Using popular songs in films has proven to be a very effective technique by directors. Notable instances include Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" in "Blue Velvet," "The End" by The Doors in "Apocalypse Now" and "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn in "Dr. Strangelove."Continue Reading
Other uses of pop songs in well-known and critically acclaimed films include the Peter Gabriel song "In Your Eyes" provides an iconic moment in the film "Say Anything" when John Cusack plays it on a boombox held over his head. "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealer's Wheel is used extremely effectively in "Reservoir Dogs." Woody Allen, who prefers show tunes and jazz in his movies, theless utilized Ramsey Lewis's "The In Crowd" in his film "Mighty Aphrodite."
Martin Scorsese is known for his use of popular rock songs in his films, particularly the music of The Rolling Stones, as when he used "Gimme Shelter" in "The Departed." But one of his most famous uses of popular music is "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes, from the film "Goodfellas." "Sister Christian" by "Night Ranger" and "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield both appear prominently in the film "Boogie Nights." Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" is featured in the film "Easy Rider."Learn more about Art & Literature