Songs used in films immediately take us back to the scene they're featured in. Here's five of the best...
5. Pulp Fiction - "Let's Stay Together"
Right at the beginning of the film, Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) is laying out the plan and giving Butch (Bruce Willis) some life advice. The cool colours, straight-forward camerawork and this soothing track by Al Green playing in the background sets up Pulp Fiction as the coolest film ever made. "In the fifth, your ass goes down. Say it." In the fifth, my ass goes down.
4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - "Sail Away"
Wow. What a f*cking song choice for this scene. The whole film is pretty dark and gritty with some really disturbing scenes. And when the film reaches the climax and (spoiler alert) Stellan Skarsgard is revealed as the serial killer, what song does he play while he tortures Daniel Craig. Enya. Sail Away. He didn't even need to do that other shit. Just leave this on repeat.
3. The Blues Brothers - "Shake Your Tailfeather"
It's true, this film is a musical. But this is just too good a song to leave out. Ray Charles, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and a huge dance sequence. What's not to like?
2. Grosse Point Blank - "Mirror In The Bathroom"
You'd never think for a second that a ska song could fit to a fight sequence. Yet, watching Grosse Point Blank and this scene in particular, it absolutely fits. The whole soundtrack for this film was also fantastic, Joe Strummer of The Clash wrote most of it and selected the songs together with the director.
1. Drive - "Nightcall"
Drive just oozed coolness when it first came out. And it still does. The opening titles perfectly set the film up; all darkened streets and synthesiser music while Ryan Gosling drives through, looking pensive. What a song. And what a film.