Ohmigod my favorite movie just came out and I can’t stop listening to its ah-MAZE-ing soundtrack. It’s got, like, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 and some indie dudes my one hipster friend likes. I haven’t been, like, so in love with a soundtrack since that weird Canadian lady Celine Dion did that “Titanic” song in that SUPER sad scene when Leo died.
Because sometimes our ears remember better than our eyes, because we’re all saps for nostalgia, because we all have our guilty pleasures—here is a playlist consisting solely of popular songs from movie soundtracks. May your heart always go on.
“I Believe I Can Fly” – R. Kelly, as heard in “Space Jam”
Years before R. Kelly decided to pee on an underage girl, he had our elementary school arms flapping around to the sounds of this R&B stunner. To this day, it is still R. Kelly’s biggest hit, hammering home the fact that he was better off just entertaining children.
“Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith, as heard in “Armageddon”
Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck’s interstellar romance required a song equally as cosmic, so they hired Tyler’s spaced-out dad. Because every girl wants to make out to the sound of her father screeching out sappy lyrics.
“Footloose” – Kenny Loggins, as heard in “Footloose”
It takes a really special song to allow kids who had never been allowed to dance to suddenly begin moonwalking and backflipping. Also, a member of The Crow’s Nest staff is named after this goofy film’s main character. Check IMDB.
“New Slang” – The Shins, as heard in “Garden State”
From the film: “You gotta hear this one song—it’ll change your life; I swear.”
“Hero” – Chad Kroeger, as heard in “Spiderman”
Listen, we can all pretend to hate Nickelback as much as we want. We can all decide to like a Facebook page saying we prefer pickles to their music and we can boo them at halftime shows. But we were all singing along when “How You Remind Me” came out, and this song is awesome. So let’s stop lying to ourselves, shall we?
“Don’t You Forget About Me” – Simple Minds, as heard in “The Breakfast Club”
We’ll never forget about you, “The Breakfast Club,” but we might forget about your once-great star Molly Ringwald if she doesn’t stop appearing in box office flops and televised teen soap operas.