I just watched the tail end of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Songs: America’s Greatest Music in the Movies. I only saw the Top 15 songs in the countdown. The countdown included the greatest movie songs as chosen by experts in the film community, including directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, critics and historians. The Top 10 were as follows:

10 The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music, 1965
09 Stayin’ Alive, Saturday Night Fever, 1977
08 The Way We Were, The Way We Were, 1973
07 When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio, 1940
06 Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, 1967
05 White Christmas, Holiday Inn, 1942
04 Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
03 Singin’ in the Rain, Singin’ in the Rain, 1952
02 As Time Goes By, Casablanca, 1942
01 Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz, 1939

Damn, how old are these people? They went back through dust bins to find some of these. I mean Pinocchio? Holiday Inn? I am a child of the late seventies and eighties and my Top 10 is drastically different:

10 Donke Schoen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986
09 Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982
08 Raiders March, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
07 Overture (Opening Theme), 2001: A Space Oddyssey, 1968
06 Take My Breath Away, Top Gun, 1984
05 Wind Beneath My Wings, Beaches, 1988
04 Gonna Fly Now (Theme), Rocky, 1977
03 Stayin’ Alive, Saturday Night Fever, 1977
02 Star Wars Theme, Star Wars, 1977
01 Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme), The Godfather, 1972

What would be your Top 10 movie songs?


  1. Wind Beneath My Wings?? hehehehe

    I would have never guessed that to be on your list for some reason. :)

    #1 by Meerenai — June 24, 2004 @ 10:11 am

  2. Wednesday June, 23rd 2004.

    To: AFI (or any involved in voting process )

    Topic: Comments on AFIs Top 100 Movie Songs of all time.

    Generation X would like to take this time and thank all the qualified music critics born during the Pre-Construction of the Titanic Era for not attending any newly released films during the past 25 years! We read AFIs Top 100 Movie Songs list and suspect that all voters just got fed of with all music in films after Chariots of Fire in the early 80s. (Heaven forbid, Vangelis used a Synthesizer for the music in the film).

    Looking over the top 100 songs selected, the top 10 are absolute quality picks and should be applauded. Over the Rainbow (#1), White Christmas (#5), and Good Old Marvin sliding in at #9 for The Way We Were Those receive a Thumbs up! from us, for so much great music was given birth to before us.

    However, have you aging voting critics ever heard of Prince? You know the motorcycle singer who wears perfume, and who can out perform anyone from your era? The guy who is self taught on a variety of instruments, an original songwriter, dancer, vocalist, and pop icon for millions? Well, he made a movie that slipped your top 100 list that is actually one of the top 3 best selling movie soundtracks of all time. It is called Purple Rain It was us, generation X, who made those millions of purchases of the album. Perhaps the voters were to busy listening to The Yankee Doodle Boy (#71 on the list) from 1942 during the 80s to even consider a man who dresses like a female at times to be considered an artist. Sorry, the Song Purple Rain from the film should have given Yankee Boy a run for its money.

    This thought process of yours is starting to explain why the highest ranking 80s songs in the list are way down at #44 Wind beneath my wings- from Beaches, and #40 Fight the power- from Do the right thing

    Where is Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) from Rocky 3? Ask any guys who were born around the Disco Era what song from a movie gets them pumped for anything physical See if they respond with Do Re Mi (#88) from The Sound of Music

    Please dont tell us that youve never heard of The Breakfast Club. Please say that Dont you forget about me by Simple Minds was supposed to be somewhere in the top 100it was a printing error correct?

    Yes, let us curse the 80s! For The windmills of your mind (#57) is so much more memorable then A view to a kill by Duran. After all, its not as if A view to a kill went to #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1985, and was the only song in the History of James Bond films to do soor was it?

    Remember a little film called Top Gun from 1986? Kenny Logins earned himself a solo in We are the world for Danger zone-from Top gun, and Footloose- from footloose. Voters, do us all a favor. Please watch the introduction to Top Gun as the song Danger zone kicks in. It is so amazing and really should be used by the US Air force to recruit glory hounds. As you do, try to imagine and accept that a movie featuring post World War 2 aircraft can have a quality punch to it. Funny how a movie called Top hat got a song in there at #15oh wait1935, that explains it, my fault.

    Astonished to see that Footloose, being the most influential movie musical over the past 20 years, slid in with Footloose (#96) However, no mention of other classics from its most glorious soundtrack? Lets hear it for the Boys, Almost Paradise, or I need a hero? Well at least you listened once to your grandkids when they came bouncing over to visit in their leg warmers and camouflage pants.

    We, Generation X, do possess, and admit to having the ability to make mistakes also. Sometimes, in moments of confusion, we may be caught yelling Ghostbusters! at a retro night in a club after Ray Parker Jr. asks Who are you going to call? However, we acknowledge the great classic songs of the past 100 years from all decades and rejoice in their significance and emotion. Lets be honest. Do people think that by saying older is better then new, that they are automatically more cultured?
    That they are in touch with the finer side of the arts?

    It seems obvious that a certain decade was almost completely ignored in this Top 100 list. We really should be careful though. It is possible that the survey said Pre VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) era. If it did, this opinion is void, and we apologize.


    Email : austingangur@shaw.ca

    #2 by austin gangur — July 8, 2004 @ 1:39 am

  3. Nice letter, I hope you actually sent it to AFI.

    #3 by Nugget — July 9, 2004 @ 10:01 am

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