Songs in movies go hand in hand. Some movies we love even more because of the awesome accompanying soundtrack, and some scenes just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for that one special song.
So here’s a list of blockbuster movie scenes that were taken to a whole new level thanks to the use of a song. The combination of a mesmerising visual and storyline with the music makes these scenes the focal and talking point of the entire film.
Prince – Kiss (Pretty Woman)
Everyone remembers this brilliant scene with Julia Roberts ‘soaking in the tub’ with a classic waterproof yellow Sony Walkman. Blasting the Prince classic into her lobes and singing along, oblivious to the fact that Richard Gere is watching her. It’s perfect.
Sing along to the original when you're having a romantic bath for two, or just need a little bit of courage if you're planning your first pash.
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (Rock of Ages)
Performed here by Tom Cruise and Malin Akerman, the stage show is funny and full of your favourite classic rock songs. And the movie? Well, it has Tom Cruise singing into a girls bits - how they did this scene with laughing uncontrollably is still a mystery. Watch it. Embrace it. Be grossed out by it.
Of course, it's got nothin' on the original which is packed so full of pure emotion. Perfect for singing into a hairbrush at home, and guaranteed to sweep anyone off their feet.
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (City Of Angels)
Well here’s one to tug on the heartstrings. To say it’s placement was absolutely perfect is an understatement. It should be, because it was written specifically for the scene says lead singer John Rzeznik. “I was thinking about the situation of the Nicolas Cage character in the movie. This guy is completely willing to give up his own immortality, just to be able to feel something very human. And I think - Wow! What an amazing thing it must be like to love someone so much that you give up everything to be with them - That's a pretty heavy thought”
Add this one to the playlist you use when you just need a good cry - no shame in admitting we all have one.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Waynes World)
This moment in the film is a walk up start for this list. Queen benefited from it, the movie benefited from it. It was a match made in heaven and was so completely relatable it worked on every level. We don’t get the whole song of course, but for the timing, the mood it evokes - this is movie/music perfection.
The Knack – My Sharona (Reality Bites)
Well this is another one of those moments that was totally relatable. Random petrol station, random moment with friends, and we ALL had friends that would just start dancing when a favourite song comes on. Me? I was like Ethan Hawk in this scene. Just get the snacks, and get out of there.
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion (Dazed and Confused)
This is easily one of the greatest movies of all time. Stellar cast, equally stellar soundtrack, muscle cars, and what better way to set up a movie about ‘the last day of school in 1976’ than with a classic Aerosmith tune. There’s no dialogue, just the song and a montage where we see all the main players of the movie, it sets up so perfectly, you know you’re in for a great ride.
Elton John – Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous)
Music fans love this trip down fictional memory lane. The band, on the teetering edge of destruction, fall out with their lead singer who takes off to a party and does loads of psychedelic drugs, finally reunited with his band, in shame.. but music saves them all.
Steelers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle (Reservoir Dogs)
Being a Quentin Tarantino fan, I just had to include this iconic scene with a psychotic Michael Madsen that just wouldn’t be the same without the Steelers Wheel classic. Truth be told, the song really didn’t do that much originally, but when it was used in this scene, it went through quite the revival.
For these great songs and more, to either spice up your Valentine's Day or to just get you feeling romantic, check out our Classic Love Songs playlist on Spotify...