Of course, the Bond movies are well-renowned for their stirring theme songs, but we thought we’d bring you our favourite non-bond movie tunes in date order, so here goes…
1. Tara’s Theme – Gone With the Wind (1939)
Originally an instrumental by Max Steiner when used for the film. Words were later added my Mack David and it became known as My Own True Love, however it is still widely recognised as the theme to the film.
2. Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Although the movie’s star Audrey Hepburn sang this in the movie, the version on the soundtrack was an instrumental by Henry Mancini and his orchestra. Mancini wrote the song with Johnny Mercer writing the lyrics.
3. Jaws theme (1975)
Composer John Williams proved just how scary two notes can be in this ominous soundtrack. It was ranked the sixth greatest score of all time by the American Film Institute.
4. Eye of the tiger – Rocky III (1982)
American rock band Survivor performed the song from the album also titled Eye of the Tiger. It was released in 1982 and written at the request of Sylvester Stallone for the film Rocky III. In the original mix of the song, which is used in the film, you can hear a tiger growling, though on the actual single, the growls were removed.
5. Ghostbusters (1984)
The theme tune for this movie was written by Ray Parker Jr. Despite the fact that Parker admitted that penning a song with the word Ghostbusters in it was pretty difficult, he actually managed to complete this catch tune in just a few days…
6. Take my breath away – Top Gun (1986)
This song helped the film’s soundtrack become one of the best-selling ever. Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock, Tom said the inspiration came from the kind of awe that’s so striking you can’t breath.
7. I’ve had the time of my life – Dirty Dancing (1987)
This infamous song by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley has made the UK top 10 twice, first when the film was released in 1987 and then again after the movie was shown on telly in 1990. It won a Grammy award in 1987 for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo and also an Oscar for Best Film Song.
8. My Heart Will Go On – Titanic (1987)
Appearing on the Titanic soundtrack, which sold at least 15 million copies worldwide, this power ballad song was performed by Celine Dion. The big budget movie bagged a whopping 11 Oscars including Best Song. We bet you can’t listen to it without doing an impression of the film’s stars Leonardo and Kate standing arms outstretched against the railings on a ship.
9. Everything I do… Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991)
Sung by Bryan Adams, this was quite a departure for the Canadian who is more synonymous with rock. However, this slushy song was an enormous success and spent 16 consecutive weeks at No1 in the UK breaking and holding the record for the longest-running chart topper. Ironically, making it into second place with 15 weeks is another film theme, Love is All around by Wet Wet Wet. More on that later…
10. Shoop shoop Song – Mermaids (1990)
This song had been recorded many a time and it hit No1 in Cashbox Magazine R&B charts back in 1964. Then when it was used for the film Mermaids, Cher turned the feelgood tune into an international hit all over again.
11. I Will Always Love You – The Bodyguard (1992)
Although written and performed by Dolly Parton previously, most people are more familiar with Whitney Houston’s version. The song is featured in romantic drama The Bodyguard and is sung beautifully by Whitney, although it was actually her co-star, Kevin Costner who chose the song for the movie.
12. Love Is All Around – Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Originally released in 1967 by English rock band The Troggs, it reached an impressive No.5 in the UK charts. However, once it was re-recorded by Wet Wet Wet and used on the soundtrack to 1994 hit movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, the song hit the top spot and spent 15 consecutive weeks there. Good, but no cigar, as remember Bryan Adams managed 16 weeks!
13. Let it Go – Frozen (2013)
Disney films often have an impressive music score, notably Elton John’s Circle of Life for The Lion King and Tim Rice’s A Whole New World for Aladdin. However, there can’t be a single person who hasn’t at one time sung along to Frozen hit Let it Go by Idina Menzel. And so we end our list with the singalong version…
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