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AFI 100 Years… series

100 Movies – (1998)
100 Stars – (1999)
100 Laughs – (2000)
100 Thrills – (2001)
100 Passions – (2002)
100 Heroes and Villains – (2003)
100 Songs – (2004)
100 Movie Quotes – (2005)
100 Film Scores – (2005)
100 Musicals – (2006)
100 Cheers – (2006)
100 Movies (10th Anniversary) – (2007)
AFI's 10 Top 10 – (2008)

Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs is a list of the top 100 songs in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute June 22, 2004 in a CBS special hosted by John Travolta, who appeared in two films honored by the list, Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music and West Side Story are tied for the most recognition, with three songs each on the list. The Wizard of Oz, A Star Is Born (#11 from the 1954 version and #16 from the 1976 version), Funny Girl, and Meet Me in St. Louis all have two entries.

Contents

The list

# Song Movie Year Performer
1 "Over the Rainbow" The Wizard of Oz 1939 Judy Garland
2 "As Time Goes By" Casablanca 1942 Dooley Wilson
3 "Singin' in the Rain" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly
4 "Moon River" Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Audrey Hepburn
5 "White Christmas" Holiday Inn 1942 Bing Crosby
6 "Mrs. Robinson" The Graduate 1967 Simon & Garfunkel
7 "When You Wish upon a Star" Pinocchio 1940 Cliff Edwards
8 "The Way We Were" The Way We Were 1973 Barbra Streisand
9 "Stayin' Alive" Saturday Night Fever 1977 The Bee Gees
10 "The Sound of Music" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews
11 "The Man that Got Away" A Star Is Born 1954 Judy Garland
12 "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 Marilyn Monroe (partially dubbed by Marni Nixon)
13 "People" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand
14 "My Heart Will Go On" Titanic 1997 Celine Dion
15 "Cheek to Cheek" Top Hat 1935 Fred Astaire
16 "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" A Star Is Born 1976 Barbra Streisand
17 "I Could Have Danced All Night" My Fair Lady 1964 Marni Nixon
18 "Cabaret" Cabaret 1972 Liza Minnelli
19 "Some Day My Prince Will Come" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Adriana Caselotti
20 "Somewhere" West Side Story 1961 Reri Grist
21 "Jailhouse Rock" Jailhouse Rock 1957 Elvis Presley
22 "Everybody's Talkin'" Midnight Cowboy 1969 Harry Nilsson
23 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 B.J. Thomas
24 "Ol' Man River" Show Boat 1936 Paul Robeson
25 "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" High Noon 1952 Tex Ritter
26 "The Trolley Song" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland
27 "Unchained Melody" Ghost 1990 The Righteous Brothers
28 "Some Enchanted Evening" South Pacific 1958 Giorgio Tozzi
29 "Born to Be Wild" Easy Rider 1969 Steppenwolf
30 "Stormy Weather" Stormy Weather 1943 Lena Horne
31 "Theme from New York, New York" New York, New York 1977 Liza Minnelli
32 "I Got Rhythm" An American in Paris 1951 Gene Kelly and the MGM Children's Chorus
33 "Aquarius" Hair 1979 The 5th Dimension
34 "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" Shall We Dance 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
35 "America" West Side Story 1961 Rita Moreno
36 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins 1964 Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke
37 "Swinging on a Star" Going My Way 1944 Bing Crosby
38 "Theme from Shaft" Shaft 1971 Isaac Hayes
39 "Days of Wine and Roses" Days of Wine and Roses 1962 Henry Mancini
40 "Fight the Power" Do the Right Thing 1989 Public Enemy
41 "New York, New York" On the Town 1949 Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin
42 "Luck Be a Lady" Guys and Dolls 1955 Marlon Brando
43 "The Way You Look Tonight" Swing Time 1936 Fred Astaire
44 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Beaches 1988 Bette Midler
45 "That's Entertainment" The Band Wagon 1953 Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, and Oscar Levant
46 "Don't Rain on My Parade" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand
47 "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Song of the South 1947 James Baskett
48 "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 Doris Day
49 "Make 'Em Laugh" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Donald O'Connor
50 "Rock Around the Clock" Blackboard Jungle 1955 Bill Haley and His Comets
51 "Fame" Fame 1980 Irene Cara
52 "Summertime" Porgy and Bess 1959
53 "Goldfinger" Goldfinger 1964 Shirley Bassey
54 "Shall We Dance?" The King and I 1956 Marni Nixon and Yul Brynner
55 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Flashdance 1983 Irene Cara
56 "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" Gigi 1958 Maurice Chevalier
57 "The Windmills of Your Mind" The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 Noel Harrison
58 "Gonna Fly Now" Rocky 1976 Bill Conti
59 "Tonight" West Side Story 1961 Marni Nixon
60 "It Had to Be You" When Harry Met Sally... 1989 Harry Connick, Jr.
61 "Get Happy" Summer Stock 1950 Judy Garland
62 "Beauty and the Beast" Beauty and the Beast 1991 Angela Lansbury
63 "Thanks for the Memory" The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938 Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
64 "My Favorite Things" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews
65 "I Will Always Love You" The Bodyguard 1992 Whitney Houston
66 "Suicide Is Painless" MASH 1970 The MASH
67 "Nobody Does It Better" The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Carly Simon
68 "Streets of Philadelphia" Philadelphia 1993 Bruce Springsteen
69 "On the Good Ship Lollipop" Bright Eyes 1934 Shirley Temple
70 "Summer Nights" Grease 1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
71 "The Yankee Doodle Boy" Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 James Cagney
72 "Good Morning" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Betty Noyes
73 "Isn't It Romantic?" Love Me Tonight 1932
74 "Rainbow Connection" The Muppet Movie 1979 Kermit the Frog
75 "Up Where We Belong" An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
76 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland
77 "The Shadow of Your Smile" The Sandpiper 1965
78 "9 to 5" Nine to Five 1980 Dolly Parton
79 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Arthur 1981 Christopher Cross
80 "Springtime for Hitler" The Producers 1968
81 "I'm Easy" Nashville 1975 Keith Carradine
82 "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" The Wizard of Oz 1939 The Munchkins
83 "The Rose" The Rose 1979 Bette Midler
84 "Put the Blame on Mame" Gilda 1946 Rita Hayworth
85 "Come What May" Moulin Rouge! 2001 Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
86 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Dirty Dancing 1987 Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
87 "Buttons and Bows" The Paleface 1948 Bob Hope
88 "Do Re Mi" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews
89 "Puttin' on the Ritz" Young Frankenstein 1974 Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle
90 "Seems Like Old Times" Annie Hall 1977 Diane Keaton
91 "Let the River Run" Working Girl 1988 Carly Simon
92 "Long Ago (and Far Away)" Cover Girl 1944 Gene Kelly
93 "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile 2002 Eminem
94 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Big Chill 1983 Temptations
95 "(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco" Road to Morocco 1942 Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
96 "Footloose" Footloose 1984 Kenny Loggins
97 "42nd Street" 42nd Street 1933 Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, and ensemble
98 "All That Jazz" Chicago 2002 Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger
99 "Hakuna Matata" The Lion King 1994 Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Matthew Broderick
100 "Old Time Rock and Roll" Risky Business 1983 Bob Seger

About

Only 61 of the songs were introduced in or written for the movies cited. Twenty-two are from Broadway productions, four had been used in earlier movies, and 12 had been performed separate from the movie. One, "Summertime" (#52), is from an opera - Porgy and Bess. Four entries are from animated films, all of which were produced by the Walt Disney Studios (#7, #19, #62 and #99).

Judy Garland has 5 entries on the list (#76, #61, #26, #11, and #1 with "Over the Rainbow"). She is the most represented singer. Julie Andrews (#88, #64, #36 and # 10) and Barbra Streisand (#46, #16, #13 and #8) tied for second place with four entries each.

Criteria

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format, typically more than 60 minutes long.
  • American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.
  • Song: Music and lyrics featured in an American film that set a tone or mood, define character, advance plot and/or express the film's themes in a manner that elevates the moving image art form. Songs may have been written and/or recorded specifically for the film or previously written and/or recorded and selected by the filmmaker to achieve the above goals.
  • Cultural Impact: Songs that have captured the nation's heart, echoed beyond the walls of a movie theater, and ultimately stand in our collective memory of the film itself.
  • Legacy: Songs that resonate across the century, enriching America's film heritage and captivating artists and audiences today.

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