songs whose fame has long since eclipsed that of the movie they originally appeared in

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by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:36 (six years ago) Permalink

'Up Where We Belong' from An Officer and a Gentleman

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:39 (six years ago) Permalink

White Christmas, "Holiday Inn"
We're in the Money, "Gold Diggers of 1933"
etc

zappi, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:40 (six years ago) Permalink

'Invincible' from The Legend of Billie Jean

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:40 (six years ago) Permalink

"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:41 (six years ago) Permalink

You'll Never Walk Alone, "Carousel"

zappi, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:41 (six years ago) Permalink

'Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)' from the Man Who Knew Too Much

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:42 (six years ago) Permalink

"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

― ban this sick stunt (anagram), Saturday, July 16, 2011 5:41 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

you think? the movie is pretty well-loved today.

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:45 (six years ago) Permalink

'When I'm Cleaning Windows' from Keep Your Seats Please

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" -- originally single before Batman Forever but that's when it became big

Mordy, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:45 (six years ago) Permalink

"Ben" from Ben
"Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky III
"Say You Say Me" from White Nights

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:46 (six years ago) Permalink

you think? the movie is pretty well-loved today

true, that one might be arguable but I would still contend the song is more famous than the film

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:47 (six years ago) Permalink

'I Believe I Can Fly' from Space Jam

zappi, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Every single song on Purple Rain

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:50 (six years ago) Permalink

haha Parade too!

zappi, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:50 (six years ago) Permalink

you think? the movie is pretty well-loved today.

Oh yeah, I feel like a lot more people would recognize that song before they would the movie.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:56 (six years ago) Permalink

bernard hermann whistle song orig from twisted nerve comes 2 mind

johnny crunch, Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:15 (six years ago) Permalink

"Blues Theme" from The Wild Angels
"You Light Up My Life" from film of same title
"Theme from Valley of The Dolls"
"Theme from A Summer Place"
All the Magical Mystery Tour songs
"Knocking on Heaven's Door" from Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
"Late In The Evening" from One-Trick Pony

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Car Wash by Rose Royce. I've rarely seen the film mentioned.

модный хипстер (ShariVari), Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:26 (six years ago) Permalink

"Chariots of Fire" - swear this played on repeat for 30 mins at Kroger today.

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:26 (six years ago) Permalink

"The Morning After" from the Poseidon Adventure.

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:27 (six years ago) Permalink

"FM" by Steely Dan

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:28 (six years ago) Permalink

"My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" from The Electric Horseman

Wasn't "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies..." a film theme?

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:33 (six years ago) Permalink

"Tears In Heaven" from Rush

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Endless Love - Lionel Richie / Diana Ross. Song was the biggest of Ross' career, nobody has bothered to release the film on DVD yet.

There are probably quite a few from the forties / fifties musical canon that have endured after the films have fallen out of favour. Tammy by Debbie Reynolds and It's Foolish But It's Fun by Deanna Durbin come to mind.

модный хипстер (ShariVari), Saturday, 16 July 2011 23:43 (six years ago) Permalink

'dueling banjos' likely

bear, bear, bear, Sunday, 17 July 2011 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

'Together in Electric Dreams' from, uh, Electric Dreams.

emil.y, Sunday, 17 July 2011 03:08 (six years ago) Permalink

"Georgy Girl" by the Seekers. I don't think anybody still cares about the film; I still love the song, so the song wins 1-0.

clemenza, Sunday, 17 July 2011 04:19 (six years ago) Permalink

We're in the Money, "Gold Diggers of 1933"

Gold Diggers of 1933 has been a film school staple for decades, esp. for the climactic "Forgotten Man" number.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 17 July 2011 04:50 (six years ago) Permalink

"The Theme from A Man and A Woman"

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 July 2011 04:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" from the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack

corey, Sunday, 17 July 2011 05:01 (six years ago) Permalink

"Something He Can Feel" from Sparkle.
"Trouble Man" from film of same name.
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" from The Woman In Red.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 July 2011 05:13 (six years ago) Permalink

'dueling banjos' likely

― bear, bear, bear

disagree with this. though it precedes the movie by almost 20 years, it is forever linked to the film (even if most of the Michael Scott types who still find the joke funny haven't actually seen it)

rockapads, Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:28 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, missed the "originally" in the thread title so my bad there

bear, bear, bear, Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Will Smith's "Wild Wild West"

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:40 (six years ago) Permalink

"Going Back To Cali" from Less Than Zero

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:52 (six years ago) Permalink

"Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile?

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:54 (six years ago) Permalink

A bunch of Elvis songs, not just themes but also stuff like "Return To Sender" & "Wooden Heart".

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:59 (six years ago) Permalink

was gonna suggest beyonce's 'check on it' from that pink panther thing but i guess it didn't end up on the soundtrack? didnt see the movie but the video had hella steve martin fr sure

bear, bear, bear, Sunday, 17 July 2011 08:05 (six years ago) Permalink

"We Have All the Time in the World" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service

ledge, Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:39 (six years ago) Permalink

The song was not registered in the music rating charts in the UK when first released, only becoming well known 25 years later, as part of a Guinness beer commercial after My Bloody Valentine chose to cover it for charity.

cannot parse leap from guinness to mbv

ledge, Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Maria McKee, "Show Me Heaven" - Days of Thunder, right?

Tim F, Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Think "Unchained Melody" wins this.

Stevie T, Sunday, 17 July 2011 09:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Think "Unchained Melody" wins this.

― Stevie T, Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:45 AM (34 minutes ago) Bookmark

There are songs like I Only Have Eyes For you that I think began in 1920s or 30s films or stageshows that are much better known in later versions. There's a history of stageshow songs becoming adopted into the folk canon too. think that broadens the remit of the question though.

& yeah, think Unchained Melody dates back quite a way to early film musicals or beyond doesn't it?

Stevolende, Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Do You Know Where You're Going To? - Theme from Mahogany

Siegbran, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Rock Me Amadeus

Siegbran, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:21 (six years ago) Permalink

B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J And Busta Rhymes - Hit Em High (from Space Jam)

Siegbran, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:24 (six years ago) Permalink

'Together in Electric Dreams' from, uh, Electric Dreams.

Came here to post this. I didn't even know it was from a movie until a couple of weeks ago when I was playing it doing the washing up and my wife came out and was like "why are you playing the theme song from Electric Dreams?"

Operation Pooting (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Ha! I always knew it was from a film, but had to go look up what that film was called, despite it actually being in the name of the song.

Gold Diggers of 1933 has been a film school staple for decades, esp. for the climactic "Forgotten Man" number.

While I do agree that Gold Diggers of 1933 remains a famous film, particularly for people who attend 'film school', I think that there needs to be a bit of an ironing out of the thread concept before dismissing this suggestion. Because as I read it, there is no question that the song 'We're in the Money' is about 1000x as famous as the film, and thus is perfectly valid. However, if you want to go for "songs that are still famous even though nobody remembers the film", that is a different matter.

emil.y, Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Hmm, does Morricone's main theme from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" count? Obv. linked to the film, but seems to get used in adverts / comedy sketches etc as a signifier of westerns / shootouts etc. Everyone knows the music, but does everyone know the film? (talking about normal people here, not ilxors)

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\etc (Matt #2), Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
from "She's All That".

Though whenever I hear the line "Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance" I keep envisioning Usher dancing with that silly grin on his face.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:47 (six years ago) Permalink

"She's All That" is a timeless classic for some of us

Number None, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm not really sure all of these songs are FROM the films they're attached to, so much as slapped on (esp in the last 30 years).

I like that John Ford nixed having the song "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" heard in the film, cuz well, it would have ruined it.

joyless shithead (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm not really sure all of these songs are FROM the films they're attached to, so much as slapped on (esp in the last 30 years).

yes

jack-off all trade, masturbate nuns (sic), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

xpost

My fave example of a wisely discarded theme song is Billy Eckstine's "Vertigo" which you can hear here.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, like the Sixpence song appeared on one of their albums a full year before it was in "She's All That." That's a far cry from "originally."

BIG HOOBA aka the stankdriver (Phil D.), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Phil Collins, Against All Odds.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Thursday, 9 March 2017 19:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

the most duh answer is somehow not on here, which is Houston's version of I Will Always Love You. i have never seen The Bodyguard, nor do i understand what it's supposed to be about, nor do i think i'll ever care.

austinb, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

A whole lot of Pink Floyd songs...

dlp9001, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Bobby Brown's "On Our Own"

Dusty Springfield "The Look Of Love"

(originally written for the Casino Royale spoof)

― Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet


^^^

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 10 March 2017 06:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, "The look of love"..

Also, "Happy"from DesMe2, yep that's a big film but "Happy" got way bigger.

Mark G, Friday, 10 March 2017 07:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

"I Want Your Sex" was apparently the 3rd hit from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, before being the first single from Faith. I would say it has eclipsed that movie and those first two hits ("Cross My Broken Heart" by The Jets and "Shakedown" by Bob Seger).

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 10 March 2017 12:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Can't believe no one has said 'Fame' yet. It's right in the title!

The twin snake of violence and sex is more like a sick wolf. (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 March 2017 12:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Too many of these have fuckall to do with the movie itself. They're just kinda thrown on to the soundtrack to sell more records. Was "Cross My Broken Heart" even in the film Beverly Hills Cop II?

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

"The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Sandpiper seems like one of these, although some people still enjoy The Sandpiper

Josefa, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

"To Sir With Love"

henry s, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Don't Let Go (Love)" - En Vogue. Recorded for the Set It Off soundtrack.

chap, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

"i have never seen The Bodyguard, nor do i understand what it's supposed to be about"

I believe it's about a Bodyguard.

chap, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Well, it's about a Body. And a Guard. Two very different and conflicting personalities who are forced to work together to solve a crime and/or defeat criminals, learning from each other in the process.

henry s, Friday, 10 March 2017 14:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

That's What Friends Are For (from Night Shift)
The Girl Can't Help It
Across 110th Street

Stupor Fly, Friday, 10 March 2017 17:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

'Turtle Power' by Partners in Kryme

The twin snake of violence and sex is more like a sick wolf. (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 March 2017 17:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Got a perfect candidate -- the jazz standard "Stella by Starlight." Originally introduced as an instrumental piece in the (truly great, still underrated) Ray Milland supernatural thriller The Uninvited. The title is what it is due to a character being called Stella, Milland's character writes the piece with reference to her, etc. etc. A modified still from the scene in question:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7DInmoJ5JDE/hqdefault.jpg

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 March 2017 17:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

"the end is the beginning is the end" by the smashing pumpkins from Batman & Robin

maybe even "eye" from Lost Highway?

flappy bird, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

"drown" from Singles, surely?

flappy bird, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Everybody's Talkin' from Midnight Cowboy?

Colonel Poo, Friday, 10 March 2017 19:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pharrell - Happy from Despicable Me

out comes stanley, Friday, 10 March 2017 20:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Two.

Mark G, Friday, 10 March 2017 23:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

happy otm

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

"The Way You Look Tonight," from Swing Time. Famous movie, but the song is way more famous

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

not sure despicable me has receded in collective memory any more than "happy" has tbh

dyl, Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Justin Timberlake Can't Stop The Feeling is destined for this.

Siegbran, Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

this probably says more about my ignorance than the extent to which top hat has (or hasn't) faded from public consciousness but i didn't know that "cheek to cheek" was introduced in a film lol

dyl, Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

"My Funny Valentine" from Babes in Arms

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

thanks to Nina Simone and Buble's wannabe Simone rendition..."Feeling Good" from The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd (ok ok not a movie, a play, sorry)

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Puttin on the Ritz" from...Puttin on the Ritz

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

"I Can Dream About You" from <i>Streets of Fire</i>

SlimAndSlam, Friday, 17 March 2017 11:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sorry, wrong brackets.

"I can Dream About You" from Streets of Fire

SlimAndSlam, Friday, 17 March 2017 11:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" from At the Circus

SlimAndSlam, Friday, 17 March 2017 11:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Dylan's "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 March 2017 13:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Roger Daltrey: Quicksilver Lightning

kornrulez6969, Friday, 17 March 2017 13:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm kidding about Roger Daltrey song, but not about this:

Lisa Loeb: Stay

kornrulez6969, Friday, 17 March 2017 13:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

"All Star" from Shrek and Mystery Men ?????

frogbs, Friday, 17 March 2017 13:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

So I guess this is going to be another thread where 90% of the answers range between unconvincing and wrong? Lots of these songs were released before the movie mentioned, and lots of other are inextricably linked to the movie.

You know on Amazon where people answer questions about a product ("Does it support bluetooth?") with things like "Sorry, I haven't received mine yet, so I don't know". Whelp, if you don't have an answer, you don't have to enter one.

enochroot, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think Que Sera, Sera has been the best answer so far, that scene actually felt really incongruous when I eventually saw The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Lots of these songs were released before the movie mentioned, and lots of other are inextricably linked to the movie.

was gonna say. and to note that a famous film song is no longer so linked does not prove that it has "eclipsed" the movie's fame.

The sandwiches looked quite dank. (contenderizer), Friday, 17 March 2017 14:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

I feel like All Star's connection to Mystery Men is often forgotten, but it's connection to Shrek is very strong in its meme-ification.

MarkoP, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah imo there's a lot of rong here mostly in the category of claiming films are forgotten when they're wildly popular, but maybe the other problem is ppl interpreting it as 'songs where the public has forgotten the song and movie were linked,' which might be where we're getting all the arbitrarily-tacked-on hits that aren't in any sense the film theme or whatever. In practice most folks rarely know that a song comes from a particular film in the first place unless it's super obvious like Men in Black or the video makes a big big deal out of it. Thread is most interesting when it's films that have completely vanished from people's miinds, and songs that have never fallen out of favor, imo.

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Friday, 17 March 2017 14:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

can't imagine anyone anywhere has rescreened buddy's song any time in the last decade or so but chesney hawkes' 'one and only' still haunts the airwaves of uk commercial radio

not even my mate ross king sniffed out this hot gossip (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 17 March 2017 14:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

I feel like All Star's connection to Mystery Men is often forgotten, but it's connection to Shrek is very strong in its meme-ification.

yea probably should've mentioned, Mystery Men is what I think fits the thread

people don't really remember this but the video was a tie-in to the movie, hell Ben Stiller is front and center in the first scene, and it's not just clips from the film either. then it got picked up in another, much more popular film, and seems to have even outlived that

frogbs, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

David Essex, "Silver Dream Machine"

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 17 March 2017 14:40 (eight months ago) Permalink


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