueller because of this scene.
5. Sussudio from American Psycho – Mr. Bale scarily deconstructs the genius of Phil Collins. “But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist.”
4. A Change Is Gonna Come from Malcolm X – masterful filmmaking (that dolly shot) by Spike Lee during this scene leading up to the final speech of Malcolm X. The dreary wait for overdue change.
3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – the summation of “carefree.” And Paul Newman being Paul Newman to boot. Bonus points for being a cool part of Spider-Man 2.
2. Wise Up from Magnolia – The actors sing along and the audacious earnestness of Magnolia knocks down another wall.
1. Tiny Dancer from Almost Famous – THE blend of music and movie. All the emotions that Cameron Crowe is so good at capturing on film through music – warm memory, community, giving each other the benefit of the doubt, reconciliation, romanticism and rock & roll.