When directors work their magic, sometimes they fuse movie scenes with certain songs so perfectly that they become iconic. People can't hear the song without thinking of that clip from the movie. In some cases, the movie even launches the song up in popularity on the charts after it's faded from popularity.
In "Back to the Future", Marty McFly is trying to save his past from being erased by getting his parents together. In the process of matchmaking, he ends up going on stage with Marvin Berry and the Starlighters at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. Johnny B. Goode had faded from popularity by this time. After all, Van Halen and other 80s classics were in full swing. But this music movie moment relaunched Johnny B. Goode's popularity once more in an iconic scene that is one of the most popular in the movie.
"The Breakfast Club" is a cult classic. Part of this status came about from its brilliant fusion of music. The most iconic song was "We Are Not Alone". In this scene, the main characters are together in a room. They seem to have nothing in common, separated by their statuses. But then as the music progresses and the dancing begins, the brain, the athlete, the criminal, the basket case, and the princess connect. The dancing and music continues as they unite together in the realization that they are all just people.
Another old classic that had faded from popularity was "Twist and Shout". It was one of those safe oldies. But then in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Twist and Shout" comes on when Ferris Bueller winds up in the parade. Up on the float, he performs "Twist and Shout" with such enthusiasm that it became one of the most famous movies scenes from the 1980s. The song shot back up on the charts to the top ranks in 1986 after the movie's release.
Despite being a somewhat creepy song, "Cell Block Tango" is a powerful music movie moment in "Chicago". The different women recount what brought them to prison, all declaring that what they did was not wrong. The scene not only advances the story, but it also captures the mood in a way that isn't easy to forget. Add in the fact that you can't get the song out of your head, and you won't be taking cheating too lightly any time soon.
Despite being an animated film, "Beauty and the Beast" incorporated some of the most moving music movie scenes. The song Beauty and the Beast, sometimes also known as "Tale as Old as Time", has been listed as one of the most romantic and beautiful songs of all time. The classic scene involves the ball room dance where Belle and the Beast begin to connect romantically. The watercolor animation combined with the enchanting music captures the mood and awakes the romantic within. Even when combined with some of the other Disney classic songs, this song still shines as one of Disney's best.
"Louie Louie" was a ballad written by Richard Berry back in the 1950s. The song itself was not that popular at first because it makes no sense. There were lots of words, but they didn't fit together. One of the popular myths about the song was that it was indecipherable because it was actually describing a sexual act in detail. Regardless, the makers of "Animal House" decided it was the perfect theme song for their film and its iconic examination of Greek frat life and toga parties.
When it comes to workout inspiration, nothing beats "Eye of the Tiger". This song came about because Sylvester Stallone couldn't get the rights to "Another One Bites the Dust". It ended up being the workout montage in the Rocky film. It is still a high seller to this day, and it is one of the most popular workout playlist songs. Moreoever, its popularity in both movie and song aren't limited to the United States.
Music movie moments help make a film feel more visceral. They enhance the viewing experience and enliven compelling scenes. Whether the song is an original for the film or the movie revitalizes a song that has started to fade from popularity, these music movie moments are incredible when done right.