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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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NtheKnife318 (10 hours ago)
I can’t hear “stuck in the middle” without picturing Reservoir Dogs.
DESTRO350 (11 hours ago)
RIP Dick Dale aka The Most Bad Ass Bassist Ever!
joe random (18 hours ago)
Rock Around the Clock in Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Lewis Johnson (1 day ago)
So, Jim Carey singing "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane a resurgence in popularity? Really?!?
Michael C (1 day ago)
Lost that lovin’ feeling in Top Gun is the one I was thinking of
maurice and miaura and Malia (1 day ago)
Not the list i expected
I'm your Superbeast (1 day ago)
No "Scotty doesn't know?" Bummer...
dwdeline55 (2 days ago)
I’m never going to buy ANYTHING that interrupts my viewing of videos. Take note, Youtube. I have a two page list already.
Faustini (2 days ago)
All-Star by Smash Mouth from Shreck was supposed to be somewhere on this list!
Hatska2wolf (3 days ago)
If I’m honest I had never heard of Wayne’s World before this video, is it worth watching?
Jorgo Nijs (4 days ago)
Thunderstruck by ac/dc in battleship!
FYDH jr (4 days ago)
I thought for sure 1000 miles would have been on here
Anthony Domingo (4 days ago)
You can now add “I got 5 on it” due to Us.
Troy Binversie (4 days ago)
Fortunate son
Doreen Bierens (4 days ago)
My favorite is “You lost that loving feeling” from the movie Top Gun
Derek Patterson (4 days ago)
1. Literally every song Tarantino has ever used in a film. End of list.
Zak (4 days ago)
RD ruined that song for me and sooooo many people
Sandra Lyn (5 days ago)
I've heard several times and it's popped up on many lists that Mike Myers absolutely HATED having to deal with "Bohemian Rhapsody"!! How I've always understood it is that he doesn't even LIKE the song
Jan 71 (5 days ago)
What about the lip sync Duckie did of Otis Redding's Try A Little Tenderness?? Classic!
Michael Dally (5 days ago)
Scorsese realised it would make a good song for his remake of Infernal Affairs
Alberta Rose (5 days ago)
I think I am too old to watch this. Most of these songs I never stopped liking.
Jeremy Layton (6 days ago)
Layla (Piano Exit) - Goodfellas
Fletcher DeMaine (6 days ago)
Fuck! I hate Waynes World.
Kelly Stephenson (6 days ago)
Songs that were made popular again years later by a movie would be more accurate.
Nate Beal (6 days ago)
"Man of constant sorrow" in oh brother where at thou should have been on here
Laura Lovaglio (6 days ago)
The muppets taught me to love bohemian rapcity
58Peg (7 days ago)
"Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas Movie 'Heroes' with Henry Winkler, Sally Field, and Harrison Ford.
Mark (9 days ago)
Wherever you will go by the calling should be #1. It made the bands career. Nobody would have know who they were if it wasn't for Coyote Ugly.
wildazcat25 (9 days ago)
#10 that pixies song not only ended fight club but also ended knock knock (2016)... harass song, thanks for posting bc I've been trying to find this one for a while
Kelly B. (9 days ago)
How did they leave off "Don't You forget about me" in The breakfast club?
Manly Stump (9 days ago)
They excluded songs that were written especially for the movie. Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff wrote the soundtrack for Breakfast Club, including that song. They pretty much had to beg Simple Minds to record it.
jake (10 days ago)
Who else only knows about mad world because of gears of war
J N S (11 days ago)
Did someone just say shook ones part 2 got better after em. Go die please
Manly Stump (9 days ago)
a. Calm down, and b. no one said anything about "getting better". This list is about being more popular/widely known.
Jacob Titus (11 days ago)
The Departed is my ABSOLUTE favorite movie!
J C (12 days ago)
Pretty woman?
Pablo C. (12 days ago)
I honestly expected to see “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles on the ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ & “Heroes” by David Bowie on ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
Mr Insanity (12 days ago)
I feel like mad world got its hit from gears of war 3
K B (12 days ago)
I knew that particular version of mad world from being in the gears of war commercial. Never paid it any attention in Donnie darko
Beth W (12 days ago)
Rockin' around the Christmas tree Brenda Lee Home Alone
Troy Durham (13 days ago)
Just you weren't born when a song first doesn't mean a movie that's just first you noticed it. This is a very misleading list.
Angel C (13 days ago)
Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World- Every movie since 1985
Gerald Tanaka (13 days ago)
Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets from The Blackboard Jungle. Ok hit when first released, #1 after the movie came out. Ushered in the Rock n' Roll era. That's all you need to know.
James Andrews (14 days ago)
"Afternoon Delight" In the Ron Burgundy movie
Gary David H (15 days ago)
Are you crazy????????? Tiny Dancer was a MAJOR song WAYYYYYY before the movie, that's why they USED it in the movie
breezythegoat (15 days ago)
How come a thousand miles isn’t on this list I think white chicks made the song blow up
The Joker (15 days ago)
YOU'RE TAKING THE PISS? So Bohemian Rapsody wasn't number 1 in 1990 after Freddie died? I must of imagined the whole thing Oh B side, Days of Our Lives
jsprite123 (17 days ago)
Ahhh... Demi Moore before she went bonkers
Steven Santos (18 days ago)
What about Kiss from a Rose by Seal in Batman Forever?
BILL MURRAY (18 days ago)
ANYONE reading this should buy the soundtracks to ALL Quentin Tarantino movies.
BILL MURRAY (18 days ago)
In Chicago, we nicknamed Mayor Emmanuel 'Tiny Dancer'. He actually did ballet in his younger years.
Harm Evers (18 days ago)
Why is fortunate song not up here
Harm Evers (18 days ago)
what? the requiem for a dream song went trough the roof with that movie, not even an honerable mention?
jim jim (19 days ago)
Dude anyone who didn't know the number one spot was going to be Wayne's world is crazy
TJ Kern (21 days ago)
Mad World reminds me of the Gears of War commercial for Xbox
Leanne H (21 days ago)
Goodbye Horses??
Shawn Seal (22 days ago)
Singing in the rain - clockwork orange
Poppy Rahman (22 days ago)
Fortunate son
Sean Gavin (23 days ago)
"Hey" by Gary Glitter ??????????? used in many M A N Y movies
Istina Pravda (21 days ago)
obviusly GG can't be mentioned lot on yt
Ron Boltong (23 days ago)
If you include reservoire dogs, you shoulde 've included little green bag by the George Baker Selection. But I think a dutch group isn't big enough for such list.
Louiesssss (23 days ago)
these mojo lists are bad....
tonnhard (23 days ago)
What about "just dropped in" from The big Labowski
James Cannon (23 days ago)
I stopped watching when she called Martin Scorsese... Martin Scorsessy
Linus Karlsson (24 days ago)
Mike Myers would never thought that he would later play the guy rejecting the song in a Queen biotopic 24 years later! 😂
utopian3d (24 days ago)
Waiting for “top 10 songs that LOST popularity through their use in movies”.
Blair Penny (24 days ago)
Wasn't the Proclaimers your #10? Then you have it as an honorable mention? Does no one watch these before you publish them?
potato potato (25 days ago)
On my bus we used to sing Bohemian Rhapsody as loud as possible it was so fun
jmanley1486 (25 days ago)
dirty dancing
rob paxson (25 days ago)
how about ANYTHING from Dazed and Confused
Natalia López (26 days ago)
Que Bohemian Rapsody se hizo conocida por aparecer en una película??????? Jajaja el mejor chiste que escuché en mi vida.
Dan Turner (26 days ago)
Don't forget The Church "Under The Milky Way Tonight" from the party scene and Tears For Fears "Head Over Heels" from the brilliant high school sequence in Donnie Darko too.
Skye Dragon7 (27 days ago)
Out of all these films I have only seen Apocalypse Now, Ghost, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Pulp Fiction. Some I have absolutely NO desire to ever see, a couple I would.
Edith Cardellini (27 days ago)
So happy to see Tarantino films made the list, especially Pulp Fiction. But I was expecting to see "You Never Can Tell" by Chuck Berry to make the list.
Jason Hughes (27 days ago)
Hearing Misirlou makes me want to watch Pulp Fiction every time.
Jean Marc (27 days ago)
Perfect day by Lou Reed in Trainspotting?
penfold167 (28 days ago)
Outside of the US. Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t need any movie to retain its popularity.
King Iron man (28 days ago)
White Chicks with a thousand miles should of been first
Ade Bum (28 days ago)
I was waiting for Stand by Me all the way. BR is one of the greatest songs and it was before Waynes World...
Tobias Phillips (28 days ago)
Scotty doesn’t know Jessie’s girl should’ve been featured in this video
Ming Quan Chen Wu (29 days ago)
Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall deserves an honorable mention imo. After it was played during the start of The Devil Wears Prada the song got major recognition
Robbie Reeves (29 days ago)
Everyone fell in love with Mad World because of Gears 3 man
Chad West (29 days ago)
Where is any linkin Park song in transformers
Sarah-Anne Carney (29 days ago)
They were NOT all freddies voice overlapping Jesus Christ you guys frustrate me.
Exploring 208 (29 days ago)
Danger zone by Kenny Loggins in Topgun or I’m alright by Loggins in Caddy Shack
Jorge Baque (29 days ago)
I’m sorry but every time I listen to “I’m gonna be (1000 miles)” I can only think of Marshall in HIMYM, even though it’s a tv show and not a movie
18Rebel18 (29 days ago)
American Woman. American Beauty. How was Bohemian Rhapsody number 1. Do you really think Wayne's World helped? Not a chance
Justin Dumoulin (29 days ago)
"Pinball Wizard" in the movie "Tommy", in most of the unknown movies on this list, I was for sure this would be in there.
Gert De Kock (1 month ago)
Paint it black from the stones
Lew Francis (1 month ago)
Tiptoe Through The Tulips - Insidious
Tanesha J. Freytes (1 month ago)
What about Thousand Miles?
Gubte Fumcki (1 month ago)
Anything kojima touches
Tee Murrs (1 month ago)
Not true of all the songs.
Cullen Manning (1 month ago)
Borderlands the video game blew Ain't No Rest For The Wicked up big time
Amber L. (1 month ago)
I was seriously expecting "All Star" from Shrek to be the first...
ringostar8 (1 month ago)
Most of these if not all were massive hits before the movies, still gutted Huey Lewis in American Psycho wasn’t included
Tara Sharil (1 month ago)
if this video came out more recently, country roads from kingsman should be number 1
Tom James (1 month ago)
I don’t think queen needed help by a load of slapstick stupid American humour
Shooberton (1 month ago)
The titanic song
MainManMcGee (1 month ago)
I haven't seen the video, but number one is all star. Edit: Damnit, but good choice.
UnleashTheBeast 1,000 (1 month ago)
Stares muthafukaly
Brian Garland (1 month ago)
American psycho: hip to be square
Kieran Smith (1 month ago)
Wtf is simple minds from the breakfast club