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What are some popular songs from movies?

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More than a few songs became popular from movies as a result of lip syncing or karaoke, including Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," Peter Gabriel's "Singin' In the Rain" during "A Clockwork Orange," ABBA's "Waterloo" and Elvis Costello's version of "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding." Songs that gained popularity after appearing in classic movies include "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers, "Love is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia, "Just Dropped In" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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As one of the most imitated movie scenes ever, Wayne, Garth and a very-ill friend crank out "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the movie "Wayne's World." Although the song had its own following long before the movie's release, its fame grew exponentially after this iconic film premiered.

As The Dude drifts through a world filled with Viking women and bowling alleys in "The Big Lebowski," the song "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In" fills viewer's ears. Perhaps a highlight in Kenny Rogers and the First Edition's musical career, this song gained popularity 20 years after the band dispersed.

Capturing the heart of the 1980s is a well-known scene from "Risky Business" where Tom Cruise appears in only socks, underwear and a button-up shirt singing the song "Old Time Rock and Roll." This is another example of a song that was popular prior to a movie's release but exponentially so thereafter.

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