I realized not too long ago that a lot of my favorite songs are from movies. I intend to list out my favorite soundtracks for you on Wednesday, but today and tomorrow I want to pay tribute to the one-offs… the singles that have stayed with me over the years that I turn to when I’m feeling too old for anything that’s on the radio. My hope is that you also used to love some or all of these songs, and will now shower notes of thanks upon me for reminding you of their existence.
Here are five of my top ten, in no particular order:
1) I’d Die Without You by P.M. Dawn
I have never, ever gotten sick of this song. The tinkling notes at the beginning still give me chills. Forget "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men and "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" by Toni Braxton. This is the best song from the Eddie Murphy rom-com. As a side note — would anyone believe that a man would be tempted by Robin Givens over Halle Berry now? I think not.
2) Goonies R Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper
The Goonies, 1985
You already know about my undying love for The Goonies. But you might not have known that I am also a fool for Cyndi Lauper. Back in the day, I bought an orange wig and would make my poor cousin wear it after I spent hours slathering make-up on her and dressing her up like the fun-loving, squeaky-voiced singer. I guess I played Cyndi’s agent or something, who knows. Anyway, when Cyndi, of all people, recorded the Goonies song, I just about lost it. I still play it anytime I’m in a funk and need to cheer up. It always bugged me how she used the "R" instead of writing out "are." But then again, it’s not like the song makes sense in the first place, so what am I complaining about?
3) Walking After You by the Foo Fighters
The X-Files: Fight the Future, 1998
OK, so technically this song was on the 1997 Foo Fighters album "The Colour and the Shape," but they re-did it for The X-Files soundtrack and I, for one, would never have heard it had it not played over that film’s end credits. So there! It still counts!
4) In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Say Anything…, 1989
I have a still from the scene where Lloyd held up his boom box and blasted this song framed and on display in my condo. Enough said.
5) Cruel Summer by Bananarama
The Karate Kid, 1984
Daniel LaRusso rides his bike through the traffic. Daniel LaRusso walks into school with larger-than-life sunglasses. Daniel LaRusso kicks around the soccer ball with Ali ("with an i"). Whenever I hear "Cruel Summer," I am taken back to a time when I though the young Ralph Macchio was to die for. And then I try to forget that they’re remaking the movie that made him famous. Grrrrr.
The other five will be revealed tomorrow!