I just finished the last episode of Stranger Things over the weekend, and as many of you know, Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” has a role in the show, along with Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” I’ll admit, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard that song before this series. Hell, I don’t even think I’d ever heard of her!
Anyways, it’s so cool how certain songs used in movies can make you think of them. My brother once told me that I’d never listen to “Free Bird” the same way after watching the end of Rob Zombie’s Devil’s Rejects movie. Boy was he right! The next time that song came on the radio, I was instantly taken back to that closing scene. Rob and I have talked about the use of classic songs in his movies, and it’s not by accident. He uses them to paint an audio landscape….and he does it well.
I could post many, many examples of songs that make you think of the music they were used in, but I’d be here all day. Just take a minute to think of some right now. I’m sure you can think of a lot too.
A well-placed song in a movie can have a lasting effect, just like “Master” is now connected with Stranger Things….oh, and Old School! LOL
22 Songs Inspired by Movies
Music and movies go together naturally. Films have theme songs that can become popular hits, soundtracks to add drama, and scores that can build up expectations, tensions, and emotions.
The best-known movies feature music that reaches beyond the silver screen and stays with us long after the last credits have rolled. Fans treasure soundtracks like “Help!” by the Beatles, the pop hits of “The Big Chill,” or the lively disco tunes of “Saturday Night Fever.” Songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” “As Time Goes By” from “Casablanca,” and “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” are everlasting.
But sometimes the influence works in reverse and movies inspire songs.
In some tunes, it’s just a borrowed phrase—like Elton John singing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”—while other tracks are inspired by specific characters or plotlines. Many are well-known, like Merle Haggard’s “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde;” others are less so, like Scott Walker’s “The Seventh Seal,” based on Ingmar Bergman’s stark masterpiece of the same name.
Stacker compiled a list of 22 songs inspired by movies, drawing from lyrics, magazine and newspaper articles, fan sites, album liner notes, historical accounts, social media, and film archives.
So take a look, listen to the music, and enjoy the show.