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September 6, 2013

50 Great Songs from Movies

by  |  September 6, 2013

A good song, placed at just the right moment of a film, will always leave a lasting impression. Take John Travolta strutting to The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" during Saturday Night Fever's opening scene, or Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" closing out The Breakfast Club, or, more recently, Jay-Z and Kanye's "No Church in the Wild" accentuating The Great Gatsby's themes of grandeur and excess.

And just as music can boost a film, vice versa is true too. Memorable movie music can often become an artist's most revered work, like Whitney Houston's poignant cover of "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard or Prince's iconic Purple Rain. And in recent years, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross' joint effort for The Social Network score earned an Oscar win, while the soundtrack for 2004's Garden State resulted in a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack, and even helped introduce Nick Drake to a whole new generation.

Since a great song has the ability to tell a movie's story in ways that dialogue or visuals cannot, we've decided to compile 50 iconic ones, including tracks from Men In Black, Dirty Dancing, Juno and much more. Sit back and enjoy the show.

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