Top 10 Hollywood Movie Songs

This is is the list of 10 best hollywood movie songs ever. Judy Garland’s Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz (1939) placed first on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movie songs of the last century. here is the complete list

1. Over The Rainbow – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Adapted from L Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (written in 1899 and published in 1900), the film became well known for its theme song performed by Judy Garland. Garland is represented an additional four times in the top 100, for The Man That Got Away (11), The Trolley Song (26), Get Happy (61), and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (76).

2. As Time Goes By – Casablanca (1942)
This hit wartime love triangle starring Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid is best remembered for the line, ‘Play it again, Sam.’ The song, sung by pianist Dooley Wilson, is memorable for the words, ‘A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh/The fundamental things apply as time goes by…’

3. Singin’ In The Rain – Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Adapted from a Broadway musical, this classic film billed as ‘MGM’s Technicolor musical treasure’ starred Gene Kelly, who also sang the title song. Its simple lyrics stuck on every tongue: I’m singing in the rain/Just singing in the rain/What a glorious feelin’/I’m happy again. Four more of Kelly’s songs made the top 100: I Got Rhythm (32), New York, New York (41), Good Morning (72), and Long Ago And Far Away (92).

4. Moon River – Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella of the same title, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is the story of Holly Golightly, played unforgettably by Audrey Hepburn, making her way on her own in the big city. Moon River, a popular wedding waltz sung by Hepburn in the film, was composed by Henry Mancini, who is also famous for the Pink Panther theme.

5. White Christmas – Holiday Inn (1942)
Written by Irving Berlin, White Christmas was made famous by the voices of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire who sang it for the movie. In October 1942, the song topped the charts in America and stayed put for 11 weeks.

6. Mrs Robinson – The Graduate (1967)
‘Mrs Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?’ This is not a line from the song, which younger generations recognise as a classic made famous by Paul Simon and Arthur Garfunkel. It is in the context of this groundbreaking film starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katherine Ross that Mrs Robinson is set. The soundtrack, composed by Simon and Garfunkel, also contains the song The Sounds Of Silence.

7. When you wish upon a star – Pinocchio (1940)
One of Disney’s landmark animated masterpieces, Pinocchio is packed with thrills all the way from the opening scene to the climax where its protagonist escapes from the belly of a whale. The lyrics of the title song are an anthem to the film’s theme of adventure and perseverance: Like a bolt out of the blue/fate steps in and sees you through/when you wish upon a star/your dream comes true. Pinocchio won an Academy Award for Best Song and another for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

8. The Way We Were – The Way We Were (1973)
An activist (Barbara Streisand) and a WASP novelist (Robert Redford) work up a 1930s romance that bumps through the next two decades against a backdrop of America’s history of the period. The Way We Were won the fluttering hearts of romantics, two Oscars for its music, and a handful of nominations. Streisand, who sang the title song, is also represented in the top 100 for Evergreen, the love theme from A Star Is Born (16th), and two songs from Funny Girl (1968): People (13th) and Don’t Rain On My Parade (46th).

9. Stayin’ Alive – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
With Maurice Gibb’s death in January 2003, the three Bee Gees are down to two – Robin and Barry – but the hit number from their LP Saturday Night Live continues to work up a lively groove at discotheques the world over. Stayin’ Alive topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for four weeks in 1978.

10. The Sound of Music – The Sound Of Music (1965)
Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography The von Trapp Family Singers and adapted from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1959 hit Broadway stage musical about the exploits of a family of singers and their escape from the Nazis in Austria in 1938, The Sound Of Music showcased the picturesque locales of Salzburg and Austria and presented Julie Andrews’s daisy looks and cheery singing voice. Even as its music echoed in homes the world over, the film surpassed Gone With The Wind as the number one box-office hit of all time.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Hollywood Movie Songs

  1. hi Rohit, Again a lovely blog from you. And this time around on music – WOW! Wonder if you know of a song called – UNDER MY UMBRELLA. Saw it on VH1. I believe its a re-creation/ re-mix of an older song by the same name sung in some good movie. Its nice, otherwise I like Hip Hop music.Also wondering if you know of a good cell phone that deliveres features of an MP3or with 1 GB data card. I heard Sony Ericcson has a new model with wireless ear piece. Any info??? Thanks and Regards,Pankaj (Peter) 91 9810000163 Gurgaon New Delhi India


  2. Speaking of Judy Garland, there is an exciting new group on Yahoo called The Judy Garland Experience. The group celebrates all aspects of Judy’s life and career. There are always lively discussions going on, wonderful photo albums chock full of classic and never seen before photo’s, and the rarest Judy audio files on the web. This weeks files include dozens of unreleased recordings from Judy’s multiple appearances at the Palladium, a sing off between Judy, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, and Anita O’Day, several other rare Garland recordings, and even a rare European concert performance by Liza Minnelli.The groups membership included Garland family members, people who worked with Judy, author’s, film makers, other celebrities, and fans of all ages. The only thing missing is you! You should stop by and check out this little Judyville, once you’re there you may never want to leave.


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