I was watching Some Kind of Wonderful with the wifey recently, and then it occurred to me that there was a song in it called “Miss Amanda Jones”, which bears the same name as one of the main characters. At first I thought it was a song specifically written for the film, but I’ve since figured out that the song is a cover of a Rolling Stones song and that the character was probably named after the song.
But it did trigger one big question: why did they stop writing songs for movies? I remember that movies would used to have at least one song on the soundtrack that was written specifically for it, like the Cure doing “Dredd Song” for the crappy 90s Judge Dredd movie, that song from Dirty Dancing, and even Mission Impossible II had a Limp Bizkit song written for it.
Nowadays, the only movies that keep this trend alive are musicals, movies that star either Will Smith or his son Jaden, and the James Bond movies, with Adele doing Skyfall for the latest one (read my review of the movie here).
Why? Would you save that much more money if movie studios do nothing but plunder the backlogs of their music label subsidiaries for the latest pop sensations?
Anyway, here are my five favorite movie soundtrack songs, written specifically for a movie. I’m going to avoid musicals and Disney movies, because quite frankly, that list would be gargantuan then.
I wanted to include Take My Breath Away from the Top Gun soundtrack too, but I wasn’t sure if that was written specifically for the movie or not.