Music and movies go hand and hand. Like peanut butter and jelly, there are a a ton of movie moments where music just added to the scene. And rock music has really added to some pivotal moments in some great movies. Which brings us to this week’s list. Here’s a compilation of my favourite rock music movie moments.
10) Office Space / Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster
The perfect soundtrack to a scene that everyone one who has ever worked in an office can relate to.
9) Watchmen / The Times Are A Changin
A great mix of timing, subject matter and music, we get to see superheros through the ages with a song that belongs to the ages. It’s pretty damn awesome.
8) The Breakfast Club / Don’t You (Forget About Me)
A John Hughes music / movie moment. Must admit, I’ve walked out of a place when this song has come on and thrown my fist up like Bender.
7) American Psycho / Hip To Be Square
A prime example that how under the right circumstances, even the tones of Huey Lewis and the News can be nerve wracking.
6) Fight Club / Where Is My Mind?
Just the timing of the explosions with the son is perfect. Director David Finch should be proud of himself… of course he was a music video director so he’s probably pretty good at it.
5) Goodfellas / Layla
Martin Scorsese has always had a knack for placing music within his films but one of his finest moments is this scene in Goodfellas matched with Layla. (if you’re looking for another good one, look at House of the Rising Sun in Casino)
4) Back to the Future / Johnny B Goode
Back to the Future is the only reason anyone under thirty knows what a DeLorean is but one of the best scenes in the movie is when marty breaks out a song that hadn’t been written yet. As a bit of trivia, Michael J Fox isn’t actually singing, it’s Max Carl who currently serves as lead singer for Grandfunk Railroad.
3) Almost Famous / Tiny Dancer
Almost Famous is a great movie about a music writer touring with a rock band… by a filmmaker who used to be a music writer who toured with rock bands. This scene is just classic and one of the best uses of Elton John’s music in film.
2) Wayne’s World / Bohemian Rhapsody
This scene and it’s use in the Wayne’s World trailer helped bring back this Queen classic back to the charts in 1992, sixteen years after it had originally hit the charts. Not only that, up to a higher US chart position (#2) then it’s original release (#9) in 1978.
1) Say Anything / In Your Eyes
One of the most iconic images in 80’s film history is Lloyd Dobler holding up his boom box with Peter Gabriel blasting In Your Eyes to the love of his life… I think I’ve got something in my eye (sadly, I couldn’t find the full clip on the net, but this gives you a good idea).
What about you guys? Feel free to suggest a scene below as I am all for revisiting this post again. In the meantime I’ll leaave you with a bonus scene that didn’t make the cut.