Subscriber Account active since. A film's soundtrack is one of the most important parts of the movie-going experience, whether we realize it or not as we're watching. The right music helps set the scene, sparking emotions from the viewer, even telling a story all on its own, elevating our experience and bringing us into the world being shown before us. But some songs, whether specifically made for the movie or just perfectly added to an integral scene, seem to transcend the films they were featured in. Others become inextricably linked to their films, becoming a part of pop culture history for generations to come. These are some of the most iconic movie songs of all time, in no particular order. These songs transcend decades and genres but are all unmistakably linked to the movies they're featured in. Note: We did not include iconic movie scores, the instrumental music from a film, because those are honestly worthy of their own list. The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in , in no small part thanks to Loggins' now-iconic song.
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"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal ("Batman Forever")
For the new generation, both featured some of the best songs in films up to that point. The point is: music and the movies have long had a symbiotic relationship, and in the 70s, 80s and 90s, many a pop hit came off the back of its iconic use in a cinematic smash. From Simple Minds to Stevie Wonder , we pick 12 of the best songs in films. Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments below. The film that introduced disco to a wider world and made a star of John Travolta also featured a welter of hits that ensured the Bee Gees dominated the charts in
Over the Rainbow
The Wizard of Oz was such an important film that it is still changing lives 80 years after it first graced the silver screen in Its music is a big part of its charm. Dorothy Gale Judy Garland sings the song while she is daydreaming in Kansas before she makes her journey to Oz. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper had such a strong connection on screen in the film A Star Is Born that viewers started speculating that they must have a real-life romance. It can actually be heard three different times in the film and is its signature song.
Which, of course, is subjective. In some cases, these soundtrack songs are now more famous than the films they came from. Never let go. And that when you find that person, you pull a real Rachel Green and, despite having a life elsewhere, get off the plane. While we know stars — Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — went on to fall in love and form the two-piece folk band, the indie hit Once offered a realish glimpse into the makings of their music and of their then-relationship. The thing is, the songs came before the film. So where most soundtracks become the platform for burgeoning indie acts, it was Once itself that brought legitimacy to a band that actually existed before its leads sought to tell a story. Which made their breakup even sadder. And really, what more can any of us ask for? Or that two little kids would know how to book an airline ticket.