21 best movie songs

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Films live and die by their music. The score can make or break the tension of a scene, and the perfect song stays with you long after the credits roll. Why do I feel like I’m about to announce the winner for Best Original Song at the Oscars right now? Either way, these are the best movie songs – rowdy musical numbers and iconic soundtracks.

If I can make a confession, I really I like when I associate a song with a movie that I like. It’s the easiest way to get a quick dose of nostalgia. Sometimes I remember soundtracks better than bands or artists. It’s very silly of me and caused a lot of trouble in college when I prefer to listen The parent trap soundtrack than Linkin Park – but it’s not therapy.

Even if you’re not obsessed like me, everyone knows those songs that you can’t separate from the movie where you first heard them and wouldn’t want to even if you could.


“Let it Go” from Frozen

Parents of toddlers may not like the death grip this song has on their kids, but you have to admit, it rocks.


“Shallow” from A Star is Born

Has any song ever become this iconic from the trailer alone? It was the riff heard around the world.


The final performance of the Treblemakers from Pitch Perfect

Sure, the movie isn’t “about the Treblemakers” but that scene changed me on a molecular level.


“How Far I’ll Go” by Moana

Who would have thought we would have another iconic Disney song “I Want” so soon after the release of “Let It Go”? That Lin-Manuel Miranda goes far…


“Rain on the Roof” from Paddington 2

Everything on Paddington 2 is perfect with this musical number.


“Agony” from Into The Woods

OK…this movie is not Great…but Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen ripping off their shirts over a waterfall makes the song Great.


“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan

The way this song makes millennials lose their collective shit is impressive.


“Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Not to be confused with the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which of course is about whether or not Breakfast at Tiffany’sit is is a good movie.


“Hello” from Singin’ in the Rain

Some may prefer the main song, but it’s the one I always find myself humming to in the morning…


“The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing

Like… you’re never not I’m gonna hear this song and start thinking about that elevator.


“Belle” from Beauty and the Beast

Again, some prefer the main song… but which one are you tempted to play every time you go to the library or walk down a pretty main street or, I don’t know, run down a hill ?


“My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic

Never again, never let’s go.


“Johnny B. Goode” from Back to the Future

It’s your cousin MARVIN BERRY.


“Get Lost” from 8 Mile

If you don’t know that kid who memorized the lyrics when he was eleven, you were This child.


“Ghostbusters” from Ghostbusters


“Please, Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis

When this movie came out, Justin Timberlake was the sex symbol…and now we’re all collectively hot for Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver?


“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz

I mean… it has to be the song from the GOAT movie, right?


“Bittersweet Symphony” from Cruel Intentions

Your favorite song from a 1999 teen rom-com might be “Kiss Me” by She is all that or “I can’t take my eyes off you” from 10 things i hate about you…but I’m all about the campiness of cruel intentions and that iconic final scene.


“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from…well…

Choose your poison! Do you prefer the original interpretation of this song by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” or the impression of Marilyn by Margot Robbie in “Birds of Prey” OR the interpretation of this song by Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge” in as Sparking Diamond? It is Phone a movie song.


Mamma Mia’s Super Trooper! Here we go again

It is a universally recognized truth that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has the best closing credits ever, but it’s a close runner-up. Speaking of…


“Thousand Years” of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

*waltz at sunset*

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