You can change the length the song like you would any other clip. You can also use more than one song in a project. For example, if you want to change the mood of the music over the course of your movie, you can shorten the first song in the timeline, then place a different song after the first song.
While visuals are a huge part of what ultimately defines movies, it is the combination of imagery and sound that completes the full cinematic experience. Even before the advent of "talking pictures" in the late 1920s, musical scores accompanied films in one way or another, whether it was through live accompaniment from a performer or a synchronized gramophone record system.
With a long, grand history spanning more than a century, Stacker compiled the 100 greatest movie songs using data from the American Film Industry's 100 Years Project. The survey, which occurred in 2004 (hence no recent tunes like "Let It Go" from "Frozen"), asked a selection of jurors from across the movie industry to evaluate music and lyrics "featured in an American film that set a tone or mood, define character, advance plot and/or express the film's themes in a manner that elevates the moving image art form." The cultural impact and legacy involving the song were also important criteria in the selection process.
As the film industry became more mainstream and commercialized, the use of popular songs and music generally increased. Now, soundtracks and scores are an integral part of the moviegoing experience. Sometimes, filmmakers and producers are hoping to capture a zeitgeist by tying a film's release to a popular hit. Older songs might be chosen to invoke a certain period of time.
Some filmmakers view the curated soundtrack as important as the film itself; for example, writer-director Quentin Tarantino often incorporates favorite songs from his vast music collection into scenes in his movies. Other examples include James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy," which had an "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" that carried important meaning for the main character in the plot of the film, while also hitting the top of the charts in real life.
Probably as or even more popular than the film "Footloose" is the song of the same name, written and performed by musician Kenny Loggins and the film's co-writer Dean Pitchford. The success of the song and the film surprised even Loggins himself. It went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the biggest hits of 1984. The song plays in both the opening and the finale of the film. Blake Shelton even tried his hand at a cover for a 2011 remake of the original movie.
"The Big Chill" centers around a group of friends reuniting in adulthood after a tragedy, but one musical moment offered a moment of respite. In one scene, Kevin Kline's character puts on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations as a little piece of nostalgia, and the characters proceed to dance to the song in the kitchen while clearing the table and washing dishes after dinner. While the song didn't originate from the movie itself, it represented an important moment for this fictional group of friends from college.
One of the many iconic numbers from Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "The Sound of Music" has the character of Maria, played by Julie Andrews, teach the von Trapp children about the musical scale using mnemonic devices. The film version of the song finds Maria and the children riding their bikes and frolicking through Salzburg, with the song getting a reprise later in the movie. The song gained a life of its own, and even now it's often used as a fun tool for musical education.
The iconic climax of the film "Dirty Dancing" features Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dancing to the Frank Previte-written song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which itself became a pop culture phenomenon. The song was written for the movie and featured a Grammy-winning duet between Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. "Dirty Dancing" is parodied to this day, with "The Time of My Life" almost always accompanying said parodies.
Outlasting the Bette Midler drama "The Rose" is the song of the same title. Not originally written for the movie by Amanda McBroom, the pop song nevertheless played during the credits of the movie and became a hit. Since then, "The Rose" has been recorded by a number of artists, with one of the more famous versions performed by country singer Conway Twitty.
Drama film "The Sandpiper," one of several movies starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, was not well received and has since been lost to obscurity. On the other hand, the film's love theme titled "The Shadow of Your Smile" had a longer life, winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. Afterward, it would be covered by numerous artists like Nancy Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
The classic musical "Singin' in the Rain" is not only considered to be one of the best musicals of all time but one of the greatest movies in history. An upbeat and happy depiction of the changing film industry of the 1920s, the song "Good Morning," originally from the 1939 film "Babes In Arms," remains a popular song to this day. The iconic and energetic dance sequence features Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Originally written for the Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones" by George M. Cohan, the song commonly known as "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy" was popularized by the 1942 movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which starred James Cagney as Cohan. The film featured Cagney performing many of Cohan's songs, including "Give My Regards to Broadway," but one of the more famous numbers featured him performing "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy."
While it is unusual for James Bond theme songs to have a different title than their respective movies, "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me" had no problem breaking through to listeners. As with all Bond themes, this song plays during the elaborate title sequence of the movie, with Carly Simon's sultry tune serving as a "lust-drunk anthem" to Bond's sexual prowess. The song would continue to be covered in the decades to follow, remaining one of the most popular Bond songs in the history of the series.
The song "It Had to Be You" has a long history in film, being featured in movies from the 1930s to the 1990s. But the most famous use of the song was in "When Harry Met Sally," with an upbeat rendition of the song by Harry Connick Jr. essentially serving as the theme to the movie. The song has also appeared in "Casablanca," "Annie Hall," "A League of Their Own," and "Show Business."
Penned specifically for the film "The Band Wagon," the song "That's Entertainment" quickly became synonymous with MGM Studios and Hollywood in general. Cast members Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, and Oscar Levant perform the song in the movie as their characters plan out a new Broadway show as a career comeback.
One of the highlights of the film "Shall We Dance" is a dance duet on rollerskates between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a number called "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." The song famously made light of regional pronunciation and dialect differences with lyrics like "You like tomato / And I like to-mah-to." The song was featured in other movies, including "When Harry Met Sally."
"Hair," the musical centered on hippie culture during the Vietnam War. The 1979 film adaptation began with the number "Age of Aquarius," which established the tone and the characterization of the rest of the movie. When the song was initially released as a single, it was put in a medley with the song "Let the Sunshine In," arguably a more popular song from the musical.
More commonly known as "New York, New York," the theme song for Martin Scorsese's film of the same name surpassed the movie in terms of pure cultural impact. Liza Minnelli recorded the initial version of the song for the film, but the later version by Frank Sinatra became more popular. Both the tune and the lyrics are well known by the public, especially in the actual city of New York.
Also simply called "High Noon," this song is the theme of a movie by the same name and is played throughout the film. "High Noon" is a Western starring Gary Cooper, and the theme song describes Cooper's character Will Kane and his moral dilemmas. The song is also known by a title inspired by its opening lyrics, "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'."
Fred Neil had written and performed "Everybody's Talkin'" in 1966, but the song reached new heights a couple of years later when Harry Nilsson recorded a cover for the film "Midnight Cowboy." Serving as the theme for the Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight movie, both the song and the film are synonymous with each other. The song has since appeared in other films, including "Forrest Gump," "Borat," and "The Hangover Part III."
Carol Channing introduced the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in the original 1949 Broadway production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," but it was bombshell and icon Marilyn Monroe who brought it to the big screen. Monroe's character performs the song, describing how one can exploit men for their money and riches. As the title of the song implies, diamonds are also a reoccurring element throughout the whole movie.
Simon & Garfunkel and their music had a large presence in the Dustin Hoffman film "The Graduate," with "Mrs. Robinson" probably being the most important song on the film's soundtrack. In the context of the film, Hoffman's character is seduced by an older woman named Mrs. Robinson, and the upbeat folk-rock song plays during the scene, creating an uncomfortable context that mirrors Hoffman's discomfort. The song is intertwined with the movie, along with another Simon & Garfunkel song, "The Sound of Silence."
The film "Singin' in the Rain" featured a number of standards and old classic tunes, with the song "Singin' in the Rain" very obviously being the inspiration for the film's title. The classic movie has a number of iconic scenes filled with energy, but perhaps none are more memorable than Gene Kelly singing and dancing to the song while splashing around in rain puddles. The optimistic song proved to have longevity in popular culture, and it's still being used in television and film to this day. 2b1af7f3a8