Born To Be Wild judged greatest ever music/movie moment

Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda ride to Steppenwolf
Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda ride to Steppenwolf

CNN´s Screening Room have put together a list of their top ten music moments in film - it´s not a list of great soundtracks, just those “quintessential movie moments where a song flawlessly complements or enhances the action”.

Steppenwolf´s Born To Be Wild bags the top spot for the opening sequence to Easy Rider, while Stealers Wheel´s Stuck In The Middle With You comes in at number two for the ear-slicing moment in Reservoir Dogs. For many, this song is synonymous with that act of violence and, of course, Mr. Blonde´s little dance that precedes it. Here´s the full top ten…

10) Trainspotting (1996) - Lust For Life, Iggy Pop
The scene: Choose Life voiceover

9) Dr Strangelove (1964) - We´ll meet again, Vera Lynn
The scene: Nuclear apocalypse

8) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - Needle In The Hay, Elliot Smith
The scene: Richie Tenenbaum attempts suicide

7) Say Anything (1989) - In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
The scene: Lloyd tries to woo Diane

6) Almost Famous (2000) - Tiny Dancer, Elton John
The scene: On the tour bus the band sing along to Tiny Dancer

5) Muriel´s Wedding (1995) - Waterloo, ABBA
The scene: Muriel and Rhonda triumph at a talent contest

4) Apocalypse Now (1979) - The End, The Doors
The scene: Captain Willard waiting for an assignment in Saigon

3) Goodfellas (1990) - Layla, Eric Clapton
The scene: Jimmy´s murder spree montage

2) Reservoir Dogs (1992) - Stuck In The Middle With You, Stealers Wheel
The scene: Mr. Blonde cut´s a man´s ear off

1) Easy Rider (1969) - Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
The scene: The opening sequence

It´s an interesting list, but does it just prove that a classic tune could make any movie sequence memorable?


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