An epic list like the one discussed in our most recent podcast deserves an equally epic audio/visual presentation. So I compiled Oscar and my complete lists here along with as many video clips of the discussed scenes I could dig up on the interwebs...
A handful of them were unavailable in any form so I just added a youtube "video" of the songs for posterity. You'll just have to seek out the scenes for themselves in the context of their respective films if you just can't stand the tease.
And just to reiterate for the rules we followed in compiling our lists:
-Thou shalt not choose a song that occurs during opening or closing credits.
-Thou shalt not choose any song WRITTEN for the film in which it is featured.
-Thou shalt not choose more than one song from the same filmmaker.
So let it be written. So let it be done.
10. Bob Dylan- Hurricane, DAZED AND CONFUSED
-The kings enter their castle of billiard and foos.
9. David Bowie- Cat People (Putting Out Fire), INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
8. The Beta Band- Dry The Rain, HIGH FIDELITY
-I must admit I chose a clip with a tad too much lead-in. But this particular payoff definitely works better with some context.
7. Underworld- Born Slippy, TRAINSPOTTING
-A scene that means something different to me EVERY time I watch it thanks to a ballsy and inspired musical selection.
6. The Who- A Quick One While He’s Away, RUSHMORE
-I believe if you watch this scene closely enough you can see the exact moment when Wes Anderson kicked off his cinematic training wheels for good.
5. The Mamas & The Papas- California Dreamin’, CHUNGKING EXPRESS
-Taratino once that said if you don't fall in love with Faye Wong a little bit while watching this scene than you simply weren't paying attention.
4. Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody, WAYNE’S WORLD
-The sing-a-long against which all others are judged- and with good reason.
3. Vera Lynn- We’ll Meet Again, DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
-Dark. Cynical. Brilliant... Explosive?
2. Night Ranger- Sister Christian, BOOGIE NIGHTS
-If I could only watch a single scene for the rest of my life I'd be hard-pressed to pick a better one than this. Although I might also be a constant nervous wreck.
1. Derek & The Dominos- Layla, GOODFELLAS
There's no other scene of such repugnant imagery that consistently moves me to goosebumps of elation.
10. War- Why Can't We Be Friends?, DAZED AND CONFUSED
9. Queen- Don’t Stop Me Now, SHAUN OF THE DEAD
8. David Bowie- Cat People (Putting Out Fire), INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
7. Isley Brothers- Twist and Shout (performed by Otis Day and the Knights), ANIMAL HOUSE
6. Phillip Glass- Pruit Igoe & Prophecies, WATCHMEN
5. Night Ranger- Sister Christian / Ricky Springfield- Jessie’s Girl / Nena- 99 Luftbaloons, BOOGIE NIGHTS
4. Derek & the Dominos- Layla, GOODFELLAS
3. The Who- A Quick One While He’s Away, RUSHMORE
2. Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody, WAYNE’S WORLD
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION