If you are also walking around, humming a tune, and can't remember why, it can simply be the movie you watched last night that got a song stuck in your head. Soundtracks have long been one of the most important aspects for setting the tone of a movie and making it unforgetable. Some of the best songs known today came originally from the cinema, but they are so mainstream now that it is hard to remember their origin. Here is our list of best movie songs of all time.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midlerby Alan Light [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The widley popular Bette Midler song was originally recorded in 1982, but got its success after being featured in the soundtrack of the film "Beaches", which was released in 1988 and starred Midler herself. The song won multiple Grammy Awards and became a common choice in memorial ceremonies and funerals.
"Two Hearts" - Phil CollinsBy Dicknroll [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Like almost every Phil Collins song that becomes a popular hit, this song is no different. It formed part of the soundtrack of the film "Buster", which was released in 1988. This feel good song, which went on to win both a Gloden Globe and a Grammy Award, is almost impossible to listen to without a smile on your face.
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple MindsOyvind Solstad [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
"The Breakfast Club" movie became one of those cult films that defined a generation. Even today, 33 years after its 1985 release, it is hard to find someone who hasn't seen it. But apart from its cinematic impact, it is mostly known for it's impactful final scene with this Simple Minds song, that captures in a nutsheel the entire essence of the movie.
"9 To 5" - Dolly PartonTech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Queen of Country released many songs, each becoming more successful than the last, but this time her sheer talent was on full display when starring in the film by the same name. The film was so successful that a five season TV series and a musical version, all by the same name, quickly followed. And the song itself became a hymn to the working class, not before claiming an Academy Award nomination and four Grammy nominations.
"Magic" - Olivia Newton-JohnBert Verhoeff / Anefo [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
This song had to be included, if only just for the fact that it is sung by a personal favorite, Olivia Newton John. The song gained popularity after being featured as part of the musical fantasy film "Xanadu", that was released in 1980. The song was number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks during the summer of 1980, and is one of Newton-John's best hits.
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" - Stevie WonderMotown Records [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Even the musical genious, Stevie Wonder, whose every song becomes a hit, couldn't have imagined that this beautiful ballad will become his best selling single to date. The song was released as part of the soundtrack of the movie "Woman in Red", starring Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock. Wonder was also the producer of the soundtrack album, of which he wrote 7 songs. The song scored the top of the charts and won both the Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
"It Must Have Been Love" - RoxetteColinvdbel [CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette, the song went through multiple reincarnations until it got its deserved success as an integral part of the "Pretty Woman" soundtrack. Though it is hard to imagine a track of this movie not becoming greatly successful, the song got its recognition on its own merit, and was also released in a spanish version in 1996.
"Evergreen"- Barbra StreisandAl Ravenna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The love theme of the successful 1976 film "A Star is Born" was both composed and performed by the mesmerizing Barbra Streisand. With many hits another her belt, this song became a popular favorite. Thanks to this song, Streisand was the first woman to be honored as a composer. The song also won a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe.
"Because You Loved Me" - Celine DionLinda Bisset [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It is no surprise that there is nothing that this power singer cannot sing. This beautiful song that served as the theme song in the 1996 film "Up Close and Personal", starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer, won the crowd over due to its magical ryhtem, beautiful lyrics, and outstandingly emotional performance. The song turned into a world-wide success, becoming one of Dion's most popular hits, and continue to dominate people's playlists.
"(Everything I Do) I do It For You - Bryan AdamsMarco Maas [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Another personal favorite, Bryan Adams, with his raspy voice, can transform every song to a love ballad. Therefore, it is no surprise that this magical song was selected to be the theme of the 1991 film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves". This song has been winning continuous success since its release, making it Adam's most successful song and one of the best selling singles of all time.
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