Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images.
Do you like movies? Music? Then you're in luck.
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal ("Batman Forever")
The best movie soundtracks do more than complement the images you see on screen. In the hands of a great filmmaker and a gifted music supervisor, a soundtrack can take on a unique life of its own, helping to popularize micro-genres, shining a light on previously obscure artists, or making new hits out of perfectly timed needle drops. They have the power to transport you through time and space, whether it's a memory of catching a Pulp Fiction matinee or watching the trailer for A Star Is Born on your phone. They're also just fun , like mixtapes with famous faces on the covers. For the purposes of this list, we consider the movie soundtrack to be a unique art form, one with distinct and complicated ties to the history of popular music.
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F rom A Space Odyssey to pretty much every Edgar Wright film, some of the best films of all time have effectively used needle drops to take their films to the next level. This list runs through the best movie songs of all time, and as you go through the scenes, you will find they all have one thing in common. Subscribe for more filmmaking videos like this. The songs on this list all range in genre and style. It is important to recognize that a memorable song moment is more than just plopping some music over a scene. It requires the filmmaker to understand both the song and the scene and know how he or she wants the audience to feel in that moment. Some songs provide catharsis and allow the audience a moment to breathe while the protagonist is bolting a hit song. Other needle drops are present simply to let the audience know the time period they are in. Some of the most famous movie moments of all time are on this list. Others are a bit underrated.
Which, of course, is subjective. In some cases, these soundtrack songs are now more famous than the films they came from. Never let go. And that when you find that person, you pull a real Rachel Green and, despite having a life elsewhere, get off the plane. While we know stars — Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — went on to fall in love and form the two-piece folk band, the indie hit Once offered a realish glimpse into the makings of their music and of their then-relationship. The thing is, the songs came before the film. So where most soundtracks become the platform for burgeoning indie acts, it was Once itself that brought legitimacy to a band that actually existed before its leads sought to tell a story. Which made their breakup even sadder.