A great song can be the difference between a memorable film and an iconic film. These are those songs that autoplay in our heads after a mere glance at the title. This month we are featuring five iconic songs in movies you can watch right now – on EPIX. Besides, we’re pretty sure watching the movie is the only way to get these catchy tunes out of your head.
(5) “The Addams Family Theme” from The Addams Family
Two finger snaps and you’re singing along. This theme song was originally composed by Vic Mizzy for the TV series, but this 1991 remake reintroduced the classic song to the masses. The song is also featured on the sequel, Addams Family Values.
♫ They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re all together ooky,
The Addams Family. ♫
(4) “Show Me Heaven” from Days of Thunder
“Show Me Heaven” was performed by Maria McKee. This song was actually a massive hit in the UK, where it spent a month as #1 on the UK Singles Chart. With this song playing, how could Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman NOT fall in love?
♫ Oh, show me heaven
Cover me, leave me breathless
Oh, show me heaven please ♫
(3) “Shakedown” from Beverly Hills Cop II
This song was one of Bob Seger’s most successful hits. It hit #1 on the Hot 100 in August 1987. Little Richard performed “Shakedown” at the Oscars after if was nominated for Best Original Song. One look at Eddie Murphy in that track jacket and you’ll start singing.
♫ Shakedown, breakdown, takedown
Everybody wants into the crowded light
Breakdown, takedown, you’re busted ♫
(2) “Footloose” from Footloose
Kenny Loggins knocked it out of the park with this fan favorite. Footloose won Grammy for Song of the Year in 1985 and was featured in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. More people have actually heard the song than watched the movie — if you are one of those, you can fix that problem right now.
♫ You can fly if you’d only cut loose, footloose
Kick off your Sunday shoes
Oo-wee, Marie, shake it, shake it for me
Whoa, Milo, come on, come on let’s go
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose ♫
(1) “Skyfall” from Skyfall
The James Bond franchise has had its share of hits, but no theme in recent memory has shared as much success as Adele’s 2012 ballad “Skyfall”. The song reportedly took 18 months to complete due to Adele’s fine-tuning and vocal problems. But when Daniel Craig finally heard the demo, he reportedly “shed a tear.” Even the hardened James Bond couldn’t withstand the power of Adele’s Academy Award-winning hit. So go ahead, shed a tear.
♫ Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together ♫