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Friday, May 22, 2009

Cameron Crowe's Top Ten Film Songs

I've long admired Cameron Crowe’s use of music in his films. Who can forget his use of the Cars in the famous Phoebe Cates swimming pool scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High?” And who else could breathe life into Elton John’s oeuvre as Crowe did in “Almost Famous.”

So I was intrigued when I recently came across his Top Ten list of best uses of songs in films. Here’s the list in full.

10. 'Where Is My Mind' (The Pixies) from Fight Club (1999)

9. 'Cucurrucucu Paloma' (Tomas Mendez) from Talk To Her (2002)

8. 'Edge Of Reality' (Elvis Presley) from Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)

7. 'Everybody's Talking' (Harry Nilsson) from Midnight Cowboy (1969)

6. 'Jump Into The Fire' (Harry Nilsson) from GoodFellas (1990)

5. 'Tubular Bells' (Mike Oldfield) from The Exorcist (1973)

4. (Tie) 'Going Home: Theme Of The Local Hero' (Mark Knopfler) from Local Hero (1983)/ 'Hoppipola' (Sigur Ros) from Heima (2007)

3. 'Falling Slowly' (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) from Once (2006)

2. 'She Smiled Sweetly / Ruby Tuesday' (The Rolling Stones) from The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

1. 'Don't Be Shy' (Cat Stevens) from Harold and Maude (1971)

For the full article from Empire magazine, cut and paste the following link:

So what do you think?


Blogger Someone Said said...

Decent list. I'd put Just Like Candy (Jesus and Mary Chain) from Lost in Translation in there.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Bivalve88 said...

I can't think about Cameron Crowe's use of music in movies and not think of "In Your Eyes" as used in "Say Anything"..

11:03 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Likewise, Beta Band's "Dry the Rain" from High Fidelity.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd add Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" from Trainspotting" and that Dick Dale tune that kicks off Pulp Fiction.

2:45 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Miserlou. Good shout.

Actually a number of Tarantino picks come to mind.

"You Never Can Tell" Chuck Berry

"Didn't I Blow Your Mind" Delfonics

3:45 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Funnily enough, waiting to get my hairs cut, I spotted this list of Rob Sheffield's favorite songs in Scorsese movies.

Be My Baby - The Ronettes - Mean Streets
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals - Goodfellas 80 1 I've Had It - The Bell Notes - Who's That Knocking At My Door
Can't You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones - Casino
Lonely Nights - The Hearts - Raging Bull *I don't have this track
Helpless - The Band w/ Neil Young - The Last Waltz
Late For The Sky - Jackson Brown - Taxi Driver
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes - Mean Streets
Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters - Goodfellas
I'm Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys - The Departed

7:05 PM  

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