Life on Mars by David Bowie in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
I don’t really know why I feel this way, but the shot of Steve walking to the front of his ship at night as this song hit full swing always struck me as incredibly beautiful. Its a bit odd, considering not much of note is happening at the time, especially compared to later scenes.
Fight the Power by Public Enemy in Do the Right Thing
In a way, the whole movie is based around this song. Its when the song finally ended that all hell broke loose. And I doubt a single person walked out of that movie without it stuck in their head.
Farewell, My Lovely by Jo Yeong-Wook in Oldboy
I don’t know if this is a cheat, because it a piece written directly for the scene, but I think its one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written for film, especially given the context (which I won’t mention for fear of spoilers). After finishing the movie, I had this stuck in my head for about a week, and to this day every time I hear it I get a little emotional.
fucking love “Show Me Love” – Robyn in Show Me Love. It PUNCHES a smile onto your face.
“In Dreams” being sung by the man in drag in the surreal whorehouse in Lynch’s Blue Velvet, followed by when Dennis Hopper sings it in the car is the most memorable for me.
“In dreams I walk with you, in dreams fucker!” haha
The film wasn’t to great but the use of “Venus In Furs” in Van Sants’ Last Days was really good
Sam Whitman’s Indian Love Call in Mars Attack…
BEETHOVEN REMIX IN BORN FROM PAIN :)))
go and watch it
Olivia Newton-John’s version of “Country Roads” (John Denver) in Yoshifumi Kondo’s animated masterpiece, Whisper of the Heart (1995), produced by Hayao Miyazaki.
Tex Williams – Smoke Smoke Smoke (that cigarette) – Thank You for Smoking!
Sometimes by My Bloody Valentine during a montage in Lost in Translation. Also, Crying by Roy Orbison in Gummo.
I just saw Killer of Sheep for the first time, and the scene with Stan and his wife dancing to Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth” is wonderful. The whole film makes great use of music, but that scene is the standout.