10 Great Guilty Pleasure Songs in Movies
That’s OK; we don’t mind doing so. Here are 10 great ones. Enjoy. And don’t feel guilty about it!
10.Â Shrek: “I’m a Believer,” Smash Mouth
What could be better: a classic guilty-pleasure song, written by a guilty-pleasure auteur (Neil Diamond), made famous by a classic guilty-pleasure “band” (the Monkees), and covered by a contemporary guilty-pleasure band? Unless it’s another song from the series,Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” fromÂ Shrek 2.
9.Â Beaches: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler
Yes, it’s among the sappiest songs ever, from an equally sappy movie. But Bette Midler’s voice is amazingly moving, and sometimes you just want to have those tears jerked. If you’re so inclined and you aren’t moved byÂ this heart-wrenching paean to friendship, well, something’s a little wrong with you.
8.Â Reality Bites: “Stay (I Missed You),” Lisa Loeb
Whether or not it’s apocryphal, the story of Lisa Loeb being discovered by her neighbor Ethan Hawke and then launched into stardom after he convinced director Ben Stiller toÂ feature this song inÂ Reality BitesÂ has that perfect(ly nauseating) kind of ’90s downtown hipster cred. But the song was a perfect fit for the Generation X time capsule, and all these years later, it still sure does stay with you.
7.Â Rugrats in Paris: “Who Let the Dogs Out,” Baha Men
We know what you’re thinking: Does a song count as a guilty pleasure if it has youÂ barking to yourself in your head? Oh, that wasn’t what you were thinking? Well how about this, then: Was this song really from aRugratsÂ movie? Yes, and yes. After the movie’s release, the Caribbean-inflected song quickly became a ubiquitous dance number, and though it may irk, there’s no denying its canine charms.
6.Â Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: “Everything I Do (I Do It forÂ
You),”Â Bryan Adams
Raspy-voiced balladeer Bryan Adams delivers the guilty-pleasure goods on this one:Â selfless true-love lyrics, pared-down verses and a power-synth bridgeÂ that gets you straight in the heart.
5.Â American Psycho: “Hip to Be Square,” Huey LewisÂ
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It’s one of the weirdest and most disturbing dichotomies ever put to film: Serial killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) expounds on the band’s oeuvre while donning a raincoat, grabbing his axe, and hacking yuppie colleague Paul Allen (Jared Leto) to death with Huey’s utterly square number as his soundtrack. (Warning:Â The scene is bloody and not for the faint-of-heart.)
4.Â Dirty Dancing: “The Time of My Life,” Jennifer Warnes &Â
Jerry Orbach seething in the corner, pre-nose job Jennifer Grey at her loveliest, daintily schvitzing Patrick Swayze showing off his dance moves … and the lift — oh, the lift! — all scored byÂ this inspiring number. (Another Warnes duet, “Up Where We Belong,” fromÂ An Officer and a Gentleman, could easily have made the list as well.)
3.Â Ghostbusters: “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr.
Along with “Where’s the beef?,” very likely the most-repeated question of the ’80s was “Who you gonna call?” This may well beÂ the most cheerfully cheesy scifi-comedy theme songÂ ever; you can practically hear Parker wink as he sings, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”
2.Â Risky Business: “Old Time Rock & Roll,” Bob SegerÂ
One of the most widely imitated pop-culture tropes of our time, Tom Cruise sliding in and dancing around wearing nothing but a button-down, a pair of tube socks, and his skivvies, could be rendered watered-down beyond relevance … except thatÂ this classic ode to classic rockÂ still rocks. Plus, back then Cruise was cute as a button (to say nothing of his butt).
1.Â Titanic: “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine DionÂ
The Canadian chanteuse rode the wave ofÂ Titanic‘s king-of-the-world success with thisÂ Ã¼ber-romantic theme song. It’s in-love-with-love sentimentality writ large, with a soaring chorus that immortalizes the burgeoning onscreen chemistry between a young Leonardo DiCaprio and a young Kate Winslet.
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