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  • on 06.10.2010
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Five Things’ Most Memorable Romance Movie Soundtrack 11


Soundtracks play a huge part in a movie. When we need to shush the silence and produce a dramatic effect, the audio will help to boost our visual experience.

Imagine Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) and Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) sitting face to face in front of his house, guitars on both their laps, as they both starts to sing, “Anyone Else But You”. The scene ends with a kiss and bunch of highschool athletic boys running in yellow and red outfit. The scene and music ends the story of problematic teen pregnancy in such a sweet way, you’ll forget that teen pregnancy doesn’t usually ended up in kisses and song duet.

We watch romance movies from time to time, and sometimes we found a good one. On a more rare occasion, we found some memorable songs in a movie that stayed with us a long time. In the movie, in our heads, and in our iPods.

These are Five Things’ most memorable romance movie soundtrack:

1. Moon River (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

“Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way”

Audrey Hepburn

You might be too young to know about the movie and the song, but they have both became a legend, it’s impossible to not really ever heard of them. Breakfast At Tiffany’s is a story about the friendship of two people living in the same apartment complex. The beautiful Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), befriends quiet Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a failed writer. Hepburn and Peppard starred in this roller-coaster ride about a young girl from the south who turned into a Manhattan socialite.

The song, “Moon River” was composed in 1961 by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music). It has been covered by many artists, but Audrey Hepburn’s performance in Breakfast At Tiffany‘s marked its first public hearing. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in the same year, and Grammy’s Record of the Year in 1962.

Since then, the song had been sung by many artists, performed at lots of stages, and captured in many shows and movies. The most famous cover version of “Moon River” till date is probably Andy William‘s.

2. Unchained Melody (Ghost)

“Oh, my love
My darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long lonely time”

The Righteous Brothers

Ghost has made a huge boost in pottery making lessons. We’re not really sure what’s sexy or romantic about playing with a chunk of clay mold, but it seems to be a huge cinematic phenomenon that still lingers today. The song itself, highly inseparable from the movie, climbs a new height with the movie’s success. In 2004, the song joined Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

The song was originally made as a theme song for a prison-themed film, Unchained. Alex North (music) and Hy Zaret (lyrics) wrote the song in 1955, and it eventually became known as “Unchained Melody”. Todd Duncan was the first man to sing the song. But, later on, The Righteous Brothers version became the most widely known version of all.

3. You’re The One That I Want (Grease)

“The one that I want (you are the one I want),
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one I need (the one I need),
Oh yes indeed (yes indeed)”

John Travolta / Olivia Newton-John

It’s a musical that lifts the career of John Travolta. Before there were High School Musical, Hairspray, and Glee, there’s Grease. If you don’t like musicals and you think that it’s tacky, then you’re missing out a classic movie.

The movie tells a story about love between Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John), which took place in Rydell High. You know the story, and you you the music. Grease is packed with energetic songs, and featured two memorable songs, “You’re The One That I Want” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.

“You’re The One That I Want” was written by John Farrar in 1978 for this movie. It was a huge hit, and it peaked the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for a week in June 1978. It also topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks in summer 1978. Grease had became a pop phenomenon, and inspiration for lots of teen musicals today.

4. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

“Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you’re here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on”

Celine Dion

Titanic sank in grace, and sank in dollars it went. When the huge blockbuster sailed the screen in the late 90′s, it broke records and went triumphant with over 1.8 billion dollar worldwide gross. Titanic is a love story as epic as the ship itself.

Seventeen-year-old Rose DeWitt-Bukater (Kate Winslet) met Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) aboard the RMS Titanic. The couple was divided by their social ranks, but Rose, nevertheless, chose Jack. Unfortunately, it was not a very good time to fall in love.

“My Heart Will Go On” was created by James Horner (music), Will Jennings (lyrics), and Walter Afanasieff (production). James Cameron initially didn’t want any song with lyrics on it, but Horner carried on with the project and asked Celine Dion to sing it. Cameron was later presented with the end result, and he finally approved, although a little worried that he’s going to be criticized for “going commercial at the end of the movie.”

“My Heart Will Go On” won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It dominated the Grammy Awards of 1999, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song-Motion Picture in 1998.

5. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (Armageddon)

“Don’t wanna close my eyes
Don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, babe
And I don’t wanna miss a thing”


This one might be a little controversial, and you can debate me that there are lots of other better and memorable songs. There are. “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” may not be very impressive on the score board, but it’s many people’s personal favorite. The song was very popular, and it is still popular till now. It lifted Aerosmith, and introduced the band to much wider and younger audience. It also became their number one hit till date.

Armageddon tells a story about a bunch of oil drillers in space. Well, sorta. The Earth was in imminent danger of a passing meteor. A group of drillers was sent to plant a bomb on the meteor, so it would not cause apocalypse. The movie’s original title was Father’s Day, but the studio decides to turn the movie into epic proportion and changed it to Armageddon. Smart move.

The song was primarily written by Dianne Warren, and was meant for Celine Dion. Good thing for Aerosmith, that didn’t happen. The song is Aerosmith’s most successful single in their career, debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and became a huge hit for the band internationally. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1999. It also remains the only song by a rock band to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

So, that’s it from Five Things. We’ll be back with more tunes you can sing-along with. If you have any suggestion and correction, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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There are 11 comments for this post

  1. indobrad says:

    Would “The Sound of Music” fit into this category?!

  2. The Editor says:


    Because the space is too small. I would have to make a single post just for that movie. =)) *lirik rikwes*

    Well, Armageddon is not strictly romance movie, but, without the romance part, Bruce Willis won’t have to die. And of course then, the movie will lose some of its powers. ;) )

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  4. rid says:

    finally, i can visit this interesting place :D

  5. rid says:

    btw no indonesia movies?

  6. The Editor says:

    Wohooo, glad to finally see you here. I hope you enjoy reading my rants, LOL.

    Indonesian movies, I’m not sure, but I am taking it into consideration. If I didn’t write one, well, I’m sure I can suggest some places where you can find interesting reviews about it. :D

  7. Iman says:

    Cuma tau sontrek nya Ghost, Titanic, dan Armagedon dowang… artinya cuma salah 2 ya. Horeee dapet nilai 6 :D

  8. The Editor says:

    Emang yang bakal ngerti lagu-lagu tuwa cuman gw sama Opa Brad doang apa ya? =))

  9. Montoq says:

    Grease bukannya summer lovin yang bagus yak?
    trus lagunya the wonders sama si bruce Springsteen kok kaga masuk.. hiks

  10. The Editor says:

    Bukan masalah bagusnya, tapi emang lagu yang itu lebih populer. Kalo orang ditanya soal Grease, gw rasa pasti mayoritas taunya You’re The One That I Want deh… ;) )

    The Wonders lagunya catchy, tapi nggak cukup kuat buat ngangkat filmnya sendiri. Kalo Springsteen, well, that one I can accept. :D

  11. mima says:

    a walk to remember koq ga ada? :(

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