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“Music in Film”
Songs & Soundtracks

Soundtrack Music

“The Saddest Song”

1942-1945

Samuel Barber’s “Adagio
for Strings” used powerfully
in several films.

Stirring Film Music

“The Ecstasy of Gold”

1966-2010

Famous “gold fever” song
from Good, Bad & Ugly
film w/ Clint Eastwood.

Saxophone Music

“Harlem Nocturne”

1939-1980s

Story includes use of
“Harlem Nocturne” as title
track for TV’s Mike Hammer.

Film Brings New Sound

“Reggae Breaks Out”

1972-74

The Harder They Come
soundtrack sends
reggae music soaring.

Film Music & Marketing

“Big Chill Marketing”

1980s & 1990s

The Big Chill soundtrack
helped bring original
rock music to TV ads.

Righteous Brothers Music

“Lost That Lovin` Feelin`”

1964 & 1965

Includes Bobby Hatfield’s
“Unchained Melody” used in
Ghost with Demi Moore.

Beach Boys Music

“Love & Mercy”

2015

Brian Wilson bio pic
captures his genius & demons
and his beautiful music.

Film Score Gems

“Philadelphia Morning”

1976-1977

Underrated & poignant
songs by Bill Conti helped
make Rocky “best picture.”

Mystery Film Song

“Sea of Love”

1959

Phil Phillips hit song
plays mystery role in
Al Pacino film.

Death Center Scene

“Soylent Green”

1973

Classical music medley &
old-world scenery help give
Sol a euthanized send off.

Entertainment Assets

“The Sound of Money”

2009

Story covers business
legacy of Rogers and
Hammerstein music.

…30 Years Later

“Love is Strange”

1956-2007

Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit
has 1980s chart run after
Dirty Dancing scene.

Film Soundtrack Hit

“Louis Armstrong”

What A Wonderful World

This 1968 Armstrong song
became a 1988 hit after use in
Good Morning, Vietnam.

Piano Love Theme

 “The Love Story Saga”

1970

Francis Lai’s Oscar-winning
score includes theme song
that became Top 40 hit.

James Bond Music

“You Only Live Twice”

1967

Nancy Sinatra theme song
& Japanese music make
Bond film a winner.

James Bond Music

“Goldfinger”

1964-1965

Shirely Bassey’s “Goldfinger”
theme song became a
Billboard No. 8 hit.

1950s Rock in Film

“Fats Domino”

1950s-2000s

His music has more
than 100 film & TV
credits, 1950s-2010s.

1950s Rock in Film

“Rock Around The Clock”

Bill Haley: 1951-1981

Blackboard Jungle‘s use
of “Rock Around the Clock”
sent Haley’s music soaring.

Good Song Choice

“The Bourne Profitability”

1980-2016

“Extreme Ways” song by
Moby fits the Bourne mold;
used in film series.

Link Wray Music

“Rumble” Riles Censors

1958-59

Link Wray’s power guitar
upset some, but his songs
are used in several films.

Rousing Film Music

“Let The River Run”

1988-1989

Carly Simon’s rousing song
for Working Girl
left filmgoers inspired.

Poignant Film Music

“Streets of Philadelphia”

1993-1994

Springsteen & Neil Young
songs in Philadelphia
helped convey AIDs tragedy.

Vietnam War Music

“Paint It Black”

1966-2000s

This Rolling Stones song
used in Full Metal Jacket
and TV’s Tour of Duty.

Movie Theme Song

“The Green Berets”

1965-1968

“Ballad of the Green Berets”
was No. 1 hit in 1966 & theme
song for 1968 John Wayne film.

1950s Rock Films

“Moondog Alan Freed”

1951-1956

He coined term “Rock ‘n
Roll” & made series
of rock music films.

Dirty Dancing Music

“Do You Love Me?”

1959-1988

Old Contours’ song has
new life after featured
role in 1988 film.


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Date Posted: 11 January 2021
Last Update: 11 January 2021
Comments to: jdoyle@pophistorydig.com

Article Citation:
Jack Doyle, “Music in Film: Songs & Soundtracks,”
A Topics Page, PopHistoryDig.com, January 11, 2021.

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