Sunday 17 December 2017

What are the most memorable songs on movie soundtracks?

Celebrity film-goers reveal their all-time favourites

Ewan McGregor in the final scene of Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting'
Ewan McGregor in the final scene of Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting'

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been voted the best song from a movie. The anthem, on the soundtrack of Wayne's World, was one of two Queen hits to feature in the top ten.

Tear-jerkers made up half of the top ten, including "Unchained Melody" from Ghost, "Wind Beneath My Wings" from Beaches, and "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic.

Actress Sophie Turner, from Game of Thrones, has named the Celine Dion classic as her favourite song from a movie. "It's a film I grew up with," she said, "and every time I think of it, I think of Leonardo DiCaprio!" Idina Menzel's blockbuster hit "Let It Go", from Disney's Frozen, was the most popular song for voters under 24.

Celebrities list their favourite movie song

"My favourite song in a movie comes from one of the first films I saw at the cinema – perhaps it's nostalgia, but I still think it's brilliant! I was on holiday in Llandudno in North Wales in 1977 and my Dad took me to see the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The film starts with Roger Moore in a bright yellow suit skiing of a cliff and opening a Union Jack parachute, followed by the best Bond theme of all time, 'Nobody Does It Better'. It still sends tingles down the spine to this day!"

Professor Brian Cox , TV presenter


"The theme tune from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is my favourite because somehow Ennio Morricone manages to create tension, suspense and drama within it."

Dexter Fletcher, actor and director


"'Moon River' is a song covered by a number of people, but used so brilliantly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I cannot think of the film without thinking about the song, and vice versa. The lyrics (a mere handful of lines) and music come together to create movie magic. As soon as I hear the first few bars, I'm transported back to a time when I fell in love with New York (and with George Peppard!) and wanted to be Audrey Hepburn when I grew up."

Amanda Berry, CEO Bafta


"Some say the lyrics of a song should never comment on the scene. This is not one of those times. The world crumbles and, of course, David Fincher knows the precise song to turn out the lights to in Fight Club – Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind'."

Cameron Crowe, director and screenwriter


"'A Real Hero' by College and Electric Youth – the theme music to Drive. It evokes so much of what I loved about Eighties electropop – the music of my teens – and Drive is such a blindingly good film. It was still haunting me months after I saw it."

Alexander Armstrong, TV presenter and comedian


"My favourite song from a movie is 'Feed the Birds' from Mary Poppins. The film is practically perfect in every way, and that beautiful song never fails to reduce me to tears. Anyone who doesn't love Poppins simply has no soul!"

Mark Kermode, film critic


"I find the entire 8 Mile soundtrack inspirational, especially 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem. Its lyrics are relevant to owning the moment in a big competition."

Justin Rose, golfer


"I'm a big fan of the song 'Show Me How You Burlesque', performed by Christina Aguilera, from the film Burlesque. I have worshipped her since I was about 12!"

Charlotte Crosby, reality-TV star


"It has to be 'Born Slippy' by Underworld from the amazing Trainspotting. Even now when I'm DJing I'll drop this in a club and the reactions are always massive... It brings back a lot of good memories for people born in that dance era, but it's also recognised by today's clubbers too. A classic film and a brilliant soundtrack to go with it."

Charlie Hedges, DJ, Kiss FM


"Frankie Valli's 'Grease' is my favourite tune from a movie soundtrack. The moment that kicks in you know you're in for a treat. Even though it was written and performed before I was born it reminds me of my youth – and takes me back there every time I see that film and enjoy the amazing soundtrack."

Gerry Cottle Jr, founder of the Rooftop Film Club


The public's top 10 movie songs


1. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen: Wayne's World


2. Eye of the Tiger, Survivor: Rocky III


3. Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers: Ghost


4. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston: The Bodyguard


5. Time of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: Dirty Dancing


6. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler: Beaches


7. Don't Stop Me Now, Queen: Shaun of the Dead


8. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion: Titanic


9. Stuck in the Middle with You, Stealers Wheel: Reservoir Dogs


10. Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees: Saturday Night Fever


(Source: Rooftop Film Club presented by British Airways,

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