Dec 292013

 Born Free

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!

Here are the links to Part IV and Part V.

 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.

Answer – He was a Detroit Police Department Homicide Detective.

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.

Phoenix and I wanted to add a shout out to our always loyal supporter and friend, Lisa! She achieved success as a writer having her first book published which is available here at Amazon, The Great Escape; A Girl’s Guide to Leaving a Marriage. She shares an intimate, informative and warm dialogue on her blog for those that either have gone through divorce or may unfortunately reached that point in their lives. Always so kind, soft and engaging in her words and thoughts you will enjoy her exchanges. So, click on over to Lisa Thomson Live and enjoy! Thank you so much for everything, Lisa!

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I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  34 Responses to “My Top 10 Favorite Movie Theme Songs Part III”

  1. Mike, these series has been an amazing retrospective of movies. (And I recognize the work it took putting it together – kudos to you!!!)

    • Oh good I’m glad you’ve liked it so far. And yes, a lot of work for this one but it sure turned out well. Thankl you, Jackie! 🙂

  2. Impressive!, If I ever become more of a movie buff, I have plenty of inventory to catch up with. I admit I’m having trouble remembering the movies and music included in Posts 1 and II. Did you include the theme for “Chariots of Fire”? No words, but very evocative music for the running on the beach scene.

    • I like evocative as a description for Chariots of Fire and the running on the beach, Suzanne! It hasn’t been listed in Parts IV and V yet but there are still twenty more to go 🙂 Does your movie-loving husband ever look at these Top 10 posts ? He might enjoy them 🙂

  3. AHhhhhhh, THE BREAKFAST CLUB. My FAaaaaaAaave. I used to date the burn out!

    Great list, dearest. I also LOooooooooooove “Lose Yourself!!!’


    Kiss. Love. Hugs for my Big Red Dog.

    • Thank you, Kim, and I had a combination of all three of guys integrated into me! I actually suprised myself with how much I loved “Lose Yourself” the first time and it really stuck. Xoxo’s and love back to you from Phoenix 🙂

  4. I love watching movies, it’s one of my favorite down time activities. I am impressed with your list(s). I’m still sticking with the theme from The Last of the Mohicans though. Maybe because I can’t remember most! 😉

    • I really appreciate the compliment on the list! That is funny on Last of the Mohicans and being stuck in your memory and a really good one indeed! 🙂

  5. This is wonderful list of great & Favorite Movie Theme Songs Part III but my favorite song is 24 Shrek (2001)

    • Oh yes, All Star by Smash Mouth is awesome. It’s one of those songs that makes you want to dance isn’t, Disha! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Hi Mike, great round up! Some of these brought great memories of school days – Axel F, Ghostbuster…. Had fun playing the video; hadn’t heard most of them for along time.
    Happy New Year to you and Phoenix. All the very best in 2014.

    • I actually get a kick out of the playing the short videos on the Top 10’s myself, Marisol! It’s always a fun retrospect to a time in our past. Happy New Year to you and your family and I look forward to your adventures in 2014! 🙂

  7. Fun post Mike – My vote for best 80s sound track goes to the film, “Grosse Pointe Blank” – if you missed that film Mike, I’m sure you can stream it on Netflix or Amazon.

    • I’m a huge fan of Gross Pointe Blank along with Jon Cusack and Minnie Driver! That would be an awesome call for a Best 80’s soundtrack, Maria! One of my all-time favorite to-write-to songs is Under Pressure by David Bowie/Queen 🙂 I learned about how bad ass Cusak was with martial arts in real life after watching that movie.

  8. I knew Jaws and Ghostbusters would be on your list somewhere! I remember buying the Beverly Hills Cop LP and listening to it repeatedly. I remember singing along to Born Free as a kid.

    I blew Shrek and The Breakfast Club. Even Samantha went “Oooh, The Breakfast Club!” I agree with Maria regarding the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack…AWESOME!

    There are still a few others I’m looking for in the next two posts. (Dances With Wolves, Star Wars, Amadeus, Iron Man (Back in Black), Back to the Future, The Graduate, and maybe even Die Hard for the fans of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.)

    • The video of Christian the lion reuniting with and remembering his owners is absolulte tear jerker. You can YouTube it, Ed. Ah ha!! Finally the author gets one over a loyal reader and commenter. It’s always the other way around with all of you reminding me of misses. I’m going to run with that while I’m ahead 🙂

  9. I actually can picture most of these theme songs in my head. Gotta love the Jaws theme though. So classic. It’s always fun making that sound while swimming in the ocean LOL.

    • I am the same way, Krystle! The songs bring a photographic revisit in my mind when I hear them! Can’t beat the taunting Jaws theme, I agree 🙂

  10. Lucy and I want to wish you a very happy and healthy new year.. May 2014 only bring great things your way!!!

    • I very happy, healthy, safe 2014 New Year to you, Lucy and your family, Hilary! I know many right and perfect things will come our way this year and achieving our dreams 🙂

  11. Thanks for the shout out, Mike ! Thst’s so kind & generous of you to mention me and my book :). Great post again!
    My favorite is probably Breakfast Club and Beverly Hills Cop.

    I love the trivia questions.

    • You are welcome and so very deserving of it, Lisa! I always love hearing folks say they like the trivia questions. They are a lot of fun to research and include. Excellent choices on Breakfast Club and BHC 🙂

  12. I’ve seen almost all of these movies but the theme song that I remember most is Jaws. So scary because I was just a kid when I saw it. Happy new year to you and Phoenix!!

    • What’s ironic, is that the Jaws theme was one of the very first that I thought of when I started this endeavor. Along with the Exorcist…then it just took off, Aleah! A very Happy New Year to you and your family, our friend! 🙂

  13. Great work again on this series, Mike. This brought back wonderful memories. Loved the Breakfast Club song and of course, Ghostbusters! My kids haven’t seen the movie but know the song. I make them listen to “oldies station” 🙂 Jaws will always be associated with scary for me. Wishing you and Phoenix the very best in 2014!

    • How ironic, as I’m a huge “oldies” radio listener, Mary! You have got to get the kids to watch Ghostbusters. While it has our old SNL favorites the movie is still a classic. Thank you from us and all of our best to all of you too, our friend! 🙂

  14. The Breakfast Club is probably the movie I watched the most when I was a kid. I didn’t know that scene was ad-libbed. Now I feel compelled to put the DVD in and watch it again 😉 “Don’t You Forget about Me” is also one of my favorite songs. I tended to like the bad boys back in the day…

    • Well, here’s some irony for you, Jeri! I have it playing on a loop now as I’m cooking a late night gourmet entree’! Food post will be….well, months down the road. As I’m stacked up with so many of them. Gotta get on the ball but I have my blog anniversary and a surprise to attend to 🙂

  15. Born Free was one of my earliest movie theme favourites that wasn’t from a musical. We followed the Adamsons through there books for many years.
    Actually I think many of my favourite songs are movie themes.
    Have a wonderful year ahead and thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comments.

    • Oh how awesome that you followed the Adamsons, Jill! It’s such a fantastic story though I do shed so many tears when the life cycle ends. If you know what I mean. All of our best wonderful wishes to you too! 🙂

  16. My two favourites have to be from the Breakfast Club and Shrek for sure.

    • Excellent choices, Becc, and I watched The Breakfast Club again a few weeks ago! Great “younger days” memory for me. I wish All Star had played during the movie more 🙂

  17. Two songs here again!
    I’ll take… Lose Yourelf from 8 Mile and Dont You Forget About Me from breakfast Club for 1000 Alex!

    I love both movies and without a doubt those songs are a big part of them both.
    Both enjoyable and I love that the Hughes films still remain popular and that my daughter enjoys them now. Some thing never go away!

    • You should have read the trivia for The Breakfast Club to learn that they entire scene where they were sharing their secrets was completely ad-libbed, Tony. Brilliant!

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