The saddest scene, according to anyone who saw it, is always enhanced by the music, because it makes people feel things in films that cannot be addressed with just words. Often, the music plays its character, adding something that could not be filled with people or dialogue. It sets the mood and emotion, and explains how they should feel from scene to scene.
Sometimes that music is so powerful that it becomes even more popular than the movie, as seen with "Endless Love" by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross. Or, an instrumental was so well used that it became one of the longest-running No. 1 instrumentals of all time, like with Percy Faith and his orchestra for "Theme from 'A Summer Place."
"Call Me" 'American Gigolo'
"Call Me," directed and directed by Debbie Harry of Blondie, is the central theme song in American Gigolo, featuring Richard Gere, who is best known for his role in Pretty Woman, in just a few hours. It's believed to be based on a male prostitute's perspective.
The song was released in the United States in February 1980 and took six weeks on the charts at No. 1 and became a gold record on the Billboard'stop songs of the 1980 charts, ranking no. 64 on the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs.
"End of the Road" 'Boomerang'
"End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, who was released as a track on the Boomerang soundtrack in 1992, got to No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July of the same year. It reached No. 1 in four weeks and remained there for another 13 weeks. It also claimed the top spot in Billboard's Hot 100 in 1992 and was then made platinum after selling more than one million copies.
The song was not initially included on Boyz II Men's debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, but was then added to the album on a re-issue in 1992 and 1993 because it was so successful. Overall, the song found its roots in the sixth most popular song of the 1990s.
"I Will Always Love You" 'The Bodyguard'
Whitney Houston was reimagined as one of the most famous film songs of all time, with the song starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, but was inspired by Linda Ronstadt's play, which Dolly Parton provided the final verse, deeming it an important addition.
It spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, presenting the first time Billboard couldn't rank a new No. 1 song until three months into the new year. It has since received online diamond status, equivalent to 10-times platinum for physical sales, and is still top-ranked for the most popular song from a soundtrack album.
"Night Fever" 'Saturday Night Fever'
The Bee Gees' "Night Fever" was written and performed by the '70s disco group The Bee Gees. Initially, producer Robert Stigwood wanted the Bee Gees to develop a song called "Saturday Night," but they had already registered a song called "Night Fever," which they thought would be a better fit. Instead, they convinced Stigwood to change the film's name from Saturday Night to Saturday Night Fever.
"Night Fever" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 76 and, after hitting No. 1, remained in that top spot for eight weeks. It has since secured a spot on Billboard's All Time Top 100 at No. 38, and is still a much-loved song today.
"Flashdance...What A Feeling" 'Flashdance'
This song, adapted for Flashdance, was released a month before the film's release as a marketing strategy. Both the single and the soundtrack were sold out just days after the film's release.
While the song did not top the Billboard Hot 100 charts, it spent 14 weeks in the Top 10, ranking it the longest-running top-10 single of the year in many countries worldwide. "Flashdance...What a Feeling" received double platinum in 1984.
"Eye of the Tiger" 'Rocky III'
After Queen refused to use "Another One Bites the Dust," "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor was originally featured on the band's self-titled album. After the arrangement, Sylvester Stallone selected the theme for Rocky III. The song became so popular that it surpassed international charts throughout 1982.
The song's top-ten streak was tied with "Another One Bites the Dust" for the most-running top 10 hits in the 1980s. The album went Platinum in 1982 and has continued to resave, selling over four million digital downloads to date.
"How Deep Is Your Love," says the 'Saturday Night Fever.
"How Deep is Your Love" was one of three tracks from the soundtrack to be released on the charts at the same time, with the other two being "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive." "How Deep Is Your Love" went on the Billboard Hot 100 on Christmas Day in 1977, which remained there for 17 weeks and topped at No. 22 on the Billboard's All Time Top 100.
Ronald Selle, a Chicago songwriter, claimed that the group used a piece of a melody from a song he wrote entitled "Let It End," but the lawsuit went nowhere, claiming that Selle was not able to prove this.
"Them From 'A Summer Place' " 'A Summer Place' "Them From 'A Summer Place'
The title "Theme From 'A Summer Place'" has been recorded by several artists, and has been included in many movies over the years, but the most popular version is Percy Faith and His Orchestra, who composed a beautiful instrumental version that almost everyone still recognizes today.
The single was released in September 1959, ahead of the first A Summer Place premiere in November 1959, and ended up being somewhat of a sleeper hit. Two months later, the song climbed for another six weeks and landed at the top spot in February 1960, where it spent nine weeks. According to Billboard's Hot 100, "Theme from 'A Summer Place' still holds the longest No. 1 run than any other instrumental in history.
"I Do It For You" 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Bryan Adams wrote the song for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991, and it was such a great success that it topped the charts in almost 20 countries. It was the No. 21 for Billboard's Hot 100 of All Time, and the single sold over 15 million copies around the world.
Adams allegedly wrote the song in 45 minutes, but it is still considered his most popular song to date. In 1992, the song received a Grammy Award for Best Song Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, and it also received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.
"Endless Love" 'Endless Love'
"Endless Love," dubbed the greatest song duet of all time by Billboard, was written by Lionel Ritchieand and led by Diana Ross. It remained on the Billboard Top 100 for nine weeks, becoming a bigger success than its famous film, Endless Love, which included Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt.
The song was released from the soundtrack in 1981 and became one of the music duo's most successful hits, with Ross being the 18th and final no. 1 hit of her career, and Ritchie being the most popular charting single to date. The song received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award.