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Music + Movies: The Songs in Film

The best music in the best films...this isn't that list, but it is open to suggestions!

February 18, 2017

500 Days of Summer (2009)

Without songs, what good is a film? Bollywood has answered this question, time and time again, with a resounding ‘good point. Let’s add another’. But away from our motherland (or is it cowland now?), Hollywood has also used this practice. The subtle (and occasionally loud and ear-popping) way it uses songs is comparatively a better pill to swallow. So, which of your favorite films have combined amazing scenes with amazing music? Here’s our take.


Powerman (The Kinks)

Darjeeling Limited (2007)

As irritating as the YouTube comment thread beneath a video is (‘Like if Logan trailer brot you here’), sometimes it can be illuminating too (“wait, this song is in Logan? I thought only Suits had good music”). That’s how I discovered where this song had appeared. Playing close to the end of the movie, the song has esteemed parentage; while the band is reputed to be one of the best and underrated bands out there, the film’s director is the miracle-creating Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom).


You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall & Oates)

500 Days of Summer (2009)

The film is known as much as for its songs as it is for its story, with one of the coolest soundtracks I have heard (though, I haven’t seen many films either).Tough to pick one, but if I did, it is the feel-good song that one of the protagonist gets after a really, really good night. Another case of a lesser known gem from a lesser known band.


Everyone’s A Winner (Hot Chocolate)

Frances Ha (2012)

A film about becoming an adult, Frances Ha has two places (if I remember correctly) where the song just becomes the scene itself. One has ‘Modern Love’ by the peerless David Bowie in it. The other however, by comes to life when you least expect it. That song, for me, is about being an adult: the loneliness & the naked need for company that comes out of the choices made. And that’s why I recommend it.


I’m Shipping Up To Boston (Dropkick Murphys)

The Departed (2006)

How do you know if you have been crossed, or just double-crossed? Martin Scorcese’s gangster flick ‘The Departed’ is full of moments like these. almost of them bringing you to the edge of your seat. It is in one of these moments when this song blares out, and it makes the scene better for it.


Now I’m A Fool (Eagles Of Death Metal)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Bradley Cooper! Jeniffer Lawrence! It’s their first date outside, and among the many songs played in the background of the diner is this. Among the other songs in the film soundtrack is the bombastic ‘Crazy About You’ by Jessie J, for that soaring feeling when you’re in love. this one, however; though the lyrics are more about a failed romance, here in the film, it’s just so…perfect.

Which songs did you love the best in your movies? Please, do let us know!

For more songs like these (but a bit older), look here!


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