Movie Music

Top 10 Songs Famous Because Of A Movie

Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire was, of course, "Misirlou."

"Misirlou" is a pretty old song, believed to have been composed around 1927, but it may be older than that. Although Dale's version has a distinct Spanish flair, its origins are in the Greek urban folk style of rebetiko. Most people in America, of course, know it as the song that plays over the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

This got Rocks Off thinking about other songs that are famous because of their cinematic connotations. We put out a call on Facebook to see what our friends would come back with, and were impressed with the results (41 comments). Some of those, and some we came up with in our own research, follow. We tried to limit the list to songs that were not specifically written for the screen, a la "Over the Rainbow" or "Lose Yourself," but we make the rules around here, so we feel free to break them too.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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