Throughout the years, songs have been written to coincide with movies. From Kenny Loggins’ “The Look” to “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” to “Happy”, the impact of a movie can be heightened by the right song at the right moment. Some songs have become more famous than the movies that inspired them. But other songs have stood on their own and become cult favorites. Here are some of the most popular films and the songs they inspire.
A Star Is Born: Barbra Streisand plays an up-and-coming singer. Her character wins a Grammy in real life and wins the Oscar for best original song in the movie. The soundtrack features a number of hits. Some of them are by iconic artists and others are by up-and-coming ones. The title track features a jazzy guitar riff and is one of the most popular songs from the movie. The movie has earned a reputation for being a parody, but it has been known to feature original songs as well.
Footloose: The dance pop star “Deniece Williams” is featured in the film. Her song, “You’re The One That I Want,” was one of the biggest hits of the Grease soundtrack. Her lyrics were based on the close harmonizing of the Boswell Sisters. Her songs have been covered by Jerry Garcia and Paul Simon.
New Jack City: The Oklahoma R&B group was featured in the movie. The song “Oh Yeah” is a cult favorite. It was a hit with teen audiences and Yello was even spotted in candy commercials.
A View To A Kill: The 1985 James Bond film featured a song by Duran Duran. It was a top 20 hit for two weeks on the Hot 100 and was nominated for the Grammy and the Oscar. The theme song was performed by the band and a live version was recorded during the 2012 London Olympics. The Beatles’ recording of “Twist And Shout” was also featured in the film.
Arthur: A school-based movie, this one had a recurring theme. The main character’s name is Arthur and he has a crush on Michelle Pfeiffer, played by Robert Redford. The theme song features Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens. The phrase “days of wine and roses” is taken from a 19th-century English poem.
School Of Rock: The song was co-written by Don Black, who has written many James Bond themes. The title track is a love ballad that also has a hint of gallows humor. It’s no surprise that it became a hit, as Sidney Poitier and Lulu starred in the film. It was awarded the Academy Award for best original song and won the Golden Globe.
Ghostbusters: The Righteous Brothers’ “Ghost” was well-known before the film came out. It was used as a prisoner’s lament and in an emotional scene between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. It won the Academy Award for best original song, and the song was covered by Esther Williams in the movie Neptune’s Daughter.