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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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Ava Emoji (1 hour ago)
I know its from a show, but WHERE THE HELL WAS CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON???
ks foo (1 day ago)
Where are : 1. Pretty Woman in Pretty Woman 2. Banana Boat Song - Beetlejuice 3. I Say A Little Prayer - My Best Friend's Wedding 4. Imagine - The Killing Fields
Ste T (1 day ago)
The only thing The Cable Guy caused a resurgence in was refund demands
Braeden Parsons (6 days ago)
I love almost famous a lot of people said I looked liked will (the main character) when I was younger
Cris B (7 days ago)
Wasn't Mad World" specifically made for Donnie Darko!
Nocturnal (7 days ago)
Since I've watched Guardians of the Galaxy I can't stop listen to songs like 'Hooked on a feeling' or the pinacolada song or 'Mr. Blue Sky' ,.... I just love the music
PolaroidFreak 600 (8 days ago)
What!? Guardians of the Galaxy didnt make Hooked on a feeling popular? it was from a Quentin Tarentino movie
Shekhar Singh (11 days ago)
"Someday" from Never back down
Throatwobbler Mangrove (11 days ago)
I would've thought they would've put in "Dreams" by Van Halen in the original power rangers movie.
lil' zach (12 days ago)
The movie was grown by bohemian rhapsody
Teo Inferion (13 days ago)
1 place really? Bohemian Rhapsody? That was bad. And you forgot Kavinsky NIghtCall (Drive)
Art Me (14 days ago)
I would be 100% better if the bitch just could STOP talking during the the whole video so I just could listen to the damn songs.
#BLM (15 days ago)
Flomber Heimann (15 days ago)
Lol bullshit cause of aid in 1985 it hit the top of the charts for a second time it's also widely regarded as the best rock song of all time so stop making up rubbish
Mario (16 days ago)
stayin alive by the bees gees
Philip J B (17 days ago)
I had never heard of Queen until I saw Wayne's World (I was only 12)
frankiessidewalkstar (17 days ago)
Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" has allways been an anthem for Love and my Wife's song since we first met in High School in 1972😁🌹🎶
Ernst Hergenbeck (17 days ago)
Any list not even mentioning Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and putting it to #1 (not for musical quality, but for the impact of the use in film for its popularity) is straight ridiculous: Nobody would talk about Rock'n'Roll if not for this song, and nobody would talk of this song hadn't it been used in Blackboard Jungle. And an honorable mention for Careys destruction of Somebody to Love? I was happy to never having heard of that one until today.
Blair Young (22 days ago)
Iggy pop lust for life from trainspotting should be on the list
Andrés Vega Alcalá (23 days ago)
you guys should make a part 2 of this video
Eseercam (24 days ago)
Well in that case the MCU/DCEU should have their own Top 10 for bringing old songs back into the spotlight
stephen keen (13 days ago)
Did you notice the first 2 iron man's begin with ACDC songs? (not sure about 3)
cyrus andolini (25 days ago)
idk. but i find it disrespectful b.r. to be no.1
Kim Jana (25 days ago)
bitter sweet symphony from cruel intentions
Amit Mathew (25 days ago)
The only reason I know about 'Shipping up to Boston' by Dropkicks Murphys is because I used too watch Rizzoli & Isles. Anyone else?
TheKligerFan (26 days ago)
Not even watching this but Misirlou
MundisMaple (27 days ago)
Even though there’s no way Wayne’s world made the song popular. But still, the song will always chart number 1 on any list involving music.
KineticPassion (28 days ago)
Wasn't "Float on" by Modest Mouse popularized by a movie?
BFHOLM (30 days ago)
what about the song from life of brian?
Vasilis tsav (1 month ago)
Bella ciao- La casa de papel
WashYourHands (1 month ago)
Immigrant song and Thor ragnorak
xGemixX (1 month ago)
Back to future johnny b good
Fastest Man Dead (1 month ago)
Are you fucking kidding me? Where's All-Star from Shrek
bal Kaas (1 month ago)
Pretty woman?
Jake Robbins (1 month ago)
I thought fortunate son was number 1.
Valdemar Edin (1 month ago)
The #1 pick? Bruh?
JLass (1 month ago)
They nailed the number one, it was the first song that came to me when I saw this list. I think I would have been pissed if it wasnt there. I am surprised that Halleluja wasn't on the list though. That song BLEW UP after Shrek!!!
dirk de haan (1 month ago)
i hope the creators of this list get cancer. not normal cancer just leukemia and painfull Sources.
dirk de haan (1 month ago)
i hope this list gets cancer so it gets to its own level (as a cancer patient)
Matthias Moylan (1 month ago)
The end should be higher
Jannette Berends (1 month ago)
Halleluja by Leonard Cohen became mainstream after Shrek.
Marcus Savina (1 month ago)
I have never agreed with a ending more
CommanderCronus (1 month ago)
When Wayne's World was released in 1992 the FM radio stations started playing Bohemian Rhapsody like every 30 minutes it seemed. That was the first time I heard it.
Trendon Encinas (1 month ago)
Moby's "Mistake" on The Next Three Days
Everett Carrigan-Broda (1 month ago)
Where's The Sound of Silence?
ybr (2 months ago)
a thousand miles - terry crews white chicks........
BATMAN_1989 (2 months ago)
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ by The Righteous Brothers should have been on this list. One can make the case that it should be #2 and their other song UNCHAINED MELODY from Ghost is #1. Bohemian Rhapsody was, is, and will be always famous because of the huge fame of Queen, not because of Wayne’s World. Who makes these stupid lists anyways??
Jack JFT96 (2 months ago)
These where mainly big hits before they where used in movies. Where is my mind is the only exception.
MrSkip 68 (2 months ago)
What is this bullshit? "Gained Popularity Through their Use in Movies"? You should be embarrassed.
michaelaltun (2 months ago)
As someone born in 1994.. god I love these songs.. miss these types of songs with passion and soul
Adelaide McMillan (2 months ago)
This list is just pissing me off.
nb0616 (2 months ago)
you guys at watch mojo aren't very old are you?
terrenusvitae (2 months ago)
I'm sorry some of the choices here are beyond ridiculous.
Rui Amaral (2 months ago)
Wouldn't this world be a better place if you just played the songs and shut the F UP.
Paul Kitson (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I heard mad world in gears of war
mr. goodwill (2 months ago)
stand by me is going to be 1.... let's see?
Chris Duffy (2 months ago)
Born Slippy by Underworld became the anthem it is today because of Trainspotting.
Bruce Goodchild (2 months ago)
what about '' im on my way '' - Shrek
Thomas Hathaway (2 months ago)
Stranger Than Fiction - Whole Wide World HD for me
Ginny Weasley (2 months ago)
dahuterschuter (2 months ago)
Where is ALL STAR from Shrek?
TexasNightmare210 (2 months ago)
What is Love by Haddaway on Night at the Roxbury?
Amrita Srinivasan (2 months ago)
Hey, what about "Don't you forget about me" by Simple Minds?
danimal097521 (2 months ago)
Tiny Dancer was a big hit for Elton John...decades BEFORE Almost Famous was released......
Stanislav Petrov (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hello! Man of Constant Sorrow. O Brother Where Art Thou.
Dean Manley (2 months ago)
I expected to see Convoy in the line up
Dillon Coffman (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I don't even know that movie but I know Bohemian Rhapsody.
barry bond (2 months ago)
try paper planes by MIA
reggiep75 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Movies where succes due to great music not the other way around.
john m (2 months 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 months ago)
LA BAMBA 1987 Los Lobos - great remake of the song
Lola 5142 (2 months ago)
What about father and son (cat stevens) in Gaurdians of the Galaxy 2?
David E. (2 months ago)
son of a preacher man pulp fiction
Yutah1981 (2 months 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 months ago)
I dont agree with Number 1 but great list
Teresa Theme (2 months ago)
I think American Psycho could be added
Teresa Theme (2 months 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 months ago)
However, totally agree with Risky Business!
Laura Kane (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
helter skelter
Daniel Lopes (2 months ago)
Aquarius in 40 year old virgin.
Åke Dahllöf (2 months 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.
Åke Dahllöf (13 days ago)
+stephen keen I might be wrong about it not being a hit outside Europe before 1990. Let's not argue about that. Just for the fun I'll pull out my girlfriend's book this evening and try to see if there is anything there about the album Peals of Passion (released in 1986 or possibly in 1987) being popular outside the Nordic countries. I'll just look for it for my own amusement, to expand my own knowledge, not to try to proove any point or anything. Btw I actually watched a concert with Per Gessle (half Roxette) the day before yesterday. He still tours with both old and new songs. I hope to be able to visit NZ one day, it seems to be an wonderful country. Take care buddy. /Åke
stephen keen (13 days ago)
+Åke Dahllöf whatever. You can look up stats if you want. Nevertheless I was there and it was popular in NZ first time around. Broke up with my first gf when that song was popular. I'm not disagreeing with that fact that it became more popular after being in a movie because that's natural. I'm just disagreeing with your statement that it didn't go international until after the movie.
Åke Dahllöf (13 days ago)
+stephen keen Look Sharp came in 1988. That's when Roxette became big outside Scandinavia. "It must have been love" was first released in 1987. I doubt that it was a big hit in New Zealand first time around. I think I could check that out because I believe my girlfriend has a book about Roxette at home. But the point here is not if "IMHBL" was a small hit or a medium size hit big before being featured in Pretty Woman. The point is it became a much bigger hit by being included in the film. It sure did. If you want to disprove that statement you have to work much harder with your argument than what you just did. But please show me dates and sales and hit charts from 1987 and 1988 and compare with dates and sales and hit charts from 1990 and around then and come back and we'll have a further conversation on the matter. /Åke
stephen keen (13 days ago)
bullshit. I'm from New Zealand and knew Roxette's singles before Pretty Woman came along.
Red Rain (2 months ago)
God The Cable Guy is terrifying.
Eric Laperle (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hold on by Wilson Phillips for Bridesmaids
Lucy Highpockets (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
" bad to the bone" that was in T2
Angus Robertson (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
what no Layla from goodfellas
Chris P (2 months ago)
My Favorite song is Right now from SR-71 made famous in the movie "Dude Where's My Car"
Steve Edwards (2 months ago)
Jim Carrey had nothing to do with the popularity of Somebody to Love.
Vazeg (2 months ago)
No.1 Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider)
TheZacharyCarter (2 months ago)
Most of these songs were huge hits way before their use in movies. Once again watchmojo does no research.
john banks (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Hip to be a square??
Tracey (2 months 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!