Movies without music would be like Natalie Portman without hair: Not nearly as appealing. I mean, how do you think anyone sat through a film circa the silent movie era? Behind the Hype has compiled a subjective, almost impossible to decide upon list of the best uses of songs in a film. Honestly, it might be easier to choose which parent you like better--or even which gender--but here it goes, and feel free to contribute your own opinions on the matter in the comments section. 1. Nino Rota-"La Dolce Vita (Finale)": What would La Dolce Vita be without this incredible composition by Nino Rota? The upbeat instrumental accompaniment is an ironic touch to the cynical Fellini tone.
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain-"Just Like Honey": The bittersweet separation of Bob and Charlotte at the end of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is accented by the lulling vocals of Jim and William Reid as Bob drives away in a taxi and flashes of Tokyo are shown on the way to the airport.
3. Modern English-"I Melt With You": In Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl, Valley romance never seemed so meaningful as Randy and Julie wander the streets of Hollywood and the malls of the Valley with Modern English's 1982 classic booming over the soundtrack.
4. Peaches-"Operate": The thundering bass line of "Operate" mirrors the manic feelings of Cady Heron as she watches Regina George kiss the object of her affection in Mean Girls.
5. Thompson Twins-"If You Were Here": I don't think anything can make a girl's heart pound as rapidly as it does when the opening notes to "If You Were Here" begin to swell as Samantha exits the church after her sister's wedding, the crowds part, and Jake Ryan is leaning against his red Porsche waiting for her.
6. The Beatles-"I Should Have Known Better": Although the entire soundtrack for A Hard Day's Night is pure perfection, this up-tempo ditty stands out as being one of the first songs the quartet bursts into while riding the train to London.
7. Huey Lewis and the News-"Hip to be Square": Only in the context of post-modern pastiche could this song ever make the cut of any "Best of" list. However, as Patrick Bateman gleefully murders one of his victims while giving a discourse on the band's finer work, this song automatically secures its place in the realm of being awesome/necessary.
8. Marilyn Monroe-"I'm Through With Love": As Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot, Monroe took the whole persona of vulnerability to a new level. After her heart is broken by Joe (Tony Curtis), who has been masquerading as a millionaire and only ends the relationship so he doesn't have to lie to her anymore, Sugar oozes melancholia in her rendition of "I'm Through With Love."
9. Madonna-"Into the Groove": One of the most self-referential moments in film occurs as Madonna dances to her own song with Roberta's (Rosanna Arquette) husband at Danceteria.
10. Elliott Smith-"Needle in the Hay": I mean, what other song is more suited to the task of slitting your wrists?