Every year, a huge number of new hits appear in the music world. However, there are some soundtracks that we will remember for decades because they became famous thanks to the films. In this article we will talk about the most famous soundtracks in the world of cinema. And if you don’t have enough entertainment – visit the platform PlayAmo login. Here you will find many betting options for every taste.
“Over the Rainbow”
It’s hard to believe, but the legendary “Wizard of Oz” by Victor Fleming, after its release in 1939, did not even pay off in the end. But this film later became an absolute classic of pre-war Hollywood – the same as, for example, “Gone with the Wind” (by the way, they were also shot by Fleming). However, the key moment of the picture entered pop culture immediately after the release of the picture on the screens: 17-year-old Judy Garland piercingly performed the poignant ballad “Over the Rainbow”, composed by composer Harold Arlen and poet Edgar Harburg, and was forever inscribed in history as a movie and popular music. “Over the Rainbow” has become a standard that can compete with the hits of Irving Berlin or Cole Porter: who only later sang it, or – as is the case with numerous jazzmen – did not overplay it.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is not only the pinnacle of Hepburn’s acting career, but also her finest hour as a singer. “Moon River”, written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, not only won an Oscar for best song in 1962, but also a Grammy for best recording of the year. Since Hepburn’s voice was very thin, and her singing range was not the most, let’s say, outstanding, Mancini specially composed for her a seemingly non-developing, static melody. A melody, however, such that it is immediately clear – for centuries. Following Hepburn, “Moon River” was sung by Andy Williams, who owns perhaps the most famous version of it, the group R.E.M. – Yes, many people. Surprisingly, almost all the artists who take on this bulletproof American pop standard follow the structure and spirit of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s original, and truly radical interpretations are extremely rare. This is the power of Hollywood in the 1960s.
The soundtrack to John Badham’s “Saturday Night Fever” became the best-selling album of all time for several years – which, of course, is not surprising. Disco was the most popular musical genre in 1977, and a picture that sang about its culture attracted audiences not least with its music. The main supplier of hits for “Fever …” was The Bee Gees – three Australian brothers named Gibb, who 10 years earlier had firmly settled on the charts with psychedelic pop songs like “To Love Somebody”, then experienced a long creative crisis and to the main film in the career of John Travolta returned in a completely different way and with different music. “Stayin’ Alive”, the title theme of Saturday Night Fever, became the most played song of their career – and turned the Gibb brothers from pop veterans into pop music’s most in-demand stars.
“I Will Always Love You”
If Mick Jackson’s The Bodyguard, one of the highest-grossing films of 1992, comes to mind now, it’s the song. Whitney Houston, who played the female lead in the film, performs the entirety of I Will Always Love You at the key moment of the film – and the power with which she does it is etched in memory forever. Houston had other hits, but in Russia she is associated with this soulful ballad. Which, by the way, was not even written specifically for The Bodyguard: the authorship of “I Will Always Love You” belongs to the great country singer Dolly Parton, who originally recorded it in 1973. But the song found real life only in the 1990s.
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Disney animated features have always been rich in catchy songs: back in Pinocchio (1940), “When You Wish Upon a Star” sounded, the future standard of American pop music. Yes, and in other pictures of the studio there were enough hits, such as, for example, “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book. But Elton John’s soundtrack to “The Lion King” is still a height unattainable for any other cartoons in terms of penetrating pop music. Of course, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is not the only song from the cartoon that went to the people – but the most iconic. It’s no coincidence that this summer’s The Lion King remake gave this uplifting Sir Elton piece to Donald Glover and Beyoncé, the film’s top celebrity voiceover star.