Billboard is known for having lists that don’t always seem to reflect the opinion of the general public today. Their list of top five movie songs of all time is a great example of this. Movies and music have gone together since the very beginning of film history. Even before words were used in movies, music was used to help to convey feelings and emotion. Many times a movie’s song has become even more popular and well known than the movie itself.
There are certain movie songs that we have all fallen in love with over the years. Classics like Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club, Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” from the 1989 movie Beaches, and of course Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the hit 90s film Titanic are just a few that you would expect to be included on the Billboard Hot 100’s top movie songs of all time list. Unfortunately, though, none of these songs even made it in to the top fifty. So if these songs didn’t make it then who made the top five? Here is a list of the Billboard Hot 100 top five movie songs of all time – and they may surprise you.
5. How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees (1977)
This hit song from the film Saturday Night Fever ,starring John Travolta, spent three weeks at number one on the Hot 100.
4. The Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith and His Orchestra (1960)
This well known song is from the film of the same name starring Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue. I will admit that I can attest to the popularity of this song at the time that it first came out. My parents saw this movie on their second date and the theme song remains “their song” to this day. It spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains special to many from that time today. This may be a good example of how different generations will have varying opinions on what songs they feel should have made this list.
3. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams (1991)
This English classic from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves spent seven weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (1981)
This song from the film Endless Love starring Brooke Shields is one of the most well known duets of all time. It spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and twenty seven weeks total on the charts.
1.”You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone (1977)
Sung by Pat Boone’s daughter, this song from the comedy You Light Up My Life spent ten weeks at number one.