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The organ version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” segued into the Stones while a whole bunch of characters bury dead never-seen Kevin Costner in The Big Chill is the definitive greatest use of a Stones song in pop media canon ever. Maybe one of the greatest musical moments in film ever, actually.

But I’ll take top five contenders from all comers, if you want to discuss it.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. jacicita says:

    I don’t have a top five, which is appalling, really, all things considered, but the one that always comes to mind is Grosse Pointe Blank, where the GnR cover of “Live and let die” switches to the Muzak of itself when he enters his childhood home. Which is now a convenience store.

    1. brandnewkindof says:

      That’s an excellent one I wouldn’t have thought of. I haven’t watched that movie in a while; I might be due.

  2. Ash Crowe says:

    Top 5 Instrumental Music Moments in Movies (I’ll have to come back for music w/ lyrics):
    1. Breaking Away, “Symphony No 4 in A Major,” Mendelssohn – Mendelssohn + bicycle racing shouldn’t work and yet it is note perfect.
    2. 2001: A Space Odyssey, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” Richard Strauss – also perfect. Interesting to note – #1 & 2 were both temp tracks that made it to the final film.
    3. Pleasantville, “So What,” Miles Davis – if I could chose, I’d have this song playing over my enlightenment about the passion of art too.
    4.The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” Ennio Morricone – sometimes a song is so amazing and so perfect that it goes beyond being part of the score. This is one – #5 is another.
    5.To Kill A Mockingbird, “Main Title,” Elmer Berstein – The most amazing thing about this song is that it contains and alludes to every turn and moment in the movie. You don’t even need to watch the movie after Main Title, everything is in that first 2:50 of music.

  3. Ash Crowe says:

    Top 5 Non-Instrumental Music Moments in Film*:
    1. Easy Rider, “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding,” Roger McGuinn (covering Dylan) – So perfect (would be better if Dylan’s version could have been used but still perfect). The end of the movie always floors me, but w/o the song it doesn’t hurt.
    2.Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head”
    3.The Graduate, “Mrs. Robinson,” Simon & Garfunkel
    4. Big Chill, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” The Rolling Stones
    5.Summer Storm, “Blonde on Blonde,” Nada Surf

    * – excludes songs that are sung in non-musicals or are in the movie (top 5 of that – “Moon River” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “Old Time Rock & Roll” from Risky Business, “In Your Eyes” in Say Anything, “Oh Yeah” in Ferris Bueller, everything in American Graffitti)

    1. brandnewkindof says:

      You always think of things I never would.

      But hell yes to Butch Cassidy.

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