10. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”-John Parr
The title track from a relatively disappointing “Brat Pack” movie is pure 1980’s goodness. The lyrics are hokey, but in a comforting and fun way. Just don’t listen to Parr’s remix for Tim Tebow…
9. “Heartlight”-Neil Diamond
This Neil Diamond song was inspired by “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and bears little resemblance to the movie it was based around. Nonetheless, this is an excellent Neil Diamond song that mixes his silky-smooth vocals with beautiful soft rock.
8. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-Deep Blue Something
Depending on your fondness for both the song and the movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” this one’s either a major hit or dud. One thing’s for sure, it’s one of the catchiest songs of the 1990’s. The lyrics are also nearly incomprehensible.
7. “New Divide”-Linkin Park
“New Divide” is a mega-overlooked track from the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” soundtrack that really captures the best of Linkin Park. The band’s work can sometime be imbalanced, but this one really hits the mark and highlights beautiful rock/rap fusion.
6. “Imitation of Life”-R.E.M.
“Imitation of Life” is based on the movie of the same name and is one of R.E.M.’s most underrated songs. The happy-go-lucky intro lyrics give way to a biting bridge and chorus that is vintage R.E.M. And that video…
This “One” might be more remembered for the terrifying video instead of the excellent song. Ultimately, Metallica would be as much known for its macabre, artistic videos as it would be its soul-rattling sound.
4. “Iris”-Goo Goo Dolls
The breakthrough hit from the “City of Angels” soundtrack is arguably the Goo Goo Dolls best song and biggest hit. The movie itself is also pretty good, but the song is one of the absolute best of the 1990’s.
3. “For Whom the Bell Tolls”-Metallica
Metallica’s take on the Ernest Hemingway classic is a perfect example of how intricate and complex speed metal can be. The song also has a hard hitting edge that sets it apart from much of the band’s recent work. No Gary Cooper in sight though…
2. “Mrs. Robinson”-Simon & Garfunkel
The legendary breakout hit from the amazing film, “The Graduate.” The song by Simon & Garfunkel tells the story of the film’s female temptress and sets the tone perfectly for the on-screen proceedings. Still to this day, this may be the ensemble’s biggest hit.
1. “The Ghost of Tom Joad”-Bruce Springsteen
An incredible newer song by Springsteen that draws from “The Grapes of Wrath.” Bruce spins a brilliant yarn around the film, and earlier, literary work. His lyrics are poignant, but Tom Morello’s searing guitar riffs are the engine that drives the song.