Thursday, November 14, 2013

Top 25 Underrated Movie Songs

Tom Waits makes the list twice.

Most of these songs were eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar, but none of them were nominated. By the way, I tried to go with less popular picks.

25. "Tu M'as Trop Menti", Masculin FĂ©minin

24. "He Got Game", He Got Game

23. "Never Be Daunted", Happythankyoumoreplease

22. "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral", Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

21. "Monkey in Me", Starstruck

20. "Do You Feel Me", American Gangster

19. "Won't Let You Fall", Poseidon

18. "The Bus Stop Song (A Paper of Pins)", Bus Stop*

17. "Kissing You", Romeo + Juliet

16. "Walls", She's the One

15. "Gran Torino", Gran Torino

14. "Low are the Punches", Somers Town

13. "She's So Fine", American Graffiti

12. "This One's from the Heart", One from the Heart

11. "Just What I Need", Bring It On

10. "I Will Remember You", The Brothers McMullen

9. "For Always", A.I. Artificial Intelligence

8. "My Rifle, My Pony and Me", Rio Bravo

7. "The End of Nowhere", On the Edge

6. "On the Dark Side", Eddie and the Cruisers

5. "Annie's Back in Town", Paradise Alley

4. "Haunted", Sid & Nancy*

3. "Take Me Back", Rocky

2. "Rainy Fields of Frost and Magic", The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

1. "In Too Deep", Mona Lisa

*These are different versions, but I prefer them to the original ones.


  1. Love this post! I'm shocked at some of these omissions, and yet others I hadn't head till today. That Kissing You snub is so weird and so horrid, and even more than that...the whole soundtrack is full of awesomeness and really could have filled the entire ballot. I mean, Garbage and Everclear had great tracks for the album too.

    1. Thanks man! Yeah, the Kissing You snub really sticks out. I forgot about the other original R+J tracks. I need to go back and listen to them.

  2. Oh, I'm so with you on "In Too Deep" as I think it was used to great effect in that film.

    1. Glad you agree with that pick. I think the film is actually better because of that song.

  3. Oustanding work. Extra kudos on the Anthony Hamilton and Public Enemy love.

    1. Thanks so much! I actually would've put Public Enemy on there for "Fight the Power" as well, but I thought it was too obvious.

  4. These are awesome! Tom Waits's songs are always a welcome addition in movies.

  5. Great picks, there are some films I haven't seen yet but I LOVE "Kissing You" from Romeo + Juliet, such a perfect song for the scene. I'm thrilled you included the Lara Fabian's "For Always", that's one of my fave songs, such a beautiful ballad!

    1. Thanks Ruth! So glad to see that you love "For Always" as well. That track is very underrated!