Music is definitely one of the most important dimensions in movies. Their soundtracks are sometimes remembered longer than the movie itself. We often find ourselves to identify a soundtrack with a movie or the other way round. As pop culture’s main counterparts, music and film share a long-lasting and passionate love affair. A lot of movies have built their reputation on their use of music and, respectively, many music artists were broadly popularized thanks to the movie that featured their song. Music can really transform a cinematic sequence into a compelling experience.
Below you can find some movie songs that have actually become more famous than their movies during the last decades:
Céline Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic
“My heart will go on”, from Celine Dion is absolutely one of the most beautiful songs of all times. “Titanic’s” and “My heart will go on” 20th anniversary was celebrated in 2017. The song added to Jack’s and Rose’s romance. “My heart will go on” keeps being the number one song in Prom Nights, weddings and other similar celebrations.
Aerosmith, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” Armageddon
“I don’t wanna miss a thing” performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film “Armagedon”, remains one of the most powerful ballads. It stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to 26, 1998. It also held number one for several weeks in some other countries.
Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” Bodyguard
In 1992, singer Whitney Houston recorded a new arrangement of “I will always love you” for the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” movie. It spent fourteen weeks at number one on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart making it one of the best selling songs of all times. The song also holds the record for the best selling single by a woman in the history of music.
R. Kelly, “I believe I can fly” Space Jam
“I believe I can fly” is the soundtrack to 1996 film “Space Jam” and it can be considered as R.Kelly’s best song ever. It has also won two Grammy Awards.
Elton John: “Tiny Dancer” Almost Famous Bus
“Tiny Dancer” is that song from the Almost Famous bus scene and the power of this song in conjunction with the movie lies in its ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.
The Doors: “The End” Apocalypse Now
“The End” was used in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film ‘Apocalypse Now’, both in the opening sequence and during the end. Great song from Jim Morrison!
Lana Del Rey, “Young and Beautful” Great Gatsby
It is only normal that Lana Del Rey, whose relationship with nostalgia runs deep, sings the movie song of a man obsessed with the past.