18/11/2010

Whatever Happened To The Movie Theme Song?

Let's play a game: Who can think of any half decent movie theme song from the last decade? You can't and I'll tell you why - there isn't one. While we all dedicate time and effort into creating iTunes playlists or a few over on Spotify to the decade that gave us too many movie classics, that particular area has been barren for years and I think it's a disgrace. If this decade (I have no idea what it's called) doesn't fix up soon it'll soon be forgotten amongst the great movie songs of yesteryear. Let's see how the decades match up...

The 60s


While the years beforehand had Elvis and the like starring and singing in their movies, the 60s made the first legitimate dent for movie theme songs. 'Mrs. Robinson' by Simon & Garfunkel from The Graduate (1967) and 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head' by B.J. Thomas from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) were both top 10 hits that are inexplicably linked to the films in which they're featured but unfortunately they come nowhere near the Ms Bassey. 'Goldfinger' is so damn good I honestly don't care about the actual film. I'd just like to hear her hit those notes over and over again.

The 70s


Things improved greatly in the 70s with Rose Royce providing the entire soundtrack for Car Wash (1976), The Bee Gees making history with the Saturday Night Fever (1977) while pushing the boundaries of ball-busting trousers and a few boring ones from Barbra Streisand. Those are all well and good but along with the Grease title song (also written by Barry Gibb) and Paul McCartney's contribution to Bond themes, Isaac Hayes historic Oscar win for Shaft (1973) tops the lot. Now THIS is what I call an incredible suit.

The 80s

NOW WE ARE TALKING. There are almost too many for me to mention but Fame (1980), Dirty Dancing (1987), Footloose (1984) and The Breakfast Club (1985) are all the highlights of what will always be remembered by me as a wondrous decade. Although I should give a special mention to Gladys Knight's 'License To Kill', a song I am known for ruining while hoovering. Get over it neighbours.

The 90s


Things started to slow down somewhat but with the emergence of "the brand" aka actors who sing and singers who act, there was no shortage of movie theme songs. Cher delighted us all with 'The Shoop Shoop Song' from Mermaids (1990) and Bryan Adams made watching TOTP absolutely unnecessary thanks to 'Everything I Do...' being number 1 for about 7 years. It is noticeable that the 90s became the decade of the the movie ballad with Whitney and Celine holding a single note for longer than the laws of physics should actually allow.

The 00s


If this is the best that the noughties had to offer then the end of the world can't come soon enough.