We will move past the halfway point in this countdown of fifty of my My Favorite Top 10 Movie Theme Songs. Having covered Part V and Part IV we will see if any of these might bring back some fond memories.
This odyssey started last summer when I was discussing the best movie themes with my close buddy, Hendrix. As I delved into it there was absolutely no way I was able to narrow down my choices to one Top 10 post. So, the five-part series continues of my favorite movie theme songs.
The list kept expanding and it was a disservice to myself and the post itself to cut it off at just ten movie themes. So, I decided to not set any boundaries and see where it went. As you will see it was a mammoth project but a helluv alot of fun! The overall list will have showcased 50 movie themes in five parts over six weeks in descending order.
This was also my biggest research project to date to maintain as much as accuracy as possible. Even at that I may have made a couple of mistakes and if so I would enjoy hearing of any corrections.
Thank you to You Tube, Wikipedia, Google Images and IMDB for their assistance and I included trivia for each, as always. So, get started and enjoy My Top 10 Favorite Movie Themes Part III!
30 8 Mile (2002)
Lose Yourself performed by Eminem
Question – How much did the DVD make on its first day of release which was a record for an R-rated film at the time?
Throwing you for a bit of a loop from this hard-core rapper but this song is so intensely good. It really grinds out the story of hardship and perseverance from a foundation of hurt that we would not wish on anyone.
Answer – $40 million.
29 Jaws (1975)
Jaws Theme performed by John Williams
Question – Preview audiences screamed when the head of a shark victim appears in the hole in the bottom of the boat. Why did director Steven Spielberg re-shoot the scene in editor Verna Fields swimming pool?
My buddy, Quay, and I arrived a bit late for the start of the trailers to this in 1975 and I accidentally sat down in woman’s lap. She took great offense more to the fact that I also bumped over her popcorn barrel and gave me a nice bitch slap upside the back of my head. The dreaded music thump foreshadowing impending doom from a killer beneath the water. We all know it, have it memorized and have borrowed it at one time or another.
Answer – Because he wanted them to “scream louder”.
28 Born Free (1966)
Born Free performed by Matt Monroe with John Barry
Question – What was done with the lions “Boy”, “Girl” and “Ugas” upon completion of filming?
This has always brought tears to my eyes from the very first time I watched the movie. Being the devout animal lover that I am it’s heartbreaking when they have to set Elsa free. But, the reuniting of them always shreds me with happy tears as she remembers them.
Answer – They were freed under protest by the film studio who wanted to sell the lions to zoos to get some money back from filming. Argh, don’t get me started on this one.
27 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Axel F performed by Harold Faltermeyer
Question – Gilbert R Hill played the role of Inspector Todd of the Detroit Police. What was his occupation in real life?
The truly didn’t know the goldmine that had on their hands when the director and actors were working on this film. It obviously turned into a mega-blockbuster and the music always gives me that pumped me up feeling.
26 Backdraft (1991)
Fighting 17th performed by Hans Zimmer
Question – What three notable names were listed as stuntmen in the credits?
I became infatuated about visiting Chicago when Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out. I was then blessed with my best buddy and his airline employed wife taking me back there with them in the summer of 1991. This music permeates through the viewer with the backdrop of the beautiful Windy City.
Answer – Kurt Russell, Scott Glenn and William Baldwin who performed a lot of their own stunts.
25 Stargate (1994)
Stargate Overture by David Arnold and performed by Sinfonia of London
Question – The mountain entrance to the place where the giant ring is kept on Earth is the same entrance that was used to enter NORAD in what other movie?
I absolutely loved this movie and the television series as well. The music is perfectly majestic and fitting for the interstellar trek the guys go on to the mysterious desert world that portends the possibilty of Ra.
Answer – WarGames
24 Shrek (2001)
All Star by Smash Mouth
Question – When David makes a joke directed at his teacher about asexual reproduction the laughter heard is coming from where?
The success of this movie goes hands down to Eddie Murphy playing the role of Donkey. Unfortunately we have to wait until the very end to hear the get-your-groove-on song of All Star by Smash Mouth.
Answer – Some of the crew didn’t know the punch line and laughed out loud during the scene. That laughter was left in the sound track, and if you listen closely you will hear what is clearly adults laughing out loud, rather than classroom sniggering.
23 Apollo 13 (1995)
Apollo 13 by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Question – The line that Jim Lovell asks his crewmates, “Gentlemen, what are your intentions? Mine are to go home…” was referring to what in real life?
The theme song is so regal and inspiring as we are feel goosebumps all over our bodies when the astronauts are moments away from liftoff. I love movies based on true stories and the space program has always been a deep passion of mine.
Answer – While Lovell actually said this, it seems slightly forced and out-of-place. This is because when he said it on the mission, they were just coming out of from the far side of the moon and had a critical engine burn coming up. Since it was Swigert and Haise’s first mission, they were taking pictures instead of preparing for the burn. That’s why Lovell said the line, adding, “If we don’t get home, you won’t be able to have your pictures developed.”
22 Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters performed by Ray Parker Jr
Question – In the middle of the film’s initial release, what trailer run did Ivan Reitman put out?
Even though I had been living on my own for a couple years the summer of 1984 was a turning point for me on some levels. I had been taking some med classes to become a medic on the street (which I did end up doing part time). It also saw my step father take me on an Outward Bound trip of his own to Northern British Columbia to get me head screwed on straight. It all kicked off in June with the hysterically funny specter and spirit story set to this upbeat theme.
Answer – (I remember calling this!) It was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters use in the movie, but with the 555 number replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to call. They got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd saying something to the effect of “Hi. We’re out catching ghosts right now.” They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.
21 The Breakfast Club (1985)
Don’t You Forget About Me performed by Simple Minds
Question – Why is the scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention unique?
I actually watched this again right before Thanksgiving. Wow, to remember how young these Brat Pack members were with their best career moments ahead of them. This remains to this day one of my favorite inspirational songs for the rhythm and beat.
Answer – The entire scene was not scripted and everyone ad-libbed their lines.
The countdown has passed the halfway point and now we’re ready for the final two segments.
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