Best Use of a Song in a Movie

Refers to the use of an existing song as a plot device. This means that the characters in the movie interact with the song in some way such as listening to it or singing it. Songs that are merely in the soundtrack are not suited for this list, but they can be added to the Best Use of a Song in a Movie Soundtrack top ten list. Also, songs in musicals or other songs written specifically for the movie are not included.
The Top Ten
1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Wayne's World Bohemian Rhapsody - Wayne's World Product Image

The movie scene that introduced Bohemian Rhapsody to a whole new generation of listeners. Everyone's parents seemed a little bit cooler after we found out they already had this song on vinyl.

I love that movie and that's one of the most memorable parts in the movie

Introduced me to Bohemian Rhapsody and more importantly Queen.

the scene where they used Bohemian Rhapsody was the best!

2 Johnny B. Goode - Back to the Future Johnny B. Goode - Back to the Future Product Image

This is a Great Song used to perfection in the Film and Michael J FOX absolutely nailed it. And high up on -My Top 10- Actors who performed in a movie with Buddy Holly- Ray Charles & the Blues Brothers. GB

Chuck. Chuck. It's Marvin - your cousin, Marvin BERRY. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this.

Note-for-note, Fox synched that guitar solo like he made the song himself.

MJ Fox Sang the Song Himself. Of Course the Guitaring was not by him.

3 The Banana Boat Song - Beetlejuice The Banana Boat Song - Beetlejuice Product Image

That scene of this film is iconic! During a school football game, my friend and I couldn't think of a good cheer, so we just sang this song even though we had no idea what the words were! We called it "The Bettlejuice" song. Ha ha!

Ridiculously funny, my favorite scene!

funny song and they dance too.

4 Gonna Fly Now - Rocky

This song gives the movies energy! I always get so pumped every time I hear this song because it reminds me of these motivating training scenes!

5 Twist & Shout - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Hell yes Ferris Buller!

6 I Put a Spell On You - Hocus Pocus I Put a Spell On You - Hocus Pocus Product Image

She had your attention when she was singing that song in the movie.

Lol this song was in my head for months when I watched this film

Bette Midler dig her thing!

Okay lol I loved this one and low rider was great for that one, the beetlejuice one, but I LOVE this movie so I said it lol

7 Leavin' On A Jet Plane - Armageddon Leavin' On A Jet Plane - Armageddon Product Image

You cannot beat this film. With leaving on a jet plane and miss you aerosmith. Cannot be beaten. Second song not listed. Should be would be close contender.

8 Only Hope- A Walk to Remember Only Hope- A Walk to Remember Product Image

Mandy Moore singing her own song in her movie is awesome! The movie itself was very inspiring, and together with the song are enough to make me teary-eyed.

This is a great movie and I think its great that mandy moore is singing her own song in the movie she is in..

this movie and song made me cry and I love them both

what's weird is that the book made me cry only at the end but when watching the movie I only cried when she ws singing this song

9 The Time Of My Life - Dirty Dancing
10 Layla - Goodfellas
The Contenders
11 Where is My Mind - Fight Club
12 In your Eyes - Say Anything In your Eyes - Say Anything Product Image

Think of the song and a boombox.

13 Footloose - Footloose

And only Kenny Loggins rocked this song, not Blake Shelton

Ok Kenny Loggins rocked this song!

14 What Is Love - A Night At the Roxbury

Who doesn't bob their head sideways when hearing this song because of Doug and Steve Butabi?

15 Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - 10 Things I Hate About You

was really funny and heath ledger made it so spectacular, so lavish... couldn't have make use of better than this... wish I could do that... the movie was equally great...

16 Superstar - Tommy Boy Superstar - Tommy Boy Product Image
17 Old Time Rock and Roll - Risky Business

I mean how many other movies and T.V. shows have copied or parodied this classic scene?

This song played an iconic role in Risky Business

18 Tiny Dancer - Almost Famous

I'm not voting for Queen- sue me. I've been on a bus full of people all singing to Tiny Dancer, and it's one of the best experiences I've ever had.

If you haven't already sold your soul to rock n roll, this movie is sure to seal the deal.

Who didn't want to be on that bus singing that song with Stillwater!? I know I did!

He's awesome and cute and funny

19 Bennie and the Jets - 27 Dresses

that part in the movie was the best!! really good movie, really good song.

20 When the SH-- Goes Down - This is the End When the SH-- Goes Down - This is the End Cover Art
21 Time Is On My Side - Fallen Time Is On My Side - Fallen Product Image

Great use of the song for this movie. It was great. Only movie I saw as well out of all of these ones listed.

was great went exactly with the film

22 Low Rider - Gone in 60 Seconds Low Rider - Gone in 60 Seconds Product Image

War is a great band. Long standing sound

I liked low rider for years

good movie and great song all there is to say

23 All Star - Shrek All Star - Shrek Cover Art

Somebody once told me the world was gonna roll me...
Yes... it came

Created a meme sensation.

24 Super Freak - Little Miss Sunshine

Olive is hilarious couldn't have chosen a better song, shame the movie was crap!

25 Don't Stop Me Now - Shaun of the Dead

WHAT? They use one of the best Queen songs in yet another movie? Awesome! See, people are starting to understand!

Shut the Queen off

No, it sounds perfect with the scene you're in hah aha

"Who the hell put this on? "
"It's on random! "

Shaun: David! Kill the Queen!

David: WHAT?!


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