What are the best rock songs to feature in movie soundtracks? Find out here, but be warned - this playlist is disturbingly awesome.
Posted on Aug 23, 2013 02:59 pm
What are the best rock soundtrack songs of all time?That's what we asked UG readers this week.While the poll was open to all media platforms including video games, it was just movies that made the grade this time. Still, the resulting playlist is fantastic.So what tracks made it to the top 10?
10) Guns N' Roses "You Could Be Mine" from "Terminator 2"
Back when GNR were in their classic lineup, they were so big that producers for one of the biggest grossing movies of its era called on them to write the official song for its sequel.
9) Tenacious D "The Pick of Destiny" from "The Pick of Destiny"
Tenacious D were once kings, but this movie dropped them in the estimation of many original fans. If anything good came from the film, though, it's this relentless, dramatic concept soundtrack.
8) Steppenwolf "Born to Be Wild" from "Easy Rider"
One of the all-time best road trip songs. When it was first released in 1968, this was about as heavy as music had ever been - and some still credit it as being the original metal song.
7) Paul McCartney & Wings "Live and Let Die" from "Live and Let Die"
You don't have to like classical music to love this track. Outside of the Beatles, it's probably one of McCartney's best works ever, and darn catchy too. Few can capture what Bond is all about, but this song did it better than almost any - apart from that odd little middle eight, perhaps.
6) Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" from "Ghostbusters"
Some of the funkiest synths this side of the Atlantic, but what is this video all about? What's Ray doing under the bed at 1:27? Cheeky!
5) The Pixies "Where's My Mind?" from "Fight Club"
The perfect song to close a flawless movie. Without spoiling the twist for those who are yet to see "Fight Club," let's say it's a powerful moment when the world is about to hit financial collapse and this song kicks in over the credits. Magnificent.
4) Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son" from "Forrest Gump"
This also appeared in "Die Hard 4.0," but it's the timeless "Forrest Gump" and its story of a man stumbling through a career in the US Army and across America that many will remember it.
3) Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" from "Wayne's World"
Believe it or not, actor Mike Myers used to be quite cool. This movie about two dumb rockers helped this old Queen classic shoot back into the charts. It's a shame the humor in this movie didn't endure in the same way Queen does.
2) "Zach's Song" from "School of Rock"
"School of Rock" was a fantastic way to introduce youngsters to the joys of rock, but it proved to be a lot of fun for other family members. If you haven't seen it, you'd be surprised by the calibre of references as Jack Black teaches his students about the best bands ever - there's some underground tips that might even teach you a lesson or two.
1) Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode" from "Back to the Future"
Where better to end than the original rock song? One of the most influential songs of all time - especially if the fantasy of Marty McFly travelling through time and introducing it to an older generation were true.(Now, all together: "Hey, McFly!")
That's the end of our roundup of the best movie soundtrack songs of all time. What's your favourite, and what would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments, and hit 'like' to share.