Empire Magazine asked Cameron Crowe to list his 10 favorite movie music scenes and of course he comes up with 36! I thought it was an interesting concept so off the top of my head I developed my own list. With a little prompting this could be radically altered (i.e. I probably need a Scorsese film in there) so I’d love to hear of your favorite movie music moments in the comments.
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Dont Look Back. Donovan is in a London Hotel with Dylan and plays him a new song which has some maudlin Elizabethan lyrics set to a Dylan tune. Dylan pulls out a guitar and says I’ve got a new one too and proceeds to play It’s All Over Now. It’s an amazing version and right then and there Donovan knew he was never going to be the “Next Dylan.”
In Dreams – Blue Velvet. Who knew such a beautiful song could be made so creepy.
Where is My Mind – Fight Club. Crowe has this one too. The Pixies song plays as the buildings fall in the last scene. It’s a perfect song to a perfect ending of a perfect movie.
Wise-Up – Magnolia. All the cast members sing parts of this song which could have easily been seen as a stunt and taken the viewer completely out of the movie. Instead it links the characters together. My mouth drops every time I see this scene.
Mad World – Donnie Darko. Played over a montage. Fuels the overall mood of a very moody movie.
Celebration – Marie Antoinette. Much like Mad World above. This is a mood setter.
Falling Slowly – Once. Another one that Crowe mentions. You truly see the two characters fall in love during this song, and the look on their faces is priceless.
Tiny Dancer – Almost Famous. Band hates each other, brooding on the bus. Someone starts to sing Tiny Dancer, someone joins in, then another, then another. Pretty soon the whole bus is singing and everyone forgets about their problems.
Don’t Stop Me Now – Shaun of the Dead. Can you think of a better song to fight zombies to?
My Back Pages – Masked and Anonymous. A Japanese version of the Dylan classic. The song plays over the opening credits while scenes of poverty and urban decay fill the screen.
What do you think? Give me a list in the comments.