Sometimes there's nothing that makes a movie better than a great soundtrack. I mean, would the end scene of The Breakfast Club where the dude fist pumps the air in the football field be the same if Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" wasn't playing? No. The answer is no. And more specifically, there have been some really awesome classic rock songs that were featured in these iconic moments - so here are some of our faves.
1. "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath - Dazed and Confused
Schools out! Here comes sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Seniors prepare for the hazing of the incoming freshmen and teens are driving through town looking for parties. There's many great songs on this soundtrack but "Paranoid" stood out the most, it's a perfect fit for the stoned atmosphere and rebellious attitude of the teens.
2. "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John - Almost Famous
In one of the best parts of the movie, the sun's peeking through the bus windows, all the band mates and groupies are unhappy with each other. Then "Tiny Dancer" plays on the radio and the drummer plays along with it and some of the band mates sing along to it. It ends up bringing everyone back together for a special moment. Then William says "I have to go home" and Penny responds with "you are home," this scene is heartwarming and one to remember.
3. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths - Pretty In Pink
Always a favorite, Pretty In Pink is a teenage romance that makes you root for Andie to get with Blane but then for Duckie to get with Andie, contradicting yourself. In one of the scenes when Duckie is throwing cards in his hat he listens to "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," kind of makes you feel bad for him, and makes you wonder if he'll ever get what he wants... Andie.
4. "The End" by The Doors - Apocalypse Now
Originally a song about breaking up with his girlfriend, Morrison sings "I'll never look into your eyes again" in a very mysterious tone. This song ended up being the intro and the ending song in the movie Apocalypse Now, a very raw and thrilling flick. "The End" has a perfect fit for the despair of war that the movie is centered around and the haunting voice of Morrison that sticks with the audience even after the movie.
5. "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys - Boogie Nights
The porno business is not all it's cracked up to be, with cocaine lines and parties at rich people's houses, seems like most of the characters are lost within themselves. And the song "God Only Knows" comes on, and the song plays through various scenes on the characters outside of the porno business, their starting new businesses and families and going back to school. The song almost speaks the scenes, implying there's more than just being in a porno.
6. "Stuck On The Puzzle" by Alex Turner - Submarine
Widy Oliver speaks like he's already an adult. Analytical and clever but not clever enough to get with the girl of his dreams, Jordanna. He struggles with finding out his mother has a potentially fatal brain tumor. And her attempts of having an affair while his father is home depressed. This affects his potential relationship with Jordanna, and the featured song by Alex Turner, "Stuck On The Puzzle," is almost the soundtrack to their blooming relationship but the uncertainty that they may not work out due to their bad communication and lack of honesty.
7. "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
Being chased down by their fans, The Beatles run away from them in this iconic scene. This movie is blessed with Ringo's wonderful acting, and jokes from the other band members. There's so many great songs in this movie such as "Can't Buy Me Love," one of my favorites, it's super catchy but now to the actual song thats on this list, "A Hard Day's Night." Also a super catchy track that relatable and fun to sing along to while you watch The Beatles in all their glory.