“Movie magic” might be a term used in reference to special effects, but when the right piece of music meets the right movie scene, it helps create a different kind of “movie magic.”
It’s the type of magic that becomes part of pop culture lore. From the poignant to the silly, here are eight songs that helped create iconic movie scenes.
WARNING: Some NSFW language/imagery ahead.
“In The Air Tonight” (The Hangover)
When “The Baddest Man on the Planet” meets the baddest drum fill of all time, it makes for comedy gold.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Wayne’s World)
This scene was so huge and such a boon to the Queen classic that is re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts where it peaked at number two on May 9, 1992.
“Sister Christian” (Boogie Nights)
Night Ranger (and firecrackers) provides for an incredible juxtaposition in an incredibly tense sense.
“Stuck in the Middle with You” (Reservoir Dogs)
Speaking of juxtaposition, there’s perhaps no grizzlier example than Mr. Blonde dancing to this Steeler’s Wheel track and then…well, you know the rest.
“Tequila” (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
Alright, let’s lighten the mood. Who hasn’t done the Pee-Wee Herman dance whenever they hear this classic from The Champs or after having a few shots of tequila.
“Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous)
The rock and roll love letter of a movie with the ultimate sing-a-long moment. No other song would’ve worked in this moment.
“In Your Eyes” (Say Anything…)
The Cameron Crowe sure knows how to pair the right song with the right scene. Of course, this scene also created one of the most underrated South Park parodies, too.
“Twist And Shout” (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
There are few movie scenes as joyous as the parade scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Beatles’ classic cover of “Twist And Shout” takes it all to another level. This scene alone is magic, but the story behind brings it to legendary status.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.