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12 Classic Songs That Got a Second Life in Modern Movies

The Gen X rom-com classic Reality Bites turns 25 today (February 18.)

Part of the enduring legacy of Reality Bites, aside from its cast, is its soundtrack, which featured many contemporary songs but also The Knack’s “My Sharona.” The song is included in one of the film’s most memorable scenes and brought the song back into the lexicon.

This wasn’t the first (or last) time a classic song was featured in a modern movie. In honor of Reality Bites’ anniversary, check out these 12 classic songs that got a second life in modern movies.

 

“My Sharona” - Reality Bites (1994)

Oh, you’ve never whimsically danced in the food mart of a gas station? Then you never really have lived!

My Sharona - Reality Bites (3/10) Movie CLIP (1994) HD

Reality Bites movie clips: http://j.mp/1LbPb5A BUY THE MOVIE: http://amzn.to/ugMqpX Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr CLIP DESCRIPTION: At the gas station buying snacks, Lelaina (Winona Ryder), Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), and Sammy (Steve Zahn) just can't help themselves as they dance to the song "My Sharona" on the radio.



“Misirlou” - Pulp Fiction (1994)

Can you imagine the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction without this Dick Dale classic? Neither can I.

Pulp Fiction Official Trailer #1 - (1994) HD

Pulp Fiction movie clips: http://j.mp/1L5eDtj BUY THE MOVIE: http://amzn.to/u4q3x7 Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr CLIP DESCRIPTION: Hit men, gangsters and robbers converge in Quentin Tarantino's violent tale of revenge. Stars John Travolta Samuel L.

“Stuck in the Middle With You” - Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Tarantino’s inclusion of this Stealers Wheel hit in Reservoir Dogs helped introduce the one-hit wonder to a whole new audience during one incredibly grizzly scene.

Stuck in the Middle With You - Reservoir Dogs (5/12) Movie CLIP (1992) HD

Reservoir Dogs movie clips: http://j.mp/1CMfp8A BUY THE MOVIE: http://amzn.to/uGyjAE Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr CLIP DESCRIPTION: Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) moves to the beat of "Stuck in the Middle With You" on K- Billy's (Steven Wright) Super Sounds of the 70's before cutting off Marvin's (Kirk Baltz) ear with his razor.



“Come and Get Your Love” -
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Nearly any song from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack could’ve made this list, but it’s difficult not to highlight this Redbone tune that plays during the opening credits. The soundtrack would go on to top the Billboard 200 chart and sell over one million copies.

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) - Opening Credits Scene - Starlord Dance

Awesome movie. Awesome soundtrack. Great moves. Starlord dances to Come And Get Your Love by Redbone. All rights go to MARVEL.

 


“I Got You Babe” -
Groundhog Day (1993)

To this day, it’s hard setting an alarm clock at 6:00 AM without thinking about Sonny & Cher.

Every day the clock radio from Groundhog Day!

Homage to the movie Groundhog Day from 1993! Eine Hommage an den Film "Und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier" von 1993! Movie info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/



“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Top Gun (1986)

Cheesy? Yes. A memorable way to pick up a woman at a bar? Yes, even though Maverick initially “crashed and burned” while singing this Righteous Brothers classic with the help of his fellow naval aviators.

Top Gun - You've Lost That Loving Feeling

The song "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" from the movie "Top Gun".

 

“Unchained Melody” - Ghost (1990)

Four years later, The Righteous Brothers were providing the soundtrack to another memorable movie moment. This time it was the infamous pottery wheel scene from Ghost. The song and scene were so popular, "Unchained Melody" reentered the Billboard Hot 100 and would peak at number 13.

Ghost - Unchained Melody

The song "Unchained Melody" from the 1990 movie "Ghost".

 

Danke SchoenTwist & Shout- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

In perhaps the greatest lip sync performance outside of RuPaul's Drag Race, Matthew Broderick’s Ferris Bueller transforms Chicago’s Von Steuben Day Parade into the party of the year with some help from Wayne Newton and The Beatles.

Ferris Bueller's Parade

Uploaded by Øystein Hovind on 2013-11-09.

 

 

“Tequila” - Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Not only did this instrumental from The Champs soundtrack this hilarious moment, it gave the world that dance we’ve all done...perhaps while drinking tequila. 

Pee-wee Herman - The Tequila - by The Champs

Pee-wee Herman dances to 'The Tequila' song in the movie "Pee-wee's Big Adventure". The song was composed by 'The Chimps'.


“Lust for Life” -
Trainspotting (1996)

“Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?” Trainspotting doesn’t waste any time cutting to the chase all set to this Iggy Pop classic.

Trainspotting | 'Lust for Life' (HD) - Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller | MIRAMAX

Renton (Ewan McGregor) opts for the road less traveled when it comes to his life. In this scene: Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) , Tommy (Kevin McKidd) About Trainspotting: Danny Boyle's explosive film tracks the misadventures of young men in Edinburgh trying to find their way out of joblessness, aimless relationships and drug addiction.

 

“Bohemian Rhapsody” - Wayne’s World (1992)

Surely, this list wouldn’t be complete without “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Thanks to its use in Wayne’s World, “Bohemian Rhapsody” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number two, seven spots higher than when it was originally released.

Bohemian Rhapsody Wayne's World HD

Scene from the movie Wayne's World

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.