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Jukebox: 25 of Your Favorite Songs From Classic Movies!

Jukebox: 25 Best Songs From Classic Movies

In 2004, the American Film Institute held a survey to decide what the greatest cinema tunes of all time are. The top 100 songs that were selected included great artists such as Fred Astaire and Barbra Streisand. Here are our 25 favorite songs from the list, which will take you back to magical moments in cinematic history.

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Dooley Wilson’s classic song As Time Goes By from the 1942 movie Casablanca tops our list.


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Audrey Hepburn wasn’t only an amazing actress, but also a talented singer. In 1961, she mesmerized us all with her song Moon River from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


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Art Garfunkel had a few minor roles in movies, but his fame truly began when he and Paul Simon collaborated on the song Mrs. Robinson for the 1967 movie The Graduate.


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Our fourth favorite is a Disney classic from the 1940 movie adaptation of Pinocchio. Here is Cliff Edwards’ When You Wish Upon a Star.


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In 1973, Barbara Streisand wowed us all in the movie The Way We Were, singing a song with the same name.


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The Movie Saturday Night Fever came out in 1977 and swept everyone in a Bee Gees fueled disco storm, and their all-time favorite – Stayin’ Alive.


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Any fan of the classics will remember Julie Andrews’ role as Maria, in the 1965 movie - The Sounds of Music. Most iconic of all was the song with the same name, which still moves people to this day.


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For the 1954 movie, A Star is Born, Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin composed a song specifically for Judy Garland, named The Man That Got Away.


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Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend was performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.


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Barbara Streisand’s second appearance on this list is from her lead role in the 1968 film Funny Girl. The song, as you may have guessed, was People.


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The youngest member on this list is the song My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, from the 1997 movie Titanic.


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This song had many covers, but nothing beats the 1935 original by Fred Astaire – Cheek to Cheek, from the movie Top Hat.


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Barbara Streisand’s third appearance on this list is thanks to her performance in the 1976 movie A Star is Born with the song Evergreen.


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The most memorable song from the 1964 film adaptation of My Fair Lady was “The Rain in Spain”, but the song that got into this list was I could Have Danced All Night, performed by Marni Nixon.


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Julie Andrews visits us again thanks to her song Feed the Birds from the 1964 classic Meri Poppins.


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Disney is famous for creating many magical films with memorable soundtracks, but one of their greatest classics is from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves from 1937. The song is Someday My Prince Will Come, performed by Adriana Caselotti.


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The West Side Story came out in 1961 as a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The movie’s soundtrack appears on the top 100 list several time, but the most notable song was Marni Nixon and Jimmy Bryant.


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The song Everybody’s Talkin’ from the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy, performed by Harry Nilsson is our 18th choice.


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The 1969 classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid brought to us B.J. Thomas’ charming song Raindrops Keep Falling’ on My Head.


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Another great western that left us with a true feeling of the Wild West was Tex Ritter’s High Noon from the 1952 movie of the same name.


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Charade, composed by Henry Mancini for the 1963 movie with the same title was also nominated that year for an Oscar for “Best Original Song”.


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Even though this list is not filled with many upbeat songs, it still has one of the most known Rock’n’Roll songs, Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf, which featured in the 1969 classic Easy Rider.


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If you like Liza Minnelli, you won’t be surprised to find this 1977 masterpiece. This is, of course, the theme of the movie New York New York.


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Fred Astaire’s second appearance on this list is thanks to his collaboration with Ginger Rogers in the song Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, from the 1937 film Shall We Dance.


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Last, but certainly not least, is the Rita Moreno and George Chakiris’ duet from the 1961 West Side Story; America.

 
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