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Cameron Crowe's Top 10 (Or So) Music Moments in Film
We asked for ten, and got 36 classic musical/film mixes
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Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)
Many credit the Colonel for steering Elvis into his (arguably-cheesy) 60's movie period. Actually it was Norman Taurog who defined and perfected the so-called Elvis Movie that became the King's bread-and-butter after the more authentic Lovin' You-Jailhouse Rock-King Creole phase. Taurog ended all that with G.I. Blues and went on to shoot eight more Elvis kissing-dancing-loving classics. The rootsy early E was never to be seen again on the big screen, but in its place was a riveting run of films that showed Elvis literally walking through movies at a pace of three a year. Every once in a while, true genius would come shooting through. Elvis' weariness and unpreparedness sometimes created seismically funny and unintentionally profound sequences like this one. Turn it up and groove out to E's only true foray into psychedelia. It's no "She Said She Said" but it's appropriately trippy and you can't quite believe it exists.

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1 Wonderful use of Schubert's An die Musik in Angel at my Table
Posted on Friday December 18, 2009, 05:05 by porkypine
In Jane Campion's film, An Angel at my Table, about the New Zealand author Janet Frame, there is a scene in girls' school where the students, the teen-age Frame among them, are sitting in chapel, enraptured, as another girl on stage is butchering this incredibly beautiful song. The scene could have been played for humor, with the girls makinig faces, but Campion wants you to understand that no matter how badly it was being sung, Frame and her classmates heard what lay beneath what they were hearing. Later in the film, Frame has graduated and has her own classroom, when the principal, a martinet, come in to observe and find fault with her teaching. In the pivotal moment of the film, and perhaps her life, she walks out of the classroom, and the school, onto the sidewalk, stripping off her shoes and walking -- in tears, but free to begin her own life -- while An die Musik soars in the background, sung this time as was meant to be. Read More

2 RE: Cameron Crowe's Top 10 Music Moments
Posted on Saturday October 10, 2009, 22:11 by JoeyPottr
My top pick would be John Cusack as Lloyd Dobbler in Say Anything standing outside of Diane Courts (Ione Skye) window hopelessly in love and holding that boom box over his head with Peter Gabriel's " In Your Eyes" blaring out of it. Read More

3 RE: Cameron Crowe's Top 10 Music Moments
Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2009, 19:27 by rourkes drift
1)TINY DANCER BY ELTON JOHN FROM ALMOST FAMOUS 2)THE END BY THE DOORS FROM APOCALYPSE NOW 3)PERFECT DAY BY LOU REED FROM TRAINSPOTTING 4)MAD WORLD BY GARY JULES FROM DONNIE DARKO 5)WHERE IS MY MIND BY THE PIXIES FROM FIGHT CLUB 6)SHE CAUGHT THE KATY BY THE BLUES BROTHERS FROM THE BLUES BROTHERS 7)HEAD OVER HEELS BY TEARS FOR FEARS FROM DONNIE DARKO 8)IM SHIPPIN UP TO BOSTON BY THE DROPKICK MURPHYS FROM THE DEPARTED 9)SON A PREACHER MAN BY DUSTY SPRINGFIELD FROM PULP FICTION 10)AMERICA BY SIMON AND GARFUNKEL FROM ALMOST FAMOUS Read More

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Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2009, 01:12 by donalmurphy1987
just remembered another. Dueling Banjos from deliverance has to be on this list Read More

5 Songs that should have been on the list!!!
Posted on Monday May 25, 2009, 16:29 by donalmurphy1987
Good list but you hav left out three of my favourites: 1. You're so cool - True romance (Hans Zimmer) Happiest peace of music ever written. Anyone who has seen this film will remember this song forever! 2. Ecstasy of gold - the good the bad and the ugly (Ennio Morricone) Incredible song and great moment in the film. Very memorable 3. The End - Apocalypse Now (The Doors) Amazing start to a film and i will never forget it Read More

6 Amen to music from Jackie Brown
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2009, 14:25 by openroad
This is a great, thoughtful list, though I wouldn't expect less from Cameron Crowe. And I agree with others that Crowe's own use of "Tiny Dancer" in "Almost Famous" should make the list too. I was particularly glad music used by Quentin Tarantino in his greatly underappreciated "Jackie Brown" made the list, though I would have mentioned a different cut: Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street." It is used in the film's opening, when we see Pam Grier's Jackie, an underpaid flight attendent for a small airline, making her way through LAX after arriving from Mexico. She is tall and stunning in a regal way, but sems exhausted, as though she had to surmount too many challenges in her lifetime. Bobby Womack's matter-of-fact singing about survival in a drug-dealing ghetto provide an instant understanding of Jackie. Read More

7 Oh, Brother!
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2009, 01:07 by NZFilmProf
CC, thanks for an outstanding list. But...but..but... 'nothing' from "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" Also mentionable are several Tangerine Dream cuts from Risky Business, various early metal from Heavy Metal, and a suite of Lynch/Badalamenti cuts from Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. Oh, yes, a plug for the Plugz's Reel Ten (Repo Man). Read More

8 Still brings tears...
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 23:47 by skiddie76
Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" from Platoon. Humanity's best set against humanity's worst. Read More

9
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 22:56 by Pumpsie
I like elfdorado's list MUCH more than Cameron's. Cameron's list is mostly a director's type of list. It's not a fan's list. it's pretty darn weak, as a matter of fact, and disappointing coming from a guy who usually does a good job with music in his films. I'd like to second Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" from BLUE VELVET. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY for "Daisy," AND for the use of Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" for the docking of the space craft, and the opening from Richard Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathustra." Mick Jagger's "Memo from Turner" from PERFORMANCE. The Yardbirds performing during BLOW-UP. Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" from SAY ANYTHING, and the Spanish version of Roy' Orbison's "Crying" used in MULHOLLAND DRIVE. And, "Till We Meet Again" from DR. STRANGELOVE. In fact, you could just have created a MUCH better list solely using musical choices from David Lynch's and Stanley Kubrick's films. AlsoRead More

10 Still brings tears...
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 22:42 by skiddie76
Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" from Platoon. Humanity's best set against humanity's worst. Read More

11 Small Movie, Small Song, Huge Impact
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 22:37 by Colorado Movie Lover
Melissa Etheridge's song "I Will Never Be The Same" fit perfectly with "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael". The song essentially summarized the two main characters' relationship with the title character (who never appears in the film). Read More

12
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 20:58 by Ghouse12
The Swedish fllm TOGETHER: Bookends perfectly with Abba's "SOS", LAYER CAKE: Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter", REALITY BITES: U2 "All I Want Is You", HIGH FIDELITY: Jack Black singing "Lets Get It On", REMEMBER THE TITANS: Cat Stevens "Peace Train", Credence Clearwater "Up Around The Bend" Read More

13 other possibilities
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 19:38 by elfdorado
BLUE VELVET: Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" and Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet"; McCABE AND MRS. MILLER: Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song" (and other Cohen songs on the soundtrack); 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY: "Daisy" as sung by HAL 9000; LOCK, STOCK, & TWO SMOKING BARRELS: The Stone Roses' "Fools Gold"; PERFORMANCE: Mick Jagger's "Memo from Turner" and Randy Newman's "Gone Dead Train" (and the whole soundtrack); BLOW-UP: The Yardbirds as they perform "Stroll On"; AFTER HOURS (Scorsese): Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"; SAY ANYTHING: Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes"; TESTAMENT (w/ Jane Alexander): The Beatles' "All My Lovin'"; HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-Wai): the Spanish-language song that weaves through the film (Wong in general really knows how to use music); SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," the first song in the film; MULHOLLAND DRIVE: the mind-blowingRead More

14 Cameron, your taste is exquisite.
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 17:29 by boomboxserenade
Thank you, I absolutely LOVED this list, and have posted a link to Boombox Serenade, a blog about just such moments. (Here are my top ten of 2008: http://tinyurl.com/chl8t5 You might recognize the statuette. ;) Read More

15 Jerry Maguire
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 16:55 by juha3000
More a movie music moment - when Tom Cruise is trying to find a song on the radio that matches his exhilarated mood. Also, Tommy Boy - Chris Farley and David Spade in the car, dialing stations, looking for a station/song they can agree to and acting all macho, then cut to them belting out Superstar by the Carpenters. Read More

16 Two Wounded Birds
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 16:33 by aurabass
True Romance - freakin perfect Read More

17 Tiny Dancer????
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 15:42 by Wickster
This is such a sweet moment in Almost Famous, and one that has brought me back to the film many times. If it hadn't been for the Tiny Dancer scene, I might not have really discovered the delights of this film. In all of the downside of "groupiedom", this is a moment of beautiful innocence. Read More

18 Yo Cameron, MAKE A MOVIE!
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 15:26 by walcraeb
You used to be pretty good at these kinds of moments too... then Cruise conned you into Vanilla Sky and the whole thing went to hell. "In Your Eyes" anyone? "Tiny Dancer?" "My Cherie Amour" Read More

19 Thrid Man?
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 13:59 by butcher pete
How about the "Third Man Theme"? Also, there's a great bit in Errol Morris' Gates of Heaven where the kid kicks out the jams out in front of his bungalow-- the pet cemetery and Old Glory waving proudly in the background. Unforgettable. Read More

20 Thrid Man?
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 13:59 by butcher pete
How about the "Third Man Theme"? Also, there's a great bit in Errol Morris' Gates of Heaven where the kid kicks out the jams out in front of his bungalow-- the pet cemetery and Old Glory waving proudly in the background. Unforgettable. Read More

21
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 13:10 by m2miller1960
Doh! That is "2001, A Space Odyssey". Read More

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Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 13:09 by m2miller1960
Nick Lowe's "The Beast in Me" from the opening episode of "The Sopranos", Anton Karas' zither score from "The Third Man" and all of Strauss' waltz music from "2002, A Space Odyssey". Read More

23
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 11:02 by wmiller
I actually think that Mr. Crowe has at least two that belong on this list. "Tiny Dancer" is certainly one of them to which I would add "In Your Eyes" from Say Anything. My number one however would be the chilling use of "Sympathy for the Devil" in Hal Ashby's Coming Home. Read More

24
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 10:22 by rmk
Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day" sung by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in movie "Limbo". Mastrantonio performs song as a club singer in Alaska, scene is juxtaposed with David Straitharn working on fishing boat. Both have broken lives, looking for restoration. The song in the background as Straitharn works on the fishing boat, matches the rythm of the work-- ropes, nets, ocean, etc. It's an elucidating and meditative moment, and the one perfect thing i remember about the movie. Read More

25 No musical moment in film compares to...
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 08:37 by phenomenalcat
the opening chord of "A Hard Days Night." It was the beginning of life as we know it today. Read More

26 Robert Altman...
Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009, 08:22 by burningviolin
...largely used Songs of Leonard Cohen as his soundtrack for "McCabe and Mrs Miller" (1971), to great effect. The songs mirrored the external and internal worlds of the characters and moved the story along. Read More

27
Posted on Saturday May 16, 2009, 14:08 by cramo
Em, what about 'This time tomorrow' by the Kinks from The Darjeeling Limited? Splendid. Read More

28 Almost Famous
Posted on Saturday May 16, 2009, 00:11 by AmyInLA
Cameron, you are too modest. What about the moment on the bus in Almost Famous when William and Penny and the band start singing Tiny Dancer? Sublime. Read More

29 Akira Symphonic Suite
Posted on Friday May 15, 2009, 14:07 by _dan_
One thing that i think is definately worth a mention is he music recorded by Geinoh Yamashirogumi for 'Akira' it's an amazingly atmospheric soudtrack, brilliant music for a brilliant film. Especially as the bike chase commences at the beginning of the movie and the track 'Kaneda' plays into the blurring neo tokyo night. Read More

30 David Lynch
Posted on Friday May 15, 2009, 01:10 by jars_ki
I think the scenes with Wicked Game and Baby Please Don't Go in Wild at Heart were pretty extra ordinary.. Read More

31 Two More
Posted on Thursday May 14, 2009, 22:06 by jgafs
The Beach - Moby's 'Porcelean' - Goose bumps when the reach the 'beach' Boogie Nights - Rick Springfield 'Jesse's Girl' - With the camera on Dirk's face during the stickup attempt - it's priceless Read More

32 Two More
Posted on Thursday May 14, 2009, 22:05 by jgafs
The Beach - Moby's 'Porcelean' - Goose bumps when the reach the 'beach' Boogie Nights - Rick Springfield 'Jesse's Girl' - With the camera on Dirk's face during the stickup attempt - it's priceless Read More

33 Yeah, Tiny Dancer is the best one of the lot
Posted on Thursday May 14, 2009, 15:25 by Teamwak
Way to go Cameron. Also agree with the scene from Casablanca. And frankly, the version of Waterloo from Muriels Wedding is a favourite too lol Read More

34 Once
Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2009, 17:17 by nybras
Was the worse film ever made in Ireland, absolute muck! Read More

35 Donnie Darko
Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2009, 11:49 by matty103
Just remembered. 'Mad World' by Micheal Andrews played at the end of Donnie Darko. A brilliant and sad song that fits in well with the movies tone. How the f*ck did we miss this? Read More

36 Far, far too many to choose from
Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2009, 10:04 by postgrape
I see why Cameron's list spilled over. Sometimes music and film just work together a little too well.... Bill Murray's strained rendition of Roxy Music's "More Than This" in Lost In Translation springs to mind (along with My Bloody Valentine's "Sometimes" as her taxt rolls through Tokyo)... The docking sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey of course.... Britt Ekland's siren song in The Wicker Man... Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" bracketing Fincher's Zodiac... Dean Stockwell lip-synching to Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" in Blue Velvet (so oddly sinister)... the utterly inexplicable inclusion of "The Locomotion" in Inland Empire... most scenes of Dazed & Confused... the list really does just go on... Read More

37 Correction
Posted on Monday May 11, 2009, 05:09 by Danielzd
Attention guys, just a minor correction: Cucurucucu Paloma is originally performed by Caetano Veloso, inclusively shown in the movie. Read More

38
Posted on Monday May 11, 2009, 02:18 by max314
He looks like Jonathan Ross. This is the extent of my contribution this day. Read More

39 EMPIRE RECORDS - "Sugar High"
Posted on Monday May 11, 2009, 00:51 by lesrpm
Empire Records climaxes with a rooftop concert given by Coyote Shivers. A record store employee, Renee Zellwegger, gets her moment of fame as she sings the last verse of "Sugar High". Her enthusiastic performance trumps every other song on this list. If Empire Records is not on your list of best Rock 'n' Roll movies, then you never saw it. Read More

40 Back to the Future?
Posted on Sunday May 10, 2009, 21:12 by TinCans
Yes, of course, the two Huey Lewis & The News songs are great... but come on, Earth Angel/Johnny B. Goode? That duo of songs help make the climax as exciting as it is... The smooth, soft, beautiful Earth Angel forces you to fall in love with the romance George and Lorraine have and are celebrating with a dance, so you're even more devastated when the geeky best friend from "Can't Buy Me Love" shoves George away... but all the cheesy stuff gets shattered away by Marty rocking the dance and completely forgetting where he is with "Johnny B. Goode." That's also the moment where, after all the story that's happened, Robert Zemeckis reminds us who Marty McFly is at heart: a high school kid who's just trying to have a little fun and rock out! Read More

41 How to Make an American Quilt - The Diver
Posted on Sunday May 10, 2009, 11:45 by KateJ123
Carter Burwell's "The Diver" score from How to Make an American Quilt is probably one of the most powerful moments in film, for me. The movie was good, not necessarily great but the score for the entire film was a masterpiece. When you see Sophia finally get back on the diving board at her elderly age, having realized finally what she'd done to her life, it was such a hugely powerful moment that you almost can't help but feel the regret of a wasted life right along with her. Just thinking about her sequence in the film gives me goosebumps. Read More

42 Little Miss Sunshine Intro
Posted on Sunday May 10, 2009, 08:24 by Probable Muppet
Great list. I would have liked to see Devotchka - How It Ends from the intro of 'Little Miss Sunshine'. Too bad that it was cheapened some by those Gears of War Ads. Read More

43 Whiter Shade of Pale
Posted on Saturday May 9, 2009, 22:20 by ballroom_pink
I am astonished that CC didn't think of the King Curtis (Live) version of "Whiter Shade of Pale" from Withnail & I. It perfectly introduces the film. He made some rather nice choices but to forget that live version is unforgivable. Read More

44 Wise Up - Magnolia
Posted on Saturday May 9, 2009, 20:03 by knoxyc
It's Wise Up that the cast sing in Magnolia, not Save Me...Fool. Read More

45 'She Smiled Sweetly / Ruby Tuesday'
Posted on Saturday May 9, 2009, 09:29 by incrowd
Nice article, some great choices - - and I usually abhor lists. I loved that Stones moment from 'Royal Tenenbaums'. 'Between The Buttons' has long been my favorite Stones record. So very pleased that mention was made in the article of the 're-sequencing' of the album tracks in that scene. A small detail, but important to those who know. As tickled as I was to see that vinyl LP show up in the movie - - with the red 'mono' copy label, no less - - geek that I am, hearing the wrong song come up as the record played was jarring and nearly ruined things for me. A couple of other cinematic music moments that spring to mind: - KIng Curtis' live cover of 'Whiter Shade of Pale' in 'Withnail & I' - Abbey Lincoln singing 'For All We Know' in 'Drugstore Cowboy' - Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' in the last moments of 'Dr. Strangelove' Read More

46 Casablanca
Posted on Saturday May 9, 2009, 06:16 by Steve Reisteter
My favorite music moment in a film is from the 1942 classic “Casablanca.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with “As Time Goes By.” It’s the scene where a group of Nazis are loudly singing "Die Wacht Am Rhein” in Rick’s Cafe Americain. After hearing them, an infuriated Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) drowns them out by leading the band and most of the patrons in the most stirring rendition of “La Marseillaise” that I’ve ever heard. It’s a wonderful, symbolic defeat of Nazism. Read More

47 two other good ones..
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 23:11 by krsone9692
Two other great ones are movie openings. Who could forget The End by The Doors in the beginning of Apocalypse Now?? And the Circle of Life in the opening to The Lion King. Beautiful scene... Read More

48
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 21:50 by a_is_for_alex
Lots of people have suggested Stuck In The Middle With You from Reservoir Dogs already I see, that's an obvious one! I would have included The Big Lebowski's Just Dropped In, or the Hotel California moment with Jesus! And also one of my favourites, In The Waiting Line by Zero 7 in Garden State, I think that's a fantastic scene! Read More

49 mad world?
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 18:00 by cassaro44
how about mad world at the end of donnie darko? gives me chills every time Read More

50 jimmy????
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 12:28 by tha gaffer
sunshine of your love by cream in goodfellas of course!!!! Bar scene with robert de niro Read More

51 The Long Day Closes and Listen to Britain
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 12:12 by rick_7
]Great, GREAT article. Enlightening, insightful and broad in scope. ]  ]my favourites]t=arial] ]g Day Closesce Davies' 11-year-old alter ego, Bud, wrestling with guilt and tormented by loneliness, walks along his grey, deserted street. Leaning over a stairwell, he lifts his arms and begins to swing from a bar. The lush strings of Debbie Reynolds' 'Tammy' start to soar, as the camera moves slowly, majestically, over the boy and, next, the rooms that rule his life: school, church and cinema. ]  ]The way Humphrey Jennings uses 'Round the Back of the Arches' (by Flanagan and Allen) in to Britainarkable. It's concert footage, with the pair singing in a wartime canteen; Jennings' perfect eye picks out those singing along in a mere whisper, a man smoking and smiling, and the bustle of business as usual. Extraordinary. Read More

52 My personal favs
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 11:19 by Giles83
1. Born Slippy - Underworld / Trainspotting 2. Belfast - Orbital / Human Traffic 3. Confusion - New Order / Blade 4. Where is my mind - Pixies / Fightclub 5. Hearts on Fire - John Cafferty - Rocky 4 (is there a better training song out there?) 6. Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone / Top Gun (everything the film is:cheesy, ott, very 80's & fun) 7. Burning Bridges - The Mike Curb Congregation / Kellys Heroes 8. Who wants to live forever - Queen / Highlander 9. Your the best - Joe Esposito / The Karate Kid 10. Don't you forget about me - Simple Minds / The Breakfast club I could go on all day but those are the ones that spring to mind and every time I hear them I can picture the scene in the film. There's a lot of 80's cheese in there but I grew up in the 80's and loved the music of the time. Don't get me wrong I love Led Zepp, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Joy Divison, Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur, CCR, The Beach Boys and a lot of other acclaimed artists but the songs I mentioned alwaRead More

53 Resovoir Dogs!
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 10:32 by AntiPulse
Some great choices; I was very pleased "Singing in the Rain" got a mention. But how about the torture scene in Resovoir Dogs? An ingenious way to really add the extra dimension to Mr. Blond's madness. Love it! Read More

54 Saturday Night Fever!
Posted on Friday May 8, 2009, 06:04 by ahunter5
I'm stunned that Stayin' Alive wasn't listed. That was a great scene with Travolta strutting to the music... Read More

55
Posted on Thursday May 7, 2009, 16:33 by matty103
Good List, shame that Born Slippy didn't make iit. One problem though is that in Magnolia, the characters sing Wise Up while Save Me is played at the end. Just thought you'd like to know. Read More

56 @mikejones144
Posted on Thursday May 7, 2009, 16:26 by roundeyeblues
Yeah, you're right Mike. He definitely means Wise Up. That woulda been my #1 moment. Utterly heartbreaking and that song has been a favourite of mine ever since. Another fantastic one is Lines by Okkervil River in In Search Of A Midnight Kiss. If you ever needed a crushingly despondent song for a moodshift in a film, Okkervil River have a wealth of them to choose from. Perfect song, perfect film. Read More

57 Superfly
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 19:25 by The Joker
Not a particular favourite of mine but if we're talking about the perfect marriage of music and cinema then I have to say that 1972's Superfly soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield definitley deserves a mention. Most notably the song 'Pusherman' See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxq2pCaW7Sk for the Curtis Mayfield appearance Or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv7AbxqxXag f or the montage sequence (the song starts at 2 mins in) Read More

58 Ehh, that's not Cameron Crowe in that picture
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 17:22 by GFoley83
It's Jonathan Woss! Read More

59 Dude
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 17:10 by scruffylooking
Totally agree that at least one Lebowski track should be in there but I'd go for Kenny Rogers' "what condition my conditon was in". Good call on Tiny Dancer. Love Tenenbaums but Anderson uses music best in the Life Aquatic. The Sigur Ros tune when they find the Jaguar shark - absolutely beautiful - as well as Ping Lightning Strike and Search and Destroy over Bill Murray's whoop-ass on the Philippino pirates. Read More

60
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 16:46 by mikejones144
Was he referring to Wise Up from Magnolia? Because as far as I can remember, Save Me was over the end credits. Say Anything also has great music moments. The boombox scene is obviouslty great, but the scene in the car is what makes that my favourite film ever. Read More

61 He obviously can't inculde the best of all without coming off as a tit...
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 16:41 by freddie205
The best of all was Tiny Dancer in Almost Famous. Which was created by him... Read More

62 Where is the Dude?
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 15:31 by akeating74
What about Hotel California by The Gypsy Kings in The Big Lebowski? Not even an honourable mention... Read More


As Selected By Cameron Crowe...
Cameron Crowe

The first thing to remember about any top ten list is that it is not to be trusted. A top ten list is almost invariably subject to the whims of the day. You could be feeling sentimental or melancholy, and suddenly your top ten is a weepy diary of your feelings on the unfortunate day you made the list. Or you could be feeling militant about some obscure band or movie, only to later see your proclamation in print, and wonder - how could I have called (insert mediocre artist) a great visionary? It's a serious business, the top ten list, especially one about the great moments of music in film. A list like this should be marinated, worked over and slept on.

I have done nothing of the kind. My favorite music moments in film change all the time. Music and cinema can sometimes be a finicky match. A great movie doesn't need music to exist, and a wonderful song is already a perfect movie in your imagination. But sometimes the marriage works, and the result is an explosion, a memorable body rush that enhances both and rocks your soul along the way. Here's my top ten - actually more like a sneaky twenty - and let us kick it off appropriately with a tribute to Mr. Hal Ashby.

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