Inspired by Cameron Crowe’s list of his 36 favourite music moments in film (http://www.empireonline.com/features/cameron-crowe-greatest-music-moments/), as well as McNutt’s own list (http://mcnutt.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/in-which-mcnutt-shares-his-favourite-music-moments-in-film/), I have decided to find out some of the favourite music moments in movies.
Mine is definitely Tiny Dancer in Crowe’s own Almost Famous.
- Just Like Honey: Jesus and Mary Chain (ending of Lost in Translation)
- Everything in it’s right place: Radiohead (opening to Vanilla Sky)
- Didn’t I blow your mind this time: The Delfonics (Jackie Brown)
- I’ve Told Every Little Star: Linda Scott (Mulholland Drive’s audition scene)
- Head Over Heels: Tears for Fears (Donnie Darko’s school scene)
- All These Things That I’ve Done: The Killers (Southland Tales’ really trippy drug scene)
- Born Slippy: Underworld (ending of Trainspotting)
There are heaps more but these are what I can think of off the top of my head.
Considering Cameron’s background I was so underwhelmed by his list.
– TV Party: Black Flag ( Repo Man )
and of course
- My Sharona : The Knack ( Reality Bites ) which is probably the only good thing in the whole film
Do we really need a 3rd thread about this topic? GREAT USE OF MUSIC IN FILMS and Favorite use of a song in a film.
In GOODFELLAS, Robert De Niro’s gestures to Cream’s Sunshine of your Love
In AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, Popol Vuh’s music to the waters of the Urubamba river.
In THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE, Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting music during the puppets scene.
In MULHOLLAND DR., the audition scene Conor mentioned.
The ballet sequence in THE RED SHOES.
The intro to THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
sorry grey daisies – i did not see those.
Trainspotting end sequence with music by Underworld; namely “Born Slippy Nuxx”
Beginning of the film Akira
Beginning titles of Fight Club
Opening credits of Gummo; song is “My Little Rooster” by Almeda Riddle
Elton John’s Tiny Dancer in Crowe’s Almost Famous, although it’s already been mentioned here.
And who can forget Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes in Say Anything?
The woman singing in the nightclub in Damnation.
Forgot one from my original list: Ooh La La by The Faces, from Rushmore. I adore that ending.
Tagore song performance in AGANTUK, Satyajit Ray,
Tagore-song performance in KATCHENJUNGHA, Satyajit Ray,
The song of the boatman in MEGHE DHAKA TARA, Ritwik Ghatak
The end of 2001: A Space Odyssey
The recapitulated Super 8 moments from Jake La Motta in RAGING BULL, Martin Scorsese
last scene in BARRY LYNDEON
transition from prologue to title sequence of VILLAGE OF DREAMS; Yoichi Higashi
Titles of VERTIGO
final scenes in GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN, Hou Hsiao Hsien
Mozarts piano concert in THE NEW WORLD
credits with a Springsteen-song in LIMBO, John Sayles
“California Dreamin” in Chungkind Express – every single time
The music in the finale of The Fountain
“Ooh La La” at the end of Rushmore
The dance at the ball in West Side Story – but especially when Tony and Maria’s eyes meet
Maria dancing on the rooftop after the fight in West Side Story
The final fight in Once Upon a Time in the West with the fierce guitar music
“Jill’s Theme” in Once Upon a Time in the West – every single time
Every time the CD is put in the CD player in 3-Iron
“A Whole New World” in Aladdin
“Tiny Dancer” in Almost Famous
“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The finale in Three Colors: Blue
do the locomotion – inland empire
I love the Goodfellas’ soundtrack,it is great and surely one of the reasons “Goodfellas” is my favorite movie.The ones that I love more is “Rags to Riches”,during the opening titles,the great piano version of “Layla” and…I really can’t choose one song above the others.
The different theme for each main character in Once Upon a Time in the West,especially “Jill’s Theme”
The main theme in The Good,the Bad and the Ugly,which is played with a different instrument for each of the three characters
“Deborrah’s Theme” in Once Upon a Time in America
“California Dreamin” in Chungking Express
“Yumeji’s Theme” during the magnificent slow-motion scenes in In the Mood for Love
“Be My Baby” in Mean Streets
All the great songs of Simon & Garfukel in The Graduate
The first time Sam plays “As Time Goes By” in Casablanca
The opening scene in Fanny and Alexander,when Alexander is alone in the house
Also,maybe my favorite score is Nino Rota’s for The Godfather
and many others that I maybe forget right now
“Back to Nature” by John Barry, when Jenny Agutter goes swimming in Walkabout (and again at the end of the film, with the voiceover of the AE Houseman poem ).
Royal Tenenbaums Luke Wilson suicide attempt scene – Needle in the Hay by Elliott Smith
Life Aquatic w Steve Zissou – Seeing shark – Starafulur by Sigur Ros
The openings to “Shaft” and “Saturday Night Fever,” two songs that set the mood for the film to come.
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys in Michael Moore’s Roger & Me, even if the movie isn’t a masterpiece
“Music Moments” I surely take to mean also fine moments from the original score.
“Custer of the West” . One of those ‘Spanish/German/Everybody Else’ co-productions to share the load of financing, and the film was not very good. But the score was. Bernardo Segall fashioned some simple but effective tunes for this film, and the one that made me hunt down the album for 30 years was: “When the War is Through.” A deceptively simple, and incredibly powerful piano motif, given the scenes that accompany it.
My most recent favourite:
“Heard Somebody Say” – Life During Wartime (2009)
roy orbison’s in dreams in blue velvet!!!!
the metal / elvis scene in wild at heart
do the locomotion in inland empire
the dancing scene in bande a part
dinah washington in killer of sheep
burning piano / free jazz scene in fando and lis
the sex/love scene w/ the song by Love in bottle rocket
chopin song in the desert on the ipod in darjeeling limited
all movies with soundtracks by goran bregovic, eleni karaindrou, philip glass, nino rota, zbigniew preisner, and angelo badalamenti
i forgot to add bernstein to blondie sequence in opening scene of “we own the night”
i put a spell on you in stranger than paradise
all the music scenes in trainspotting and pulp fiction
Anything by Kubrick.
Beethoven’s Symphony 9 in A Clockwork Orange
We’ll Meet Again in Dr. Strangelove
Music for Strings, Percussion, & Celesta in The Shining
not to mention 2001
Jessies Girl in Boogie Nights
Jumpin Jack Flash – Mean Streets
Death Rides a Horse – Kill Bill Vol. 1
Down By the Glenn Side – Rio Grande
music when Frank appears out of the bushes in Once Upon a Time in the West
anything from O Brother Where Art Thou
Nat King Cole singing boleros in spanish “In the Mood for Love”
Gershwin at the beginning of “Manhattan”
The Kinks throughout “Darjeeling Limited”
Caetano Veloso singing in “Talk to her”
Seu Jorge singing David Bowie in “Life Aquatic”
I like the main theme for James Bond. It just has something about it that makes it suspensful, but kind of fun in a way.
“Sometimes” by My Bloody Valentine in Lost In Translation, ScarJo staring out the cab into the neon night (sigh…)
My favorite recent one is the opening sequence of Watchmen over Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row.
The Doors’ “The End” in APOCALYPSE NOW. It had quite the effect on me the first time I saw it.
Also, how could one forget “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin in TOP GUN?