Loving those movie songs

While fixing supper last night, I caught Hairspray on my kitchen TV.  I love to find something that I can listen to while I’m in the kitchen, and Hairspray is one of my fun favorites.  I’ve probably seen it, oh, five or six times.  “Good morning, Baltimore!” 

After watching Music & Lyrics I sang that silly “I’ve been living with a clown above my bed” line to myself for days.  Do you ever get a song from a movie stuck in our head and it just won’t go away?  Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not so much.

You know, I love to make lists, so here is a list of some of my favorite songs from movies.

* My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion, Titanic
* Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison, Pretty Woman
* This Old Time Rock & Roll, Bob Seger, Risky Business
* The Time of My Life, Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley, Dirty Dancing
* Take My Breath Away, Berlin, Top Gun
* Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers, Ghost
* You’ve Got A Way, Shania Twain, Notting Hill
* To Make You Feel My Love, Tricia Yearwood, Hope Floats
* Summer Nights, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Grease
* Under the Boardwalk, Bette Midler, Beaches
* Calling All Angels, Pay it Forward


What are your favorite unforgettable songs from the movies?  Are any of these on your favorites list? Which ones are stuck in your head for life?




40 Things That Only Happen in Movies

1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.

2. When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it’s aired.
4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.
5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it’s the door to a burning building with a child inside.
6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.
9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.
10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.
11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).
12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).
13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.
14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard . . .
15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).
16. Cars never need fuel (unless they’re involved in a pursuit).
17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.
18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.
20. All single women have a cat.
21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.
22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick’s Day parade – at any time of the year.
24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.
25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don’t mind at all what the girl does for a living.
27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
28. It is not necessary to say “Hello” or “Goodbye” when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?” repeatedly.

29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (it’s called Stallone’s Law).

30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.

31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.

32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.

33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.

34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.

37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.

38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.

39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren’t liked and would never get invited to parties).

40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).

I laugh every time I watch Hugh Grant in this spoof of an 80s music video.

Wouldn’t it be great if our books had theme songs?  I wonder what Her Montana Man would sound like.  My original title was A Hero’s Embrace, now that has a definite musical ring, doesn’t it?

I’m going to give away three advance copies of my December book HER MONTANA MAN to three people who leave comments today.

 Her Montana Man




















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85 thoughts on “Loving those movie songs”

  1. Then there’s “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'” from TOP GUN. I can’t even remember right offhand if the Righteous Brothers sang along with the heroes, but it was sure fun.

  2. I loved the scores from the three Lord of the Ring movies. I use the theme from Chariots of Fire as a ringtone. I know these aren’t songs but in our household we tend to get stuck on the scores. Our whole family loves the score from the first Shrek movie.

  3. Good morning Cheryl!
    It’s amazing that you remembered all those songs from movies. Before I read your list I couldn’t think of any songs but once I’m reading your list I immeditately remembered the movie. I had the soundtrack from Grease after I watched the movie and listened to it all the time so once I hear any of those songs they stay in my head for a while.

  4. I love music! Unfortunately,I can’t carry a tune!These are some of the songs that are stuck in my head along with the majority of yours!
    An Officer & a Gentleman- Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong, Joe Crocker
    The Graduate- Mrs Robinson, Emily, Where ever I Will Find Her- Simon & Garfunkle
    Top Gun= Danger Zone
    The Bodyguard-I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
    Cinderella- Once Upon a Dream
    Beaches- Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
    A Star is Born-Evergreen, Barbra Streisand
    The Rose- The Rose, Bette Midler
    The Way We Were- The Way We Were- Barbra Streisand
    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head- Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
    Elf- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
    Harold & Maude- Cat Stevens soundtrack!!Sing Out
    The Wall- Another Brick in the Wall,Pink Floyd
    Moulon Rouge- Your Song, Ewan McGregor & Come What May, Nicole Kidman

  5. I love music from movies, you sure came up with a great list
    Wind Beneath My Wings still makes me sad. I can’t wait to hear Bella’s Song in Twilight.

  6. I love a lot of those songs too. I think another goodie is Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers) from the movie Ghost.

  7. What a great post. Disney movie sound tracks are my favourite time and time again. Enchanted is a recent favourite of mine.

  8. Hi Cheryl, beauty and the beast sound track is my favourite.
    I loved your story in the Magic of Christmas, l wish it was longer. I hope l am lucky here today.

  9. Love the post, Cheryl. And your cover is just gorgeous.
    I’m a sucker for “Casablanca”, have to watch it every time it’s on TV.
    “As TIme Goes By” gets me right through the heart every time…

    As does Harve Presnell singing “They Call the Wind Mariah” in Paint your Wagon.

  10. That list of things that only happen in movies was hilarious. Thanks for sharing. Our family has been accused of being the van Trapps from Sound of Music because we are always singing. I’ve got three young kids so all the great Disney classics run through my head often. Being the die-hard romanitc that I am, I adored Enchanted when it came out. It had several of those things that can only happen in movies like people knowing all the words to your song and all the steps to your impromptu dance, but it was a lot of fun.

    I’m a sucker for the classic Hollywood musicals, too, like Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, Summer Stock, etc. Romance, music, handsome leading men – what more could a gal want?

  11. I love music from the movies. I think that would be a great idea. My fav song is from the movie Ghost.
    Your book sounds great.
    Happy reading.

  12. From “Where the Heart Is” the song by Martina McBride called “There You Are.” And George Straits song “I Cross My Heart” from his movie “Pure Country.”

  13. Singing in the Rain, One for All and All for Love, Everything I Do, True to Your Heart, Strangers Like Me, I Have the Time of My Life, What a Feeling, there were a couple of great songs in Young Einstein and Blues Brothers and there are some great songs in James Bond movies, too. And of course from Monty Python movies Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Galaxy Song. I’m not sure if their Finland, Finland, Finland song was in one of their movies, though.

  14. Hi Cheryl! LTNS! Thanks for the invite today.
    My song is: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” sung by the fabulous duo Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

  15. I love the song unchained melody from Ghost. I loved the song so much that I taught myself how to play it on the piano. Which was pretty hard since I never had any lessons and had no clue on how to read sheet music. But a month later I was playing it like a pro. I also really love the one from Disney’s Aladin A Whole New World.

  16. Looks like there are so many good ones already on the list I can’t think of many more. I love Celine I will be going to her concert here really soon. There is one that I used to play to wake up the kids when they were little and it was by Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly. I am sure the kids weren’t to happy witn me blaring that out to them in the morning.

  17. Oh my gosh….that list about things that only happen movies is just too much and all too true!

    I love soundtrack songs myself-I have lots of CD’s! There’s just something about it!

    I know there is one author who lists soundtracks to her books in her website…I think that is pretty cool!

  18. First of all, I loved your list of 40 things that could only happen in the movies! Too funny! Especially the one about bombs always having big red digital read outs showing when it’s going to explode. 🙂

    I’m bad with songs. My husband can remember the lyrics from commercials from the 70s but I’m clueless with songs for some reason.

    I do love finding new songs from soundtracks though. I always watch all the credits to figure out who it is. One of my recent faves is “Other Ways” by Trevor Hall. It was at the very end of Shrek 3.

  19. Cheryl LOL I love the post.

    Favorite movie song, let’s go with This Kiss, which is used a lot, but the one that comes to mind is in Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and her first husband (who dies later). This song is playing when they race toward each other on main street.

    There are three great songs in Pretty Women and I actually prefer the first one.
    Go West
    Which includes the lines; I’ll get over you.. I know I will
    I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
    And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
    ’cause I’m the king of wishful thinking

    I’ll get over you.. I know I will
    I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
    And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
    ’cause I’m the king of wishful thinking

    It must have been love, but it’s over now. It must have been good, but I lost it somehow…
    love that song

    And of course Roy Orbison singing Pretty Woman.

  20. And I LOVE that list about things that only happen in movies. It’s brilliant and hilarious.

    Every one I read I just thought, no THAT’S the best one.
    4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

    This one:
    7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.

    You mean that’s not true? Don’t bombs all have big red digital timers????

    And this one:
    15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).

    Not only is the bread unwrapped, which honestly probably violates health codes, but also, all carrots still have all the greens on them. 🙂 And those apples and oranges that roll all over the ground, never in an inner plastic bag. Who buys them without putting them in the plastic bags???

    33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.

    I’m actually pretty grateful for number 33. Now admit it.

    35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

    And this is the absolute truth. LOL

  21. My favorite movie that will always stick with me would be Dirty Dancing. I loved all of the songs you mentioned. Favs would be Time of my Life, This Old Time Rock and Roll, and Pretty Women. These are the ones that get stuck in my head.

  22. Hi Cheryl! Great post! I enjoyed reading the 40 things that only happen in movies. Funny but so true! I’m bad with remembering music and who sang what…but I do recognize many of the songs from your list. Great movies!

  23. I love the list of things that only happen in the movies! 😀
    It is funny… when my sister and I listen to the radio together, we always play name that movie. When we hear a song we know is from a movie… we randomly say to the other, “what movie is that from?”. Sometimes we even grill each other on the actual scene too! 😀

  24. Oh my goodness, you guys have GREAT songs and great lists!

    Laurie G – you ROCK, girlfriend! I have manay soundtracks I listen to, and The Rose and A Star is Born are right up there on the fave list. Can you hear the announcer saying, “And here they are, The Oreos!?” I love love LOVE that movie, and I cry like a baby every time at the end when Barbra leans over Kris’s dead form and says, “Johnny, I’m scared.”

    LJ, Mulan is one of my favorites too! Let’s get down to business – to defeat the Huns!”

  25. My daughter Kristin loves Enchanted, too – and for me it’s just okay, because seriously folks, that girl can’t sing! And I still see her as the bad sister in The Wedding Date. Sorry.

  26. I love the music in movies. Music adds so much to the “feel” of the movie. John Williams wrote some wonderful musical scores.

    Over the years I have bought the soundtracks to movies like The Big Chill, Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, and so many others.

    Particular favorites are the Disney soundtracks. When I taught kindergarten and first grade, I loved to play the music as background to work and rest times.

  27. I love your list of things that only happen in the movies! Some other songs that make me immediately think about the movies they were in are:

    Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    When You Love Someone from Hope Floats
    Everything I Do from Robin Hood
    Don’t You Forget About Me from The Breakfast Club
    If You Leave from Pretty in Pink
    Chances Are from Hope Floats
    This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) from While You Were Sleeping

  28. Hi Cheryl – Great, Great blog today. I had fun reading all the things that only happen in movies!
    How true! I think Top Gun, Saturday Night Fever and Dirty Dancing songs all stick in my mind. The minute I hear one song from the soundtrack I immediately think of the movie. Good branding! There’s so many songs I love related to movies but I can’t think of any different ones that others have already pointed out!

    While Nikki and her Bridesmaids were getting ready at our house, we popped in Sleeping
    Beauty (Nikki’s favorite) and the song Once Upon A Dream came on. I swear, I sing that in my head all day long now!

  29. Hi Cheryl!

    Wow, it’s great to have you back! You’ve got to be the List Queen of all time. lol And what a list. You named several of my favorite songs. I loved the music from Top Gun and hummed those songs for days. There were so many good ones.

    But, I think the music from Grease is what stayed in my head longest. Loved John Travolta and Olivia Newton John!! I know it watched that movie at least twenty times.

    Great post! Hope you’re mending well.

  30. I can’t make up my mind as to a favorite theme song!
    I just will say that I love them all!

    Like you I’ve always been amazed that a single light
    source can light an entire area! And strangely
    enough, during our stop over in Paris some years
    back, we couldn’t see the Eiffel Tower from Charles
    De Gaulle airport!

    Pat Cochran

  31. I love musicals so much, how can I pick? But perhaps my all time favorite moments are “Time After Time” from “Strictly Ballroom” (that awesome coca cola sign!) and “You Can Leave Your Hat On” from “The Full Monty.” Oh, and the love songs montage from “Moulain Rouge.” And “Your Song” also from Moulin Rouge. Okay, just every single song from Moulin Rouge.

    Love the L-shaped sheets. 🙂

  32. Wow – that’s a great list of songs y’all have there.

    I’m surfacing from NaNo and can’t even come up with a new theme song at the moment, though.

    Cheryl – about that list of 40 things – the silly thing is, people expect those things to happen. I expect the microphone to squelch (wrong term?) when it’s turned on, I mean, it does at my church but then we’re small and only set up at the last minute.

    I think if the actor just walks up to the mic and starts talking, someone in the audience is going to say, ‘yeah, like the mic’s all ready to go…only in the movies, eh?’ or something because we are so conditioned to listen for the feedback that it doesn’t seem real if it doesn’t.

    I’m so glad you wrote that list. I thought about some things – like the parking – I mean, it’s like in a book, the writer can have the hero driving around for twenty mins looking for a parking spot and describing to the readers what the hero saw while he drove around but nobody cares. It doesn’t contribute to the flow or plot of the story.

    But, there are so many things on your list that I hadn’t thought about. Just for a laugh, I think I’ll print off your list and check them off as I watch the movies – like a game – and see how prevalent these scenes really are.

    And I must say – when do you find time to write if you’re watching TV/movies all the time, eh?

  33. Liz – definitely Top Gun – but the first one I always think of is Danger Zone.

    Ann M – the Shrek score is way awesome!

    Maureen – I had my Grease CD in my car this summer, but had to remove it becaue I got Greased Lightning and Raining on Prom Night stuck in my head – worst song to get stuck in your head: Beauty School Dropout.

  34. Oh wow, what great song lists everyone has! Cheryl, I think you and I have the same taste in movies. From your list, I like every song and movie. I also love:

    Wild One from the beginning of PRETTY WOMAN
    Chances Are (this is mine and Hubby’s song 🙂 from HOPE FLOATS
    Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong from AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
    You’re the One That I Want from GREASE
    Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from THE LION KING

    I laughed so hard at Music and Lyrics! Hugh Grant in those tight pants was just too funny. 🙂

  35. Patricia U and Avy – my surrent car CD is called The Power of Love and Unchained Melody is #16. I crank it at least once a day.

    Karen – my family says lines from movies to each other. One of our favorites instead of “bug off” is “eat your checkers” – it’s from Overboard.

  36. Waving to Crystal, Penney, Minna and Kathleen!

    Mel sweetie! How are you? Yes, it has been a long time – thanks for stopping by.

    Rebekah – A WHole New World is on my current card CD too. Love that song. I have little Jasmin and Prince Ali (handsome is he) figures sitting right beside my desk.

  37. Cheryl, your list of 40 things is sooo funny! I laughed out loud at a lot of them. I love your new cover! It’s a bit of a different look, with the intense colors. Gorgeous!

    Are you annoying to go to a movie with? LOL I ask because sometimes I am. A couple of years ago, we went to a Western, and the story opened around 1850, with a visual image of barbed wire fencing. I turned to my husband and said, “Yeah, right. Wasn’t invented yet.” He gave me a ‘look’ and we both burst out laughing at how trivial I was being. It turned out to be a great movie once I quit picking it apart! 🙂

  38. What an interesting post!

    I LOVE “Take my breath away” Top Gun and of course Unchained Melody 🙂 In fact I love ALL the songs from this soundtrack LOL!

    Other favorite movie songs…Pretty Woman, My Heart will Go On – Titanic – this song tears me UP but I love it.

    But my ALL TIME favorite song is NOT attached to a movie that I know of….Stuck on You – Lionel Richey – the first song hubby and I ever danced too 🙂


  39. Movie songs – I have to go for Cross My Heart by George Strait from Pure county as my all time favorite song.

    However the songs from Grease are cool as well.

  40. Oh Cheryl;, I laughed out loud at the only in the movies list. I also like squealing tires when the car is going about 1/2 mile an hour.

    My favorite movie songs:

    When You Say Nothing at All, from Notting Hill
    Somewhere in My Memory, from Home Alone
    I don’t Wanna Miss a Thing, Steven Tyler in Armegaddon

    Thanks for a fabulous post. (And I love Stuck on You, too….Lionel Richey ROCKED)

  41. Kate, I often make my husband or my daughter crazy at the movies. I can usually figure out what the main character will be forced to overcome at the end – like Richard Gere climbing the ladder in Pretty Woman or Indiana Jones facing the snakes – and I can’t resist predicting. I also notice things that are unlikely or ridiculous. I also have to point out what other movies or TV shows I’ve seen the supporting characters in. So, yes, I’m probably quite annoying at the movies. *G*

    Hey, Pamela and Greta!

    Tanya – How about in the westerns where the horses hooves make cloppety clop noises on solid ground? That one always gets me – even the Indian’s horses sound like they have shoes on and are on pavement when they’re running on the open prairie.

  42. Cheryl, what a fun blog today. Put me down for anything with Julie Andrew singing–Sound of Music, especially.

    Remember Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?


  43. Hi Cheryl,

    Loved the list. I laughed all the way through.

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing as I’ve already ordered Her Montana Man and can’t wait for it to come!!

  44. How fun, Cheryl! My youngest has a tendency to be humming the music from Indiana Jones as he goes about his day, creating his own little theme song/soundtrack for his life 🙂

  45. I tend to lean toward soundtracks without words. My top three favorites are Last of the Mohicans, Far and Away, and The Man From Snowy River.

    An old son that I remember is Tonight from West Side Story.

  46. Hi Cheryl,
    My favorites include “Don’t You Forget About Me” from The Breakfast Club and Madonna’s “Crazy For You” from Vision Quest.

  47. Hi Cheryl. . .

    About things that usually happens only in movies.
    My favorite is how absolutely empty hospital halls are when people are in jeopardy. Isn’t a nurse or aide or maintenance person anywhere around.

    And favorite songs from movies. . . “Unchained Melody” and the song from The Guardian.

    Great topics.

  48. Vicki, Far and Away is one of my favorite movies!

    Fedora, your little guy sounds like an adventurer. How cute.

    Karen, Jane, Estella and Pat – thanks for dropping in today!

  49. Hi Cheryl! Loved your list! Two of my favorites are My Heart Will Go On from Titanic and The Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing.

  50. How great and funny is your list of events in a movie. I have alot of favorite songs from movies.

    I love “I hope you don’t fall in love with me” from the Prince and Me. “To make you feel my love” Hope Floats

    Beaches has to be one of the saddest movies ever, but can’t help myself I have to watch it. Wind beneath my wings is a favorite also.

    I could go on forever. Can’t wait to read your new book. I have been getting caught up on your older titles.

  51. Honestly, one of my favorite movie songs ever is “Feels Like Home to Me” from “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days”
    My daughter had it for the Bride/Groom dance at her wedding.

  52. You have some of my favorites on that list! This really dates me but many of those songs were favorites *before* the movies listed were made. lol

    My favorite instrumental soundtrack is from “Last of the Mohicans”. I live not far from where the movie was filmed and everytime I see those mountains that soundtrack runs through my mind. Love it!

  53. Margie, I have the Dirty Dancing CD and love those songs, too.

    Sherry, Hope Floats is one of my favorite movies of all time. My daughter and I just watched it last week.

    Mary, I’m going to have to watch that movie again – I think I only watched it once.

    I hear ya PJ!

  54. Mary I agree “Feels Like Home to Me” from “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” is great. I love the song “I want to love somebody like you” from the same movie

  55. When ever I hear That Old Time Rock and Roll, I always think of Alf, wearing dark sunglasses, singing into a wooden spoon, with the whole house trashed around him and Willie and Kate walking in.

    Loved the list- very funny.

  56. Definitely the songs from The Sound of Music and “Old Man River” from Showboat. You picked some good ones as well Cheryl.

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