The Hills are Alive...
In 2004, the American Film Institute released a new list in their 100 Years series, this one celebrating iconic songs in movies. I have confessed my love for movie musicals many times on this blog, but there is something to be said for that one song that can define an entire movie. What would Dirty Dancing be without that final performance to (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life? How many of us still passionately sing along with Celine Dion and think of Jack and Rose when My Heart Will Go On plays on the radio? And is a Bond movie really complete without a new, killer theme song?
When AFI first released the 100 Years...100 Songs list, my college roommate and I were obsessed. It was our goal to collect all 100 songs and put them in one playlist and, by the end of the year, we had almost succeeded! Below, I have listed some of my favorite movie songs. Browse the entire list and let me know if your favorite song was included!
- Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz (#1)
- As Time Goes By from Casablanca (#2)
- Singin’ in the Rain from Singin’ in the Rain (#3)
- Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (#4)
- White Christmas from Holiday Inn (#5)
- Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate (#6)
- When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio (#7)
- The Way We Were from The Way We Were (#8)
- Stayin’ Alive from Saturday Night Fever (#9)
- The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music (#10)
- Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (#23)
- Unchained Melody from Ghost (#27)
- Wind Beneath My Wings from Beaches (#44)
- Goldfinger from Goldfinger (#53)
- Tonight from West Side Story (#59)
- I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard (#65)
- Suicide is Painless from M*A*S*H (#66)
- The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie (#74)
- 9 to 5 from 9 to 5 (#78)
- Old Time Rock and Roll from Risky Business (#100)