Music by Movie Association

I’ve been wanting to write a post like this for a while, so I’m happy to finally be getting to it. I didn’t realize how much of the music I actually listen to today is from film. It’s not just my ever growing collection of film scores that invade my iPod. I’ve been listening to some sweet tunes I never would have considered if it weren’t for certain films. Do you ever hear a song and you’re immediately thinking of a movie you heard it in? It happens to me all the time. Different songs and scenes are memorable to everyone for different reasons. This is a smattering of songs I either immediately associate with certain movies when I hear them, or just had to buy when I heard them in a movie.

“The Sound of Fear” by Eels in Yes Man

This scene is just hilarious. Oh Jim Carrey.

“Yes Man” by Munchausen by Proxy (Zooey Deschanel & Von Iva) in Yes Man

OK, I believe this is an original song made for the film, so I haven’t actually heard this anywhere. But it is another awesome song from Yes Man. Basically, I LOVE the soundtrack from that film. It’s just hilarious and awesome and totally different. Check it out! And this video is the actual performance, uncut.

“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” by John Legend in Think Like a Man

This song doesn’t fall into my typical taste of music, but I really, really like this song. It’s just really good.

“Pennies from Heaven” by Rose Murphy in The Artist

“Pennies from Heaven” is the only song in The Artist that has words. And aside from one or two words in the film, it serves as the only “dialogue” to take place in the film.

“(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew in Never Been Kissed  (and everything else)

This song is basically in a ton of movies. It’s a great movie song, and it was very fitting for the scene in Never Been Kissed. What other movies have you heard this song in?

“She’s So High” by Tal Bachman in She’s Out of My League

Every time I hear this song, I associate it with the movie. I think the song works in a literal way with the plot, which makes it memorable. Also, this music video is really weird.

“Linger” by The Cranberries in Click

Such a bizarre movie to think of The Cranberries, but I do.

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates in (500) Days of Summer

Seriously, who doesn’t think of (500) Days of Summer when this song plays? One of the coolest scenes from the film.

“O Children” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

I had heard of Nick Cave before I saw the movie, but this Harry Potter movie was the first I had heard “O Children.” The scene is nowhere to be found in the book from what I hear, but it’s an interesting scene with a great song to accompany it, nonetheless.

What songs do you guys associate with movies? Do you have any favorites?

16 thoughts on “Music by Movie Association

  1. Not for nuthin – but it’s great to see you posting again 🙂

    Some songs that have permanent associations for me…

    “Shippin’ Up to Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys – THE DEPARTED
    “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel – SAY ANYTHING
    “Golden Years” by David Bowie – A KNIGHT’S TALE
    “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles – LOVE, ACTUALLY


    • Thanks, Ryan – glad to be back! 🙂

      A Knight’s Tale has a lot of songs like that – I always think of it when I hear “We Will Rock You” by Queen.

      Good call on Say Anything too.


  2. Some of these, I admit, are pretty cheesy! Just because I like the songs does not mean these are my favorite movies listed…

    Songs that I associate with movies:
    1. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by B.J. Thomas–Spiderman 2
    2. Don’t Worry Baby by the Beach Boys–Never Been Kissed
    3. Suddenly I See by K.T. Tunstall–The Devil Wears Prada
    4. Into the West by Annie Lennox–Return of the King
    5. Dirty Little Secret by All-American Rejects–John Tucker Must Die
    6. We’ve Only Just Begun by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols–1408
    7. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson–Princess Diaries 2
    8. Believe by Josh Groban–Polar Express
    9. The Trouble with Love Is by Kelly Clarkson–Love, Actually
    10. We Are the Champions by Queen–Mighty Ducks 2


    • I almost put the Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head for Spiderman 2 on mine.

      Dirty Little Secret for John Tucker Must Die. Good call on that one 🙂

      I think the same on Princess Diaries 2 and Mighty Ducks 2.

      Haha, I read this and knew it was you before you commented again. Nice, Jenn.


  3. You’re spoiling us Kristin! Good to see you’re hiatus has left you bursting with blog ideas! Love the whole soundtrack to 500 Days of Summer. Linger is another great choice!

    For me there’s thousands but I’ll start with:

    Pixies- Where is my Mind? from Fight Club
    Nightcall from Drive
    Adagio for Strings from Platoon

    So many great tracks remind me of movies though these jumped into my head!


    • Haha, I hope so – we’ll see if you’re thinking that still after next week! Ha!

      Nice one with Drive. And I LOVE Adagio for Strings, and didn’t realize it was associated with Platoon.

      Thanks for your additions, Pete. Same here – and I love it!!


    • Thanks, Keith! Lol – OK, just looked up Holiday Road because it didn’t ring a bell for me, but now that I’m hearing it, I’m like . . . “ohhhh.” Haha. Very funny!


  4. What an awesome and original post! LOVE it! Well the one that came to mind is the song ‘Dream’ by Cranberries, I know it’s used a lot in various movies but I always think of ‘Boys on the Side’ whenever I hear it.

    Moulin Rouge also have some classic songs that now make me think of that movie when I hear them, like Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and Joe Cocker ‘Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong.’ 😀


    • Thanks, Ruth! Nice – every time I hear Dream, I think of The Next Karate Kid, lol! So bizarre how our minds immediately associate a song with a particular film.

      I really ought to sit down and watch Moulin Rouge sometime. I hear it’s great from everyone.


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