Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Billboard Top Film Songs


It is no surprise that songs from films have been on the radio.  The radio has always been an important tool and a variety of types have appeared on the radio for film scores.  I’ve scoured the US Billboard Top 100 lists (1960 and on) and here’s what came up.  We have the title themes/songs written for the movie and pop songs that were written for the film.  It’s no surprise many of these films are from the 1970s and 1980s, with film songs slowly disappearing from the airwaves.  You'll notice most of the top songs in the 1990s ended up being the Oscar winners.  Or did they get played because they were the Oscar winners?  With many song titles being the film titles, I won’t repeat them twice.  Years are from the Billboard charts, not the year of the films.    

This list has some James Bond songs, Disney songs, popular artists doing covers, and yes – My Heart Will Go On.

Here are a bunch of songs, Oscar winning Best Songs are highlighted in green.

1960 - Theme from a Summer Place (Percy Faith/music: Max Steiner)
1960 -
Theme From The Apartment (Ferrante & Teicher/music: Adolph Deutsch)
1961 - Exodus (Ferrante & Teicher/music: Ernest Gold)
1962 -
Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Henry Mancini)
1963 - Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini)
1965 - Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey/music: John Barry)
1996 - Born Free (Roger Williams/music: John Barry)
1967 - Alfie (Dionne Warwick/music: Burt Bacharach)
1967 - To Sir with Love (Lulu/music: Mark London)
1968 -
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Hugo Montenegro/music: Ennio Morricone)
1968 - Mrs. Robinson (Simon and Garfunkel)
1968 -
(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls (Dionne Warwick/music: André Previn)
1969 - Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet (Henry Mancini and his Orchestra/music: Nino Rota)
1970 – Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (B.J. Thomas/music: Burt Bacharach)
1971 - Theme From Shaft (Isaac Hayes)
1971 -
Love Story (Where Do I Begin) (Andy Williams/music: Francis Lai)
1972 - The Candy Man – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Sammy Davis, Jr./music: Bricusse and Newley)
1973 -
Live And Let Die (Wings/music: Paul and Linda McCartney)
1974 - The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand/music: Marvin Hamlisch)
1974 -
The Entertainer – The Sting (Scott Joplin, arr Marvin Hamlisch)
1974 - Tubular Bells – The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield)
1976 - Theme from Mahogany (Diana Ross/music: Michael Masser)
1977 -
Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") (Barbra Streisand)
1977 -
Theme From "Rocky" (Gonna Fly Now) (Bill Conti)
1977 - Star Wars Theme-Cantina Band (Meco/John Williams)
1977 - Star Wars (Main Title) (London Symphony Orchestra/music: John Williams)
1977 - Nobody Does It Better - The Spy Who Loved Me (Carly Simon/music: Marvin Hamlisch)
1978 - You Light Up My Life (Debby Boone/music: Joseph Brooks)
1978 - You’re the One That I Want – Grease (John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John/music: John Farrar)
1978 - Summer Nights­­ - Grease (John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John/music: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey)
1978 - Grease (Frankie Valli/music: Barry Gibb)
1978 - Stayin’ Alive – Saturday Night Fever (The Bee Gees)
1980 - Fame (Irene Cara/music: Michael Gore)
1981 - 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
1981 - Arthur's Theme(Best That You Can Do) – Arthur (Christopher Cross/music: Burt Bacharach, et al)
1981 - For Your Eyes Only (Sheena Easton/music: Bill Conti)
1982 - Eye Of The Tiger – Rocky III (Survivor)
1982 - Chariots of Fire (Vangelis)
1983 - Flashdance...What A Feeling (Irene Cara/music: Giorgio Moroder)
1983 - Far From Over - Staying Alive (Frank Stallone/music: Stallone, Vince DiCola)
1984 - Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
1984 - Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)
1985 - The Power Of Love – Back to the Future (Huey Lewis and The News)
1985 - A View To A Kill (Duran Duran)
1985 - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) (John Parr/music: Parr, David Foster)
1986 - Take My Breath Away – Top Gun (Berlin/music: Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock)
1986 - Spies Like Us (Paul McCartney)
1986 -
Glory Of Love (Theme From "The Karate Kid Part II") (Peter Cetera/music: Cetera, David Foster, et al)
1987 - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life – Dirty Dancing (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes/Franke Previte, et al)
1987 - Somewhere Out There – An American Tail (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram/music: James Horner et al)
1987 -
Shakedown (From "Beverly Hills Cop II") (Bob Seger/music: Harold Faltermeyer)
1988 - Kokomo – Cocktail (The Beach Boys)
1989 - Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches (Bette Midler/music: Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar
1989 - Batdance – Batman (Prince)
1990 -
It Must Have Been Love – Pretty Woman (Roxette/music: Per Gessle)
1990 - Blaze Of Glory (From "Young Guns II") (Jon Bon Jovi)
1991 - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (Bryan Adams/music: Adams, Michael Kamen, Mutt Lange)
1992 - Beauty And The Beast (Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson/music: Alan Menken)
1992 -
This Used To Be My Playground – A League of Their Own (Madonna)
1993 - I Will Always Love You – The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston/music: Dolly Parton)
1993 - A Whole New World – Aladdin (Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle/music: Alan Menken)
1994 - Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King (Elton John)
1994 - Streets Of Philadelphia – Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen)
1995 - Gangsta's Paradise – Dangerous Minds (Coolio)
1995 - Kiss From A Rose – Batman Forever (Seal)
1995 - Exhale (Shoop Shoop) (From "Waiting To Exhale") (Whitney Houston/music: Babyface)
1995 - Colors Of The Wind – Pocahontas (Vanessa Williams/music: Alan Menken)
1996 - Theme From Mission: Impossible (Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen/music: Lalo Schifrin)
1996 - Because You Loved Me – Up Close & Personal (Celine Dion/music: Diane Warren)
1997 - Go The Distance – Hercules (Michael Bolton/music: Alan Menken)
1997 - Don't Cry For Me Argentina – Evita (Madonna/music: Andrew Lloyd Webber)
1997 - You Must Love Me – Evita (Madonna/music: Andrew Lloyd Webber)
1998 - My Heart Will Go On – Titanic (Celine Dion/music: James Horner)
1998 - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing – Armageddon (Aerosmith/music: Diane Warren)
1998 - Wild Wild West (Will Smith feat. Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee)
1999 - Iris - City of Angels (Goo Goo Dolls)
1999 - Music Of My Heart (N Sync and Gloria Estefan/music: Diane Warren)
1999 - When You Believe – Prince of Egypt (Stephen Schwartz)
2001 - Lady Marmalade – Moulin Rouge (Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink/music: Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan)
2001 - There You’ll Be – Pearl Harbor (Faith Hill/music: Diane Warren)
2002 - Hero – Spider-Man (Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott)
2003 - Lose Yourself – 8 Mile (Eminem)
2006 - Life is a Highway – Cars (Rascal Flatts/music: Tom Cochrane)


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