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Top 10 Songs that Gained Popularity Through their Use in Movies

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Some of the most iconic songs only reached that level after being showcased in a memorable way in a motion picture. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 Songs that Gained Popularity Through Their Use in Movies. Check us out at http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo, http://instagram.com/watchmojo and http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo. Also, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest :) Special thanks to our users arrow8, fitzmartint, Andrew A. Dennison and Chester Vargas, Douglas Sommer for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.com/suggest If you want to suggest an idea for a WatchMojo video, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest :) Want a WatchMojo cup, mug, t-shirts, pen, sticker and even a water bottle? Get them all when you order your MojoBox gift set here: http://watchmojo.com/store/ WatchMojo is a leading producer of reference online video content, covering the People, Places and Trends you care about. We update DAILY with 2-3 Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Versus clips on movies, video games, music, pop culture and more!
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Rui Amaral (2 hours ago)
Wouldn't this world be a better place if you just played the songs and shut the F UP.
Paul Kitson (3 hours ago)
Agree with Clem, the song put Queen on the map and made them hugely famous. I am amazed that Mama Mia only got ans honourble mention but it is a USA centric site so . . . . .
Adam Baines (5 hours ago)
Bohemian Rhapsody is a hall of famer. and i agree in the sentiment of previous posts, that give credit to the song making the movie. Its the reason I went.Tho i will say your spot on with mad world.
the Goldengear gamer (9 hours ago)
I heard mad world in gears of war
mr. goodwill (9 hours ago)
stand by me is going to be 1.... let's see?
Chris Duffy (16 hours ago)
Born Slippy by Underworld became the anthem it is today because of Trainspotting.
Bruce Goodchild (16 hours ago)
what about '' im on my way '' - Shrek
Thomas Hathaway (19 hours ago)
Stranger Than Fiction - Whole Wide World HD for me
Sofia Metodieva (21 hours ago)
dahuterschuter (21 hours ago)
Where is ALL STAR from Shrek?
TexasNightmare210 (1 day ago)
What is Love by Haddaway on Night at the Roxbury?
Amrita Srinivasan (1 day ago)
Hey, what about "Don't you forget about me" by Simple Minds?
danimal097521 (1 day ago)
Tiny Dancer was a big hit for Elton John...decades BEFORE Almost Famous was released......
Stanislav Petrov (1 day ago)
When the movie Ghost came out around 1990 that song "Unchained Melody" was all over the radio. Again. I think that deserves a nod.
Stanislav Petrov (1 day ago)
Oh shit. I posted before I got to the 9:30 mark. Nevermind. I'm just going to leave my previous post for the fuck of it. :X
Kerry Herring (1 day ago)
Hello! Man of Constant Sorrow. O Brother Where Art Thou.
Dean Manley (1 day ago)
I expected to see Convoy in the line up
Dillon Coffman (1 day ago)
I think Twist and Shout in Ferris Buelers day off should have been here but then again the Beatles are pretty much eternal
Ezazul Baksh (1 day ago)
I don't even know that movie but I know Bohemian Rhapsody.
barry bond (1 day ago)
try paper planes by MIA
reggiep75 (1 day ago)
You can tell whether some of these vids are good by reading the comments. This isn't a good compilation vid!
Berry the Technoman (1 day ago)
Movies where succes due to great music not the other way around.
john m (2 days ago)
Haven't seen a lot of those movies but knew a lot of the songs anyway.. Would avoid anything with Jim Carrey in it regardless. Also not a particular Queen fan but Bohemian Rhapsody will long outlive that crappy movie.
James Craig (2 days ago)
LA BAMBA 1987 Los Lobos - great remake of the song
Lola 5142 (2 days ago)
What about father and son (cat stevens) in Gaurdians of the Galaxy 2?
David E. (2 days ago)
son of a preacher man pulp fiction
Yutah1981 (2 days ago)
wait, what?! 'The End' by The Doors gained its popularity through "Apocalypse Now"?)))) And 'Mamma Mia' by ABBA through the musical?) Seriously?)) And Bohemian Rhapsody, for chrissake?)))) People outside the US have never even seen the movie but everybody knows the song, come on!!
Ivaylo Traykov (2 days ago)
I dont agree with Number 1 but great list
Teresa Theme (2 days ago)
I think American Psycho could be added
Teresa Theme (2 days ago)
Mad World..the first made more sense as it was numb but all the same Happy Donny Darko gave it a new life!
Teresa Theme (2 days ago)
However, totally agree with Risky Business!
Laura Kane (3 days ago)
Songs that found NEW fans through the use of movies. For a few of these songs anyway. Some of them sucked then and sucked in the movie and suck now. And some of those movies sucked too.
Tim Smith (3 days ago)
Did they not say it wasnt to include songs made for the movie? Mad World although was a song before..the version they site Was made for the Donnie Darko film,from everything i have ever heard about it,it was made for the use in the film..not made and then picked up later for the film.
ffranklin gutierrez (3 days ago)
helter skelter
Daniel Lopes (3 days ago)
Aquarius in 40 year old virgin.
Åke Dahllöf (4 days ago)
Roxette. "It must have been love". When featured in Pretty Woman it went from minor hit in Scandinavia and northern Europe to worldwide megahit.
Red Rain (4 days ago)
God The Cable Guy is terrifying.
Eric Laperle (4 days ago)
I know that this song wasn't actually in the movie but in the trailer, but still no one can ever dissociate The Blur's Song 2 from Starship Troopers.
braheen (4 days ago)
Hold on by Wilson Phillips for Bridesmaids
Lucy Highpockets (4 days ago)
Roy Orbison's In Dreams in the David Lynch movie Blue Velvet was the best ever. Can't believe it's not included. Hearing that beautiful voice again after years of obscurity, Orbison had an amazing career resurgence because of the movie.
carsrobotsandgames (4 days ago)
" bad to the bone" that was in T2
Angus Robertson (5 days ago)
I Will Always Love You! - Omg that’s pathetic given that Whitney Houston’s version of a much older Dolly Parton song comes from the top selling movie soundtrack in history!
MegaMoose1989 (5 days ago)
what no Layla from goodfellas
Chris P (5 days ago)
My Favorite song is Right now from SR-71 made famous in the movie "Dude Where's My Car"
Steve Edwards (5 days ago)
Jim Carrey had nothing to do with the popularity of Somebody to Love.
Vazeg (5 days ago)
No.1 Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider)
TheZacharyCarter (5 days ago)
Most of these songs were huge hits way before their use in movies. Once again watchmojo does no research.
john banks (5 days ago)
terrible list, songs in this list were popular and sold well by popular bands before these films came out..title should be something different.
Ryan Mundell (5 days ago)
Hip to be a square??
Tracey (6 days ago)
Are you mad?!? Tiny Dancer is one of Elton John's most famous and popular songs!!! Bohemian Rhapsody did NOT need a cheesy 90s movie!!! You people are insane!
NikonGuy (6 days ago)
I'm gonna be (500 miles) is our unofficial national anthem. Piss off with your trash list.
TheShmoo123 (6 days ago)
The song I was introduced to in the film ‘almost famous’ was......Feel Flows by The Beach Boys off the Surfs up album, you can get lost in it through headphones, try it, it’s brilliant!
Toy Mit (6 days ago)
Simple Minds - Dont you forget about me in the movie The Breakfast Club. Somewhere over the rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor in Rocky. Shes a maniac - Michael Simbello in Flashdance. La bamba - Los Lobos in La Bamba.....
Oliver Kloseoff (6 days ago)
#7....BullShit....Tiny Dancer was plenty popular already....and it was used in an episode of WKRP in Cincinatti long before...to wide acclaim. # 3 too, Stuck in the Middle with you....very successful already.... The one they got right: Benny&Joon puttinng 500 miles by the Proclaimers song is right.....Somebody to love sung by Jim Carey Bullshit.......Bohemian Rhapsody.....for chrissakes did not need Waynes World....who made this list? A low grade moron.
Victor Johnson (6 days ago)
Another retard list made by idiots.
Helen Trope (6 days ago)
A better title would be top 10 songs that gained popularity through their use in AMERICAN movies. Clearly the rest of the world doesn't exist.
Phoenixguild (6 days ago)
Shrek/All Star, many a meme come from that combo.
D Wood (7 days ago)
watchmjo;Boy you guys are way off the mark. thse song were iconicprior to the movesa couple of which Ihad never heard of.
Tristan C (7 days ago)
please, gears of war is the reason why the Gary Jules' Mad world became so popular
astrodomekid (7 days ago)
You forgot “I Melt With You” by Modern English (as heard in Valley Girl).
Nicki nurse (7 days ago)
The graduate....hello darkness my old friend.....
Scott Halloween (7 days ago)
Man of constant sorrow.
Adem Ozkum (7 days ago)
A lot of good examples in the comments. How about 'Hallelujah' from Shrek? I'd never heard it before that movie, and now it's constantly being covered. A little less well known example would be "Have a Little Faith in Me" by John Hiatt.
Astusia Collins (8 days ago)
A thousand miles in white chicks
André Allão de Azevedo (8 days ago)
C' mon, where's "Twist and Shout" from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"...?!?
Vince Freeman (8 days ago)
The only perfect example of the video title is Tiny Dancer by Elton John, a barely-charted, non-hit that is now a part of the pop lexicon, and one that many people mistakenly think was originally a big hit. Crowe eliminated the poorly-conceived and song-stopping piano transition in the song, splicing together all the "good parts" and created a generational hit. A lot of the others (Stuck in the Middle, Bohemian Rhapsody, Unchained Melody, etc.) were monster hits long before the movie and should have no part in this video.
HentaiOniisama (8 days ago)
No "Hip to be Square" ??? Really?
tatertime (8 days ago)
allstar by smashmouth in shrek
Mishko J (9 days ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2h4PhgobI8 num 1
Minnow8 (9 days ago)
From Interview with a Vampire: Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
Damien Natas (9 days ago)
Great music but I don’t agree with the title
Noelia Jaime (9 days ago)
As Cleam said,but this movie put Bohemian Rhapsody on the #1 chart yet again.
Ella Criswell (9 days ago)
"your eyes" in say anything
Eeva S (9 days ago)
Mammia mia? Bohemian Rhapsody?
Velvet Teddy (9 days ago)
I Like Me Better - Lauv (To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
wcnmvp (9 days ago)
This video was uploaded in 2015. YouTube released 1280p in 2015. This video is in 480p
Aline Cavalcante (9 days ago)
Danke schoen?
Pulsar Stargrave (9 days ago)
IRON BUTTERFLY's IN A GADDA DA VIDA from the movie MANHUNTER (which also introduced us to Hannibal Lector)! It was also used in an episode of The Simpsons!
King Milo (9 days ago)
Midnight City by M83 from Warm Bodies?
chairmanw0w (9 days ago)
Mrs. Doubtfire - Dude (Looks Like A Lady) by Aerosmith
chairmanw0w (9 days ago)
And now Where Is My Mind is associated with The Leftovers, to me anyway
DeBedschbacher (10 days ago)
Bohemian Rhapsody? Pardon my french here, but whoever compiled this list is probably a #€&£¢×, +€@*@! and ©}¥{¢*@% &@#€%©®
Magnus Andersson (10 days ago)
Eye of the tiger, Rocky 3.
Dragon Spirit (10 days ago)
The Garth mobile
justinman114 (10 days ago)
When I first heard of the Pixies it was after I had seen Fight Club (sadly). It took me like 2 weeks of searching my brain to figure out where I had heard it. All I could think of was that I KNEW it was a movie.
melly McGill (10 days ago)
wrong about Old time rock and roll was already our anethem in the 80s all the others are so right on!!
Francisco Viper Díaz (10 days ago)
jjaja too much songs out!, is time of another ranking list !!
rcantude (10 days ago)
Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
Pazuzu (10 days ago)
Full metal jacket and 2001 a space odyssey
Jonny Herrera (11 days ago)
Probably used beforehand, but "Sweet Child of Mine" by GnR, when they did the Acapella version on Step Brothers?
subterreanhighrise (11 days ago)
Elliott Smith - Miss Misery which was nominated for an Oscar, because of its use in Good Will Hunting. That is missing. Really.
Amanda Ellsworth (12 days ago)
I knew every song but less than half the movies so I'm going to have to call bull crap.
radar hanna (12 days ago)
Better have the pixies cunts 9th rule of fight club
Pick Nick (12 days ago)
How the hell was all star by smash mouth in Shrek not featured
soullimbo (12 days ago)
The list was fine til it gets to number 1. Utter shite! That spot should belong to Smash Mouth - All Star. Unfortunately, Bohemian Crapsody was already extremely famous before the very unfunny Wayne's world decided to use it.
Elizabeth Munoz (12 days ago)
Departed! Yah! Love that movie so much! If you've never seen it before you're missing out! I'm not even a fan of hamster movies but it was so beautifully made!
Elizabeth Munoz (12 days ago)
*gangster* sorry!
Ellen Ripley (12 days ago)
Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus from Silence of the Lambs. can't believe it's not here...
Matej Gaži (12 days ago)
Im in a hot bath right now, but still have goose bumbs after hearing that bohemian rhapsody. Thats a hell of a song
Prinegon Bevaris (12 days ago)
Totally disagree that "Waynes World" did influence the popularity of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at all. To be honest, I think Weird Al Yankovic's parody Bohemian Polka had a bigger influence than Waynes World. Also I am missing the song "Hallelujah" by Leonhard Cohen gaining popularity through the movie Shrek (although in a cover version of Rufus Wainwright/ John Cale). And the song I'd have chosen from Pulp Fiction to regain popularity would have been "Son of a Preacher man".
Jak Sooksrimuang (12 days ago)
"Thousand miles" Vanessa Carlton from White Chicks should have at lease got an honorable mention
TheCrawdaddy029 (12 days ago)
How on Earth is James laid not near the top of this list?
Doran Amatto (13 days ago)
Hey Watchmojo...nice job of giving away 5 out of ten of the songs in the long drawn out babbling lost my interest into....