Monday, April 8, 2013

50 Pop Songs About Movies, Movie Stars and Acting



There are in fact quite a lot of other songs about movies, but many are by novelty acts such as Weird Al Yankovic, and here I tried to keep it to ‘proper’ songs by well-known artists. Songs that are directly tied-in with a certain movie are excluded. Songs that have the same title as a movie were only included if I could find evidence the link was deliberate.

  1. Abba - King Kong Song 
  2. Bananarama - Robert De Niro’s Waiting
  3. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  4. Billy Bragg - Ingrid Bergman 
  5. Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla 
  6. Bobby Boris Pickett - Monster Mash (about classic monster movies)
  7. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost Of Tom Joad (about The Grapes of Wrath)
  8. Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (about Kung Fu films)
  9. Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby) (about Edie Sedgwick) 
  10. David Bowie - Cracked Actor
  11. David Crosby - Cowboy Movie
  12. Eagles - James Dean 
  13. Eels - Grace Kelly Blues
  14. Elton John - Candle in the Wind (about Marilyn Monroe)
  15. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (about The Wizard of Oz)
  16. Elton John - I've Seen That Movie Too
  17. Elton John - Roy Rogers 
  18. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
  19. Gorillaz - Dirty Harry 
  20. Harpo - Movie Star
  21. Haysi Fantayzee - John Wayne Big Leggy
  22. Iron Maiden - Man on the Edge (about Falling Down
  23. James - Just Like Fred Astaire
  24. Julian Cope - Robert Mitchum 
  25. Kate Bush - The Red Shoes
  26. Katie Melua - Mary Pickford 
  27. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis’ Eyes
  28. Kinks - Groovy Movies 
  29. Madness - Michael Caine
  30. Moody Blues - The Actor
  31. Nirvana - Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
  32. Olympics - Western Movies 
  33. Passions - I'm in Love with a German Film Star
  34. Paul Simon - That’s Why God Made the Movies 
  35. Pixies - Debaser (about Un Chien Andalou)
  36. Primus - Lee Van Cleef 
  37. Quantum Jump - The Lone Ranger  
  38. R.E.M. - Imitation of Life 
  39. Rolling Stones - Pass The Wine (Sophia Loren) 
  40. Roy Orbison - The Actress
  41. Scott Walker - The Seventh Seal
  42. Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen
  43. Soft Cell - Seedy Films
  44. Sparks - What Would Katharine Hepburn Say
  45. Steely Dan - Everyone’s Gone to the Movies 
  46. Stephen Malkmus - Jo Jo’s Jacket (about Yul Brynner)
  47. Suzanne Vega - Marlene on the Wall (about Marlene Dietrich)
  48. Velvet Underground - New Age
  49. White Stripes - The Union Forever (about Citizen Kane
  50. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtney


Honorable mention:

Songs with Minor/Vague Movie Connections
Big Audio Dynamite - E = MC2 (features audio clips from Performance)
Bob Seger - Hollywood Nights
Country Joe and the Fish - Don’t Bogart That Joint
David Bowie - Space Oddity (the title was inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey)
ELO - Wild West Hero
Fun Lovin’ Criminals - Scooby Snacks (features audio clips from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction)
Ryan Adams - Goodnight, Hollywood Boulevard
Todd Rundgren - Wolfman Jack

Albums with Movie Connections in Their Title
Julian Cope - Citizen Cain'd
Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
Queen - A Day at the Races
Queen - A Night at The Opera

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