I don't know about you but I'm LOVING the film music season on the BBC at the moment. The TV isn't on much in my house, but I've been tuning into the radio shows on Radio 3 and 6 Music. In an ode to excellent song placement, I've put a list together of my all time favourite songs-in-films.
You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall and Oates) in 500 Days of Summer
Words cannot express how this song makes me feel since I saw this scene in 500 Days of Summer. My love for JGL, combined with synchronised dancing and awesome 1980s pop: heaven. I simply can't not dance when I hear it now.
I Get Around (The Beach Boys) in The Flight of the Navigator
So if you've never seen The Flight of the Navigator, this kid basically falls down a ravine and when he wakes up he's travelled forward in time 8 years. His little brother is now his older brother, his dog is kicking it and he thinks the president of the USA is Jimmy Carter. It's all very confusing but he has a wonderful bonding moment with his alien time-machine-space-ship when they tune into the radio and The Beach Boys comes on. That's about the jist of it.
Green Onions (Booker T and the MGs) in A Single Man
Let's just stop and take in the perfection of this film. Look at Tom Ford's impeccable styling. Look at Julianne Moore's eyeliner. Look at Jon Kortajarena for crying out loud! If you haven't seen this film, watch it now. Just when you thought you couldn't love Colin Firth any more, he jives to Booker T and the MGs. Is there anything that man can't do?
Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix) in Wayne's World
Needle in the Hay (Elliott Smith) in The Royal Tenenbaums
Forget Quentin Tarantino! Wes Anderson you wonderful, wonderful genius. Admittedly this scene is pretty bleak, but I don't know if song placement gets much better than this.
Staralfur (Sigur Ros) in The Life Aquatic
Actually, it does get better than that. Wes Anderson wins again by placing Sigur Ros in The Life Aquatic. This scene is excellent on its own, but when you see it in the context of the film it will bring tears to your eyes. And I don't even cry at films (apart from that one time during Brokeback Mountain), so it's saying a lot coming from me. ACTUAL TEARS.
There's loads more I could have picked but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the longest. I'd love to hear what your favourite song in a film is!