Per TheDoktor’s request. Here’s my list of favorite original songs from the movies (be forewarned this reflects my tastes, I have music I don’t care for -rap for one- so it’s not all-encompassing style wise). Click on titles to hear the number.
Also, this is the current draft, subject to change. I listened to over a thousand songs, went through dozens and dozens of lists and articles via websites, blogs and forums - and I still have thousands to go, music to discover from all corners of the world.
But here’s why I started a new thread for this rather than posting it in an existing one… I want to open the floor and hear about your favorite musical moments from the movies - and unlike my list, you don’t have to select originals (for example, you might want to spotlight the “Tiny Dancer” scene in Almost Famous)
There are so many, but for a combination of song and scene (not an original song in this case), the “Dancing in the Dark” scene with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse from The Band Wagon comes to mind. Such great dancing and the song fits the scene so well.
An honorable mention should go to the Steve Martin & Gilda Radner homage/parody, one of the absolute best things SNL has ever done. I saw it way back when it first aired and it was a goosebump moment.
The most amazing film musical moments which come first to my mind –
Just an amazing blend of music, motion, editing, story progression, character introduction and development and good old fashioned razzle dazzle. And the finale was just as spectacular as the beginning was.
Absolutely. I also saw it when it first aired. Steve Martin happened to be the host of SNL the night Gilda died and they showed the clip again. Martin could barely get through introducing it, and I still get choked up thinking about it now.
Any Cyd Charisse from that movie especially is just breathtaking. I mean:
I love this one, especially the strumming. Slays me:
Magnolia works despite all odds.
The one that sticks with me is the “airline” number, which begins as a chirpy/sleazy series of double-entendres (that the suits love), gets erotic, pornographic, and ultimately nihilistic. Which I won’t link here for obvious reasons.
Speaking of which, the highlight of How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying is the dance number for “A Secretary Is Not A Toy”:
The producers hired a man on the strength of one number, not realizing that was all he had in him, creatively, apparently. But rather than embarrass him, Fosse choreographed the rest of the film and took a “musical staging by…” credit.