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5 Songs That You Immediately Associate with a Movie

That song. It’s not a movie theme like “Harry Potter” or “Star Wars.” It’s a song you’d hear on the radio, but it’s so connected with one of your favorite movies that you instantly picture your a scene in your head.

On the Q Morning Show this week, we asked you what songs you hear that you instantly think of the movie they were in and here are 5 we came up with.


Song: ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ – Simple Minds
Movie: The Breakfast Club

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This was Jeff’s pick. The classic brat pack movie with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall as students seen as a princess, a criminal and a brain. It so nailed what high school cliques were all about that this movie still resonates today. When Simple Minds hit song starts with “Hey, hey, hey, hey!” all you can see is Bender walking away with his fist in the air.


Song: ‘Will You Be There’ – Michael Jackson
Movie: Free Willy

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The song was only featured in the closing credits, but it’s the one that makes Kylie think of Free Willy. As she put it, you only heard it when you were reading to see who handled craft services for the movie, but it’s totally connected to the image of the killer whale jumping over Jesse as water splashes over him with his fist in the air.


Song: ‘Danger Zone’ – Kenny Loggins
Movie: Top Gun

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“I feel the need for speed!” The guitar licks and thundering beats of ‘Danger Zone’ make you unable to think of anything other than pulling a 4G inverted dive with a Mig 28 and flipping a Russian the bird. Classic.


Song: ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ – Starship
Movie: Mannequin 

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A silly premise of a movie that had a catchy song. Mannequin starred Andrew McCarthy and a pre Sex in the City Kim Cattrall playing the store mannequin who would magically come to life and fall in love. ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ because she’s a real live girl! The movie was panned when it was released but has become somewhat of a cult classic. The song was a number one hit for Starship.


Song: ‘Everybody’s Working For the Weekend’ – Loverboy
Movie: Pixels

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So maybe you wouldn’t associate Loverboy’s weekend anthem with the movie Pixels with Adam Sandler and Kevin James unless you have kids that watch it endlessly. The movie is all about 80s video game characters that invade earth, so it would make sense to have a classic 80s song in there that has a totally different meaning to kids who aren’t working for the weekend.

What songs do you instantly associate with movies? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.




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