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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Because it can either fine-tune or drastically alter our feelings without a word, music is the universal language. So it's no wonder movie makers need only choose the right song to sweeten a scene, introduce the bad guy (Jaws, anyone?), or reduce us to snot and tears. These five silly, sad, and sweet songs from movie soundtracks before 2000 have cast some of the longest shadows in our memory and still keep us singing along.

Elliott Smith
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"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters, 1984)

This theme song is all about crackin' a cold one to celebrate a job well done, and, of course, not being afraid of no ghosts. Even if your day was less eventful than the Ghostbusters' and you didn't save New York City from the kind of hideous, writhing evil that turns hot women and obnoxious nerds into hellhounds and allows the Stay Puft marshmallow man to wreak sticky havoc on rush hour traffic, and all you managed to do is rouse from the fog of your hangover long enough to cross "clean cat box" off your to-do list, you can still kick that invisible man out of your bed and shout the answer to: "Who ya gonna call?"

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