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Bending Unit
« on: 06-23-2004 17:29 »

Here they are as of Tuesday June 22, 2004. Feel free to discuse, slander, and suggest changes (though I severly doubt the AFI will be reading this)


1. Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
2. As Time Goes By, Casablanca, 1942.
3. Singin' in the Rain, Singin' in the Rain, 1952.
4. Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961.
5. White Christmas, Holiday Inn, 1942.
6. Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, 1967.
7. When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio, 1940.
8. The Way We Were, The Way We Were, 1973.
9. Stayin' Alive, Saturday Night Fever, 1977.
10. The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music, 1965.

11. The Man That Got Away, A Star Is Born, 1954.
12. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953.
13. People, Funny Girl, 1968.
14. My Heart Will Go On, Titanic, 1997.
15. Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, 1935.
16. Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born), A Star Is Born, 1976.
17. I Could Have Danced All Night, My Fair Lady, 1964.
18. Cabaret, Cabaret, 1972.
19. Some Day My Prince Will Come, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937.
20. Somewhere, West Side Story, 1961.

21. Jailhouse Rock, Jailhouse Rock, 1957.
22. Everybody's Talkin', Midnight Cowboy, 1969.
23. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969.
24. Ol' Man River, Show Boat, 1936.
25. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'), High Noon, 1952.
26. The Trolley Song, Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944.
27. Unchained Melody, Ghost, 1990.
28. Some Enchanted Evening, South Pacific, 1958.
29. Born to Be Wild, Easy Rider, 1969.
30. Stormy Weather, Stormy Weather, 1943.

31. Theme From New York, New York; New York, New York, 1977.
32. I Got Rhythm, An American in Paris, 1951.
33. Aquarius, Hair, 1979.
34. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Shall We Dance, 1937.
35. America, West Side Story, 1961.
36. Supercalifragilisticexpialido cious, Mary Poppins, 1964.
37. Swinging on a Star, Going My Way, 1944.
38. Theme From Shaft, Shaft, 1971.
39. Days of Wine and Roses, Days of Wine and Roses, 1963.
40. Fight the Power, Do the Right Thing, 1989.

41. New York, New York, On the Town, 1949.
42. Luck Be a Lady, Guys and Dolls, 1955.
43. The Way You Look Tonight, The Swing Time, 1936.
44. Wind Beneath My Wings, Beaches, 1988.
45. That's Entertainment, The Band Wagon, 1953.
46. Don't Rain on My Parade, Funny Girl, 1968.
47. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Song of the South, 1947.
48. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera), The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956.
49. Make 'Em Laugh, Singin' in the Rain, 1952.
50. Rock Around the Clock, Blackboard Jungle, 1955.

51. Fame, Fame, 1980.
52. Summertime, Porgy and Bess, 1959.
53. Goldfinger, Goldfinger, 1964.
54. Shall We Dance, The King and I, 1956.
55. Flashdance ... What a Feeling, Flashdance, 1983.
56. Thank Heaven for Little Girls, Gigi, 1958.
57. The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
58. Gonna Fly Now, Rocky, 1976.
59. Tonight, West Side Story, 1961.
60. It Had to Be You, When Harry Met Sally ..., 1989.

61. Get Happy, Summer Stock, 1950.
62. Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast, 1991.
63. Thanks for the Memory, The Big Broadcast of 1938, 1938.
64. My Favorite Things, The Sound of Music, 1965.
65. I Will Always Love You, The Bodyguard, 1992.
66. Suicide Is Painless, M-A-S-H, 1970.
67. Nobody Does It Better, The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
68. Streets of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1993.
69. On the Good Ship Lollipop, Bright Eyes, 1934.
70. Summer Nights, Grease, 1978.

71. The Yankee Doodle Boy, Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942.
72. Good Morning, Singin' in the Rain, 1952.
73. Isn't It Romantic? Love Me Tonight, 1932.
74. Rainbow Connection, The Muppet Movie, 1979.
75. Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982.
76. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944.
77. The Shadow of Your Smile, The Sandpiper, 1965.
78. 9 to 5, 9 to 5, 1980.
79. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Arthur, 1981.
80. Springtime for Hitler, The Producers, 1968.

81. I'm Easy, Nashville, 1975.
82. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead, The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
83. The Rose, The Rose, 1979.
84. Put the Blame on Mame, Gilda, 1946.
85. Come What May, Moulin Rouge! 2001.
86. (I've Had) the Time of My Life, Dirty Dancing, 1987.
87. Buttons and Bows, The Paleface, 1948.
88. Do Re Mi, The Sound of Music, 1965.
89. Puttin' on the Ritz, Young Frankenstein, 1974.
90. Seems Like Old Times, Annie Hall, 1977.

91. Let the River Run, Working Girl, 1988.
92. Long Ago and Far Away, Cover Girl, 1944.
93. Lose Yourself, 8 Mile, 2002.
94. Ain't Too Proud to Beg, The Big Chill, 1983.
95. (We're Off on the) Road to Morocco, Road to Morocco, 1942.
96. Footloose, Footloose, 1984.
97. 42nd Street, 42nd Street, 1933.
98. All That Jazz, Chicago, 2002.
99. Hakuna Matata, The Lion King, 1994.
100. Old Time Rock and Roll, Risky Business, 1983.

Personally I'd like to see School of Rock from School of Rock on there. I give them an "A" for effort.

*proceeds to kick self for lameness of last remark*

DOOP Ubersecretary
« Reply #1 on: 06-23-2004 19:02 »
« Last Edit on: 06-23-2004 19:02 »

Where's Imperial March??

"It hasn't got any words so that's not a real song!"

Words!?! Sure it does!!
"Dumm dumm dumm dum-de-dum dumm de-duummm!"  tongue
Mr. Potter

« Reply #2 on: 06-23-2004 20:03 »

Hmmm, I've only heard 5 of those songs. Maybe the time has come to rent some musicals.

Space Pope
« Reply #3 on: 06-23-2004 20:48 »

Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
Where's Imperial March??

"It hasn't got any words so that's not a real song!"

Words!?! Sure it does!!
"Dumm dumm dumm dum-de-dum dumm de-duummm!"   tongue
Yeah, the Imperial March should be up there, it shouldn't have to have actual words. 'Blame Canada' deserves a place up there too.


Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 06-23-2004 21:15 »
« Last Edit on: 06-23-2004 21:15 »

I'm surprised that "Don't You Forget About Me" from Breakfast Club isn't on here.

Also, most of the songs on the list in some way is parodied by Futurama, Simpsons, Family Guy and others.

Everybody's Talkin', Midnight Cowboy.

Think Zapp.

Starship Captain
« Reply #5 on: 06-23-2004 23:27 »

Bah, this list is almost as bad as IMDB's Top 100 Films.

Where the hell is 'Scarecrow Attack' from House of 1000 Corpses? That song alone, to me, wipes out that list.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #6 on: 06-24-2004 14:16 »

this list comprises of mainly songs from the old Musicals. As a fan of them I agree completely with the top 5.

But there are so many good soundtrack songs, as suggested by Faze, the Imperial March should have been included. Or the Raiders March, and no Bond Theme?

Urban Legend
« Reply #7 on: 06-24-2004 14:21 »

Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
Where's Imperial March??

"It hasn't got any words so that's not a real song!"

Words!?! Sure it does!!
"Dumm dumm dumm dum-de-dum dumm de-duummm!"   tongue

I thought the same thing as I read through this.
Mr Fuzzywuvems

Bending Unit
« Reply #8 on: 06-24-2004 14:56 »

Where's Miserlou from Pulp Fiction or Stuck in the Middle With You from Reservoir Dogs.

Urban Legend
« Reply #9 on: 06-24-2004 17:55 »
« Last Edit on: 06-24-2004 17:55 »

So many great songs missing. Some people often confuse "Old" with "Better".   tongue

Not saying that many old musicals aren't better than alot of newer ones, just saying that some songs obviously got bumped up the list because of their age.

Bending Unit
« Reply #10 on: 06-24-2004 19:13 »

I was surprised that they have missed a lot of Oscar winning songs like Born Free or Three Coins in the Fountain. But on the other hand who is knowing songs like "Fight the Power" from Do the Right Thing?

DOOP Ubersecretary
« Reply #11 on: 06-24-2004 20:36 »

Originally posted by Speli:
 I thought the same thing as I read through this.
Great minds and so on...

... like to build forts out of biscuits I mean, obviously...   big grin
canned eggs

Space Pope
« Reply #12 on: 06-24-2004 20:52 »

Originally posted by Sweetmelly:
who is knowing songs like "Fight the Power" from Do the Right Thing?

Are you kidding?  I thought that was pretty much universally known. 

Starship Captain
« Reply #13 on: 06-25-2004 13:29 »

Why is "Over the Rainbow" number 1? It's well known, but is it really that good?

And "Springime for Hitler" at 80 is atrocious, especially considering some of the generic crap above it.

Bending Unit
« Reply #14 on: 06-25-2004 13:50 »

I think that "Imperial March" is a score, not a song.  A song must be sung by someone.

Ah, yes.  "Springtime for Hitler" is indeed a classic.  But where is "All God's Children Got Guns" from Duck Soup?
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