Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Top Ten: Songs over closing credits in film

An entertainment blog I frequently read posted a list today of the best songs that were featured at endings or over closing credits in movies. The author's explanation was as follows:

"Closing credit songs — it’s the last thing you hear as you leave a theater, and can very often influence your opinion of a movie slightly one way or another... Anyway, with that, I bring you the Most Memorable Closing Credit Songs. Not the best (God knows, some of the ones below are awful), but the ones that seem to stick with you the most and/or fit the tone of the movie the best (regardless of the quality of the movie), or — in the best cases — actually offer a substantive musical epilogue to the narrative."

Being a music fan myself, I've previously engaged in the type of posts on LiveJournal back in the day what songs I would include in the soundtrack of my life, as well as having done soundtrack type projects in school. The post today made me think about what my top ten would be, knowing of course that the impact a song can produce is very subjective. There are a few overlapping songs between my list and his that I think he got right, but obviously as I've chosen to make my own list most of his are replaced.

I suppose I should mention, since some of the videos are the ends of movies and all (as many as I could find), that if you haven't seen any of them, this could be a bit spoilery.

10. "America Fuck Yeah" from Team America World Police (Honorable Mention: "I'm so Ronery" also appears over the credits)

I'm So Ronery

9. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monthy Python and the Life of Brian

8. "Extreme Ways" by Moby from The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum

7. "Mad World" by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews from Donnie Darko

6. "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club
No embed on this one -

5. "Born Slippy NUXX" by Underworld from Trainspotting

4. "Wake Up" by Rage Against the Machine from The Matrix

3. "Oh Yeah" by Yello from Ferris Bueller's Day Off

2. "Where is My Mind?" by the Pixies from Fight Club

1. "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve from Cruel Intentions

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