What We’re Listening To: Songs from Movies

This week, in honor of yesterday’s Oscars ceremony, we’re bringing you our favorite songs from movies. Check out our choices below, and don’t forget you can listen to this playlist at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to check out all of our previous ones on Spotify!

Cayla Clarke:

“Rollin’ With My Homies”//Coolio

  • Clueless has to be the most classic, 90’s teen film, and Coolio’s “Rollin’ With My Homies” has to be the song of a generation. Okay, if not the song at least it’s a song.

“New Slang”//The Shins

  • From Garden State, “New Slang” just feels like the quintessential (indie) movie track. It’s the song that sparked my love for anything Sub-Pop and my slow decent into manic-pixie-dream-girl craziness, I couldn’t leave this song off the playlist.

“Come Pick Me Up”//Ryan Adams

  • Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown is quite possibly one of my favorite movies of all time. As a music lover, Crowe really understands placing the right song with the right moment. When Drew is on the phone with Claire spilling everything, you feel all of his hopes, fears, pain, and happiness, and I think this song just sums everything up.

“Jump”//Girls Aloud

  • Girls Aloud is one of my favorite girl groups of all time (Cheryl Cole anyone?). Although their version of the song is only used in the UK version of Love Actually, I just couldn’t help myself. The real reason why I chose this song? Two words: Hugh Grant.


“Mad World”//Michael Andrews and Gary Jules

  • This song is incredibly eerie, but beautiful. It’s perfect for the end of Donnie Darko.

“Where Is My Mind”//The Pixies

  • From Fight Club, this song plays during the ending when the skyscrapers are blown up.

“Canned Heat”//Jamiroquai

  • Go ahead and try to not get a knee bend and a toe tap going.

“Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta”//Geto Boys

  • From Office Space, it just feels good, okay?


“You Know My Name”//Chris Cornell

  • Casino Royale was my first introduction Bond, and where I really got into it. Consequently, the theme song always holds a special place in my heart. I was also going through a Soundgarden moment in 2006, so there’s that too.

“Iris”//The Goo Goo Dolls

  • City of Angels is horrifically depressing. Seriously, don’t watch it. The only good part is that it spawned the song “Iris,” which is awesome. I love the Goo Goo Dolls.

“Mrs. Robinson”//Simon & Garfunkel

  • The Graduate is one of those movies where most people either love it or hate it. I’m indifferent, but I do love the soundtrack, there is not much to dislike.

“Tiny Dancer”//Elton John

  • While I love Elton John a whole lot, this song is now tied to the movie Almost Famous in nearly everyone’s minds. The bus scene is possibly one of my favorite movie moments of all time, mostly because I wish more people would hold spontaneous sing-a-longs. The Foo Fighters also did a fun cover of this song live where they explicitly set out to recreate the scene on the bus, rather than pay tribute to Elton John.

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