10 Movie Songs We Keep Repeating In Our Playlists

A well-marked film can create a powerful viewing experience. A movie with a theme song can extend the movie’s legacy for decades. Much like movie collectors, music collectors collected records, cassettes and CDs of their favorite movie soundtracks, always on repeat. The streaming era has created an on-demand experience for both music and movies with platforms like Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and YouTube. Instead of watchlists, moviegoers create playlists of their favorite movie songs, many of which repeat.

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From animated films to musicians turned actors, the songs from these movies have been repeated for years, leaving a lasting impression with music lovers and moviegoers. Some have won Oscars, and some are just plain iconic. Every time we hear these songs, we can’t help but sing along and head straight to our must-have streaming service to watch the movie. Whatever your musical mood, there’s a song for you.


“Danger Zone” – “Top Gun” (1986)

An iconic movie isn’t complete without an equally iconic song. “Danger Zone” from the 1986 action hit Upper gun remains a favorite playlist for any movie lover. Featured in the opening scene (after the opening credits), the song sets the tone for the film focusing on the US Navy’s elite fighter pilot school where a young star pilot, Maverick (Tom Cruise), finds himself at odds with the rest of his classmates.

Although the song was not nominated for an Oscar, “Danger Zone” remains a staple of the action genre after its feature in Upper gun. Written by Giorgio Moroder and Thomas Whitlockseesaw Kenny Connections performed the song. The song was featured again in the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick Opening scene. Superior gun is available to stream with a subscription to Paramount+ and Amazon Prime, while the sequel won’t stream until this fall.

“Forget Me Not” – “The Breakfast Club” (1985)

An ’80s anthem, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” is always on repeat for any movie buff’s playlist. This track was written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff for the ending scene and credits of The breakfast club. Like Brian (Anthony Michel Salle) writes the essay and his voiceover reads it, the detention misfits leave for Saturday with a better understanding of life than when they entered. The synth-pop track is still popular decades later, making it almost criminal not to replicate Bender’s (Judd Nelson) fist pumps in the air while listening to it.

As the song was offered to several artists, Simple Minds, a Scottish rock band, eventually accepted the offer and recorded it for the film. The song failed to earn the coveted Best Original Song nomination. The breakfast club is available with subscriptions to multiple platforms such as Peacock, The Roku Channel, and Amazon Prime. Renters can find the film on YouTube, Apple TV and Vudu.

‘Shallow’ – ‘A Star is Born’ (2018)

From the 2018 remake of A star is born, “Shallow” became an Oscar-winning song that’s still stuck in our heads. The love song was written by Andrew Wyatt, Antoine Rossomando, Lady Gagaand Marc Ronson. In the movie, the song is from Ally (Gaga) sharing a few verses with Jackson (bradley cooper) after the first two encounters. At her next performance, Jackson surprises Ally with a full arrangement and full lyrics, inviting her to sing on stage.

“Shallow” is a duet between Gaga and Cooper, with the pair performing the song at the 91st Academy Awards, where it would win Best Original Song. The film was Gaga’s female lead and Cooper’s film debut. A star is born is available to stream for free with cable subscriptions on TNT and TBS, with subscriptions to Hulu or Sling TV, and for rental on other platforms.

‘Happy’ – ‘Despicable Me 2’ (2013)

Written, produced and performed by Pharrell Williams, “Happy” proved that Disney isn’t the only animation studio capable of churning out Oscar-worthy songs. For the successful sequel Despicable Me 2“Happy” served as the film’s central theme as Gru (Steve Carell) continues his journey from super-villain to hero dad, all the while falling in love.

In several interviews, Williams has indicated that he tried to capture the feeling of a perpetually grumpy, sad character falling in love and used that as inspiration for the song. Upbeat and upbeat, the music is a staple on sunny day playlists, no matter what age, generation, or if you’ve seen the movie. Nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, “Happy” did not pick up the win. Despicable Me 2 is available with subscriptions to Hulu or Peacock and for rental on Amazon Prime, Vudu and Apple TV.

‘Star City’ – ‘La La Land’ (2016)

A song about a dreamer in the city of dreams, “City of Stars” by The Earth, presents a solo performance by Ryan Gosling. The film stars Gosling as Sebastian, a jazz pianist trying to navigate a musical career as he falls in love with Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress sorting through her career woes. There are two distinct renditions of this song, one as Sebastian reflects on the growing relationship between him and Mia. The second features Mia as the two perform an extended version on a montage of their relationship as they grow apart.

“City of Stars” would face “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, Mia’s solo song in the film, at the 89th Academy Awards. Written by Benj Pasek, Justin Hurwitzand Justin Paul“City of Stars”, would pick up the win and add six wins to the night’s total. The Earth is available on Hulu or for rent on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Vudu.

‘9 to 5’ – ‘9 to 5’ (1980)

A Triple Threat, Country Music Royalty Dolly Parton starred in the film, wrote and performed “9 to 5”. The working woman’s song went hand-in-hand with the film of the same name about three women who dream of getting revenge on their sexist, bigoted, and lying boss. Co-starring with Parton were Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

9 to 5 earned an Academy Award nomination at the 52nd Academy Awards for Best Original Song, but failed to win gold status. The film was Parton’s feature debut and earned him the first of two Oscar nominations throughout his career. 9 to 5 is available to watch with subscriptions to HBO Max or Hulu and available to rent on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Vudu.

“We don’t talk about Bruno” – “Encanto” (2021)

Disney’s greatest song of all time (so far), “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, became the first Disney song to reach number one on the Billboard charts since 1993. Written by music-man Lin-Manuel Mirandathe hit was performed by cast members Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diana Guerreroand Stephanie Beatrice from 2021 Encanto. The song allows viewers to uncover the secrets of estranged brother Bruno and his future predictions which have had a negative impact on his family members.

Although it was not nominated for an Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards, the cast performed the song during the show. Regardless of the age of the viewers, the song is undeniably catchy and is on several playlists for Disney fans and movie buffs. Encanto is available to stream on Disney+.

“My Heart Will Go On” – “Titanic” (1997)

Remaining a karaoke staple decades after its release, “My Heart Will Go On” will go on to endure for decades with a place on our playlists. The track was featured as motive music and a power ballad for james cameronit is Titanica love film about the sinking of the famous ocean liner in 1912. Performed by the famous Canadian singer Celine Dion“My Heart Will Go On” was an on-deck production.

The music was composed by the composer of the film James Horner while Jennings writes the lyrics. The song was released as a single on Dion’s album “Let’s Talk About Love”, in addition to the film’s soundtrack. It won Best Original Song at the 70th Academy Awards, adding to the film’s 11 total wins. Titanic is currently available to stream on Netflix or to rent on Amazon Prime, Vudu or Apple TV.

“I Will Always Love You” – “The Bodyguard” (1992)

A cover that topped the original, “I Will Always Love You” was originally written and performed by country legend Dolly Parton. whitney houstonthe 1992 cover for The bodyguard is now certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. The film casts Houston as fictional R&B singer Rachel Marron who strikes up an unlikely relationship with her bodyguard, former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner).

The song is featured in the final scenes of the film. With Houston’s immaculate vocal range and strength, this version of “I Will Always Love You” has remained a cultural sensation decades later. The bodyguard is available to stream for free on Tubi or to rent on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Apple TV.

‘Get Lost’ – ‘8 Mile’ (2002)

Producing the ultimate pump song, Eminemit is (Marshall Mathers) single lead role in a feature film led to the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.” 8 miles features the decorated rapper as Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith, a struggling rapper whose friends and foes stand in the way of success. The song appears at the end of the film as Rabbit walks away after the final rap battle, with the song playing over the credits.

“Lose Yourself” was written by Jeff Bass, Luis Resto, and Eminem. Following his nomination for the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, Eminem did not perform at the ceremony. The song would win, much to his surprise, and Resto accepted the prize. Eminem would get his chance to perform 17 years later at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. 8 miles is available to stream on Netflix or to rent on Amazon Prime, Applet TV or Vudu.

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